From Studying Engineering to Becoming a Car Designer : The Journey of Muqeet Arsh

Meet Muqeet Arsh, a Mechanical Engineering graduate from AMC College of Engineering, Bangalore, who got admitted into Masters in Transportation & Car Design course at Scuola Politecnica di Design, Italy, after doing his Diploma in Car Design from Launchpad Academy. He is currently pursuing his second year . He kindly agreed to meet couple of our students and talk to us about his experiences.
With two years of work experience at Mahindra under his belt, Muqeet was all set to take the next grand step in his career. His eyes were all set on being an automobile designer.
Having no background with design, he opted to hone his design skills before applying for a master’s degree at a foreign university. That’s when he enrolled himself in Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design course.

visit to ferrari

visit to ferrari

In a live session with Launchpad Alumni, Muqeet shared his experience on how Launchpad helped him realize his dream. Here are some of his excerpts and learnings from the session.
Joining Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design Course

“I did my Mechanical Engineering from AMC College. After that I joined Launchpad Academy. This helped me a lot to focus where exactly I wanted to be. They guided me how exactly to apply to colleges and which all colleges are open to apply.”
Learning How to Sketch

Sketching is one of the most essential skills to get into a design course at any prestigious university. Being from an engineering background, Muqeet realized that he had to learn how to sketch freely and own this skill. “I used to sketch but I didn’t know how to get into this field.”. Launchpad’s sketching and design course helped him hone his skills and get admitted to SPD, Italy.

Building a Strong Portfolio
“When I started, my portfolio was really bad. It was basically a word document with all my sketches. You can start with anyhow you want depending on how your skill level is.”
Your portfolio needn’t be anything fancy. Just include a collection of your best work. Focus on free hand sketches and showcase any other creative pursuits you may have such as drawing, painting or even clay modelling.

Why Join a University?

You will get to know what you really want to do. They’ll help you hone your skills right and get to the next level. The industry demands certain skills and traits from the designers, and the university prepares you to gel perfectly with it.
Getting Admitted is Only the Beginning

The SPD admission process consists of an online application process followed by a skype interview, wherein you’re given a live sketching assignment. It’s that simple really, provided you’re already prepared.
The course which Muqeet opted for at SPD is in English. No GRE score or TOEFL certificate was required to qualify for an admission.
About the Course
As with any design course, it’s extremely rigorous and tough. Classes are short, but most of the time is spent completing assignments and projects. You’ll hardly find time for any other activities, except on weekends.
The course is divided into two years. The first year is compulsory for students from non-design background. On completion of the first year, every student gets a 1-year post graduation certificate. Only those who score more than 8.5 GPA in their first year get into the second year to earn their master’s degree.
“Out of 12 students from my class just 4 of us made it to the second year.”
The course fee is roughly INR 20 Lakhs and the living cost is around 1000 Euro a month in Italy.
Learning from Industry Experts
The professors at SPD are all industry experts and come from some of the top design studios and automotive companies in the world. One of the professors is working for Alfa Romeo. Another was one of the designers for Niki Lauda’s Ferrari car. Learning from such experienced professionals was truly an amazing experience for him.

SPD is affiliated with Volkswagen Group, an automobile conglomerate with many companies under their belt. As a result, students get a chance to do projects at leading automobile firms such as Alfa Romeo to Lamborghini.
“My first year we worked with Alfa Romeo and Fiat. My second year as soon as I’ll be joining we’ll start with live projects from Lamborghini, Audi and Ducati.”
Why Italy and not US or Germany?
“As far as design is concerned I think Italy is the best place to learn, because it is known as the design capital of the world. They’re the oldest and one of the most famous designers in the world. They’re very precise, they know what they want and how they want it to be in the future.”
Being the home of iconic car brands like Ferrari and Alfa Romeo, Italy has been very influential in car design. We cannot argue with him here.

Joining Launchpad’s course helped Muqeet grab a seat at one of the most prestigious design universities in the world.
If you love cars and are interested in designing them, our Diploma in Car Design course is the perfect choice for you to get started on your journey towards becoming a car designer.

Here is the video of session.

How Dilip Chabria (DC) Went from a Commerce graduate to India’s top Car Designer.

