NID Press is an independent publication initiative of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. Established in 1961, NID Ahmedabad has emerged as the pioneer of design education in India and is now a torchbearer of resurgent design practices and philosophies. Over the years, it has come up with significant publications on design. Some of the most noteworthy ones include: The India Report (1958), penned by the iconic duo of Charles Eames and Ray Eames; this report forms the keystone of NID’s educational and foundational philosophies. It published The Ahmedabad Declaration (1979) which underscored the necessity of industrial design and its adherence to refined standards for meeting the needs of a nation as diverse as India.
NID Press covers a broad canvas of publications comprising books, conference proceedings, monographs, archival publications, anthologies, graphic novels, reprints, catalogues, and magazines to name a few. Each of these corrals design activities; pedagogic practices and theories; contemporary issues; social concerns; historical development; economic, political and environmental contexts; global connections; extrapolates the philosophical developments in design. In its new avatar, NID Press continues to encourage collaborative publishing initiatives to ensure a wider reach of works on design; till date, NID Press has collaborated with established names such as Tulika Books, Tara Publishing, Wisdom Tree, Mapin, and Manohar Publishers.
It is indeed a matter of pride that a diverse pool of authors has chosen NID Press to voice their opinions on design and it comprises reckoned names in the field of design education in India such as H. Kumar Vyas, I.S. Mathur, and M.P. Ranjan. In the recent times, several publications from NID Press have been platforms for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to articulate their academic and philosophical perspectives on design as praxis and design as a philosophy in terms of national and global scenarios. With its renewed mandate, NID Press will actively facilitate the commissioning of publications from its vast alumni group thereby bringing into the public domain, a mélange of deliberations on design
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