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Demystifying Design Workshop

An interactive workshop to understand design

Demystifying Design is a two-day interactive workshop at IIT Bombay to define design, understand the process, and experience thinking like a designer. It is conducted by Prof. Mandar Rane and Prof. Purba Joshi, faculty of IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay  
IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay, Mumbai 
2 Days
Why did we think about floating this workshop?
Finding a common ground to define design has been a challenge due to its multidisciplinarity. We encourage everyone to understand the meaning of design before venturing into (the buzz word) design thinking. What is design? Have you ever tried to define ‘design’? The definition of design seems to be in constant flux. Every attempt to define design seems holistic, but still, something gets left out. No wonder, we are confused about who a designer is, me or them. Let us discuss this in the workshop.

About the workshop

About design thinking

Design thinking is a skill that can be learnt. It is a way of generating ideas to resolve design issues that are identified by observing and empathizing with people within their context. The workshop showcases a plethora of real-life examples to introduce participants to the ways of seeing. We will train you to see and think like a designer, understand his attitudes, behaviours and mindset. 

What do we cover in the two day workshop?

Day-1: We will demystify ‘design’. The aim is to learn design through visual documentation of everyday observations, discussions, and debates in applied contexts. We will use introduce you to our ‘Design Triad Framework’ to analyze any act of design, thus clarifying your understanding of design.
Demystifying Design Workshop - Triad Framework ©
Special focus on rationalising visual design.
Day-2: You learn by doing. We challenge you with a design task. As you attempt to find a solution, we guide you through the design process. Experience first-hand, how frustration, having your ideas challenged and getting stuck can be an enjoyable process for a designer. To summarise, what does it mean to think like a designer or work with one. 


  • Resolve the conflict about defining design
  • Exposure to ‘Design around you’ through our observations
  • Introduce you to the ‘Design Triad Framework’
  • Hone your ability to analyse any design task using the framework
  • Experience the act of design and apply design thinking 

Learning by doing

Learning through experience with hands-on tasks will hone your ability to externalise thoughts. Reflections on your ideas and debates with us will help you articulate design decisions more meaningfully.
Working with dots

Past participants

The previous workshops were attended by a diverse mix of professionals from Product Design, Communication Design, Graphic designers, Art, Architecture, Engineering, Animation, Game Design, Interaction Design, Finance, Aeronautics, Marketing, and students pursuing graduate and post-graduate courses in design.

Design Instructors

Mandar Rane
Prof. Mandar Rane
Communication Design
Faculty, IDC, IIT Bombay
Prof. Purba Joshi
Product Design 
Faculty, IDC, IIT Bombay
Demystifying Design is a two-day interactive workshop to define design, understand the process, and experience thinking like a designer. It is conducted by Prof. Mandar Rane, his expertise is Communication design and Prof. Purba Joshi, faculty of IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay, her expertise is Product Design.

Some things you should know
Read about the history of design

The Ulm School of Design (Hochschule für Gestaltung, HfG), founded in 1953 by Inge Scholl, Otl Aicher and Max Bill. It was the most influential design school of the 20th century.

The booklet is a short narrative about the HFG Ulm. It is a conversation between two students where one of them builds a stool which unfortunately is an exact copy of the ‘Ulm stool’ by Max Bill. Unaware of its creator, the student thinks that it has created something that does not exist. Lack of exposure to design history and design products of the past reinforces the importance to teach history at design schools in INDIA.

Free download PDF // Read more 
Get the printed book free with the purchase of Design Timeline
HfG Ulm Booklet free download
Mandar Rane
Prof. Mandar Rane
Communication Design
Faculty IDC, IIT Bombay
Hriday Gami
Hriday Gami
Research Associate
Alumnus DoD, IIT Guwahati
Product Title: The HFG Ulm, A short history
Product Type: Printed
Price: FREE with design timeline
Contents: The booklet is a short narrative about the HFG Ulm - the most influential design school of the 20th century.
Binding: Center pinning
Publisher: mrane publications
Author: Mandar Rane + Hriday Gami
Pages: 28 (including cover)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-93-5311-442-8 (Paperback)
Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 24 cm
Product weight: 64 gms
Quantity: 1 

FAQ: Frequently asked questions

Workshop related

I am not a designer, I am confused whether I can attend the workshop?

Yes, you can attend the workshop. Your background does not restrict you to get exposure into the world of design.

Is it different from IDEO cards and Stanford design thinking process?

Yes, it is different. The content of the workshop is not borrowed from the internet. It has emerged from our unique way of learning to observe and empathize. We share our captured observations and let you decode, what it means to think and act like a designer. The workshop is based on our Design Triad Framework, which helps participants to interpret and analyze any design act, in-turn clarifying the definition of design.

Why the number of seats in the workshop are limited to 30?

The workshop is not a passive lecture session, it is a consciously designed lively conversation between participants and professors by exposing them to everyday observations to generate curiosity and enquiry. Therefore, to achieve mindful participation and conduct meaningful interactions with each one of you the number is restricted.

Can you add one extra seat, I missed registration for the current workshop.

The workshop is conducted frequently, please register for the next one before the seats are full. We strictly limit our intake of participants for the improved learning experience.

Can I get answers to CEED and UCEED related queries in the workshop?

You can ask us your queries about becoming a designer and understanding design. But we won't be able to provide you with any guidance or counselling towards design entrance exams like CEED, UCEED, NID, NATA and NIFT. Sorry, this is not the right platform.

Registration related

Explain me the registration process in steps

The registration process is done at the IIT Bombay secure portal.
1. Create an account on the portal.
2. Register for course by uploading a valid Photo ID
3. Your registration will be forwarded for approval to the course faculty
4. If registration is approved, go ahead with the payment.
5. After confirmation of payment, your seat will be secured
6. Plan your travel and accommodation.

Can I get accommodation on the IIT Bombay campus guest house?

Yes, we provide limited accommodation for participants who register for the workshop. It is on a first-come-first-served basis and is subject to availability. Your accommodation will be at IIT Bombay Guest House which is situated inside the campus. Single occupancy: at Rs. 2,400 per day. Double occupancy: at Rs. 4,000 per day.

Is it required to stay on the IIT Bombay campus for the workshop?

No. The workshop does not require you to stay on the campus. It is your choice.


Due to corona pandemic, the event is cancelled
We are not comfortable with the idea of online workshop.
In-person interaction is required
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