Class of 2017 Blog

This blog represents the students’ thoughts and observations during the 2017 Design Abroad: India course. It also serves as an archive of the project and work accomplished in collaboration with the local community. To learn more, read the following blog posts, starting at the beginning through to the final day’s post.

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Course Blog Assignments

One of your required tasks in this course is to post to the Design Abroad: India blog. One to two students will be assigned to post each day to the blog, reporting and reflecting on the activities you were involved in on that day. Each student will be responsible for three blog posts during the course. Students will write and upload, at minimum, a 200-word post. Along with thoughtfully written (and edited) text, you will choose and upload three photos that best represent the work and experience that day. For faster uploading, ensure you first re-save the photos as a smaller file size. Posts should be completed and uploaded by 9am the day following your assigned blog day.

Here is the blog assignment schedule over the next three weeks:

Mon 5/15
Alyssa

Tues 5/16

Jake

Wed 5/17
Maddy

Thurs 5/18
T’mikah

Fri 5/19
Megan

Sat 5/20
Genevieve

Sun 5/21
Liza

Mon 5/22
Michael

Tues 5/23
Melih

Wed 5/24
Alyssa

Thurs 5/25
Jake

Fri 5/26
T’mikah

Sat 5/27
Maddy

Sun 5/28
Megan
Liza

Mon 5/29
Genevieve
Melih

Tues 5/30
Michael
T’mikah

Wed 5/31
Alyssa
Megan

Thurs 6/1
Melih
Liza

Fri 6/2
Genevieve
Michael

Sat 6/3
Jake
Maddy

Class of 2014 Blog

This blog represents the students’ thoughts and observations during the 2014 Design Abroad: India course. It also serves as an archive of the project and work accomplished in collaboration with the local community. To learn more, read the following blog posts, starting at the beginning through to the final day’s post.

Class of 2015 Blog

This blog represents the students’ thoughts and observations during the 2015 Design Abroad: India course. It also serves as an archive of the project and work accomplished in collaboration with the local community. To learn more, read the following blog posts, starting at the beginning through to the final day’s post.

Class Blog Assignments

One of your required tasks in this course is to post to the Design Abroad: India blog. One to two students will be assigned to post each day to the blog, reporting and reflecting on the activities you were involved in on that day. Each student will be responsible for two blog posts during the course. Students will write and upload, at minimum, a 200-word post. Along with thoughtfully written (and edited) text, you will choose and upload 2-3 photos that best represent the work and experience that day. For faster uploading, ensure you first re-save the photos as a smaller file size. Posts should be completed and uploaded by 9am the day following your assigned blog day.

Here is the blog assignment schedule over the next three weeks:

Mon 5/11
Yinan

Tues 5/12
Christian

Wed 5/13
Kersti

Thurs 5/14
Rachel

Fri 5/15
Natassja

Sat 5/16
Melis

Sun 5/17
Deanna

Mon 5/18
Frances

Tues 5/19
Ali

Wed 5/20
Naya

Thurs 5/21
Ariel

Fri 5/22
Ambika

Sat 5/23
Bonita

Sun 5/24
Yinan

Mon 5/25
Christian
Frances

Tues 5/26
Kersti
Ali

Wed 5/27
Rachel
Naya

Thurs 5/28
Natassja
Ariel

Fri 5/29
Melis
Ambika

Sat 5/30
Deanna
Bonita

2014 Class – Student Bios

Please post your bios here. Each person should add theirs above the previous posted bio. Use the following format: (Copy and paste and repeat for all ten bios)

STUDENTS

Name:

Upload a photo of yourself

Major:

About Me:

Write 100-150 words about yourself and your design work and upload 1-3 photos of your work

_________________

Name:

Upload a photo of yourself

Major:

About Me:

Write 100-150 words about yourself and your design work and upload 1-3 photos of your work

_________________

Name:

Upload a photo of yourself

Major:

About Me:

Write 100-150 words about yourself and your design work and upload 1-3 photos of your work

_________________

 

The First Design Abroad: India Class

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From left to right: Michael Lewis, Maya Das Gupta, Vanessa Hausman, Sarah Tranum (instructor), Felipe Sarmiento, Monifa Charles-Dedier, Zimeng Yu,
Arielle Bourret-Klein, Anna Kolesnikova, and Kylie Thompson.

Last May, nine OCAD University students traveled to India as part of the Design Abroad: India course. This diverse group of students came from both the Faculty of Design and the Faculty of Art and represented a cross section of disciplines, skill sets, and perspectives. This blog documents the projects these students undertook and the incredible work they did as they co-designed with two organizations over the three-week period of the course.

The students worked in two groups. One group co-designed with KESBO, a boys orphanage, and the other team collaborated with Sadhana, a human rights organization that works with residents living in slum areas. The KESBO team designed and built a new playspace with and for the boys who live and go to school at the orphanage. This playspace not only provides a safe place for the boys to have fun and interact with each other, but also offered the boys the opportunity to express their ideas and work together to see these ideas become real.

The Sadhana group worked with the founder of the organization, her staff, and the residents of the nearby community to develop a visual identity that would represent their goals and collective voice. This identity, used on letterhead, posters, flyers, etc., was also printed on textiles and worn as a means to unify Sadhana and the residents at meetings, rallies, press conferences and other events where they are working to have their rights upheld in order to improve the health, safety and governance of their community.

You can learn more about these projects by reading the following posts, which document the participatory design process, from start to finish. The blog also reflects the students’ thoughts and observations during the course and documents the creation of their final individual projects, which were completed after their return from India. These projects challenged the students to thoughtfully reflect upon their experience and how it has influenced them and their work as designers.

Final presentations and graduation celebration

After in field presentations, we returned to Malavli. Students had time to rest and shower and then put on their traditional saris and kurtas. Raksha and Moshi (the fantastic ISAC cook) helped the women put on their saris.

From left to right: Mike, Maya, Vanessa, Sarah, Felipe, Monifa, Zimeng, Arielle, Anna, and Kylie in our saris (women) and kurtas (men).

Felipe explains the final design his group created with Sadhana and the community.

Mike, Vanessa, and Arielle present the playspace their group designed with KESBO.

Mr. Ali, founder of KESBO, presents a certificate of completion to Anna.

We then went to the studio where students set up for their formal presentations. Savita, Mr. Ali, and the founder of Chetna joined us as guests, along with ISAC staff. The students created digital presentations capturing their entire process from beginning to end product. This included the interviews they conducted with key stakeholders in the community, sketches, keywords and insights, finalized budgets, as well as other activities and inspiration that happened along the way.

At the end of the presentations, ISAC staff presented each student with a certificate of completion in recognition of their work over the last three weeks. Both the ISAC staff and I talked about the uniqueness of this pilot program and how excited we are to make this happen and continue to go forward in the future. We recognized the time given and opportunity granted by the partnering organizations. With out their openness and willingness to give students access and flexibility, the program would not have been possible. We also talked about the students’ tremendous work and commitment to seeing their projects through and giving something of meaning to their adopted communities.

From the studio, we traveled down the road to a rented facility, where ISAC set up a lovely meal al fresco in an open courtyard. We ate delicious food and celebrated the end of a successful program and amazing, enlightening experience for all of us. Our guests from the partnering organizations joined us in the celebration.

After dinner, ISAC surprised us with a DJ. We spent the rest of the evening perfecting our Bollywood dance with Raksha as our dance leader showing us new moves, as well as traditional folk dances. We danced as the stars came out. This was a perfect ending to great experience – total immersion in Indian culture mixed with diligent, rewarding design work and a lot of fun!