Work, Positions (1970-2016) and recognition

Currently Design educator & consultant based in Delhi. Have 40+ years of experience as Design Teacher, Professional, Design Researcher and Policy Maker/Planner at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, India & other Instututes. Details as follows:

Design Associate and Jr. Faculty member, 1970

Head, NID Calcutta Design Cell, 1976-77

Designer and Faculty, 1978-

Coordinator of Post Graduate Programme in Product Design, 1983-85

Coordinator. Consultancy projects for Industrial Design Faculty 1984-89

Senior Designer & Sr. Faculty, 1994-

Acting Head, Industrial Design Faculty, 1993-95

Co-coordinator, Faculty Development & Fellowship Progs 1995-96

Member of the NID Forward Plan Group 1980-2006

Core Committee Member for Faculty Evaluation & Standing Committee of the Governing Council, 2001-07

Principal Designer & Principal Faculty 1999-2007

Head, Toy Innovation Centre at NID 2001-07

Chairperson, Resource Centre, NID 2000-01

Chairperson, Education, NID  2001-04

Chairperson, Research & Publications, NID 2004 – 07

Member of NID Governing Council 2003-04 & 2006-07

Ravi J Matthai Design Research Chair at NID, Jan 2008-May 09

Principal Design Consultant & Adviser to Gammat, Gujarat, India an innovative design for education & development company, 2010 –

Guest Professor and Consultant for Design Universities and Institutions in India, Europe, Scandinavia and Latin America,  2007 –

Education development consultant at Learn Today, the education wing of India Today Group 2010-14.

Independent design educator, advisor and design development consultant 2009 – present

Main Courses initiated and developed at NID

 Design Overview Course

Design Methods & Process

System Design and Design with Community Participation

Rural Design Workshop & Projects

Crafts Study & Documentation

Materials & Process Experiences

Nature & Design

Toy Design & Development Course:

Research & Development Projects

 

Consultancy, Projects & Programs

Designer & Head of the following Projects

Trophies, Consumer Products  1975-85

Solar Cooker,    1986

3 wheeler Auto redesign, 1988

Cable Drum Design System for Reuse 1990

Feasibility Report for a National Institute of Toy Design. Client Handicraft Board 1982

Feasibility Report on Reviving Craft Design Institute. State Govt of UP 1993

Khel-Khoj; Toys & Science Kit for BGVJ. 1994

A series of Toy Design Workshops for teachers, students from 1990-2009

Toy Design & Development Project to develop class room ideas 1999-2000

Public Convenience System for City. .Client Ahmedabad Municipal Corp, 2001

Reorganization of Ahmedabad Rly Station.  Client. Rly Dept 2001-03

UNIDO Project for Design service to Toy Industry Units in Mumbai, 2003-05

Design development of innovative toys & educational resources (1985-2016)

Main Speaker/Presenter

 Invited for Talks-Presentations at many national conferences/seminars/workshops relating Education & Design from 1990 to 2016. This included Tata Institute of social science, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, National Council of Education, Research & Training, Design Institutions, Institutes of technology. Raman Research Institute, several NGO in India

 Several Talks-Presentations at many national and international conferences on Education, Design and Creativity (1990- 2011). Guest faculty dept of design & technology, Univ of Readings, UK (1997), Guest Professor at Nordic Centre at Halmstad Univ. Sweden (1997), at dept of medialogy, Univ of Aalborg, Denmark (2005), at Duoc, Univ.Chile (2007), at 5 main Design Universities/Institutions in German (2009), at University and Institutions in Argentina (2010)

Guest Speaker/ Design Expert, for German-Unesco creativity workshops for Toys for Children’s Rehabilitation at Germany, Mexico, Italy, 1995, 96, 97,2005,08

Invited as main resource professional for a series of workshops on toy design & education in Japan 2001 and as Design Education Expert in Chile in 2007, represented NID at Design Vision discussion in USA

Speaker/presenter at International Toy Research Association International Conferences in Sweden, England, France, Greece 1996, 1999, 2002, 05, 08

Key Note Speaker/Presenter at International Conference at by International Toy Library Associations. Paris.2008

Invited key note Speaker and workshop conductor at the Design Museum in Iceland and as guest professor by the dept of design at Limerick University, Ireland in Sept.09.

