Precedent Studies from NID


Here are some projects that belong to the speculative & critica design domains, which have been undertaken by NID alumni and students:

Craft Future

Graduation Project, 2019-20
EDUG ‘15

In his GP, Yatharth speculates on the future of craft in India- starting off with a series of posts on reimagining the India Report, he moves on to looking at alternative narratives connecting craft and tech, and goes on to present design fictions on a crafts expo- using tools like spatial renderings, newspaper reports, and visual interventions.

The idea of rewriting the India Report is an interesting one, with endless possibilities. As it was the starting point for the setting up of NID and hence a major landmark for design education in India, reimagining the India Report can lead to countless possibilities for speculating on the future of design and design education in India. On similar lines, what if the past had played out differently? What would that mean for the present?
Speculating A Rapidly Urbanised India 2030

Graduation Project, 2019-20
Aarushi Bapna
GDUG ‘15

Aarushi’s award-winning GP looks at the future of urban development in India, focusing on the Shahpur Jat locality in Delhi. She documents her entire process in her thesis document- detailing out methodologies used for primary research, secondary research sources, and her ideation, execution, and prototyping of futuristic artefacts that make social, cultural, and political commentary on issues identified in the hyperlocal context through her research. 

Her ‘deliverable’ becomes a film that showcases the diegetic prototype and carries forth the narrative developed as design fiction.

Scratch here : A Critical inquiry in visual design

Graduation Project, 2016
Kunal Agnihotri
GDUG ‘11

Kunal’s GP takes the form of the ‘thesis-book’ and verbalises the various modes of taking a critical look at graphic design.

Kiss My Teeth 

Design Project, Semester 7, 2021
Vama Gupta
GDUG ‘17

Vama’s DP took an unabashedly personal stance against the dogma of modernism and paid homage to the aesthetics of the internet. She managed to challenge and subvert the conventional tropes of “good” design, to create a publication that is as personal as it is universal, in its references to memes, web fonts, trendy graphic effects, and imagery that transcends design and culture.   

Emerging Scenarios

Studio Course, M.Des GD 

3rd-4th Semester

In this course, we started off by imagining headlines and advertisements from newspapers set in 2025, and then identified “problems” of the future.

We “solved” these problems in hypothetical scenarios, and proposed a set of manifestos to help us accomplish this.

We moved away from the conventions of HCD and figured out ways of humanely addressing design. This became an exercise in systems thinking and speculative futuring.

The first draft of the manifestos had a solutionist approach, while the second one became a document of “we did it”- a future where the problems were solved already.