 

Dilip Chabria is probably India’s most well known automobile designer . In this article we reveal his life story and hope it inspires you to follow your passion for car design .

DC’s as Dilip Chabria is known , love for cars started with his fascination for doodling them on every surface at his home. Armed with a commerce degree and with no idea on what to do with his future was when he chanced upon an advertisement that said-“Do you want to be a car designer?” A surprised Dilip Chabria (DC)  realized that his hobby could culminate into a career too. He applied to the Automotive Design Arts Center in California where he majored in transportation design. He cut short his stint with General Motors as a car designer  because of the red tape associated with working in huge corporations. The same Dilip goes on to become the automobile style guru and founder of DC designs whose repertoire includes designing expensive cars, executive jets, helicopters, designing yachts and making India’s first sports car, DC Avanti.

dc-avanti

 

Dilip Chabria’s father ran an electronic manufacturing business where he was given a little space and an ultimatum of one month to do whatever he wants to. With a team of 3 on the design venture, he makes an indigenous design of a horn in the shape of a ring for Premier Padmini in the replacement market. Selling each of the piece at 40 rupees apiece when the making charges were only eight rupees meant that his hobby could be successful as a provider of bread and butter. He ended up making more money in the 1 month than his dad made in the whole year. In a wise move, his dad gave him the entire factory.

He designed his Gypsy in 1992 and vowed to give his all for the design because it was being done for him, it had the desired impact, people everywhere thronged to look at his now remodeled car. He sold the car to invest in his business. For a brief period, he had signed an exclusivity deal with Mahindra where he worked on the Armada and other concepts that later led to the creation of Scorpio. A non-conformist that he was, he quit being a part of the deal to concentrate working on any car that he is fascinated with.

Not only does Dilip Chabria indulge in designing cars for India’s uber rich, he has the distinction of making the first prototype for the Aston Martin Vanquish that appeared in James Bond’s Die Another Day. His website describes him as someone with the sensibility of an artist and the mind of an engineer.

He believes that the toughest car to customize would be the Porsche 911 as he opines that it is difficult to alter something with a design as perfect as that. Dilip Chabria is quite the painter too, a hobby which he indulges in on Sundays. Also known to sculpt, he has a full-fledged studio in his factory where he uses the same materials as in his cars to make sculptures like plastic, acrylic, fiber glass and steel. These are then displayed in his showrooms in Mumbai, Pune and Delhi. In his own words-“Those who can’t afford to customize or buy my car can have a piece of DC design through my art work”.

Dilip’s DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in automobile styling which is based in Pune. In fact, before the end of the program, students are supposed to build an automobile to get their degrees.

In a list of glowing achievements that would trump most achievers, he has created India’s first sports car, DC Avanti. Chhabria reckons that this is the first Made-in-India sports car and was created with today’s youngsters in mind. The commercial launch was done from its dealership Aadivenoo Motors in Pune.  Each piece of beauty was priced at 35.93 lakh rupees, available in three standard colors of red, white and silver, in addition to any customized color choice. This is the first time Dilip’s company has ventured into manufacturing segment of the automobile industry. Despite a slowdown in the automobile segment, Dilip’s DC Design would never go out of work because it caters to a niche market where money is nary a matter.

dc go

Not only would DC design 25 foot limousines, but they have also come up with design enhancer kits for small cars such as Tata Nano and other models like Maruti Swift, Toyota Innova and Honda City. The cost for the same would be around 50,000 to 150,000 rupees. These customization kits are shipped to Carnation Auto, a company founder by former MD of Maruti Suzuki

 

The services that are offered at DC designs are the following:

  1. Styling: Vehicles, Aviation and CAS.
  2. Show car & Prototype Build.
  3. Customized and Armored Vehicles Builds.
  4. Special Purpose Vehicles Builds.
  5. Bespoke Furniture.

The Dilip Chhabria Design Private Limited is credited with more than 600 designs boasting of an employee strength of 300.

Dilip Chhabria has made his passion grow to a stage where his company is the largest auto accessory manufacturer in the country. Catering to the needs of B2B and B2C firms and individual clients by providing innovative automobile design solutions, DC makes this happen through system integration, automobile styling and knowledge of the craft. The end result is an amalgamation of pure unadulterated automobile lust and genius on display. Dilip’s company has put India on the global map of automobile design. DC’s products bear a striking resemblance to its creator’s work ethics in terms of its design, finish and fulfilling requirements of a client.

