Research & Publications

  • Design Education in India: Introspection, Retrospection, And Perception

    By I.S. Mathur

    The identity of this book edited by the late I.S. Mathur is established by its leitmotif—training the teachers of design or educating the design educators. This book is divided into three major sections—‘Retrospection’, ‘Introspection’, and ‘Perception’. A mélange of thoughts, experiences, and anecdotes expressed by alumni, faculty both former and present, and artists—this book touches upon poignant issues which can influence the spread of design education across design schools/institutions in India.

  • Baku’s Rag Book: Stories of Discarded Fabrics

    Edited by Lokesh Ghai

    This book is set within the larger canvas of Ahmedabad’s erstwhile textile industry and its fabled heritage value. Each story here is a reconstructed narrative put together by NID’s students who interacted with former textile mill workers as part of the institute’s International Open Electives 2018 workshop. The book shows how these workers interacted with each other back then in the newly-formed working class milieu and it touches upon issues such as migration in search of job opportunities and better life. In a departure from conventional book publishing norms, this book has been screen printed on discarded fabric seconds which have been procured from various markets in the old city area of Ahmedabad; this aptly depicts the sense of pain, unfulfilled aspirations, and an entire way of life lost as far as these mill workers are concerned. Baku’s Rag Book focuses on the lives of its subjects—both as textile mill workers in the past and their lives in the present times; in doing so, it presents a convincing socio-economic portrait of this specific section of society.

  • 50 Years Of The National Institute Of Design: 1961-2011


    Through a few hundred pages, this publication has captured fifty years in the life of the National Institute of Design (NID). Through the medium of text and images, this book describes the educational ethos of the National Institute of Design, its design philosophy, and design practices that have so remarkably evolved, making NID a name to reckon with today. This commemorative book is a celebration of the pioneering efforts of the National Institute of Design in imparting design education, while simultaneously initiating the Indian design journey.

  • Purab aur Paschim: Colonials, Neighbours and Others

    By Arun Gupta

    One of the first villains of Hindi cinema were the British. Their haughty disregard for the subjugated Indians living in a colonized country was material for interesting mean characters, played sometimes by natives in blond wigs, with pretend Brit accents. Post-partition it has often been the bearded Pakistanis from across the border (or their alleged sympathizers within) who have been the raw material for film evil – as enemy combatants, spies, terrorists, saboteurs, or religious fanatics. Those different from ‘us’ – Chinamen, Transsexuals, Anglo-Indians, Tribals, Spirits, Aliens – also form a significant chunk of Bollywood rogues gallery, their departures from the ‘norm’ making them a source of fear & anxiety. Purab aur Paschim: Colonials, Neighbours and Others lays bare the fun we have with othering, while enjoying the forbidden fruit all along. Hats off to Hindi cinema villains for letting us have our cake (or fafda-jalebi, if you please) and eat it too!

  • When Jewellery Speaks: Celebrating The Tradition Of Kundan Minakaari

    By Shimul Mehta Vyas

    This book informs readers about the Mughals’ deeply cherished admiration for the arts. It explores the history of enamelling traditions across continents, before focusing on the enamelling traditions of India. Vivid photographs and sketches enhance the narrative. This book describes the making of kundan minakaari jewellery and the role of the artisan in the same. This book traverses through time and captures the past, present, and future of kundan minakaari jewellery—its legacy, its tradition, and its making.

  • The Trellis (issue 10)

    The tenth issue of the research-centric publication The Trellis stays true to its metaphoric nomenclature and continues to support and showcase research initiatives by faculty, students, and alumni. Interviews, reports, research papers, and articles in this issue reveals the successful transition of NID’s educational programmes to an advanced level as behooves a pioneering design education as NID. The Trellis reinforces NID’s unique educational philosophy and spirit of research, thus showing how research initiatives are an essential complement to the academic endeavours at the institute. This tenth issue also brings to the fore, a confluence of various streams of thoughts and perspectives on design.