5 Reasons to Join Online Courses in India

Everything is online today and online is everything in the future! The advent of internet has changed our modern lives and is on the brink of shaping an entire century to come! India is no stranger to this Internet revolution and issues like ‘Net Neutrality’, ‘Digital India’ and ‘Internet.org’ have awakened the average Indian who is about to go ‘Digital’! ‘Online Courses/Distant Education’ is one of the by-products of this Internet Revolution and online courses in India have already attracted a great number of young and enthusiastic learners across the nation.

Launchpad Academy itself, an online design institute, offers its Car Design and Interior Design courses through an online platform. So we decided to share our views on ‘Online Education in India’ and list out 5 reasons why students should take up online courses in India, especially design courses like Web Design, Car Design, Interior Design and UI/UX Design.

1. All Is ‘Not’ Well with Colleges and Universities
According to surveys and studies conducted on the internet using crowd, scientists and psychologists have come to the conclusion that most people prefer online courses compared to regular college courses once they are introduced to an online course. Online education sites like Lynda, Coursera and Udemy and universities like Stanford and Harvard are offering verified, industry recommended and credit-transferable online courses, initiating the era of online education. According to Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Chief of Design, ‘Design education offered by popular design schools are in a tragic state today. These schools are wasting years on only teaching fundamentals, theories and are failing to offer industry exposure and practicality in their degrees’. Online courses on the contrary are more practical and aim at making students industry ready!

The Begin of Online Universties

The Begin of Online Universties

2. Online Courses are Job/Internship oriented
Continuing the above point, online courses unlike college degrees are making students industry ready by designing course curriculums and structures which are job/internship oriented. Also, distant education courses ditch the old ‘grading system’ to evaluate a student and instead focus on traits like skills and problem solving capabilities. Design is a field that changes every day and a field that expects its fresher candidates to focus on industry related problems, understand the modern trends and foresee the future, instead of just being good with sketching and design skills. Working in this regard, online educators are offering many job and internship opportunities to their students more used to the industry and its ways.

3. Online Courses are more Flexible, Accessible and Personal
Online courses in India and elsewhere have three distinct characteristics that make them better than regular classroom courses. Online education is more flexible when compared to the traditional ways of Indian education. Students can have access to the course material 24×7, re-play the live sessions any time they are convenient with for future reference and research. Also, the trainers of these online courses try to maintain a friendly approach with their students to make the whole online experience more transparent, easy to follow and interactive. Individual attention is in fact higher in online courses and students can keep in touch with the faculty for guidance even after the completion of these courses.

Advantages of Online Courses

Advantages of Online Courses

4. You don’t have to go anywhere!
This is one of the most fundamental features of distant education, you don’t have to attend classroom sessions. You don’t have to travel to places or totally uproot your location in order to pursue a course. For example, most of our DiCD online course students don’t reside in Bangalore and come from places like Chennai, Hyderabad and even Uganda! However, through our online courses those students were able to access the only course of this kind in India, without coming to Bangalore. Students can take up any number of online courses from the convenience of their home and cut down on expenses like travel, relocation and accommodation.

5. You don’t have to give up anything!
If you are to pursue a regular classroom course, you are bound to give up all other activities and dedicate a part of your day exclusively for the course. Working professionals who are willing to learn further often find this restriction very discouraging and give up on their wish to learn more. Online courses are an excellent alternative to people like this who cannot give up their jobs or students who are still completing their degree or even housewives who want to put their free time into good use. Online courses offer the convenience of ‘Anytime, Anywhere’, thus giving the learner the freedom to choose his/her study time table and place to learn.

Learn From Home Anytime

Learn From Home Anytime

 

 

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7 Habits of Successful Designers

Web Designers, Fashion Designers, Car Designers, Graphic Designers, Interior Designers, Interaction Designers, Interface Designers… designers are everywhere today. Every product, every service and every industry has a bit of ‘Design’ that’s breathing life and beauty into them. Making them more presentable, more acceptable, more usable and of course lovable.

Though they are a plenty of designers in every industry, only a handful of them succeed to reach such heights which will become new benchmarks for others to aim. And it’s not just their design skills and creativity that gets them there. It takes a lot more than that; it takes discipline, dedication and a few habits that are ingrained into one’s lives. Here is a list of such habits that every successful designer has in this ever-changing and out-of-the-box industry.

1. Successful Designers manage their ‘Precious Time’
If you have to be a successful designer, firstly you must know how precious time is to you and your clients. Successful designers plan their day, set realistic deadlines and make sure they meet those deadlines without fail. They also multitask and precisely know how many projects to focus at a time. Also they keep distractions like music, social media and emails away when they work. Lesser the distractions, sooner you complete your work!

