March 25, 2015

IIT-B IDC DAT 2015 papers

This year IDC gave out printouts of their DAT papers and studio tests!
We are grateful to the people who shared those with us for publication on this blog :)

IDC Visual Communication DAT paper (Thanks to Bigyani)

IDC Animation DAT paper (Thanks to Bigyani)

IDC Mobility and Vehicle Design DAT paper (Thanks to Suyog Dhanawade) 
IDC Product Design DAT paper (Thanks to Suyog Dhanawade)

We regret the poor quality of the images. They are the best copies available to us. Please do send us better photos if you happen to have them

We are still looking for Interaction Design DAT paper, if anyone has the same we request you to mail us the same.

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Tips for DAT and interview

March 24, 2015

Rohan Dinde's experience of IDC VC interivew

Rohan, a regular reader of this blog, was interviewed at IDC in March 2015. He has obliged us by sharing his experience.

My IDC - VC interview story

I have described it in detail...please forgive me for its lengthiness.

On the Gate of IITB- I met a guy....Abhishek! Came to know at the gate itself that he has applied for 4 and has got short-listed in all 4 branches!!! I thought..why I have came here when such multi-talented people are here! We went to Hostel 16 together became room mates...had a lot of fun...laughed a we were knowing each other from childhood! By the time we end the process of interview, we had an emotional attachment for each other!

In the studio test...

I was like...whether to laugh or to cry!!!
It was a real challenge to design something which is deeply rooted in our heart...!!
Many thoughts gushing in my mind at a time...! I started writing thoughts in the form of Ques. Ans. On the rough A4 sheet provided..
Then I made thumbnails..around 15 or so.
Looked at the time remained... 15 mins only!!!!
Finalized the concept in not more than 10 seconds!
Made something...(will post the pic)


I was 3rd last in group 1..
I entered the room, they offered me the chair..
My portfolio contained my hand crafted portfolio flip-book, three practice sketchbooks,a small diary and a copy of Bhagwatgeeta!
I kept the flip-book in front of me and kept everything else aside...purposefully tried keeping other things out of their reach on the table!
While I do all this, a photographer was taking photo of I being interviewed! ( I think he is a project staff there. He also took a pic of mine when i was waiting outside!)
A prof had a glance on my flip-book....
My portfolio had an old quickly drawn sketch of Steve Jobs.
He said, Gandhiji banaya hai ya Steve Jobs!!!!!!!!
I was laughing and I became stress-free there itself!
When another panellist saw the sketch...he said give it to me! He was sooo eager to see that what's inside my portfolio...I said Sir, Can I give a presentation? He said, first I will see n then you can give!
I didn't had an idea that the cover slightly differently made will increase their curiosity so much!
Then the two panellists went through the flip-book , looking each project with some interest...Now they said ok explain us in short.... while I started explaining....they asked...WHAT ARE THOSE?
OMG!!! They are asking about my SCRAPBOOKS!!! Now they will BAD I can sketch! And they will ask questions on my bad sketches...!
But they just flipped through the sketchbooks...and asked me...from how much years I am sketching in these sketchbooks? 

I : Spt 2014

He: 6 months?
They looked impressed!
Then I presented the Bhagwatgeeta copy...It was a book cover design which I wrapped to Geeta!
Then I showed my little diary having my poetry written with calligraphy...
They appreciated my calligraphy and asked me to present my poem and explain it...they were checking my communication skills here I guess...
I : This is a poem SAY for my GF
He: SAY FOR my GF or FOR my GF?
I: FOR my GF!!!!
Then I presented the poem and when I explained the meaning, they were like... Wah ..wah kya bat hai!!!!
Finally one of the panellist said Nice to meet you..
Thank you.
I asked OVER?
They said Yaa..

I carefully picked up all my materials and came out with a smile on my face..!

March 22, 2015

CEED paper says so much about their expectations!

Here is a guest post by Rohan Dinde.
Following are his thoughts in his own words

I have selected carefully and have copied the following text from CEED 2015 Question Paper.

It tells us what exactly they are looking for…

·        Identify problems.
·        Different illustration styles
·        Thumbnail sketches
·        A layout of the information
·        Final illustration/s and its sequence
·        Use text minimally or preferably not at all
·        Appropriate views and representation styles to illustrate objects as well as actions
·        Quality of visual renderings
·        Effectiveness of presentation in minimal space
·        Clarity in the structure and sequencing of information

Roshan Kove's experience of IDC Mobility and Industrial Design interview

Here is Roshan's experience of Mobility and Vehicle Design interview at IDC

Mobility - i feel they ignored me as i am from CSE background.. They only ask few basic questions why you want to join dis course?.. U r doing job or not..?? bla bla!! Then they said to show portfolio ..i added some concept n rendering work hoping they may ask something about portfolio but they just look over..and said how was your NID exam?.. You like earthen pot question which we added? They are cool with me. And they told me to explain and draw CEED part B earthen pot i drew and explained the concept. Thats all..time near about 10-12 min 

