March 16, 2017

Gayatri Chudekar (Shristi - Information Arts)

I have read success stories on teacup blog..and they were inspiring. All those stories are of those people who got into iit or Nid..I missed you really want my story in success stories?😂

Internship helps!
Anyway what helped me is Prasanna's timely guidance. I took his advice and found an internship and that helped me to see and learn from actual projects and working for the client.

Design habits
There weren't any particular habits i followed...I did general sketching, objects and human figures ...I still think my sketching is average though. Then i solved past year questions papers. Srishti paper was based on sketching type of questions unlike NIDs or IITs which has MCQs.  Doodling helped for such kind of questions. 

About interview
I remembered Prasanna's last minute tips and that helped me in interview. Interview was mostly about how I think and about my work in Portfolio.

Presentation tips
For portfolio i had the work done but Prasanna's tips helped me in arranging and refining my work.I learnt that major part of work is the way it is presented.The idea of making  illustration book also helped in getting through.
Most importantly Prasanna helped in having the confidence in my work, goals and that helped me get through.

Thank you very much :)

Some pages from my portfolio:

February 09, 2017

NID DAT 2016 Interaction design paper

With kind courtesy of Chetna Meena,
I am posting the question paper of Interaction design asked in 2016.
These are tow of the questions that Chetna remembered, out of several other questions. If someone remembers more, please feel free to contribute :)

February 06, 2017

Naveen Bagalkot's experience at IDC IITB Interaction design

Naveen Bagalkot Im talking from my experience of giving interview for PD at IDC, twice, long back. 

The first time I went only with a slide show. Due to circumstances I did not have the time and hence could show only half of one project. Due to whatever reasons, I got rejected. 

Second round, planned a different strategy. 
Printed all my projects into A4 / A3 booklets. I had about 6 /7 of them, and each had detailed the problem, process, and concept in visual forms. Did not carry any digital stuff. When I entered the interview room, I opened the packet and gave two reports to each of the three panel members, thereby maximising the visibility of my ideas, thinking process, projects, etc. And I guess it worked. Made it. 

Take-away: Show and tell your problem choice, process, and ideas through the best means possible. But due to time constraints at the interview, do not restrict to one medium. Take a combination of physical reports (separately bound according to projects / type), and digital stuff. If you can, you can also use one of the web-based UI mock-up tools, and put a couple of UI designs on your phone and show it to the panel. Flood them with your ideas, process, and projects. 

All the best.

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August 02, 2016

Success story of Ansuman Sahu (CPDM-IISc and ID at IDC-IITB)

I would like to thank Prasanna Gadkari sir for his guidance, timely suggestions and for addressing all my queries. I cleared CEED 2016 (which is my 2nd attempt). I could not clear it the year before because I focused more on sketching & rendering rather than on design. CEED is an exam where you need to ideate and sketch really fast. While preparing I did not give priority to more important aspects like understanding a given design problem, finding an appropriate solution and presenting it with clarity.

Preparation for CEED 2016: With a lot of determination and keeping in mind the above mistakes I started my preparation.

Part-A: Go through all previous question papers. This gives an idea of the range of topics from which questions are asked. Just like Part-B, Part-A of CEED does not have any definite pattern. The type of objective questions vary every year. In CEED 2016, there were maximum number of visual perception questions and very few questions on design awareness, general awareness etc. Solve the MCQs. Browse the internet, visit Teacup blog (, Stuff-You-Look blog and D’ Source ( You can get a lot of relevant study material for Part-A (and Part-B).
You cannot go to Part-B questions unless the countdown timer for part-A stops. So do not answer the questions hastily, take time, think properly & answer. Try to finish it around 5 to 10 mins before the time is up.

Part-B: All sketches here are to be made in free-hand without using rulers, compass etc. Begin by sketching lines, curves, circles and ellipses in free hand. Practice regularly to improve line quality. Practice rapid sketching of everyday objects. Try to time your sketches in order to improve the sketching speed. Practice expressing your ideas using storyboards. Practice sketching exploded views of simple objects. This helps when you explain a product idea of your own (you can show all the parts present in your product). Focus only on the basic concepts such as ‘perspective’ & ‘proportions’ and basic ideas of light, shade.
Time management is of utmost necessity in CEED. You have a very limited amount of time to understand the problem, ideate and sketch. Do not waste time in rendering or making the sketch artistic. For questions in Part-B, the quality of your design solution, the clarity & neatness of your presentation are very important. Solving previous question papers help you improve on these aspects. Design isn’t all about sketching. It’s about identifying and understanding a design problem and developing a suitable design solution. Your creativity, ideas and clarity of thought matter more. Observe objects around you to understand the ‘what’, ‘how’ & ‘why’ behind their design.

