Having acquired a degree in engineering in 1986, V.
Ravishankar enrolled into NID for a PG Diploma in
Product Design. Twenty years later, he once again joined
the institute as a faculty member in the Design for Retail
At NID, Ravishankar offers courses in Design Basics,
Design Methodology, Digital Product Design, Universal
Design Module, Retail Store Design, and Visual
Merchandising. He leads the NID Universal Design (UD)
Initiative and set up a Universal Design studio, a Joint
Competence Center in collaboration with University
of Applied Sciences, Germany with the objective of
generating content and formulating the curriculum for
Universal Design in design education and research
into Universal Design in India.
He has worked in the areas of object and space for over
18 years in domains such as IT Mobile Technology Voice
Interfaces, Product Design, Retail Design and Visual
Merchandising, Package Design for consumer products,
and Design and Training in the indigenous craft sector.
During his tenure from 2002–07, as the Empanelled
Designer with the Office of Development Commissioner,
Handicrafts, Government of India, he conducted Design
and Development workshops for over 300 artisans
across India. He has worked as a consultant to BPL
Ltd., BPL Innovision, Reliance Web World and Infosys
Technologies Ltd. and worked for SPIC Group, Chennai,
Levi Strauss India, HMT Watches Ltd., Rain Design,
Hyderabad and Oriole Design, New Delhi.
Ravishankar is a co-author in the formulation of the
Universal Design India Principles. He was awarded the
NID-Business World Design Excellence Award in 2006.
- Coordinator, Regional Centre for MS&ME Design Clinic Scheme, R&D Campus
- Coordinator, Universal Design