2. Creative Designers ‘Chill’ on a regular basis
Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t mean to say they just relax on their bums. But, creative designers know when to put their pencil down and take a break from work. Design is a creative field and it demands you to think creative, think fresh and think ahead of time. Creative designers don’t get fixated on a particular problem for hours. Instead they take a break, distract themselves and get back to it with a fresh approach. Remember, first time’s not the charm in Design!

3. Successful Designers constantly ‘Update’ themselves
Design is a very volatile industry where change is inevitable and rapid. If people’s mindset change, a designer’s mindset has to change ten folds to correspond. Successful designers always keep track of the booming industry, new trends and outdated methods. Be it the design style or the design software, they keep track of everything that’s happening in the industry, know what the newest fad is and always like to stay ahead of others. They are humble to accept change and are always keen on learning more.

Keeping Updated

Keeping Updated

4. Great Designers constantly ‘Improvise’ their skills
If you want to be a great designer, the first mistake you must avoid committing is ‘assuming that you have the finest skill-set that needs no refinement’. No designer is perfect and no matter how successful you are, your design mindset needs rework, refinement and a new approach to stay alive. Great designers always maintain a design portfolio, document all their best works and strive to out master their own works.

5. Successful Designers keep their ‘Network’ big
In order to survive in the design industry you need to have a lot of contacts, either contacts who are potential clients themselves or contacts who can introduce you to your potential clients. The phrase ‘more the merrier’ holds true in this case as the more people you know, higher the reputation among like-minded individuals. However, one must know when to say ‘Yes’ and when to say ‘No’, because not every project is crucial to success in the design industry.

People Network

People Network

6. Successful Designers ‘Listen’ and ‘Accept’ healthy criticism
It’s usually easy to judge whether a design is good or bad, but it is not easy to come up with designs that will please everybody. First of all, successful designers take out the illusion of ‘perfection’ out of their heads and heed to their critics. They try to take the best out of any criticism and see everything under a positive light. However, successful designers are also good orators, who can convince people and also explain why they should be convinced.

7. Successful Designers always design keeping their ‘User’ in the mind
The purpose of design has always been simplifying life through innovative ideas. Design on a broader perspective is not about patterns or colors, it’s about the usability of a product or service and crucial it is to mankind’s growth, based on its function and cost. Successful designers always make sure to keep their user’s preferences as the underlay to design anything; simply put they always put their user ahead of their design.

Functionality of Design

Functionality of Design

 

 

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Future Car Design Trends

Starting their journey in the 18th century, cars have become a part of human culture and civilization. It is very hard to ignore the contribution of this wondrous automobile to the world we live in today and the feats mankind achieved over the past two centuries using them. Cars have been evolving ever since their inception, be it the efficiency of the engine or the speed, functionality or design, every car aspect has underwent numerous iterations and has seen many benchmarks and ultimatums. But car manufacturers never seem to settle down and with easier access to technology today, evolution of cars is taking place at a faster pace than ever.

In this article, we are going to focus only on the design aspects of a car and predict the future car design trends that we are going to see in the cars of tomorrow.

1. Broader, Lower and Lighter
Yes, cars of the future are going to be broader, lower and lighter when compared to the cars today. With fully-automated, self-driving cars not being science fiction concepts anymore, designers will be emphasizing on spacious and comfortable interiors where passengers can relax and rest while the car can drive by itself. More and more low ride cars are going to be designed to improve the car’s aerodynamics, speed and performance. Unnecessary chunks of interiors are further going to be removed making the interiors more spacious and also improving the power weight ratio by making the car lighter.

Spacious and Smart Interiors

Spacious and Smart Interiors

2. Panoramic Roofs and Double Doors
Though this particular design movement has already begun, we are going to see a lot of cars with extended window lines and transparent roofs. Considering the concept of automated, self-driving cars again, panoramic roofs made of strong, unbreakable glass can offer excellent views of the outside world to the passengers within and also add the illusion of a spacious interior. Also, we are going to see a lot of double door car design as opposed to a four-door vehicle. However these double doors are going to be swing out, thus occupying lesser space and still providing the full functionality of a traditional, four-door car.

Panoramic Roofs

Panoramic Roofs

3. Aggressive Headlights
With every car adopting an edgy, sports car design today, it won’t be late when we see headlights that are too aggressive to look and too bright to stare at! With headlights being one of the most important design aspects of a car, sharp and aggressive looking headlights are soon going to replace the wide eyed, oversized headlamps of today. While traditional headlights drain out a lot of battery power on long trips, newer technologies like LED lights will consume less power and emit stronger lights for longer durations when compared to their traditional counterparts.

Aggressive and Sharp Headlights

Aggressive and Sharp Headlights

4. Smarter Interiors
Probably the greatest bet on the future cars is the integration of smart technology and bringing internet on the wheels. Be it the heads-up display windshield which displays all the information about the car and the surrounding or a voice-activated speech-and-response system that gives the driver the power to control all the operations of the car over verbal commands like Apple’s Siri and Google’s Google Now… designers will have to work a lot on creating smart interiors to accommodate these systems that are interactive and responsible for their actions.

