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This time for the Student runner up for the Social Impact Category at Core77 Design Awards 2020, won by our third year , B.Des. Humanising Technology students, Arushi Shukla, Damiya Jaswani and Shweta Mandwale for the project titled, “Magnetic Tiles/Cement to aid the visually impaired” The selection was from a pool of entries from over 49+ countries.

The jury panel consisted of Rebecca Hui, Founder of Roots Studio. Joining her on the panel were Antionette Carroll, Founder, President & CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, Daanish Masood, Political and Peace Building Lead at the United Nations, and Kotchakorn Voraakhom, Founder & CEO of Porous City Network.


Project: 'M-Tiles'
Student name: Arushi Shukla, Damiya Jaswani and Shweta Mandwale - year III students B.Des ( Humanising Technology)

The winning team of the QED 2020, a competition by Anant National University are our students of the B. Des Humanising technology program, Anuya Desai and Preshita Deshmukh. Their sustainable fashion project titled ‘Circular Fashion’ aims to integrate circularity in fashion by encouraging users to utilize their clothing for longer, instead of constantly purchasing.

This project was chosen from 100+ entries from across India through three tough rounds of elimination. The jury panel consisted of Architects Anubha Kakroo and Amit Gulati as well as Sustainability Champion Miniya Chatterji.

The competition aimed to give solutionists a platform to showcase work, that is innovative and sustainable in social and environmental areas. This winning project was awarded a cash prize of Rs. 75000


Project: 'Circular Fashion'
Student name: Anuya Desai and Preshita Deshmukh - year II students B.Des ( Humanising Technology)

Our students of Humanising Technology program win yet again! The Team Fireflies reached the TOP 3 Winners at Social Impact Challenge (SIC) 2019-20 in the Dream Awards 2020 event. They were competing with 15 teams across 10+ renowned colleges of Mumbai to uplift bring a change in the social enterprise industry of Maharashtra, India.

The jury at Dream Awards 2020 comprised of 07 esteemed educators, deans, nationwide social impact workers, entrepreneurs, consultants and founders of various firms. Both the SIC competition and Dream Award 2020 was organized by Connecting Dreams Foundation (CDF). The competition was partnered and supported by Power Finance Corporation, Atal Incubation Centre, Rambahu Malgi Prabodhini, Keshav Shrusti Gram Vikas Yojna, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, University of Mumbai and National Service Scheme.


Project: ‘Green Gold Bamboo Handicrafts’
Student name: Rajarshi Dasgupta, Rahil Parmar, year III students- and Ameya Sawant, Shashank Venkatraman, Aarushi Mehra year II students- B.Des ( Humanising technology)

Our students were the top 30 finalists of the UMO Design Social Innovation Challenge, from 250+ entries from all over the world were our own team from the second-year- B.Des. Humanising technology program

The jury consisted of 7-member team consisting of esteemed designers and innovators from India and abroad.


Project: ‘Relink’
Student name: Aarushi Mehra, Hetavi Shah, Palak Goyal and Samiksha Sachdeva. - year II students, B.Des ( Humanising technology)

Our students win yet again! Winners in the Game Design & Communication Design category of the D'source International Corona Design Challenge Their entries were selected from a pool of 1254 entries with over 2000 participants from 52 countries.

The jury panel consisted of around 40 designers, educators, design thinkers, and practitioners from different countries. The competition was organized by IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay, D'source, and DesignIndia.net and supported by Cumulus, International Council of Design (ico-D), World Design Organisation (WDO), Banaras Hindu University and IIT Guwahati


Project: ‘Wipe out’
Category: Game Design
Student name: Khushali Parekh, Nidhi Kastiya, Nikita Bhatnagar- year II students, B.Des ( Humanising technology)
Project: ‘Go Corona go’
Category: Game Design
Student name: Akshata Chitnis - year II students,
B.Des ( Humanising technology)
Project: ‘Zyada Hero Maat Bano’
Category: Communication Design
Student name: Preshita Deshmukh - year II students, B.Des ( Humanising technology)

Congratulations to our first batch 2017-21 of B.Des(Humanising Technology). Sweeping the top positions in two categories and a special mention in the third. Three of the four teams that participated won! Students from B.Des (Humanising technology) participated in four different categories.