 

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Suzuki R3 (interior) Shahrukh_Khan_Caravan_2 Shahrukh_Khan_Caravan DC Gaia

 

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Top 10 Interior Design Colleges in India

Until the 80s, the study of interior design was only considered to be a part of architecture studies. But with changing times, lifestyle trends and evolving mindset of the people, interior design has grown to become a fully-fledged professional course today. The number of people dwelling in cities is off the charts and unfortunately living spaces are shrinking day by day. This calls for smart usage of space and who else to the rescue other than Interior Design! So yes, interior design is in its prime time in India and the industry is looking for lakhs of talented interior designers, professional and freelancers alike.

So if you are an aspiring interior designer looking for Interior Design Courses and Colleges in India, here’s a comprehensive list of the ‘Top 10 Interior Designing Colleges in India’ to help you to make an informed career choice!

 

1. National Institute of Design (NID)
Location: Delhi
Courses Offered:
1. 4 year B.Des courses in Furniture, Textile, Ceramic & Glass Design
2. 2.5 year M.Des courses in Furniture, Textile, Ceramic & Glass and Lifestyle Accessory Design
Why Join: India’s top most design school in terms of faculty, exposure and placements

 

2. Sai School of Interior Design
Location: New Delhi
Courses Offered:
1. Certificate in Furniture Samadhan
2. Certificate in Vastu Shastra
3. 1 year Professional course in Interior Design
4. 2 year Advanced Professional course in Interior Design
Why Join: Known for its specialized certificate courses and placements

 

3. Sir JJ School of Art
Location: Mumbai
Courses Offered: 4 year BFA program in Interior Decoration
Why Join: Known for its rich history (established in 1857) and notable alumni

 

4. Arch Academy of Design
Location: Jaipur
Courses Offered:
1. 4 year Undergraduate program in Interior Design
2. 2 year Postgraduate program in Interior Design
3. 3 year Vocational program in Interior Design
4. 1 year Short Term course in Interior Design
Why Join: Known for its choice of courses and international programs and affiliations

 

5. IILM School of Design
Location: Gurgaon
Courses Offered: 4 year Undergraduate program in Interior and Furntiure Design
Why Join: Offers scholarships to its students based on the performance in the Aptitude/Analytical test and Personal
Interview conducted by the institute

 

6. Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology
Location: Bangalore
Courses Offered:
1. MBA in Interior Design and Management
2. 3 year B.Sc in Interior Design
3. 1 year Graduate Diploma in Interior Design
Why Join: Versatile choice of interior design courses and includes CAD as a part of the curriculum

 

7. CEPT University
Location: Ahmedabad
Courses Offered:
1. 5 year B.Sc in Interior Design
2. 2 year M.Des in Furniture Design
3. Master of Interior Architecture & Design
4. International Master of Interior Architecture & Design
Why Join: One of the first Indian colleges to offer internationally oriented PG courses

 

8. Shri Devi College of Interior Designing
Location: Mangalore
Courses Offered:
1. 3 year B.Sc in Interior Design and Decoration
2. Diploma in Interior Design and Decoration
Why Join: Known for its contemporary curriculum and the second college in South India to offer Interior Design courses

 

9. Exterior Interiors Pvt. Ltd
Location: Cochin
Courses Offered: 1 year National Diploma Course in Interior Design
Why Join: Run by an Indian corporate architectural firm collaborated with one of the largest architectural firms of the UK

 

10. College of Architecture
Location: Nashik
Courses Offered: 4 year B.Des program in Interior Design, Set Design and Furniture Design
Why Join: One of the most reputed colleges for architecture and interior design studies

 

 

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Why You Might Fail To Clear CEED 2018?

CEED (Common Entrance Examination for Design) is that one examination which has been deciding the future of aspiring designers in India from many years. An all-India examination conducted by the Industrial Design Center, IIT Bombay, it is one of the hardest design entrance exams to clear. Though clearing CEED doesn’t guarantee admissions into design schools, CEED is definitely the gateway one needs to get through before seeking admissions in IITs, IISc and other reputed design schools.

