Ravi Poovaiah 


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Professor, IDC, IIT Bombay & D. L. Shah Chair Professor

Courses:
IN 602 - Interaction Design
DE 102 - Art and Design Fundamentals 3D
DE 134 - Knowledge Organisation and Communication


Areas of study and research:
- Designing for Children
- play and learn,
- Digital Resources for Learning,
- Collaborative Environments,
- Design, Technology and Culture,
- Designing for Interactions in Social Media,
- Information Visualisation and Structuring,
- New Media Design and Interaction Design,
- Visual Language, Type and Communication Design
- Wayfinding, Identity and Information Systems


Selected Projects and Initiatives:

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D'source
The Resource for Design:
- Creation of new learning environments that will provide free access to critical knowledge in the field of design - sponsored by MHRD, being collaboratively developed by IDC IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati and NID.
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Jellow
A happiness device:
- Jellow is a communication device for those effected by Cerebral Palsy - the basis of this is an interface based on emotional language protocol based on colours. This product originally conceived as part of the MSR expo and is now being prototyped and tested.
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COSMIC
The Centre of Social Media Innovations for Communities:
- sponsored by Media Development Authority, Singapore this is a joint initiative between IIT Bombay, NUS and NTU in Singapore with intentions to explore application of social media for the Middle of the Pyramid user segment in developing economies.
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Design in India
The World of Design in India:
- contributing to www.designinindia.net - a free and informative service on the net, providing resources on design in India - disciplines, events, institutions, firms, projects, resources, people and thoughts
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Design of Signage Systems
Applications Theory and Resources:
- Free resources on signage systems, symbols for public use, its theory and links to resources.
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Designing for Children
Play and Learn Laboratory:
- setting of the incubation project - 'play and Learn Lab'

- conceptualisation and organisation of international conference entitled 'designing for Children'
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In a Planet of Our Own
- A Vision of Sustainability across 6 Continents
- international event on sustainability with conference, exhibition, workshops, installations, etc.
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Typography Day
- to bring focus on local scripts
- international event on typography held every year with conference, exhibition, workshops, installations, etc.
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Exposure to Design and Innovation
- 3 day workshops
- Every year in the months of August, Spetember and October we conduct the following workshops - Communication Design for IT and Media Professionals, Exposure to Product Design and Innovation and Expo Infodesign on Information Structuring, Architecture and Visualisation
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Retail Vision for Bharat Petroleum Corporation
A Corporate Identity Program (commissioned)
- involved background research and defining corporate strategy for retail vision related to incorporating futuristic and experience driven designing for the 'Retail Outlets for Bharat Petroleum'. The design team was responsible for the whole design process, to be implemented across all its outlets in India (4 to 5 thousand).
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Electronic Voting Machine
India votes on these:
- Over a million Electronic Voting Machines (designed by Prof. A G Rao and Prof. Ravi Poovaiah of IDC in 1989) are used to cast votes by 714 million eligible voters in India.
- www.indian-elections.com

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Contact Details:

Industrial Design Centre,
Indian Institute of Technology,
Powai, Mumbai 400076

Telephone:
091-22-2576 7820
091-22-2576 7801
Fax:
091-22-2576 7803
091-22-2578 3480
email: ravi[at]iitb.ac.in


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