Heads-Up-Display

Heads-Up-Display

5. Hybrid Cars
Though all electric and self-driving cars prove that the future is brighter than ever, it is too soon to expect cars to drive by themselves and run long on batteries. Most of the car manufacturers believe this is still a matter of 10 years and we are only going to see such cars in the market somewhere between 2020 and 2030. Hence car designers have to come up with future car concepts that are a hybrid of the existing cars and the projected futuristic cars to fill the 10 year gap. Cars which can have both plug-in electric and diesel power sources and manual cars which can be allowed to park themselves occasionally using cameras and sensors.

BMW i8 - A Luxury Hybrid Car

BMW i8 – A Luxury Hybrid Car

 

 

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Learn Automobile Design and Sketching in Bangalore | Chennai | Mumbai

Launchpad Academy – Automobile Design and Sketching Classroom Course Launched in India .

After many pending requests from hundreds of students to make our online course available to regular, mentor-led classrooms, we have finally devised a classroom model of our Diploma in Car Design course!  Launchpad’s flagship online course, Diploma in Car Design is finally coming offline as a Classroom Course’.

In a short span of time, our Diploma in Car Design – Online course has become a known name among car design enthusiasts. The course has helped hundreds of talented individuals in India and abroad to take the first and the most crucial step of their car design career i.e. understanding the concepts of sketching and rendering.

Students come to us with high hopes to learn how to draw cars and that’s exactly what they get in a span of 3 months. The students will be able to understand the basics of Transportation Design, learn how to observe a car as a designer and apply those concepts to their innovative ideas. They will be able to visualize, sketch and digital render their own concept cars by the end of the course.

Why Are We Introducing A Classroom Course?

Though Launchpad Academy is located in Bangalore, the online learning convenience of our DiCD program has helped hundreds of students all around India and the world. Apart from South Indian cities like Chennai and Hyderabad, we have students pursuing the course from distant parts of North India and even from foreign countries like Uganda, Saudi Arabia and Germany. However, we have a lot of course applicants who feel they can express themselves better in classrooms when they can interact with the mentor face-to-face.

There are many students who are interested in Car Design but still unsure about the ways online education works. We would like to help such students by teaching Car Design the way they prefer. However, along with the new Classroom course Launchpad Academy will also retain its Online course which is preferred by the rest of the course applicants living far from Bangalore. In short, we want what our students want!

How Will Be The Classroom Course Different from The Online Course?

Diploma in Car Design-Classroom course will be different from its predecessor Online course in the following ways.
• All the 10 sessions will be conducted in a well-equipped classroom
• Students can interact with the mentors face-to-face
• Hands-On training
• Instant feedback and individual attention
• Students get to interact with each other and share their ideas, face-to-face
• Even after the class, students can make use of the classroom for practice and discussions

Course Objectives
Diploma in Car Design – Classroom Course is aimed to provide students with fundamental knowledge of Automotive Design and Sketching  through mentor-led classroom sessions, intuitive assignments and other hands-on experiences. By the end of the three month course, a student will be well versed with the fundamentals of Transportation Design, with special emphasis on Cars. Student will be able to sketch and digital render their own concept cars, prepare their Design Portfolio and gain the skills and confidence to apply for reputed Design Schools or get Internships in Design Studios.

Course Structure
• 3 Months Course
• 10 Classroom Sessions
• Assignments at the end of each session
• Final Project at the end of the course
• Hands-On sessions for better understanding of Sketching and Rendering concepts • Design Kit for regular practice and participation in Hands-On sessions

Course Highlights
• First of its type in India
• Faculty comprising of industry experts,
• Hands-On Training
• No age restrictions, open to both students and professionals
• No prerequisite educational background required
• Design Kit comprising of imported markers and pencils
• Introduction to Photoshop
• Industry certified Course Completion Certificate
• Payment can be made in two installments
• Internship opportunities after the completion of the course