Award: First prize in Packaging Design
Project: Nibbo, eat more by eating less
Student name: Hitiksha Kanani,year III student, B.Des ( Humanising technology )
Award: First prize in ‘Industrial Product Design’
Project: Safety and security for the visually impaired in transit
Student name: Aarushi Shukla , Damiya Jaswani, Shweta Mandwale - year III students, B.Des ( Humanising technology )
Award: Special Mention in ‘Mobility Design’
Project: Fuel Consumption and traffic control
Student name: Rahil Parmar, Rajarshi Dasgupta - year III students, B.Des ( Humanising technology )
 



To embark on this learning journey with vigor and excitement, we welcomed the 3rd batch of B. Des- Humanising Technology at NMIMS School of Design. Our Chief-guest Mr. K. V. Sridhar, VC of SVKM's NMIMS deemed to be University, Dr. Rajan Saxena, Mr Shalin Divatia, Mentor and Prof Manisha Phadke, Director, School of design, through their address set the tone of design education among our new students.
Students from year II & III, Three of the Five teams got selected and participated in Social Impact Challenge, Boot Camp Training (Connected Dreams) 2019 on 30th & 31st August 2019. The students were exposed to look at the real life challenges of people in rural areas and hence to create a social impact with their innovative design strategy to scale up and sustain the rural entrepreneurship.
Students visited "UX India” conference 2019 held at Hyderabad on 9th & 11th September 2019. The unique workshops facilitated students with an opportunity to get hands on experience on designing beyond Smartphones, Dreams and realities of Smart home living, Human Centred intelligence and Design thinking methods for customer experience.
Students visited the "Ergonomics Lab” at IDC, IIT Bombay on 14th February 2020, to view the application and testing of ergonomics in design. They got an opportunity to have a hands on session with the tools, equipment and experienced the usage of various equipment to ergonomically evaluate the design of the product.
‘Army Brats’ of NMIMS School of Design took the initative to celebrate the Armed Forces Flag day on 9th December 2019 . Relaying their touching stories of the angst & fun life at the cantonments and ending with a "Yeh Vatan” sung by their civilian peers instilling josh of patriotism.
School of Design celebrated Dussera on 7th October, 2019. There was festivity and joy in the air. All students, faculty and staff participated in pooja and garba celebrations. Year II students took special interest in decorating the premises and interactive area with innovative ideas using recycled paper and other materials available in the premises.
The Outdoor Photography session for students of year I, Semester II under Photography – I module was conducted on 14th February 2020 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay (CSMVS) (formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India).
The first year students of Bachelor of Design visited Uttan, Pali & Chowk villages near Bhayandar West on 23rd February 2020 as an outdoor event for the Photography – I module of year I, Semester II.
Students enjoy the 'Freaky Fridays' where learning continues whilst embracing the fun.

Inauguration of the second batch of B.Des (Humanising Technology) was held on 2nd July, 2018 at Juhu Jagruti hall, presided by Vice Chancellor- Dr. Rajan Saxena, Guest of honor-Mr. Samudra Sen, Mentor-Shri. Shalin Divatia, Pro Vice Chancellor-Dr. Sharad Mhaiskar and Registrar-Dr. Meena Chintamaneni.
Student exhibition, ‘D’Futura Student Tales was held from 2nd July, 2018 to 15th July, 2018 at Gymkhana between 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. This exhibition showcased the work by the students of the first year of the B.Des. (Humanising Technology) program.
The class transforms to a multi-cultural experience. Dussera 2018 celebrations @ NMIMS School of Design
NMIMS School of Design engaged as knowledge partner at STEAM School 2018 to solve SDG challenges using design thinking. Our students at STEAM School, learnt various skills like Origami, handling power tools working with fabrics, working with multi-disciplinary terms and such other. School of Design Faculty Prof. Jesal Mehta conducted training for digital fabrication whilst Prof. Aditya Gupte mentored a few teams
On 3rd March 2019, students were inspired by typography exhibition held at IDC, IIT, Mumbai on the occasion of TYPODAY.
The Outdoor Photography session for students of year I, semester II under Photography – I module was conducted on 14th February, 2019 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay (CSMVS) (formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India) under the mentorship of the faculty Prof. Shekhar Sidhaye and Lab Assistant Mr. Maitreya Nagvekar

