So, I am back here. I was away for a bit. The reasons were described in the previous post. I had already written a part of the post an year back. Since then, I did manage to read a few more books and reflect on what could have been more useful for IDC students. Things that could have provided a better understanding of the “design” industry. I have, hence, updated the list.

Let me know what you think about the list.

This list is probably more useful during the other half of your time at IDC (P2,P3, and Placements). The…


This web visualization uses the metaphor of a wall to visualize the level of travel restrictions imposed to a particular country in the ‘Equal’ opportunity world.

What

I used a dataset to visualize this “wall” that someone could see when looking at the world from her country. This tool should make you become more aware of this wall.

The bricks vanish as you choose your country. This metaphor symbolizes your openess to the world. The less the bricks the more you can travel. On the map the countries highlighted show the world as it exists for you. …


It has been almost an year. I have been out of IDC and working/studying here in Madrid, Spain. As I continue to explore design, I often read books that I feel could answer many questions I had back in those days. I hope students still have a lot of questions. In this brief post, I present a collection of books I came across that could help design students perceive design better. I hope they keep you well insulated.

The list is arranged in order of possible things you could have in mind at a particular time in the course. …


MissingMenu is a project that generates possible combinations of food dishes from a learned menu. It does that by converting a menu to a linguistic model and then computationally generating new food dishes using Probabilistic Context-free grammar (PCFG).

In other words, the menu is interpreted as a language and a new dish is just another sentence, a meaningful combination of words. So, if you teach it the Chinese menu and south Indian menu, it generates things like schezwan idli with egg fried rice. These combinations are essentially possible as they are made by understanding the morphology of the menu system…


I recently moved to Madrid for an internship. In Madrid, English is not the best language to go around. Since, Language is the primary means to interact with a new culture, I completely missed a lot of things for the first few months as I did not understand any Spanish rapido.

I was trying to learn on my own. I have been duolingoing for quite a while now. Duolingo’s learning model is based on repetition and typically suited for casual learning. It does have gamification that makes you stick to the core value of repetition. The app teaches you a…


This post presents my reflections on the design education I received at IDC. The views presented here are mine.

TL;DR, — There is no TL,DR in Design.

After my graduation in Electrical Engineering and partly in Electronics (from CEDT), I had joined Tata Motors, RnD at Pune. My role was with the HMI group there. We worked on various things like control panels and their evaluation (subjective and objective), setting standards for various features, designing, implementing and strategies for various car features like Acoustics, PEPS, Infotainment, Apps, and Telemetry. If someone is familiar with the automotive industry, the organization structure…


This post presents my final Master’s project — An exertoy that helps kinds affected by cerebral palsy perform finger pinching action while learning basic concepts like shapes and colors. Although this project involved a lot of research, I have observed my friends talk a lot about my posts being very research oriented and having no visible design output. I am trying a new approach to communicate the idea in this post. I am choosing my audience by the content. I hope I can connect with more people this way.

My siblings suffer from cerebral palsy. I have seen their therapy…


This installation, presented at National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, was a part of the “Nature Embedded” exhibition. The exhibition was inaugurated by Paola Antonelli .

“To develop an understanding one has to look at things from other’s perspectives”. Through the means of this exhibit we tried to recreate an experience for the visitor to see the world from the point of view of a bird, dog and a fish. The view is not just a physical sensation but a perception of the world. In our design, we incorporated the unbiased, natural and permanent physical features of the eye like…


This post describes the concept, process, insights and extensions of a geovisualization project done as a part of Interactive Data Viz course at IDC.

In the end, I had this 3D visualization.

Concept(s)

The concept was to visualize the trains that originate from every station on the Indian Railways network. This would allow users to compare the number and even draw conclusions based on their locations. The goal was to be able to make the viz insightful and must atleast follow William Cleveland’s Three Visual Operations i.e Detection, Assembly and Estimation. These were covered during the course. One can also look…


Information seems to have affected the pace of human evolution. Early humans could remember more information than the modern man. We today live in a world where information is ubiquitous and externalized. With ambient connectivity, this seems to have lead to a reduced information storage in biological memory. Hence, information is ambient. The ease and implementation of search engines has affected the inherent confirmation bias. This leads to a lack of objectivity in the information presented. Through the means of this installation, I intend to show the biased nature of modern pursuit of information. …

Rohit Gupta

Designer, Doer, and Researcher. Trying to be more social.

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