Invited as guest professor to give talks and workshops in Germany at the design universities of Berlin, Potsdam, Hanover, Halle and Wismar. This was a special traveling guest professor invitation by these 5 design universities during November-December 2009.

Invited as a distinguished speaker and expert for Design & Education at the Children University. Gujarat, India for Programs in 2010

Invited by Flacso Univ, Argentina for the main talk presentation at the International Conference relating education with new methods and mediums such as play, toys & games.  Also conducted special Education & Design workshops with toy design as medium at the invitation of dept. of Education & Culture of the states of Carlos Paz and Rosario, in Argentina   Oct-Nov 2010

ITRA conference speaker in Turkey in July 2011

National expert on design innovation, speaker at Singapore Oct 2011

Invited by Design institute, Tel Aviv, Israel as speaker for their conference on Toy Design Education program in Nov 2011

Keynote speaker at Swinburne university Melbourne, Australia in Jan 2012. The theme was culture based innovation and shared my experiences as design educator.

Invited by Brussels university, Belgium as speaker on Toy as Teacher, in Dec 2013. Also conducted a workshop

Invited by Social and Early Education Management of  Barranquilla, Colombia, South America (apr 2014) for conference on Early Education and Play. The topic of presentation and workshops was Joy of making innovative toys : a cultural resource for early and inclusive education

Invited by Sabana University, Department of Early Education, Chia, Bogota, Colombia, South America (sept 2014) for their International Congress of Pedagogy and Childhood “Innovative Teaching: towards a comprehensive childhood training. The topic of presentation was Innovative, Ingenious Toys for Stimulating Holistic Development, followed by workshop on Joy of Making Ingenious Toys.

National & International Recognitions

National Award for Design-Science Popularization among Children 1995

Work featured in Surabhi, Turning Point and Educ. TV Progs by CIET 1986-2002

External Examiner for MDes Programme at IIT & for PhD scholar at HBCSE, Mumbai

Heritage Crafts & Educ. National Curriculum Task group/DEAA, 2005-2015 (NCERT)

President, International Toy Research Assoc. 2006-07. ITRA Board member 1996-2008

Founder President, Toys for Tomorrow International Vision-Action Forum, 2002-

Guest Professor, Nordic Centre for Toys & Edu. Medias, Halmstad Univ. Sweden. 1997

Guest Professor, Dept of Medialogy, Aalborg Univ, Denmark, 2005

Guest Professor, Duoc. School of Design, Chile 2007

Special Speaker at the Design Museum talk-series in Iceland, Sept 2009

Invited as guest professor by seven universities in Germany 2009 Nov-Dec 2009

Invited by Flacso Univ, Argentina for the main talk-presentation at the International Conference in Oct/Nov 2010 on education with new methods and mediums such as play, toys & games

Nominated as first International Member, Board of Governors, Fodern durch Spielmittel, Berlin (German NGO for design for children with special needs), 2009-2011

Invited by Social and Early Education Management of  Barranquilla, Colombia, South America (apr 2014) for conference on Early Education and Play. The topic of presentation and workshops was Joy of making innovative toys : a cultural resource for early and inclusive education

Invited by Sabana University, Department of Early Education, Chia, Bogota, Colombia, South America (sept 2014) for their International Congress of Pedagogy and Childhood “Innovative Teaching: towards a comprehensive childhood training. The topic of presentation was Innovative, Ingenious Toys for Stimulating Holistic Development, followed by workshop on Joy of Making Ingenious Toys.

Recipient of international BRIO Award 2013-14 for his lifelong contribution for research and innovation for toy design and development in India.

Papers, Presentations & Workshops

Over fifty papers/articles/interviews published related to education, design development and folk toys heritage and future of design education. Over 15 TV educational programs made on his work related to toy design heritage, development and education. Many workshops conducted in India and overseas at the invitation of institutions. Several presentations made at national and international conferences relating education, culture, design and toy development process for creative learning

 Books & media

 1) Dynamic Folk Toys

Indian Indigenous toys based on the design science principles. Published 1983  GOI

2) Joy of Making Indian Toys

Published by National Book Trust in several Indian languages since 1992

3) Toys & Tales; with everyday materials

Published by. Tara Publishers, Chennai 1999 (English, Japanese, Italian editions)

4) Over 15 Educational TV Programmes made on the work related to Toys, Design, and Culture & Education

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