The School was inaugurated on 24th July, 2017 with an event at Juhu Jagruti hall, presided by Vice Chancellor- Dr. Rajan Saxena, Guest of honor-Mr. Biju Dominic, Mentor-Shri. Shalin Divatia, Pro Vice Chancellor-Dr. Sharad Mhaiskar and Registrar-Dr. Meena Chintamaneni.
24 Students delegation from NMIMS School of Design on invitation from Columbia Global Centres Mumbai, attended the Multi-Media exhibition and Panel Discussion on Rivers of the Future: Evolving Approaches to Integrated Water Management on August 22nd 2017 at Nehru Science Centre.
Five Students of School of Design participated in the STEAM Fabrikarium at Makers Asylum from 10th to 14th February, 2018. This was a five-day program focusing designing for the differently abled. Customised bionic arms, low cost wheel chairs, braille printers were a few projects explored
Our students capture stories in still photography at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum.
 




“In last 3 years I've got to know that there's more to designing apart from sketching and aesthetic. What intrigued me is how this course is not solely focused on design but in areas which are impacted by design or impact design itself. The faculty ensures we are able to see the bigger picture when introducing a new module and it's concepts. Humanising Technology is something many people haven't heard of but when they release what the course is about, they understand how different this is from a traditional design course”.
You have to be ready to take on a lot of work. There maybe sleepless nights but at the end of the day it’s all worth it. You get to learn a lot and develop your skills. We learn through peer learning. I for example did not believe that I could come up with a good concept but my 3 years at School of Design has helped me grow and has given me the confidence that I can take up any problem and come up with an apt and lateral solution. Each assignment you get is unique and fun to work on and you get the chance to go out onto the field and get to know your target group and test your solutions that helps a great deal.
It has helped me become more confident in myself. Secondly the exposure we get and our Ngo Interact module and internships are helping us get a good exposure of the industry. Even the guest lectures and workshops we have given us students opportunities to connect with potential employers and gain access to what is expected in the industry. NMIMS helps you stay relevant while giving you the creative freedom to make a difference through your designs.
Nothing in life that is worth, comes easy. Life in School of Design teaches you to embrace challenges, fight hard and push the limits of your mind every single day, until it becomes a part of who you are. In the time that I have been here so far, I have felt inspired, I have felt motivated, I have felt defeated, I have struggled but have always emerged with a sense of victory because of the plethora of things I have gotten to learn and experience.
This course is a complete experience, which requires dedication of one’s mind and body for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It could be challenging, but the plethora of things you can explore and learn and the opportunity to find out who you are makes it all worth it.
The way we are taught to create designs here , is to research and define problems and create solutions of the form, that is best suited to the problem. These solutions could range from anything under the sky, whether it is product design, graphic design, packaging, UI/UX, AR/VR etc. We are equipped with adequate skills to solute in all these forms and also are given an opportunity to explore these design pathways. This has helped me discover what kind of design would I like to pursue in the future and pick a masters course that would be the most suitable for me.
NMIMS, School of Design offers a creative yet structured approach for addressing challenges. How can we solve a problem beyond the basic understanding is what the educational body provided us with, by teaching us Design Thinking. The core of our course is to understand the people and their needs. The Institute encourages us to brainstorm and prototype and test our concepts to validate whether or not we have been able to solve the problem and if we don’t get the desired result, there is a vast scope of improvement that can be identified through the methods that we have learned and practiced in the last three years to transform them into real world solutions.
"What new will I learn today?", is the question I ask myself every morning before coming to college. This is a place where each day is a new experience and invites compelling challenges. The enthusiastic faculty members make the subjects fun and interesting. They are approachable and never fail to guide us through the right path. Knowing about new and interesting technologies, along with problem solving methods makes the course really interesting and drives curiosity to learn more. As I stepped into my internship, I felt a sense of compatibility with the industry due to the course structure that includes practical aspects of the design. I am extremely thankful for the endless opportunities that I have got from this school that have transformed me to the person I am today.
"Life at School of Design is challenging. It might sound difficult, but that’s the change that it has made in me. Everything that we do here is with a certain intent. It’s the exciting state between fear and opportunity. Sometimes it’s success or failure but all the time we learn something or other. Design education is one thing, but School of Design has been a life changing experience for me.
This course offers variety in a new way for a Design course. The journey so far has been a good one and has boosted my confidence. Every lecture is like a stepping stone to that particular module, this can be realised at the term-end. Doing work together has never been so much fun and this course has given the opportunity to communicate effectively in a group as much as it has taught me skills. The facilities provided are the best in class and never are compromised for any reason."
"I am very glad that I have pursued the Bachelor of Design (B. Des) course at the School of Design, NMIMS. The teaching orientation is by mentoring towards skill enhancement and closest professional experience unlike the exam oriented teaching in other institutions. The faculty and the visiting faculty who are industry professionals collaborate to encourage practical learning and nourish the talents nearest to the industry requirements. ”
NMIMS School of Design is the perfect path which grooms one for the professional design world. The entire course is based on learn by doing which also encourages collaborative learning. The mix of a great faculty, excellent course, comfortable environment and students from diverse backgrounds makes this experience all the more exciting. The course allows you to be creative but also makes you think of the relevance of the solution. With the teachers' guidance and support we create things that we otherwise could never imagine creating. Constant encouragement and positive criticism allows us to open up our mind and look at things differently. Somehow, even with the rigorous curriculum and professional atmosphere, School of Design feels like home.

