Demystifying Design Workshop

A interactive workshop to understand design

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 and Prof. Purba Joshi, faculty of IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay 

Quick overview:
Venue: IDC school of Design, IIT Bombay, Mumbai
Dates: Cancelled 

Need for 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.

What do we cover in the two-day workshop?
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.

On 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 our Design Triad Framework to analyze various acts of design.

Design Triad Framework

Demystifying Design Workshop - Triad Model
Special focus on rationalising visual design.
On day-2
of the workshop, 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. 
Design thinking


Mandar Rane
Prof. Mandar Rane
Communication Design
Faculty, IDC, IIT Bombay
Prof. Purba Joshi
Product Design 
Faculty, IDC, IIT Bombay

Core Objectives

  • 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
  • Opportunity to 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.
Demystifying Design

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.

Demystifying Design Calendar 2020 for registered participants

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FAQ: Frequently asked questions

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.
Why the number of seats in the workshop are limited to 30?
This is a 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.

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.
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 improved learning experience.
Can I get answers to CEED and UCEED related queries in the workshop?
You can definitely 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.
Please share the process of registering for an individual or for a group through a company?
The first step is to register your details on the IIT Bombay Portal. 
Once your registration is approved, IIT Bombay CEP office will follow up with you and generate a pro forma invoice based on your details.
Do I get a certificate on course completion?
Yes, each participant gets a certificate from IIT Bombay on course completion. Behind the certificate, the content of the course will be mentioned in bullet points. The certificate is signed by the course coordinators. 
Please explain me the registration process.
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.

Note: IIT Bombay provides limited paid Guest house accommodation for workshop participants.  
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 the 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. 
I want to ask a question which is not listed here?
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