Nearly 200 designers from across the world have reached the National Institute of Design (NID) as a three-day conference on Towards Global Histories of Design: Postcolonial Perspective.
This conference, organised by Design History Society, is for the first time being held outside of Europe, said organisers.
Held on the theme of postcolonial perspective, the conference aimed at discussing postcolonial era and how it has affected design and design history in regions brought together by the complex socio-economic, political and cultural order of the colonial project.
NID director Pradyumna Vyas said the IT generation has a technology-centric approach. “And so, speed has become the order of the day. Technology has impacted design and also had its social impact.
Globalisation and heterogeneity are the buzzword and it is interesting to see how the world defines design,” he said. Sujata Keshavan, one of the chief guests at the event, also spoke about how technology and internet had helped designers. “I would call it post postcolonial.
This liberalisation of economy through technology and huge growth in IT has contributed in design perspective. Technology has started transforming the lives of people,” she said. Keshavan said India being the second-largest contributor in access through cell phone and third in internet connectivity in the world, it has influenced small business as it has redefined access.
“This is possible for millions of individuals on the globe. Now, a designer in Mumbai can approach a Madhubani artist in a remote village easily and get the work published in New York,” she explained.
Technology has provided access to material knowledge for designers only to help them. Nearly 70 papers are expected to be presented by experts from across the globe at the event.