The last two years at NMIMS School of Design have been far from unproductive. Each day is filled with exciting opportunities where we ‘Learn by Doing’. This holistic curriculum trains us for the industry from the beginning by involvement in internships, competitions and conferences. The faculty’s sincere efforts to guide us along with the enriching environment of the school, never fails to engage us and keep us motivated to do our best. This experience has had a great impact on my personality and boosts my curiosity to learn more each day.
Studying at NMIMS School of Design has been a great experience for me since the very first day. With every new day, we work with new challenges. The curiosity of what next never dies! The faculty not only guides us through all our work from the beginning, but also encourages and enables us to think and work independently. The motto of ‘learn by doing’ has facilitated us to become more agile as designers. Despite being an introvert for most of my life, I was helped to come out of my bubble by all my professors and colleagues. It has really helped me put forward my ideas and be an active part of group discussions. This college has not only helped me acquire design sensibilities through its extensive course but has also immensely contributed to my overall growth. The grooming and confidence instilled in me by the college will surely last a lifetime of challenges ahead of me!
"The multi-disciplinary course structure of NMIMS School of Design challenges the creative growth of an individual, by pushing the limits of one’s comfort zone. In these 2 years, I have evolved as a better critical thinker, which also had an impact on my personal life. Every lecture which I attend, exposes me to new perspectives and plethora of ideas to ponder upon. Also, the spacious classrooms facilitate skill development and make the process of collaboration easier."
The growth as a result of this course has been exponential for me. This has not only helped me achieve my optimum level of productivity but has also exposed me to newer and novel ways of thinking. The speed at which this course operates is incredibly exciting enabling us to learn a lot more in lesser time. Every day is a new challenge that keeps us on our toes. Our nascent years start with building the right foundation and thus there is due importance given to our learning. We, from the beginning, are encouraged to follow and document our process, as it plays a key role in helping us to churn out creative ideas efficiently. We are encouraged to roll our sleeves up and get our hands a little dirty before we come to solutions, making us sensitized to the user's needs in the process. In turn, making us better at understanding people and the world around us. Our journey in design is accompanied by valuable industry exposure and professionalism. The best part about an education like this is that we have the freedom to work and explore the causes we are passionate about, in turn, making the whole experience valuable to us.
If you want to be a designer aspiring to create innovative solutions through creative thinking that shall impact people’s lives, then NMIMS School of Design is the place to be. With a visionary approach towards designing the school shapes you to be a creator to inspire change and not only cater to aesthetic sensibilities.
At School of Design, the assignments are based on real life problems which help in understanding how to solve with realistic constraints and scenarios in mind which is a necessity for design careers. The holistic and diverse curriculum helps us in attaining many new skill sets that make us adaptable and agile while working on different projects
Studying at NMIMS School of Design will change your perspective at looking at things. It will enhance your and develop you as a person. Personally, I have grown to be confident individual in these two years of my time. I have learnt to look at things differently, analysing and questioning the things that I saw all my life but could never figure out why.
As you near finishing the foundation years, you are exposed to more and more of the real-world conditions and ethics which are very important for a designer. Internships at the beginning of the third year would provide experience and exposure. Design has a major role in creating an impact on people and their lives.

