October 13, 2014

NID 2015 forms are out

Dear friends,

NID 2015 admission forms are out

Please visit this website for more details http://admissions.nid.edu/

Last date for sending out filled application form is 21 Nov 2014

NID DAT will be held on 10 Jan 2014

This is a good news for candidates aspiring for CEED and NID. The CEED preparation will help them in clearing NID as well :)

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Thank you Varun Kalpurath for pointing out this news to the TeaCupBlog 

October 09, 2014

Best approach for showing your ideas in CEED

While sketching in CEED, sometimes its hard to decide what is the best way to convey the idea that we have, so here is a simple approach that you can follow to effectively communicate your idea in a short time

Generally CEED question will specifically ask you what to present. But if it is not given, then a best way to present is draw 3 sketches : 

1. one sketch that conveys the form correctly as used normally 
e.g. Here is a form drawing of the scissors

2. A sketch that shows internal mechanism through exploded/cut-out/transparent view 
e.g. Here is a exploded view of the scissors

3. A person using the product. 
e.g. Here is a person using the scissors

If you follow this funda you will get nice marks for the solution :)

August 09, 2014

CEED 2015 registration open

Hello guys,

CEED 2015 registration is now open
Here is the link 
There are no early bird entries or discounts, but registering earlier will motivate you to study better :)
All the best

Our thanks to Jahangeer Basha for bringing this to notice

July 23, 2014

Success Story : Rahul Kothari (IITK)

 Rahul Kothari joined IITK recently. He appeared for 3 interviews in total, so his experience is very diverese, just like his portfolio. We wish him all the best for his future

Hello friends this is Rahul Kothari my story is specially about those who are in job.

My passion about designing started in teenage but it got its name i.e. design in final year of engineering when i know about design and CEED .I am skipping my struggle for CEED  from starting because its a never ending story for me . So i will cover just two years 13  and 14 in 2012 i have joined BRDS for CEED regarding coaching like brds, silica, afd etc many student have view that they are fake but i say it depends on your purpose. Of course, selection is unspoken motto and as per saying that they are costly and doesn’t guarantee selection which is 100% true. My main purpose is to change my environment because i was in a boring non creative and administrative govt job in a small city. So it became difficult for me to be in IITs or NID. In 2013 anyhow I got call from NID in NMD which is my second preference this could be my last chance but bad luck continues here also I got rejection from them. I really disappointed from myself. I almost give-up. Then after some time I realize that i can’t live without designing and then i promised to myself that this is now do or die situation and that the spirit which I was searching from long time .

This year i cracked both CEED and NID for CEED I think many friend have discussed. So regularly read Teacup blog. From my side mechanical and spatial ability and creative kind of gk is must for par t A specially. NID exam has different approach. This year they totally changed their pattern and we have to compulsory solve all the design field questions. NID exam emphasize on spontaneity, sketching and creativity.

I have appeared in three institute interviews first is 

IDC- Idc first asks for creative works with form. Then on that basis they called you for written test in which they asked similar question like in Part B (optional) of CEED. This year they asked us to design a Mobile tea shop for PD and Auto rickshaw in MVD. Secondly, there is studio test in which for PD we have to make lamp and for MVD we have to make a tetrahedron. After that in PI they asked me about my design which I sent with form. Lamp and my job etc. It was nice conversation but i didn’t get through it perhaps, someone has given better impression than me.

Second is –
NID- In NID we have two round for written test first is doodling test and then studio test in which they asked to redesign bulb packaging unlike corrugated paper and it should pass 2 inch drop test and check its working condition without opening it. It got disasterous end where it get opened out. Interview was great and I won their hearts. But both studio test and PI matters so again rejected!

Third is –
DP-IIT Kanpur - DP has different kind of environment. We had just interview which is very indifferent, very lengthy and out of the box questions. My interview was second or third down after lunch. So they were yawning looking very indifferent for me. They asked me about my job, living place, my preference suddenly the whole interview turned to a fish market everybody throwing me questions and statements at a point even i started laughing then again abruptly  they said you can go. I shocked that what happened to them. Lots of question stroke in my mind. Then I thought that this is my last chance to be a designer i asked them about design culture at DP. After 2-3 question again they lost but at last one of the panellist told me “I am impressed that you are passionate about design even though you are not in such a background”. In this way i saved my interview and selection as well.

At last my final words to all CEED and NID aspirants are:-
---- Be passionate and clear about designing and its field.
---- In portfolio even one drawing is sufficient for your selection so choose your best.
---- Prepare your background, honestly.
----IDC and NID is not only the place.
----practice * 1000 times.
----That’s actually my method- just note down all the objects you know or seen then googling it and draw from different angles.

          Further if anyone want more help contact me at kothari.rahul@gmail.com.        

3D Max rendering

3D Max rendering

3D Max rendering

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Product Design sketches

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July 20, 2014

MIT Product Design sketching notes

MIT Product Design sketching notes are available here
They are the lecture notes for the course "6.810: Engineering Design and Rapid Prototyping"

The notes are pretty basic and does not cover many of the chapters to a good depth, but it does address some of the basic pitfalls that the students studying for CEED may commit.

For example,
Many CEED aspirants dont know about the "sketching warm up". The notes cover the basics of what all exercises to practice to get a free and smooth flow during sketching process.

It also addresses different kinds of sketching. For example, it shows difference between form exploration and engineering style sketches. 

