IDC's research activities fall into these categories:
Product oriented research projects
the area of product oriented research, projects have been undertaken for
designing bicycle and tricycle for load carrying, communication device for
the spastics, Cooking range for the blind, Keyboard for Indian Languages,
tools for bamboo craftsmen, etc.
experimental research projects include the development of anthropometric
standards for specific sections of the population like children and industrial
workers. In the field of visual communication, the research focus has been
on legibility of Indian scripts. Research has also been done in understanding';
designerly way of thinking and solving problems.
Open-ended exploratory research projects
Material explorations with bamboo as a material has created new possibilities.
So are the explorations in type design and visual forms.
Theoretical research and documentation
The studies and teaching of product semantics in IDC rely extensively on
research in cognitive psychology. Documentation and analysis of Indian product
and visual tradition has resulted in initiating new courses at IDC.
Work in the areas of semantics, creativity, bionics, perception, visualization
and ideation has resulted in the development of new assignments, elective
courses and development of a different approach to teaching design courses.
from research have contributed towards continuous revitalization of the
academic programs and have helped in formulating new courses and increasing
the quality of courses.