Thinking about Design

This part of the semester, we work with design and begin our 7-week exploration of research and thinking, working with “Parts of a Whole”. Since the students pick their specialisations over the next few weeks, it is crucial that they know their options and make well-researched and thought through decisions. Integrative Seminar and Studio tackles this process of understanding design AND teaches students the methods of research and academic writing.

The Design of Everyday Objects by Don Norman  is an excellent place to start and the class divided the first chapter in groups of four to read, explain and discuss it. The discussion was great– we all participated and bite-sized chunks understood the essay, which any way was written lucidly. 🙂

For next week, we’re making formal presentations on 4 leaders of design from the specialisations offered at ISDI (Communication, Fashion, Interior, and Product), to investigate the growth of the disciplines, and how the greats became great.



Over the last two weeks, we worked with the final texts to create the tunnel book. Last week I noticed a reluctance to see the metaphorical meaning, perhaps because the visual imagery inspired by the lines were incredibly tough to get past.

This week, therefore, we started with deconstructing couplets from our favourite songs, to help us see the literal and the metaphorical. While the exercise was a lot of fun, we were led to seeing deeper meaning into seemingly cheesy lyrics.

The class ended with each student converting their Calvino passage into a short poem, attempting to capture the poem’s essence.


Calvino describe Adelma as city of dead’s he founds everyone who resembles are dead. He finds an old man during wholesale fish market who was loading sea urchins resembles the same man when the writer was small. Then comes a vegetable vendor who weighs a cabbage on scales, one girl was identical with one in his village who had gone mad for love and killed herself she was his grandmother.

He was lost or absorbed in that Kaleidoscope of wrinkles, eyes and pain. Then he realise that he arrived in a city where he is also dead and he thought that the further side of his life is not happy.

Writing and Working Sessions

Over the last few weeks we have examined every inch of Invisible Cities, and worked with the three lenses of memory, constructed environments and semiotics. The time is now ripe to combine these elements and make a new narrative, taking off from the chosen passages but making them entirely our own.

To begin with, the class dealt with the basic structure of (any) story and made a skeleton for their own fresh narrative. Creating subheadings, then filling them out, we now have completely different Invisible Cities.


INDIA. Mumbai. A view of Marine Drive from atop the flyover, 2010.
INDIA. Mumbai. A view of Marine Drive from atop the flyover, 2010.  

With Marine Drive I have my good memories.  Last year I bunked the lecture and came here with all my old friends we were 22 of them. We stayed there for so many hours and it was raining also. I will never forget that moments .

Week 2 (Assignment 1)

INDIA. Mumbai. Students trying their hands at a portrait session at JJ School of Arts, 2010.   

This is that class where u have to draw and sketch a live model something I always wanted . But I was not getting how to start from where to start. The area was too bright on the Sunday morning. Many students had already started sketching but I was not yet confirmed. Finally I started sketching but it was too bad.

Description about Lower Parel

Lower parel is one the part of Bombay, the station area is always crowded. There are malls nearby. There are different types of building made up of glass. After getting down the station the area is too creepy to walk. After crossing next bridge we can see different types of people with different costumes. There were massive building across the sky .