Overall the notes are good source for knowing the basics of sketching. Since they are in form of presentation that will be shown during the lecture, the slides are not self explanatory. Still the notes are worth a read

More resources for this course are available here

July 18, 2014

Four rules for a great score in CEED

In the heat of the CEED exam, almost everyone falls short of time. What do the toppers do to make the most of their time?
There are 4 points that you MUST practice to get good score:
  1. Rough work :
    Read the question thoroughly. And understand what is asked.
    Don't rush to answering the question. Think about what is asked, think about possible ideas and solutions to the problem, select an appealing and innovative idea, think whether your idea is good enough? Think about how well can you express this selected idea and finally imagine how it will appear on the paper. Plan on how will you utilize the space in the answer sheet.
    Do this in 5 minutes flat.
    It needs practice, but is doable
  2. Innovative idea :
    Generally most questions test your ingenuity. Examiners love to test it more than anything else.
    Think something 99 percent candidates, your competition, wont be able to think!
    Practice using attribute method. It works!

  3. Proper sketching :
    Select the right view, sketch functionally, shade only if needed and colour only of it adds more meaning. Does a side view express your idea clearly? Then don't waste your time drawing a perspective view.
    Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Keep your representation to bare minimum
  4. Proper labeling :
    Label all your parts and functions clearly in bold and capital letters.
    Write the description likewise. As far as possible avoid using cursive in CEED. It looks good only in love letters, not in CEED exam!
Believe me, it is not difficult to score in CEED through use of these four simple  rules. Yet, these are not hard and fast rules, you should know when to break these. Breaking rules makes a great designer, but do so consciously.

All the best :)

July 17, 2014

Success story : Mitali Bhasin (IIT-K)

We are glad to publish to success story of Mitali Bhasin, who would be joining IIT-K for her MDes this year. She has even shared the work sample that the aspirants will find quite useful.

 I write this while sitting in the train, en route to IIT Kanpur to start with my M.Des. degree very soon. About eight months ago, I was sitting in some corner of my room frantically scribbling sketch after sketch, unsure of whether my hard work would bear any fruit. Without a doubt I credit most of my success in CEED to TeaCup blog, without which my admission to Communication Design at IITK would be impossible.
This was my second attempt at CEED (CEED attempt number 1 was definitely a booster and an eye opener) in which I secured a decent rank (though, believe me, rank makes a very minor difference in the final rounds).

I need not waste your time about how to prepare for CEED, because the blog has enough material to get you through the process perfectly. Though I do have one tip out of my experience: Always mould your answer to show an ability that may be different than the rest. Frankly, I’m not that great at sketching. But I have the ability to write. As a profession and even as a hobby, I have pursued writing for years. In the CEED exam I used witty dialogue boxes, captions and one-liners to explain my work which made my mediocre drawing a little fun to evaluate. Everyone likes a good laugh in the middle of work. One need not be shy of using cheesy or corny explanations, if they make sense, because I’ve seen at IIT they do not judge you for your thoughts and ideas (only if they’re good). So be as crazy in your thinking as possible.
Also, I did my rough work (for each question) properly too. One obviously can’t come up with a great idea in one go. So I prefer mapping my thoughts on paper with keywords and quick doodles. It has absolutely no marks but I think it shows that the idea is thought over and that you’ve considered different options. Like I said, you may not have the best sketching and ideas, but you can show other skills hidden in an answer that make it different than the rest. But that said, please don’t ignore your main work in the exam. TIME IS NEVER ENOUGH FOR A DESIGN QUESTION.

The Interview:

Unlike IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur did not have a written aptitude test. Instead, they tested our intelligence and creativity on the spot, in the interview itself. One must be alert and quick in such situations. The point is to test if you can have fun with design and be inventive QUICKLY. Spontaneity is the key.
A guy, who wrote acting as his hobby in the portfolio, was asked to enact a given situation. A girl, who knew German, was asked to speak with one of the interview panelists (who apparently knew German) in the language. One guy, interested in product design, was given a wire and asked to create a cello-tape cutter with it in ten minutes. Architecture and Engineering pass-outs were asked to plot graphs pertaining to their field of work. One girl was asked, “What do you think early man used to clean his ears, before ear-buds were created?” There is no right answer to such questions. Only imaginative answers. Like I said, fun and inventiveness is important. Practice lateral thinking puzzles to open your head.

As for me, my portfolio had an application design assignment of an app to help cook Indian food. Somewhere the word ‘khichri’ came up. I was asked to explain quickly how a khichri is made and even the side-dishes that go with (yes we’re talking raitas, paapad and all). Maybe they wanted to test if I even knew the subject before creating an app about it. Then I was given a blank paper and asked to draw a visual, in 10 minutes, for ‘How To Make Khichri’ for a foreigner who has never tasted the dish. No, my drawing wasn’t even close to good (my plate of khichri looked like goo and my pressure cooker
resembled a balloon) BUT I put an element of humour in with witty headlines and small information
boxes. I addressed khichri as ‘the real 2-min meal’ as a pun on Maggie Noodles. I made a fun-fact box
explaining how the word ‘khichri’ is used synonymous with confusion in hindi and that the coalition
govt. system in India is called a ‘khichri sarkaar’. I even made a box about health benefits, of the same. I
assumed a foreigner might like to know more than just the recipe of an Indian dish. Trivia always
captures people’s interest.

All in all, just remember to enjoy the whole process, right from exam to the final interview. Only a happy
designer can create happy solutions to problems. Be quick and try being creative on a daily basis. Stop
wasting time on which college is the best and what the alumni are doing and how much they’re earning.
Ultimately, it’s what you make of the design degree. Not what the degree makes out of you.


Mitali Bhasin