Impact of Design


With the objective of contributing towards ‘Design Thinking’ & paving way for future design professionals, Pearl Academy undertook an initiative ‘What’s Next’ in the year 2014. So, far we have successfully delivered five editions which covered themes like Future of Design Education, Digital Design & Media, and Future of Design etc.

What’s Next is a two-day confluence which aims at stimulating and inspiring participants to foster innovation and creativity, seek attention of cost-conscious and environmentally-aware consumers, discuss, debate and articulate the impact design will have in building our nation for the future. The format for which is World cafe’ round table style confluence comprising of all stakeholders such as global design educators, industry, government bodies, international design fraternity, thought leaders & budding professionals.

We are excited to bring the sixth edition under this initiative in February’2017 with the theme ‘Impact of Design’ and sub categories like Impact on Society, Design Education, Industry and Nation Building. The event is known to bring together diverse and influential speakers/participants adept at embracing change and setting the trends to lead the change as innovators, designers and leaders of the future, also known as ‘Change Makers’.

Check below some of the interesting quotes on ‘Impact of Design in Nation Building’ from our ‘Change Makers’:

Arvind Lodaya: “Design bears a greater responsibility than ever in ensuring that any form of development and governance is centered around humans, sensitive to and responds to their actual need and contexts.”

Judy Frater: “India has a lot of inherent creativity, from the craft sector to the IT industry. Focus on design can help take the nation to a level more valuable than that of labor or production”.

Ashwini Deshpande: “Social design or design for social impact could play a significant role in bringing about positive change for a nation and the well-being of its people. If policies can be built keeping people at the centre, the way design thinking process tackles challenges, we would see a large improvement in every sector.”

Abhimanyu Nohwar: “Design thinking is a powerful approach for social change and urgently needs to be incorporated into government at all levels.”

KB Jinan: “I see the potential of design education in a kind of a course correction in order to rectify the drawbacks of present education paradigm.”

Jacob Mathew: “Creating and sustaining Inclusive businesses that create massive employment in a decentralised, hyperlocal aggregation model is one of the ways that design can promote impact at the national level.”

Antony Lopez: “Nation building is strategic – implementation over a period of time impacts large sections of people. Design is inherently strategic.

“Design must become an integral component in all interventions by the Nation for the ‘Greater good.”

Satish Gokhale: “Design for nation building will involve creating a society that feels happy, secure and prosperous to live in India.”

Line: “Future generations (and current young ones) are born global hence they are required to think global. In addition, technological advances are changing how we communicate, how products are made, how businesses strategies are thought, and even how we think.

The backbone for such educational challenge lies in rapid learning, altering skills, intercultural flexibility and readiness to innovate on the present question. This challenge seems a natural fit for the fields of design, both within education and professionally.”

Dr. Ghoshal: “The recent moves on the Digital Economy will offer tremendous scope for Designers to innovate newer models of ‘Interaction’ with products, processes & systems; – both in scale & scope. UI & UX Design saw one turnaround in early 2000 and from now onwards (for about next 5 years) there is going to be another turnaround. Whereby the previous one catered to the ‘Specialty Sectors’, this one is going to ‘Involve and Include the Masses.”

A.Balasubramaniam: Nation building involves both thinking ahead and thinking through. These are designedly qualities. Why does the bus rapid transport work beautifully in Bogota but not in south Delhi ? Why is Finland changing its education system, whereas India is reinforcing its old patterns ? As a nation, we can benefit if we include designers in the planning process. Designers can help bring solutions to developing a nation that’s both contextual and appropriate.”

Vikas Satwalekar: “Design thinking: An under-utilised process that first identifies the real problem/s, cuts through and manages complexities to find workable solutions that can bring about transformational change in the economic, social and cultural lives of people.”

Here are some more Changemakers participating at #PearlWhatsNext –

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