Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Accessibility Audit @ NID

As a part of a workshop on Universal Design, we conducted an audit of our campus - National Institute of Design to check how accessible it is for people with disabilities. For this, we blindfolded ourselves, used crutches and a wheelchair ourselves to view, feel and experience the world from the perspective of a person with disabilities.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Design for Dignity : Workshop with Margarita Matiz

The 4th year undergraduate students from Product, Furniture and Exhibition design came together to do a collaborative 1 day workshop with Margarita Bergfeldt Matiz on "Design for Dignity" on 11 August 2016. The main objective of this workshop was to be more sensitive, aware and empathic when designing future products.

Reading time : 3.5 minutes approx.
Content : Process of the Workshop

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Design for Dignity & AccessAbility: 2 Swedish exhibitions at NID

Estimated reading time : 3.5 minutes

Hej Hej Tjena!

The National Institute of Design and the Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai have organised a Swedish exhibition ‘Design for Dignity’ which showcases products that are designed to improve the quality of life for differently abled people. Produced by the Swedish Institute, the exhibition encompasses 22 products and highlights the importance and benefits of being inclusive while developing products for the future.

A photo exhibition titled ‘AccessAbility’ based on the everyday life stories of differently abled Swedish and Indian individuals, is on display as well. ‘AccessAbility’ consists of personal accounts of 14 individuals from Sweden by Swedish photographer Markus Marcetic and 11 individuals from India by Indian photographer Sunil Thakkar. These images tell stories of their dreams, hopes, sorrows, love, family, daily life, work and spare time.
(source : NID mass email)  

(a flyer from the exhibition)

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Chindōgu - Invention, the Japanese Way

According to Ripley'sChindogu is the Japanese art of inventing silly & useless gadgets to solve an everyday problem. Translated literally, 'Chindogu' means a valuable or priceless tool. Yes, these inventions are genius, but you would probably look pretty silly using them out in public.

Today, when I woke up to a rainy morning and was listening to my favourite songs on Youtube, I came across the following video made by Top Most Rare, and it made my morning! These products are surely meant to pep up life. Are you lacking rainbows? You have struck jackpot. Welcome honey. 

1. Breast Feeder for males
When parents decide to be pregnant together and feed the child together. What is wrong with normal milk bottles eh? Well, the advantage is that you can make the kid have a variety of liquids. How about milk in one and chocolate shake in the other? 

Saturday, 14 May 2016

The Humanure Project : Completing the Cycle

The human nutrient cycle is an endless natural cycle and in order to keep the cycle intact, crops should be grown on soil enriched by continuous addition and application of  manure which can be made from human excreta, cow-dung, vegetable peels, rotten vegetables etc. By repeating this cycle of nature, humans can maintain the fertility of the soil indefinitely instead of depleting it of nutrients.

Therefore to conclude the Humanure Experiment, the compost so prepared was used in the lawns of the National Institute of Design on 10 May 2016. The head gardener of NID was a huge help.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Humanure Project : Microorganisms have a Sweet Tooth

Compost is a home for many types of bacteria, actinomycetes and fungi. After all, they conduct the decomposition process. Compost bacteria combine carbon with oxygen to produce carbon dioxide and energy. Some of the energy is used for reproduction and growth and the rest is given off as heat.

Addition of jaggery is helpful to the pile as it significantly affects the growth of microbes and cellulose activity and accelerates the rate of fermentation. Yeast, which is used in baking has enzymes which break down starch molecules to simple sugars. Starch is the most common carbohydrate in the human diet and is contained in many staple foods. The major sources of starch intake worldwide are the cereals (rice, wheat, and maize) and the root vegetables (potatoes and cassava). I am trying to complete the process of composting as soon as possible to validate and set a timeline in which composting can occur. Perhaps, jaggery and yeast are the answer. But that can only be validated by tests and readings. 

Therefore, jaggery mixed with water (sheera) and yeast solution was added to the piles and they were stirred after a long time. They were stirred last time on 14 April 2016 as has been documented here.


Jaggery solution : 100 g of jaggery (ground) and 300 g of water (mind you grams not mL)
Yeast solution : 8 pinches of yeast granules and 50 g of water

Pour :  100 g of the jaggery solution (sheera) was poured into each of the piles.