Asian growth in design (was RE: Revenge of the Right-side of the brain)

28 Jan 2005 - 7:09am
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Dave Malouf
2005

The issue of Asian Design is a VERY interesting one. It is especially
interesting in industrial design and I'm sure it will eventually cross over
into interaction design as these are so linked together.

China especially is putting a lot of money into this effort by building some
hundreds of design programs as they want to bring more value to their
manufacturing services by closing more of the loop on the total process.

Here is an interesting interview with the recently hired director of the
design program at a university in Hong Kong. She used to work for a US
university, I think in Georgia, US.

http://nextd.org/02/05/02/index.html

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28 Jan 2005 - 2:13pm
Pradyot Rai
2004

> The issue of Asian Design is a VERY interesting one. It is especially
> interesting in industrial design and I'm sure it will eventually cross over
> into interaction design as these are so linked together.

I can speak about Indians on this list. And I know there are many
lurking on this list who hail from Indian D-Schools (me included). I
would request them to chime in.

There are few VERY good schools around India. Some of the front
runners include, those under the patronage of IITs - Bombay, New Delhi
and a new one in Guwahati. Not to forget there is greatest of all
D-school called NID, in Ahmedabad. Most of these schools are offering
4 years UG and 2 years Masters in Product Design and Visual
Communication, HCI, Interaction Design etc. These schools have shaped
the business trend in India. They are actively involved in their own
reseach and are well connected with the industry.

It is worth mentioning that the challenges to Indian Design schools
are different than those in west. Serving to the common masses is
still the main theme, at least as I know from the past days in my
school at IDC, IIT Bombay. However, you can see another class of
designers/and design educationist those who are serving to silicon
world.

Besides, there are many institutions -- HCI, Humanfactors and
government initiatives that are pampering the new design trends. And
there are many shops that are competing the design works from west.
And, mind you, all of them are not competing on cost. Recall the name
of Dilip Chabaria of Auton Martin fame?

Few years back, Sapiant decided to move most of their Design/IA work
to India, with very little infrastructure left on US soil. Most of
others, types of Sapiant, have done the same. This is one counter
example to "right side brain"/"innovation", or "context" theory that
makes you believe that it will hold all Design and IA work to US. Just
few years back, software development folks were living in the same
disillusionment.

Last point, it is not just that price of professionals is low, that
has caused US firms to take shelters in eastern part of the world, but
it is also the cost of doing innovation. The infrastruture,
technology, government blessing is no more a barrier for entry
anywhere in the world. Doing innovation is also not advantage to any
perticular genetic, racial or geographically dispersed society. And
that is the real threat to the jobs here in America.

Thanks,

Prady

28 Jan 2005 - 2:37pm
Coryndon Luxmoore
2004

Prady said:
"Few years back, Sapiant decided to move most of their Design/IA work
to India, with very little infrastructure left on US soil."

This is not really true. I worked at Sapient during this time which was painful for many reasons mostly that it was tough being at a company that had to resize during the downturn. This meant that ALL disciplines were reduced in the states and europe, engineers, UI folks, etc.. Even afterwards we still had a very significant number of UI folks and engineers working stateside.

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