Industrial design - i was late when i went to idc peon calling my name..and said they are waiting for you just go..i had portfolio bag and documents, was tensed i didn't get time to think anything n went to interview.. There were 5 people seated in a row.. They r very friendly.. They asked me about studio test solution they had my answer sheet n said why you choose dis type of design n which factors you considered? Dis is appealing design? I explained them all factors..i made nice presentation but messed up with paper model..i couldn't make it good  
Then they asked about my passion,said y u choose product design why not interaction ? Then two people from corner asked questions on portfolio which material you used n how you generate this concept? I answer them what i prepared..then they asked me question on task which i send with the application so they asked some question on them..i added some rendering work which i made in Photoshop n CATIA..they said its nice you are from CS and learned this software..interview was cool n friendly..they said ok good..u can go..they asked so many questions within 5-6 min..  enjoyed the interview 

IDC and iit campus is awesome..i meet with many creative people from CEED 2015 group..and its awesome memories..enjoy a lot  thnx

March 10, 2015

Tips for DAT and interview


The following tips were published on CEED help group on Facebook. I am publishing them here for benefit of the aspirants :)

some quick tips for the benefit of aspirants :

-The written aptitude test would be pertaining to the stream you have applied for, unlike the CEED exam which had more diverse topics.... while preparing be stream specific

-the written test is important as most often they act as a baseline on which your interview questions are asked

-while making portfolio- believe in quality and not quantity!!! add 4-5 stream specific works ( which are your best works) and few miscellaneous works (like sketches, photographs, etc).

-try carrying a hard/soft copy of your portfolio, as your interview panel will have 2-3 profs.. (that way u can keep them engaged with your portfolio, while the other questions you)

-Lastly,there are on an average close to ~100 ppl being called! what ever you do, do it creatively and stand out among others

ping me/ add comments if you guys hav any further doubts!!!

Best wishes
Believe!!! it happens  

January 02, 2015

How to practice for CEED and NID entrance exams

CEED and NID entrance exams seem difficult to crack and most people feel the time crunch right when they face these important papers.

There are two ways to score well in these exams:
1. Think really innovative ideas that no one might be able to think.
To master this method you need to practice using attributemethod or any other equivalent method that you like. This way, even if your sketching is not up to the mark, you can score well by virtue of your creativity
2. Practice sketching really fast
If you can generate great ideas but can’t express them in the short time, your ideas will never be seen by the examiner; therefore practice of rapid sketching is very important.
The fail-proof approach is the one that combines these two!

A common factor to both these approaches is regular practice. You might be a born artist or have already an excellent mind for generating creative ideas in a short time, but still you need to keep these skills well oiled!

Regular practice tips

Most people start learning sketching or idea generation skills too late. Don’t be one of them. Regular practice is not hard to do. Here are some methods which I have tried and worked with many aspirants:
1. Keep a simple check-list : I know it’s simple, but you hold yourself accountable each day using this method. Just ask yourself “Have I practiced today?” If yes, then put a tick-mark on today’s day
2. 10-minutes a day : Just go ahead and sketch or ideate for only 10 minutes. Not too much, not too less, but you can get it done with bare minimum! But, in those 10 minutes, do nothing but sketching at your full speed!
3. Sketch something you love : Don’t like sketching vacuum cleaners? Just sketch flowers! Then a flower can evolve into a vacuum cleaner. Make the chore fun!
4. Set a reminder at a set time : Just set the 10 minutes reminder to sketch right after your dinner, in that free time.
5. Don’t do large sketches at a go : Since you will be working in pieces, you can work only on one part at a time, but do this rapidly.
6. Form your group of sketchers : Forming a group makes sketching fun and you will compete with one another to sketch faster, making it a win-win situation
7. set a routine : With the reminder and calendar in place, as written above, you will be able to find that sweet spot in your schedule, where you can only sketch


CEED is held in first week of December, so accordingly, your practice should begin somewhere in June to speed up sketching and idea generation process. 
 June - Just learn to sketch the three basic strokes with a simple HB pencil - Straight lines, circles and freehand curves along with basic shading. Books like 'Drawing Made Easy' by Subodh Narvekar will be particularly useful
July - Learn to draw simple objects like cup, glasses, tables, flower pot, etc. from your imagination as seen from different angles
August - Learn to 'modify'; these basic products to something you have imagined. As an example, you have drawn a vacuum cleaner, now imagine and sketch a vacuum cleaner of a flower shape.
September - Try to create even more radical ideas and sketch in detail them using products you sketched in last month. For example, you have already sketched a flower shaped vacuum cleaner, now try to think how a will work? Will it have a motor inside or should it be driven by something radical like steam generated vacuum? 
October - Till now you have focused only on improving your skills, but not actual design. October onwards, start finding real life problems, such as how will you design a crate that will carry more eggs safely on a bicycle or how will you create an info-graphics that will show literacy rates in different states. 
November - CEED is just a month away. This month solve the old CEED papers with realistic timing. It will give you feel of actual exam. If you feel you lack some skills like the ellipses you sketch need a bit of more practice, this is right time to do it. Solve the papers again of you have done it once. Try to think different ideas than you have done the previous time

With these tips, we are pretty sure you will be able to score well in CEED. The same skill set can be used for NID entrance as well

All the best to all aspirants. :)

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October 13, 2014

NID 2015 forms are out

Dear friends,

NID 2015 admission forms are out

Please visit this website for more details

Last date for sending out filled application form is 21 Nov 2014

NID DAT will be held on 10 Jan 2014

This is a good news for candidates aspiring for CEED and NID. The CEED preparation will help them in clearing NID as well :)

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Thank you Varun Kalpurath for pointing out this news to the TeaCupBlog