Its always inspiring to go back to your design school. Its give you a chance to introspect the path to your design career. Moreover its amazing to see, the same design philosophy which is taught year after year being interpreted differently by scholars gone by. Design is such a domain, like in applied arts where the outcome is hugely influenced by the ever evolving life. It was indeed rejuvenating to talk to young scholars on one side and the good old professors on the other.
Ripples, is the annual design degree show done by the faculty and students of CPMD (Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing) marking the end of a term. It showcases projects done by students along with hosting industry experts from various field of design. Workshop and talks being in an external perspective of design right into the school.
“Life with design”, the theme of this years  Ripples, in my opinion was fantastic. I believe the sole aim of design should be to inspire life.
After completing fifteen years as a professional designer, the theme was really touching as it frankly game me a chance to pick up few learnings i had in the past.
When i look back, choosing to take up design after completing electronics engineering, was itself challenging the typical career path. Information technology [IT] was at the booming stage and of course the natural choice.
Spending two years in CPDM [Indian Institute of Science] for my MDes was enriching. It gave us a variety of perspective from the point of design disciplines and philosophies. It helped us carve our own design personalities.
After graduating from IISc, I spend the next few years at GE [General Electric], at it technology development centre, designing products for the european counterparts. Personally, this period game me huge learning, ironically through failures. My philosophy of design evolved further.
Next three years, I had the opportunity to lead and build a design studio in Featherlite Products, an Indian corporate engaging in office furniture designs. Leading a department helped me empathise with the stake holders right from management to workers as well from suppliers to vendors. I realised that design can be deployed not just for addressing aesthetic problems but also for value generation in a comprehensive manner.
The next decade was a period of enormous development being a design entrepreneur, getting opportunity to work a variety of mains from toys to complex medical devices. From tiny wearable devices to room sized machines. every day you live a turbo charged life.
My latest passion is building Gemklip.com, a brand that celebrates the ability of human beings to get inspired, collaborate and build unimaginable products.
If i were to put my tiny learnings in a nu shell, it would be –
1. Challenge the existing ways of doing things
2. Take every problem as an opportunity
3. Be obsessive about creativity
4. Deploy design for value creation
5. Believe in solutions that have massive human impact
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Mr.Shanavas MS is the Design Director of Teqzo Consulting. You can get in touch with him at firstname.lastname@example.org