Across the Time and Space: Application of Systems Thinking to Bridge the Past and Future of Design Practices

By Prasad Bokil and Shilpa Ranade.

Published by The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice

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Design is a multifaceted and a multidisciplinary field. In the current scenario of globalization and multiculturalism, the Systems study of design discipline across different time-space can enrich the scope of design practice. We propose and demonstrate a methodology to work across time, space, and design applications.This work is rooted in the theory of General Systems Thinking: GST. The effectiveness of GST in multidisciplinary environment is well established. GST has influenced design for several decades but it is still underused. Compare and Borrow, the methodology we propose is an application of Systems Thinking. It facilitates the comparison of the conceptual models of various fields in design, at various time and space, to create a platform for systematic exchange of system rules, tools, and processes. This new methodology is evaluated by the successful demonstration of borrowing a design tool from one application and applying it for another application.
‘Grid in visual design’ is the design tool selected for demonstration. Grid is considered as the greatest tool in terms of space management. We attempt to provide a platform to compare and borrow the grids across different applications.

Keywords: Systems Thinking, Grids in Graphic Design, Intersystemic Exchange of Grids, Design Methodology

The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.51-71. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.309MB).

Prasad Bokil

Research Scholar, Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Prasad Bokil is a research student at Industrial Design Center, IIT Bombay. He is pursuing his doctoral degree in the field of communication design. In his research, he is trying to bridge the gap between traditional Indian art practices and the contemporary design. He has bachelor’s degree in engineering and master’s degree in visual communication. Apart from graphic design he has experience in variety of fields like, engineering, Indian arts, bamboo crafts, film making, font design, animation and e-learning. This diverse exposure helps him to cross pollinate the ideas across different fields.

Prof. Shilpa Ranade

Associate Professor, Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

After studying Animation from The Royal College Art, London, Shilpa Ranade directed short animation films for Channel 4, UK. Her films have traveled all over the world winning accolades in some of the most prestigious film festivals. She is a founding member of Damaru, a project involved in creating content for children. During the last decade, Shilpa has illustrated numerous children’s books for The Karadi Tales Company and Scholastic India. As an Associate Professor she is teaching animation at IDC, IIT Bombay. Her current projects include Gopi Gavaiyaa Bagha Bajaiyaa, an animated feature film for the Children’s Film Society of India and three short animated films along with a book of ten stories by children. Her research interests are in the area of indigenous traditional pictorial narratives.