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India has a shortage of qualified designers says expert

By 2020, the potential market for design in India is expected to be Rs 188.32 billion. The number of designers required by 2020 in India’s industrial, graphic, communication, packaging and other design domains is potentially 62,000. There are around 7,000 qualified desginers in India with perhaps 5,000 studying design,” says expert.

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Dec 13, 2019, 07.56 PM IST
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Kochi: International design experts have pointed out a dearth of qualified designers in India despite the country having a potentially huge design market, at the Kochi Design Week that aims at charting a long-term development mission for Kerala through futuristic technology and architecture beyond mere replacement of lost infrastructure or creation of new facilities

“By 2020, the potential market for design in India is expected to be Rs 188.32 billion. The number of designers required by 2020 in India’s industrial, graphic, communication, packaging and other design domains is potentially 62,000. There are around 7,000 qualified desginers in India with perhaps 5,000 studying design,” said Paula Graham Gazzard, director of UK-based Contemporary Visual Arts Network, in her address at the three-day event being held here.

Speaking on the topic ‘creative skills for future’, she called upon Indian designers to constantly invest in skill upgradation and be at the top of the game so as to keep up to the competition arising from other cost-effective parts of Asia.

Ideally, teaching staff in design institutions should divide their time between the industry and the academia so that the latest trends in the fast-growing design industry can be passed on to students, noted Gazzard,.

Earlier, Jonathan Strebly, president elect of International Council of Design (ICOD), in his address on ‘design for service/service design’ , said, “Designers are the ambassadors of the end-users.”

Strebly, who is also the academic advisory board member at the International School of Creative Arts, added: “Service design is by and for people. It represents design for those who need it the most; the community.”
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