Though thousands of design students write CEED every year, only a handful are able to clear the exam. Unlike Engineering in India, Design is a very exquisite educational domain, having fewer colleges and fewer seats. Hence, for students who are aiming to get into the best design schools in India, it is going to be tough to fight it out amongst thousands and make it to the top. Though it is easy to clear CEED with dedication, hard work and the right approach towards design, there are plenty of reasons why you might fail to clear CEED 2016. Here’s a list.

1. You are depending on your CEED coaching center
Creativity, imagination, analytical thinking, problem solving and many such innate qualities can’t be forced into you, they have to be cultivated instead. It is simply impossible to develop a designer’s approach within 3 months as the centers promise. You can’t clear CEED if you can’t think like a designer, it’s as simple as that.

2. You are treating CEED like IIT JEE
Design unlike engineering is not technical in nature, doesn’t rely on formulas and mathematical interpretations. If you want to clear CEED 2018, take out that marks-oriented approach from your head and most importantly, stop thinking like an engineer! Instead take time to observe design as a concept, implement your ideas, keep experimenting and keep improving your skills. Think beyond marks!

3. Your drawing and sketching skills are poor
Design is in fact the process of giving a visual representation to your ideas and if your drawing and sketching skills are too poor to represent your ideas, it is very likely that you won’t clear CEED. Though design is not technical, it’s not entirely about imagination and ideas either. Proportions, angles, ideations, aesthetics, packaging, user-function… knowledge of these things matter too.

Sketching Skills

Sketching Skills

4. You are lacking analytical thinking
The whole intention of design is to make things more functional and simpler to use, to make ideas more relatable and understandable. As a designer, you must be able to identify design problems quickly and offer solutions instantly. CEED question papers emphasize heavily on these analytical thinking problems and even if you are good at sketching, if you lack analytical thinking, it is going to be tough to clear CEED.

5. You don’t know how well prepared you are
In case of IIT JEE you will know how well prepared you are as the questions are straight forward, methods definitive and results measurable. But that’s not the case in CEED. If you fail to interact with other students and expert designers in online communities and get their opinions on you skills and works, you will never know your mistakes and instead come to the conclusion that you are simply well prepared.

6. You are not working on your portfolio
CEED is only half the race to seek admissions in design schools. CEED is followed by a much more difficult studio test and personal interview where you are supposed to present your design portfolio and explain yourself as a designer. If your preparation is all about clearing CEED and not creating your own design portfolio, you will never gain entry into a design school. A portfolio is a collection of your works.

A Typical Portfolio

A Typical Portfolio

7. You are not taking studio tests seriously
If you are capable enough to clear the studio tests, you are certainly capable enough to clear CEED 2016. Rather than prioritizing CEED before the studio test that follows, do the opposite in fact. It takes great amount of knowledge, skills and confidence to face studio tests, and if you have it all, CEED will be a cakewalk for you!

8. You are not solving enough previous year question papers
Though the pattern of CEED is completely unpredictable, it is wise to solve as many previous year question papers as possible. It gives you a brief insight over what kind of questions would be asked and lets you easily prioritize the things you are supposed to learn. All the previous year CEED question papers can be easily found on the internet, along with the solutions.

9. You are not exploring enough
As said before, design is not about rules, formulas and mathematics. There’s no definitive syllabus like engineering where you can limit your horizons of learning. Learning is an endless process if you are a designer and anything related to design could be asked in CEED 2018 . The more you explore, the more you know and the more you learn. Make good use of the resources and technology you are provided with.

Using Online Resources

Using Online Resources

10. You don’t have a design mindset
A design mindset is what differentiates people who clear CEED and ones who don’t. Evaluators of studio tests and personal interviews specifically look for the love and passion you have for design. Your works need to speak a consistent design language and reflect a solid design approach. If you don’t possess a design mindset as such and just focus on clearing CEED 2018 , sooner or later you will realize design was not for you.

This article is not intended to discourage or demotivate anybody who is planning to write design entrance exams like CEED, UCEED or NID’s entrance exam. The article is just giving you a list of things you shouldn’t be doing over the next six months while you prepare for CEED 2018, which is likely to be conducted in the month of December, Jan 2018.

