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Day 230: Teaching Design

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This semester I am teaching a new subject. It is a lot of work and a tough attempt as it is not my area of expertise. However, I must confess I am enjoying it. I love it. I take a longer time to prepare but it is teaching me my hidden strength and weakness. I love the subject and I am glad I was given a chance to teach it this semester. I am learning a lot more than I could have had I just attended the class. What troubles me is always the 'grading'. I never liked it and I can easily say it is not my favorite area.

As of now, I have taught only one class but the preparation is fun. I enjoy looking for the 'ideas' and options to teach them visualization. It is not an art class but at the same time it is important to teach design in context of business. It is not a class where one is looking at the creative and artistic brilliance alone. It is about how does that help the business. 

For all those who don't value the unconventional classes like these, you must realize that it is not easy. In fact the research conducted by universities indicates the amount of work put by these students in such classes over the other so called conventional ones (Do not have the reference here but the research is authentic). I remember one of my dearest little sister/friend (neighbor's daughter) in India was very inclined to this area and finally got admission with National Institute of Fashion Technology. Of course, they do not teach business, marketing, and advertising (like MICA or IID) as the core,but the course still entails a lot of work, in fact as much or probably more than the traditional courses and degrees. I know that the traditional mindset always puts down such students and do not encourage them to pursue their interests. I remember a friend who used to be a very good and bright student who fared extremely well in her higher secondary education and chose to go the film route to satisfy her creative instincts. Now, traditionally that is a deviant from the engineering and medicine mad community in India. With time, things are changing and people are pursuing the unconventional route too. By the way, please note, I have a background and degree in science and then in management. I am a totally 'science' person and I still read and keep myself in that area by either talking to my 'A' or following the science world. However, I also believe that, we need to have that balance in understanding the passion and choices that students make as they move on to pursue their dream. By shunning their choices just because it takes an unconventional path is never right. And that is my argument here. Teaching this class teaches me everyday how hard it is to be a designer and of course, to train one that way. 
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