PEARL PORTFOLIO 2017– School of Design showcases Next Gen in ‘Design’ to industry experts

New Delhi, India, May 8, 2017- Pearl Academy, India’s leading institution in design, fashion, creative businesses and media hosted Pearl Portfolio for its School of Design in New Delhi. Pearl Portfolio is the annual graduating event of Pearl Academy where students from the graduating batch showcase their work to the industry. This Portfolio of ‘School of Design’, not only showcased the work of 275 students from the graduating batch but also held ‘Design Conversations’ with industry experts and design professionals from different creative industries.

Mr. Nidhip Mehta,
School Head - School of Design Pearl Academy
Addressing the Panel Discussion
The two panel discussions underlined some very relevant subjects in design education that will enable young design professions to design their career paths. The first panel comprising of A Balasubramaniam, Founder Director, January Design; Akshat Bhatt, Principal Architect, Architecture Discipline; Anuj Prasad, Founder & CEO, Desmania; Sanjib Chatterjee, Architect; Karu and Naveen Verma, Creative Directors, Appster  discussed ‘Expectations of the Design Industries from Young Designers’ which deliberated industry expectations from young designers in various aspects of business. The second panel discussion included renowned designers and writers such as Nikhil Paul, Lighting Designer, Paul Matter; Abhimanyu Nowar, Industrial Designer, Kiba Design; Manish Gulati, Founding Partner & Principal Architect, M: OFA Studios; Nitin Tiwari, Editor In Chief, Creative Gaga and Shiny Varghese from Indian Express. This panel put the spotlight on another relevant subject - ‘Indian Designs, Global Ambitions’ and touched upon questions such as how are Indian designers perceived globally? What are the distinctive characteristics of Indian designers? What competencies are required to reach out the global audience? Both the panel discussions were thought provoking and were well received by the audience.

Raunaq Nanda's
concept for adaptive re-use
of a water tank structure
Students with outstanding projects were also felicitated at the event. Shelly Shukla a student of Interior Design & Styling has prepared a model for an institute that will provide students suffering from Autism with a relaxing and calming learning environment by using the four basic elements of nature: Earth, Water, Air and Fire. Student from Interior Architecture and Design, Raunaq Nanda designed a concept for adaptive re-use of a water tank structure as a crafts museum and retail space.

Siddhi Golecha, a post-graduation student of Communication Design, designed an innovative learning aid that will help children suffering from dyslexia to master the art of reading and writing in Devanagary script. Another student from the same course Priyanka Hanspal, developed a board game concept that encourages introverts to move forward and conquer challenges that normally they would not address. A Product Design Student Anmol Gupta designed a tool for manure collection. The product is designed for easy adoption and affordability. It has ergonomic features for easier grip and has straight D handles for carrying heavier loads for longer distances.  

“As design educators we work in the realm of great possibilities. We need to empower the design professionals of tomorrow with a global competitive edge which not only helps them to get jobs but nurtures them as professionals who can bring revolutionary changes at their workplaces.  For the last two decades we have been nurturing these young creative minds to be successful in these domains. We are really proud of all our students who graduate today and we are sure that they will create a name for themselves in the design world. We wish them all the very best for the future.” said Prof Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy 
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