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 http://admissions.nid.edu/

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 

October 09, 2014

Best approach for showing your ideas in CEED

While sketching in CEED, sometimes its hard to decide what is the best way to convey the idea that we have, so here is a simple approach that you can follow to effectively communicate your idea in a short time

Generally CEED question will specifically ask you what to present. But if it is not given, then a best way to present is draw 3 sketches : 

1. one sketch that conveys the form correctly as used normally 
e.g. Here is a form drawing of the scissors

2. A sketch that shows internal mechanism through exploded/cut-out/transparent view 
e.g. Here is a exploded view of the scissors

3. A person using the product. 
e.g. Here is a person using the scissors

If you follow this funda you will get nice marks for the solution :)

August 09, 2014

CEED 2015 registration open

Hello guys,

CEED 2015 registration is now open
Here is the link 
There are no early bird entries or discounts, but registering earlier will motivate you to study better :)
All the best

Our thanks to Jahangeer Basha for bringing this to notice

July 23, 2014

Success Story : Rahul Kothari (IITK)

 Rahul Kothari joined IITK recently. He appeared for 3 interviews in total, so his experience is very diverese, just like his portfolio. We wish him all the best for his future

Hello friends this is Rahul Kothari my story is specially about those who are in job.

My passion about designing started in teenage but it got its name i.e. design in final year of engineering when i know about design and CEED .I am skipping my struggle for CEED  from starting because its a never ending story for me . So i will cover just two years 13  and 14 in 2012 i have joined BRDS for CEED regarding coaching like brds, silica, afd etc many student have view that they are fake but i say it depends on your purpose. Of course, selection is unspoken motto and as per saying that they are costly and doesn’t guarantee selection which is 100% true. My main purpose is to change my environment because i was in a boring non creative and administrative govt job in a small city. So it became difficult for me to be in IITs or NID. In 2013 anyhow I got call from NID in NMD which is my second preference this could be my last chance but bad luck continues here also I got rejection from them. I really disappointed from myself. I almost give-up. Then after some time I realize that i can’t live without designing and then i promised to myself that this is now do or die situation and that the spirit which I was searching from long time .

This year i cracked both CEED and NID for CEED I think many friend have discussed. So regularly read Teacup blog. From my side mechanical and spatial ability and creative kind of gk is must for par t A specially. NID exam has different approach. This year they totally changed their pattern and we have to compulsory solve all the design field questions. NID exam emphasize on spontaneity, sketching and creativity.

I have appeared in three institute interviews first is 

IDC- Idc first asks for creative works with form. Then on that basis they called you for written test in which they asked similar question like in Part B (optional) of CEED. This year they asked us to design a Mobile tea shop for PD and Auto rickshaw in MVD. Secondly, there is studio test in which for PD we have to make lamp and for MVD we have to make a tetrahedron. After that in PI they asked me about my design which I sent with form. Lamp and my job etc. It was nice conversation but i didn’t get through it perhaps, someone has given better impression than me.

Second is –
NID- In NID we have two round for written test first is doodling test and then studio test in which they asked to redesign bulb packaging unlike corrugated paper and it should pass 2 inch drop test and check its working condition without opening it. It got disasterous end where it get opened out. Interview was great and I won their hearts. But both studio test and PI matters so again rejected!

Third is –
DP-IIT Kanpur - DP has different kind of environment. We had just interview which is very indifferent, very lengthy and out of the box questions. My interview was second or third down after lunch. So they were yawning looking very indifferent for me. They asked me about my job, living place, my preference suddenly the whole interview turned to a fish market everybody throwing me questions and statements at a point even i started laughing then again abruptly  they said you can go. I shocked that what happened to them. Lots of question stroke in my mind. Then I thought that this is my last chance to be a designer i asked them about design culture at DP. After 2-3 question again they lost but at last one of the panellist told me “I am impressed that you are passionate about design even though you are not in such a background”. In this way i saved my interview and selection as well.

At last my final words to all CEED and NID aspirants are:-
---- Be passionate and clear about designing and its field.
---- In portfolio even one drawing is sufficient for your selection so choose your best.
---- Prepare your background, honestly.
----IDC and NID is not only the place.
----practice * 1000 times.
----That’s actually my method- just note down all the objects you know or seen then googling it and draw from different angles.

          Further if anyone want more help contact me at kothari.rahul@gmail.com.        

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July 20, 2014

MIT Product Design sketching notes

MIT Product Design sketching notes are available here
They are the lecture notes for the course "6.810: Engineering Design and Rapid Prototyping"

The notes are pretty basic and does not cover many of the chapters to a good depth, but it does address some of the basic pitfalls that the students studying for CEED may commit.

For example,
Many CEED aspirants dont know about the "sketching warm up". The notes cover the basics of what all exercises to practice to get a free and smooth flow during sketching process.

It also addresses different kinds of sketching. For example, it shows difference between form exploration and engineering style sketches. 

Overall the notes are good source for knowing the basics of sketching. Since they are in form of presentation that will be shown during the lecture, the slides are not self explanatory. Still the notes are worth a read

More resources for this course are available here

July 18, 2014

Four rules for a great score in CEED

In the heat of the CEED exam, almost everyone falls short of time. What do the toppers do to make the most of their time?
There are 4 points that you MUST practice to get good score:
  1. Rough work :
    Read the question thoroughly. And understand what is asked.
    Don't rush to answering the question. Think about what is asked, think about possible ideas and solutions to the problem, select an appealing and innovative idea, think whether your idea is good enough? Think about how well can you express this selected idea and finally imagine how it will appear on the paper. Plan on how will you utilize the space in the answer sheet.
    Do this in 5 minutes flat.
    It needs practice, but is doable
  2. Innovative idea :
    Generally most questions test your ingenuity. Examiners love to test it more than anything else.
    Think something 99 percent candidates, your competition, wont be able to think!
    Practice using attribute method. It works!

  3. Proper sketching :
    Select the right view, sketch functionally, shade only if needed and colour only of it adds more meaning. Does a side view express your idea clearly? Then don't waste your time drawing a perspective view.
    Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Keep your representation to bare minimum
  4. Proper labeling :
    Label all your parts and functions clearly in bold and capital letters.
    Write the description likewise. As far as possible avoid using cursive in CEED. It looks good only in love letters, not in CEED exam!
Believe me, it is not difficult to score in CEED through use of these four simple  rules. Yet, these are not hard and fast rules, you should know when to break these. Breaking rules makes a great designer, but do so consciously.

All the best :)