My first year at NMIMS School of Design has been a one-of-a-kind experience. It has broadened my perspective and changed the way I perceive things around me. This course focuses on all the aspects required by an efficient designer and the curriculum is structured accordingly. The faculty is approachable and encouraging and are industry professionals who give us their complete guidance on our projects. The facilities are excellent and allow us to have a hands-on learning experience that inculcates the skills required in the industry. Collaborative learning, great faculty and excellent facilities makes the environment fun for learning. Every day here is a new challenge and learning never stops.
“The School of Design is all about innovation and hands-on learning. The past months spent at the School of Design have been one of the most intense times (work wise), and complete fun because I was not alone. The school’s curriculum is designed in such a way that it gives a lot of emphasis on team-work and collaboration, which is an important aspect of this course because it prepares us for the industry. Our course ‘Humanising Technology’ means, designing to make technology accessible, usable and delightful to the users. The school achieves it by not only focusing on the technical subjects but also by giving an equal amount of importance to the subjects of sociology and psychology. Lastly, I would like to say that coming to this school was one of the better decisions of my life.”
"In the short period that I've been at NMIMS School Of Design, I could sense a considerable development in not only my design sense but also my ambitions and attitude towards life. The curriculum is carefully crafted to holistically nurture you in a professional environment that exposes you to the industry in a true sense. The School breathes life into an unshackling framework that facilitates the process of setting your own set of principles in a world that awaits you. Proficient faculty serves as an unwavering symbol of inspiration that revitalizes your spirit. These invigorating elements backed by avant-garde facilities thus sculpt ambitious designers with firm ideals."
Life at School of Design is all about learning by actually doing it. I'm learning something new and different everyday. I really enjoy the practical way of learning which is different from the learning approach normally a school follows.
I would like to share how School of Design is all together a different design school because it mixes design with technology and subjects like sociology. Seeing how everything connects with one another, even though taught separately, makes the course interesting along with a supporting faculty.
Already being in the first year, I have learnt about various aspects of design along with subjects like business communication. I'm looking forward to using technologies such as VR in design solutions which helps to shape my career as I would be up to date in the field of design after completing my four years. The course will ultimately not only enhance my thinking and skills but also help me to pitch an idea forward in the society.
 



