February 22, 2016

Pune Design Festival 2016: 26 – 27 Feb

by Radhika Kuldeep

images courtesy www.punedesignfestival.org

The last decade has seen the design industry grow by leaps and bounds. And events like the Pune Design Festival have been at the forefront of this movement. It is one of the few events where full time practitioners of design come together to organise and host a two-day festival for the community and other related industries.


The theme for PDF keeps changing every year. The themes of ‘Design Unlimited’ in 2014 and ‘Connections’ in 2015 garnered a lot of appreciation from the audience. With the nation abuzz with ‘Make In India’ it is only fitting that PDF 2016 will celebrate the exponential power of Design Thinking. We belong to the age where design thinking is no longer limited to only designers. It is recognised as a tool for creating social impact and change. From urban planning of cities and towns, to a product in the healthcare field, design is intersecting our lives on a daily basis.

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Design is successful when it’s understood intuitively, when it’s easy to use, when it appeals to the user and creates a lasting impact on him. This year, PDF will be taking a closer look at this power of design and how it can be raised exponentially to achieve the tomorrow that we all can only dream of today.


At PDF 2016, sessions will focus on design & entrepreneurship, design in business, design & academia as well as a special session honoring Late Prof M.P. Ranjan.  The student competitions and the ADI AUTODESK – Battle Of Projects Awards are some of the highly anticipated segments. Also the overnight Hackathon workshop by Autodesk aims to tackle problems related to Ageing, Healthcare, Energy, Mobility, Education and come up with viable solutions for the same by the end of the workshop! As a part of the 10th anniversary celebrations, PDF includes a week-long schedule of activities beginning from 22nd Feb 2016, in collaboration with other design associations that will showcase good design across different fields.


With a stellar line up of speakers that include names like E Suresh, Uday Dandavate, Kiran Bir Sethi and Prasoon Pandey, Pune Design Festival is all set to welcome design professionals, academicians, technology experts, progressive thinkers from diverse domains, corporate leaders, innovators and students of design & engineering.


Register here to be a part of Pune Design Festival 2016.

The PDF is organised under the umbrella body of the Association of Designers of India(ADI), a non-profit organisation that is committed to promoting best practices in the profession of design in India.

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