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NIDians win Montana World of Wearable Art award!

FIRST-TIME entrants Yogesh Chaudhary and Manas Barve from India have won the Montana World of WearableArt Supreme Award.

The winners’ garment, Loops, also won the American Express Open Section.

During last night’s awards show, international guest judge Mark D’Arcy said the World of WearableArt made Lady Gaga look like a librarian.

A total of 191 garments from around the world including 130 local entries and 61 international entries took to the stage this year with international designers winning thirteen of the thirty-five prizes on offer.


Peter Alwin is the winner of the Electrolux Design Lab 2010

Peter Alwin from National Institute of Design in India is the winner of the Electrolux Design Lab 2010 competition for inventing The Snail, the Micro Induction Heating.

Electrolux, a global leader in home and professional appliances, selected The Snail as the Electrolux Design Lab 2010 winner. The announcement was made at the finals in London on September 23, 2010, at 100% Design London, the UK’s leading architecture and design event.

The Snail is a portable heating and cooking device based on magnetic induction processes. Such is the size and versatility of the Snail, it can be stuck directly on to a pot, a pan, a mug etc. to heat the contents.This reduces the amount of space required for conventional cooking whilst adding portability to the process. Powered by a high density sugar crystal battery, the Snail converts the energy from the sugar, heating up a coil to conduct the magnetic induction process to the utensil. Integrated sensors detect the food type being heated so as to automatically adjust the time and temperature. A simple touch sensitive display with interface helps to monitor the process.

Congratulations Peter!

Suruchi wins Tierney fellowship for photography

Suruchi has won the tierney fellowship for photography this year . She gets $5000 and exhibition in New York.


Better Photography mag publishes student work

Harikrishnan reinterprets the tanpura!

Product Design student Harikrishnan has redesigned the classical music instrument – the tanpura. When Hari began his research he realized that the tanpura was dying a slow death with the advent of electronic shruti boxes. On one hand wherein en entire generation of music students embraced the electronic shruti box for its convenience of size and cost, the purists insisted that it could never be replaced.

Hari used his study of intangibles and perceptions to redesign an electronic version for the current breed of young music students who were comfortable with electronic interfaces and aesthetics. His design addressed issues of compactness, interface, tactile response, ergonomics and most important – the purity of relationship between the musician and the instrument.

Hari is reachable on

+91 – Photography exhibition opens !

Dear Folks,

You are cordially invited to the opening of +91, a photography exhibition, the work of the first batch of Photography Design students (Class of 2008).

Venue: Design Gallery, NID, 20-24thApril 2010.

For all of you who cannot make it back to the insti, check out the work at –

Namit Bisht, Gopal Pai and Abhilash Suchindran make a movie on truckers lives!

As a part of their systems project, Namit Bisht, Gopal Pai and Abhilash Suchindran decided to look into a trucker’s life. In order to understand the scenario on the road first hand, they decided to travel on different trucks on long distance routes. Namit took an overnight trip on a Eicher 10.59 truck from Ahmedabad to Mumbai and Abhilash and Gopalkrishna travelled on a Tata 2515 and an Ashok Leyland 3516 between Mumbai and Bangalore. They covered a total distance of around 2050 kms over this trip.

Their interesting journey culminated in a wonderful short film. Take a look!