 

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UCEED 2015 – A Career Guide

UCEED 2015 certainly created a lot of buzz in Indian design education over the past month. We here at Launchpad Academy, learned about the newly introduced B.Des programme in IIT Bombay at the earliest (and also the dual degree program, B.Des + M.Des) and being a design education startup, we felt the responsibility of informing design enthusiasts like you about this new design course and entrance exam.

Over the past month, our previous article on UCEED 2015 received an overwhelming response and hundreds of people contacted us to clarify their doubts about the course and the exam. Now that the official UCEED website is up and active, those who are still unsure about the nature of the B.Des course in IIT Bombay and the UCEED 2015 examination, please go through the UCEED website and have your doubts cleared right now. However, I observed that the UCEED website left a lot of career related questions unanswered or barely answered. This article is especially for those people who are in splits whether to take up design as a career and people who are looking for shortcuts to clear UCEED 2015. If you’re one of them, read on to know more.

 

Can I Get A Job After Completing the B.Des Course?
In a country like India where students are more concerned about jobs than skills, it is only natural that our previous article was bombarded with this question. To begin with, I think it’s high time that we Indian students look at career opportunities with a different perspective and realize that a degree alone won’t get us a job in today’s job scenario. As IIT Bombay cites, the world is gradually moving towards a creative economy where your skills and problem solving abilities matter more than your academic excellence. Hence it is totally up to you how well you utilize this course and develop your personality and skills over the years. Rather than expecting the institute to do all the legwork, I urge the students to take responsibility of their career and fight it out. However I must also mention that IDC, IIT Bombay is one of the Top 50 Design Schools in the World and as the institute itself claims, it has an impressive placement record. So will you get a job after completing the B.Des course in IIT Bombay? Well, my answer is ‘Most Likely…Yes’!

 

Is There Any UCEED Training Available? Any Reference Books? Any Tips?
As most of you know, UCEED 2015 is the first exam of its kind and there are no previous year question papers available for reference. However, IIT Bombay was considerate enough to heed to students’ request and released a sample question paper (along with the answer keys) on its UCEED website. And as expected, the sample UCEED question paper follows a similar pattern to CEED and all the questions are based on the following design related topics.
1. Visualization and Spatial Ability
2. Observation and Design Sensitivity
3. Environmental and Social Awareness
4. Analytical and Logical Reasoning
5. Language and Creativity
6. Design Thinking and Problem Solving
As IIT Bombay claims, all the five design related topics except Environmental and Social Awareness are aptitude tests that serve as yardsticks to measure your talent for sketching and designing. So rather than looking for already curated reference material and training, hit the internet and learn as much as you can on the above mentioned topics. And since UCEED follows a similar pattern as CEED, refer all those previous year CEED papers which are available in abundance in the internet.

 

I’m Preparing for JEE as well as UCEED. Which Is More Important?
Well, it depends on your interests. JEE as we know is a technical entrance exam and UCEED is a design entrance exam. Engineering and Design are two entirely different domains though they are slightly interrelated at some level. If you are good at sketching, at least have a brief idea about what those above mentioned design topics meant and want to be a designer at at any cost, I would recommend you to focus on UCEED. However, if you are finding JEE ridiculously difficult and design is just an alternative escape to you, I would recommend you to study hard and stick with JEE. Let me remind you, B.Des in IIT Bombay is a very exquisite course and only 30 seats are available (including reserved seats). Just 30! So the competition will be pretty fierce and UCEED is as difficult as JEE in terms of competition. 12th is a very crucial part in every Indian student’s career and you don’t want to sail on two boats and expect to board one when the other sinks. Nonetheless, if you are that interested in design and don’t want your JEE preparations to go in vain too, don’t worry, IIT Guwahati has a B.Des course too and JEE is the qualifying entrance exam for this course. And if nothing works, there are a lot of top private design schools in India that offer B.Des course. There you go, problem solved!

To conclude, all I would ask you students is to work hard and work smart. Make good use of the technology you are equipped with and explore internet to the fullest to aid your UCEED preparation. And lastly, think twice before you choose design as a career. If you are a lazy ass who doesn’t like challenges, doesn’t like to be creative, for whom job satisfaction means nothing but who just wants to count money sitting on your office chair, frankly B.Des is not the course you are looking for!

 

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