Preparing for Studio Test and Interview rounds: Start preparing your portfolio immediately after CEED is over. It should mainly contain works relevant your area of interest (e.g.: product design). You can add other design works which showcase your skillsets (e.g.: a couple of logo or poster design or any other form of creative work). You can show some of your works to seniors and alumni of IDC, IISc, IITG, NID, IITD, IITK, for their reviews and opinion. 

DAT and Interview at CPDM: The DAT consists of 2 parts. This year the duration for each part was 75 minutes. DAT-I consisted of 2 parts. Part-A: aptitude questions, mostly visual perception and 3 to 4 MCQs on color theories (primary/secondary colors, different color combinations, etc.). Part-B had 10 technical questions (of which any 5 were to be attempted)- 2 to 3 basic engineering mechanics questions, 1 question from B.M and S.F diagram, 2 plus two level mathematics questions (1 from probability and 1 from calculus), 1 question from fluid mechanics, 1 or 2 questions from electronics and 1 question from electrical engineering. DAT-II was similar to CEED Part-B. There were 9 questions- 1 question to sketch an arm chair in freehand (picture was given), 1 question to compare between LED and CFL, 1 question on latest technology trend (additive manufacturing, internet of things, 4G network), 1 question on latest product (Mahindra gusto, google glass, spaceX), 1 product design question (to design a door mat that can be easily cleaned), 1 question on creating meaningful themes using basic shapes (such as triangle, circle & rectangles), 1 question on material properties and its uses ( ABS, mylar, TiO2, thermocol, etc), a design problem identification question & a comprehension based question on thermochromatic paint.
The interview was more like a discussion. I was asked about my course, showed them my portfolio (which consisted of 7 to 8 product design projects, a couple of poster/magazine layout designs and some random product sketches). I was asked to name a product which was aesthetically pleasing but not very functional or user friendly, a product which is just the opposite (functional & user friendly but not aesthetic), a couple of questions on design of flywheels, a product design question related to my summer internship project and to distinguish between product design and industrial design. The interview lasted for around 20 minutes. They just went through the portfolio but asked only a couple of question from it. Portfolio is not mandatory at IISc. But if you have one it’s well and good.

Written test, Materials test and Interview at IDC: A design portfolio is a must for interview at IDC. Also, practice material handling for materials test. This year there was
(1)    Written Test. The problem statement- to design a mobile phones charger for family use (one that can be used by 4 to 6 people at a time). The task was to identify and write down five distinct design considerations, generate the design concept through sketches based on these considerations. The duration of the test was 90 minutes.
(2)    Material Test: We were asked to Design a stationery organizer for children belonging to the age groups of 10 to 12 yrs. The material provided to us were corrugated sheets. An A3 drawing sheet was provided to generate the concept through sketches. This test was also of 90 minutes duration.
(3)    Interview: My interview lasted around 10 to 15 minutes. I was asked about my engineering background, shown 2 random components placed on the table and asked to identify the material and the manufacturing process used to make them, a few questions about the concept design of my written test & the concept and final model of the materials test. They went through my portfolio and asked a few questions from my B.Tech project, i.e.: the material and manufacturing process used to make the parts, a couple of questions on stereolithography. The interview here was more like a friendly discussion.
What I understand from these 2 tests is this- At CPDM the tests and interview focus more on your approach to solving a design problem rather than the final outcome. So while appearing for the DAT and interview try to answer all the questions. At IDC, along with the problem solving approach, they also focus on the end result that you have come up with. So, try to come up with design solutions that are user-centric. You should be able to explain the rationale behind your design. Most importantly, never bluff in any of your interviews, be honest, listen properly if they identify & correct your mistakes. 

Finally I got selected for both Product Design at CPDM and Industrial Design at IDC. Once again I would like to thank Prasanna sir. It wouldn’t have been possible without his guidance.

 To all future aspirants….have confidence in your abilities, stay determined, work on improving your weaknesses and enjoy your preparations….All the best…!!!.....

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For reference, I have shared some of the works from my portfolio (though I feel I could have made them a lot better).

