The first issue of Designfolio appeared in
1973, in the form of a newsletter. Since then many changes have taken place. In
accordance with the new guidelines set for Designfolio
about two years ago, this issue includes articles on many design-related
subjects. Some of these indicate the varied nature of NID's activities, while
others cover topics of particular interest to designers. The main feature is an
article on Visual Rhetoric by Prof. Hanno Ehses of
the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, who conducted a two-week workshop cum seminar in 1989. This is
an area of Visual Communication in which he has specialized. In his article, he
illustrates how graphic design can make use of rhetorical principles to add
force to a design message. The text of the keynote address delivered by Shri Sharada Prasad at a recent
seminar on Book Design is also included. It makes interesting reading. We
endeavour to include a feature on an NID graduate in each issue. This issue
covers the work of Sunand Bhattacharya, who graduated
The visit of a group of designers from Sri Lanka, reported in this
issue, reflects NID's interest in developing closer links with designers and
design institutions in other countries. Prof. Stuart Durant of Kingston Polyechnic, U.K., who came to NID in 1988 on a brief visit,
has reviewed Owen Jones's Grammar of Ornament especially for us. Prof. Durant is an authority on Owen [ones and his
work. This remarkable book, which first appeared in 1856, was reprinted in
1986. His own book, Ornament, published in 1986, is a survey of
decoration from the 1830s until today.
The outcome of a particularly interesting research project in Production
Design was a 20-rninute Hindi film titled 'Tota Nama', which involved both students and faculty in all
aspects of its production - set and costume design, decor, furniture, etc. An
article on this project, in Hindi, is featured in this issue.
We look forward to receiving articles, notes or written contributions
from readers. For the benefit of those who wish to send in
their articles we wish to make it clear that these should be 'NID-oriented'
wherever possible, reporting topical discussions and critiques on the work done
at NID. Material on ongoing activities in education, consultancy,
research, extension training and design promotion in other organisations is
also welcome. As pointed out in our earlier circular on the subject, the operative
word is Topicality.
Steps towards a Visual
Some Thoughts on Book
A TV Signal: What is it?
Who gets it?
A New Management Structure
Love and Care for Elders
All about Nothing
Design & the
Step In and Drive Away
Design & Design
Indian Design: Yesterday & Today
The Grammar of Ornament by
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