Ms. Geetika Kambli, Managing Partner, Future Factory on 3rd July 2019 in her session, "Future Proof design” illustrated the need for designers to be multiskilled to reimagine the future aptly. She relayed the transition of Design in the last three decades from building something beautiful, to humanising it and now to reimagine it. She added, that she believes design is a blend of technology and creative explorations with a understanding of business. This vision largely depends on us designers and their ability to adapt to changing times.
Mr. Eddie Avil, Founder, Director, Immersion on 4th July 2019 in his session ‘Will immersive tech spell the death of 2D Medium’ illustrated how mixed realities are no longer a vision for the future but a actual trend in current times applied by major brands. He brought to light how with the aid of innovative technologies like Augmented and virtual Reality, experiences are getting integrated into daily lives in the form of wearable objects and everyday devices. He srongly believes that XR is one of the most innovative trends that will shape future digital media experiences.
Mr. Pratik Jani , Chief Innovations officer , YUPS Tech Solutions on 5th July 2019 in his session ‘The Art of Unboxing future’ talked of the upcoming technologies that would embrace the new world, to create and help solve real time problems. He proposed that the art of thinking and the beauty of human cognition, are the irreplaceable assets of the future. He illustrated how asking the right questions combined with curiosity can lead to meaningful insights, which help in restructuring the problem. Fresh perspectives from multiple disciplines, unify our solutions, he added. He strongly believes to keep up with changing times we need collaborate and consider sustainability.
Mr. Nana Murugesan, Managing Director, International Markets & Mr. Jared Grusd, Chief Strategy Officer, Snap Inc. on 1st August 2019 ‘ Introduced Snap Inc.’ engaged the students to identify gaps in the app based on the Indian context.
Prof. Peer Sathikh, Associate Chair (Academic), School of Art, Design and Media Nanyang Technological University, Singapore on 3rd August 2019 in his session ‘Design Today’ addressed the students on how function, aesthetic emotions and human factors are interrelated in design.
Ms. Shilpi Kumar, Founder & Innovation Catalyst , Khojlabs on 8th August 2019, shared her experiences and talked about the ‘Six key principles of Human-Centered Approach to Design’
Ms. Shaheena Attarwala, Director UX, Zoomcar on 8th August 2019 in her talk, ‘Designing with Internet of Things (IoT)’ shared her experience in the domain of UX & IOT in cars. The students eagerly interacted with the speaker on many aspects related to IOT implementation by the Zoomcar.
Dr. Mayank Vahia, Dean, NMIMS School of Mathematical Science on 20th August 2019 in his session,‘Mathematics in daily life’, relayed how mathematics is a universal language that has written, spoken and reading aspects and it play a vital role in every day life, most importantly in design.
Mr. Ninad Vengurlekar, CEO & Co-founder,Utter on 6th December 2019, in his talk, ‘Design thinking in the internet economy’ shared the importance of Design and the Designer in the Internet economy. He urged to HUSTLE and SHIP. Further adding that a student should focus on refining one's skill sets so as to be valued by the client or the employer.
Mr. Yash Moghe, Freelance Innovation Consultant on 13th December 2019 in his session, ‘Enterprise. Design’ shared his journey in entrepreneurship and the learnings of life lessons related to design.
Mr. Pratik Murarka, Founder, Gateway VR and Foreverland on 10th Jan 2020 in his exchange, ‘Forefront of Innovation in Virtual Reality’ shared his experience in VirtualReality space through an engaging, interactive session.
Mr. Swaroop Biswas, UX COE Head, Hexaware Technologies on 24th January 2020 shared case studies to illustrate UXDesign processes and their outcomes in his talk, ‘UX Demystified’
Mr. Renganathan Padmanabhan, Senior Engagement Manager,Deloitte Digital on 31st January 2020 in his dialogue, ‘Lessons I wish my naive 21 year old self knew’ shared his experiences in the IT and Agency scenarios to answer questions about the changing role of design and the profiles for a designer in the consulting practice. He articulated facets of his maturing persona in the profession as well.
Ms. Sanjukta Das, Creative Lead, Dalberg Design on 7th February 2020 in her session, ‘Research makes good design (and designers) shared her perspective taking the students through case studies in the development sector. Her session was thought-provoking and interactive.
Mr. Ashish Gupta, General Manager, Reliance Jio and leading Games Ecosystem on 28th February 2020 in his talk, ‘Gamify with a Purpose’ explained how to gamify an experience wherein customers 'feel' the reward value. He went on to explain the dissimilarity in learning through games and gamification. The students witnessed their transitioning role from a gamer to that of designing with a gamification approach through his lively narrative relay of case studies
Mr. Shikher Chaudhary, Director, Neurons Inc. Asia on 6th March 2020 in his dialogue, ‘Applications of consumer neuroscience in design’ explained to the students how can Neuroscience assist design. He took us through different approaches to hold or motivate a user's attention on to an artefact. He continued to unveil how neuroscience led testing can provide evidence based confirmations of a design solution
 
           
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