Calling yourself a designer is a pain. People expect you to have talents of all kinds of designers which is the same logic that applies to engineers as well. “Wait, I’m a civil engineer, how am I supposed to know what is wrong with your computer?” Yes. Sigh. The same way if I have no interest in automobile design, I will not be able to help you with anything related to a car. THAT was the reason I chose something else over automobile design.
But being a designer is cool. Whatever you do, is fine and accepted since you’re a design student and you know all about the trends and the latest style. (Which is not exactly true but yes.) But a lot of effort goes into the making of a designer. A lot of obstacles, a lot of times when one has to prove himself to the rest of the world that he is capable and not just another lousy student and also internships. Most of you know how it is to work but there is a different level of injustice when you are the designer in the firm. You can NEVER be right. Mind you, never. The client has the last word and whatever you say after it is not applicable. After half of your work for the client is done, you realise, you’re just a medium by which he is getting his thoughts portrayed. There is no creativity and absolutely no freedom. If he says 2+2= 1735, I’m sorry to say, but it’s true. Sometimes, you cannot even defend the brilliant ideas that you have.
So, I think, the college life is the time we can use our creativity and put it to some good use. Make our portfolio may be. It’s not about showing someone how good it is, instead about making yourself happier with your work.
In a design college, the time when the entire college works selflessly without proper food, sleep or entertainment is when we have our annual festival called ‘Fundamental’. This year the theme for our fest was, ‘Tune-In’.
We had a surprisingly excellent team for graphics and illustrations and an immensely talented team for installations. Installations are made by the students themselves and are put up in our campus. Then there was an exhibition team who put up a great show called ‘Pantomime’ by displaying some of the best works by the students done in class or even otherwise.
We also have a design store which was called ‘Haathi & Co.’. This is very dear to all of us since we make small products by ourselves in quantity and put them up for sale.
The design store will not only have exceptionally amazing products but also in damn cheap rates. The amount of stock that design store has on the first day is unimaginable considering the amount that is remaining after the three days. (I also bought stuff from the Design store!)
This is what I made for the design store. Coin wallets in cassettes!
(They’re still available, just in case.)
Then comes the installations. A few brilliant installations put up by my batch-mates.
The Shadow Art- ‘The touch of God’
The Autorickshaw Frame
This one was made by a couple of friends and me.
You will not believe when I tell you the actual size of this giant piece. It was 2000mm X 7360mm. We patiently painted each bubble on large bubble wrap sheets and then after adding the minute details, came out our ‘Bigger Picture’.
The festival not only brought out the best in us but also got all of us closer. We, as a batch became much more helpful and caring towards each other.
That’s the powers of festivals in general, you know? Always does something very unimaginable.
Expect the unexpected!
P.S.- Most of the pictures are not clicked by me.
They’re clicked by our documentation team.