Course Content
Class 1: Introduction to Car Design
• Overview of Transportation / Automobile Design
• What is Car Design?
• Historical perspective on Car Design
• What do Car Designers do?
• Some important Car designers & Case Histories
• Trends in Car Design
• Design process
• Automotive Design- Body Styles, Layout, Proportions and Themes Class 2: Design Communication
• Introduction to sketching as communicating tool
• Sketches Classification- Ideation Sketches, Exploratory Sketches, Explanatory Sketches and
Persuasive sketches
• Sketching Basics
1. Learning to sketch straight lines
2. Learning to sketch circles and ellipses
• Sketching Exercises to train your arms and hands to acquire consistency in your line work
Class 3: Sketching Fundamentals- Part 1
• Applying Sketching Techniques- Lines, Circles and Ellipses
• Introduction to Perspective Theory
• 1-Point Perspective Sketching
• Geometry- Cubes, Cylinders and Spheres
Class 4: Sketching Fundamentals- Part 2
• 2-Point Perspective Sketching
• Sketching geometry shapes in 2 Point Perspective
Class 5: Sketching Fundamentals- Part 3
• Building Blocks to Car Sketching
• Sketching a Block Car
• Using Primitive Shapes to build a car in Perspective
• Understanding the basic Form and Proportions of a Car Sketch
Class 6: Sketching Fundamentals- Part 4
• Understanding Light & Shadow- Highlights, Reflections, Cast, Core and Shadow
• Wheel Sketching
Class 7: Car Sketching Fundamentals- Part 1
• Using block car techniques to sketch
1. Side-view of a Car
2. Front and Rear view of a Car
3. 3/4 Front and Rear view of a Car
Class 8: Car Sketching Fundamentals- Part 2
• Freehand Sketching a car using 1-Point Perspective and 2-Point Perspective
Class 9: Sketch Rendering Fundamentals
• Approach Rendering with proper methodologies for execution
• Understanding how to Render Reflective surfaces
• Understanding Contrast, Highlights, and Color
• Rendering Exercise 1- Pencil/Pen shading
• Rendering Exercise 2- Marker Rendering
Class 10: Concept Sketching and Digital Rendering
• Concept Sketching Cars
• Rendering Exercise 3- Using Digital Methods to render the Concept Sketches

Classroom Location
launchpad Design Studio, Sanjaynagar
Bengaluru, Karnataka-560079

Additional Course Details
Call / Whatsapp: +91 9632027594 
Mail: info@launchpadacademy.in

 

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Launchpad Alumni Interview – Gautam Merwan-NID

Gautam Merwan is a talented young fellow from Chennai and a dear student of Launchpad Academy. A Mechanical Engineer by qualification, Gautam always wanted to be a designer and study in a reputed design school like National Institute of Design (NID).  A guy who looks up to Tesla’s Elon Musk more than anybody, Merwan started his design ventures in his engineering days with his innovative ‘The Wash Bike/WIKE’ concept which is a cycle cum washing machine! A guy with many innovative ideas, Gautam shares his NID success story with us and remembers how Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design course help him achieve his dream of getting into NID. Read on!

Gautum and his WIKE Team

Gautum and his WIKE Team

Congrats Gautam! How does it feel to get into NID?
It feels great! My phone is ringing restlessly as everyone I know is calling or texting me to congratulate on my success! Last year my performance was utterly horrible, especially the Studio Test. This is my second attempt and a lot of things have changed over a year, if not hugely, significant at least. I am very happy about it.

So how was the whole NID experience?
The NID admission process in particular, is always a treat! Starting from their Design Aptitude Test which is round 1, all the way to their Studio Test and Interview which is round 2, the entire process is so awesome. Just the experience of going through their tests and having them pick your brains for what creative mess you’re really made of is really rewarding. So whether you get in or not, you definitely gain something to hold on to for life!

How were the Studio Test and Interview?
The questions were just so cool! It’s unlike anything that you see in CEED or any IIT entrance exams. Last year, the first question I was asked in the interview was ‘Which was the latest movie that you saw’! What’s more good about NID is that people they really read students and remember us. They immediately recognized me from my last year’s interview and asked what I was up to the entire year. They don’t care about your marks nor your strokes on pieces of paper, but the person and the vision behind those. They are really cool and friendly people, in the interview hall.

What kind of questions are asked in the Studio Test of NID?
There are many rounds and levels.
1. The first round is a pretty simple and straight forward task, a Live Sketching round. I was given a Porsche Cayenne SUV and was asked to draw two particular views (Front and Rear ¾ views) and a view of our choice. They provide you 30 minutes, a huge A2 paper and a ball point pen.
2. Then we were seated back inside the hall and given a booklet with our next set of questions. There were a few general questions like identification of certain cars from their pictures and noting their special features. We were also given a blank front view outline which we were supposed to complete using our imaginative skills.
3. There was also a task where we were supposed to make a model with the materials given to us of a modular seating/sleeper compartment for either a train or sleeper bus.

Gautam's Sketches

Gautam’s Sketches

How did Launchpad help you in all of this?
I am person who was always against coaching centers who promise to help you with your design skills but only end up making Design into an Engineering styled rat race. As I told, my first attempt was an utter disaster. Right from holding the pen in the right manner and drawing a straight line to sketching cars, I learnt all of it after I joined Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design course. I first attended their Car Design workshop in Chennai and the people of Launchpad seemed assuring and reliable the very day I met them. I took up their DiCD program online and the rest is history!

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