July 07, 2016

Success story of Rohit Nambiar for IISc and IDC

My name's Rohit. I did my B.Tech in electronics from NIT calicut. I'm good at sketching and water colour. 

I wanted to choose a field in which I could use my sketching skills, at the same time put my engineering knowledge into good use. This is when I came across the masters programme in design.

Well as most of you know, the CEED exam has two parts. Part A deals with aptitude in design, gk, and few general topics like music, arts, architecture etc.
Part B is the sketching exam. You will have to attend few compulsory questions, and few optional questions. You can choose from interaction design, product design, visual communication or animation for the optional questions.
So my first step was to choose a priority field. Product/Industrial design was my first priority. Then for the preparation part.

Part A
For the Part A preparation, I'm ever so grateful for the materials provided in this blog. Prasana sir helped me a lot too. Practice a lot of question papers from previous years. This will help to an extend. But don't completely rely on them. Because each year, the pattern is found to change. But the common questions include aptitude, shape based questions etc. Make sure to practice these as speed is an important factor, and practice can help you a lot. So as far as the material is concerned, don't waste your money on any costly books or stuff. If you've got the the will and spirit, then the materials provided in this blog is all you need. Due to my tight academic schedule, I got roughly a month of preparation time. I suggest you start earlier. Helps you in planning your way.

Part B
For this, you need to practice a lot of sketching. Old question papers are handy here because the pattern is always the same.
My rank in the ceed exam was 104 and it helped me secure an interview shortlist at cpdm and IDC. I even applied for the animation course at IDC.

DAT and Interview at CPDM:
The DAT at CPDM had engineering, aptitude and sketching questions. You don't have to answer every question. You can choose which one to answer. The interview was more of a formal interaction. They asked me what design was in my view point, why I was opting for a change in field and how I would use my knowledge in engineering to good use to compliment my designs. I was also asked to speak about Mamta Banerjee for one minute.
Regarding my portfolio, I didn't have a really organised portfolio to be honest and I guess that was enough as far as CPDM was concerned. I just had a few rough sketches, an art collection, a few photographs and I had even done few concept sketches; one of my project. From what I gathered, they didn't want you to be an expert in every aspect of design. They just wanted you to be good at any one factor, and if you understood the overall concept of design.

DAT and interview at IDC
I applied for product design and animation design at IDC. I wasn't selected into the product design course. The reason I applied for animation was purely out of curiosity. I loved animation. I had a few character sketches in my portfolio. I was also involved in a few short film works (which involved animation too) and I included those in my portfolio as well.
The DAT was real fun. We were given a part of a story, was asked to complete it and also sketch a comic strip showing each scene. As far as the interview is concerned, just express yourself. Explain your sketches, and make sure you display your best works.

PS: The product design DAT involves two parts. A sketching test, in which you will be given a problem, and present a concept sketch of the solution, and a modelling test were you'll have to design, sketch and make a prototype of a product using provided materials(in our case cardboard)

Once again, as far as CPDM is concerned, don't worry much about how you present the portfolio. Just make sure you have a good attitude while attending the interview. As far as IDC is concerned, having a well organised portfolio helps a lot.

Hope you have a good time preparing. All the best :)

July 04, 2016

Download old NID papers!

Please feel free to download old NID papers here
Thanks to efforts of T T TrinkuSh Verma

July 01, 2016

Experience of Mohijeet Das (IITG and NID)

Hello guys , firstly let me introduce myself, I'm Mohijeet Das from Assam.

Got selected in IIT-G and NID

Educational qualification: mechanical engineer.

Tips and things that worked for me :
First thing I did was I downloaded all previous year papers and solved it that's the first thing one should do as it will give you a brief idea about the pattern, this year the question paper was a bit different so we can't predict the best thing we could do is prepare.

For part A I collected stuff from Google and blogs ( teacup and stuffyoulook) you can get a broad idea about Ceed from this blog's .

For part B I would doodle  anything but try to acquire knowledge on basic such as perspective, colour theory, rendering, human figure and so on , try to draw a lot of lines, circle and ovals a lot ,this would bring a lot of difference in your sketching.

Portfolio: your portfolio should represent your field of interest. for ex. I have interest in product and interaction so my portfolio was inclined towards it.

Interview : it's a mystery box, one universal truth u can't be fake, just be yourself.
I would say enjoy this journey , we can take great help from mentors like Gadkari sir and I would thank sir for giving me this opportunity.

Best of luck guys.\