In today’s session of Design and Human Condition, we discussed taste and how every individual develops their taste for example music. We discussed in class how we’re not a fan of Indian classical music. Followed by we also discussed how our surroundings and our environment influences us to prefer and develop a certain type of taste. In order to understand this concept even more we discussed Pierre Bourdieu and his theory of how capital influences our taste.

I’ve heard the name Pierre Bourdieu before so right after the class and discussion ended I looked up this research article “Bourdieu on…

In today’s session of Design and Human Condition, we discussed interdisciplinary studies and how IVS provides a platform that encourages interdisciplinarity amongst its student body. Interdisciplinary is a collective set of ideas, that is: relating or combining different branches of knowledge to work as a team and learn from one another. This idea encourages an individual to learn from its surroundings to become well versed in his environment.

Collaborative teamwork, where people share information and collectively plan out the terms helps a team consider different aspects of intervention and this also encourages individuals to learn interdisciplinary ideologies. …

On 31st October 2020 we watched Puff Puff Pak as part of Chalta Phirta Doc Festival. This documentary film is by Fahad Naveed and it begins with Naveed’s journey with cigarette that started as a teenager, and then followed him from time to time. Later in life when he moved to New York, he documented the struggle to smoke in a country where cigarettes were comparatively expensive and smoking in general was discouraged by the people and the government.

The screening was followed by a Q and A session moderated by Anam Abbas where the film’s director Fahad Naveed, shared…

In today’s session of Design and Human Condition, we discussed craftsmanship and the creativity of artists behind it with guest lecturer Arnab Chakravarty. From my understanding artists can be considered a skilled craftsman. They are masters at their practice and keep improving with time. This brings me to craft artists. The literal definition of a craft artist is someone who makes an art piece by hand using multiple different techniques, but I believe every artist can be considered a craft artist. Producing an art piece requires a sense of design and technique to complete a piece.

Throughout this session, I…

In today’s session of Design and the Human Condition we discussed a name I’ve heard before but never bothered researching about him; Donald Arthur Norman. Don Norman is an American professor and a very well known researcher. He’s an author of a collection of books but a fact that intrigued me while researching about him is his definition of “Affordance,” and the fact he introduced the design community with the concept in affordance in 1988. Affordance was the main topic of discussion today.
Affordance is the perceivable properties of a thing, which is not limited to interface, object, or a thing…

In our second session of “Design in the human condition” course, we were asked to watch the film “Being in the World”. Directed by Tao Ruspoli this documentary film is based on a very famous but controversial philosopher, Dr. Hubert Dreyfus who was greatly influenced by Martin Heidegger, yet another well known German philosopher sharing his understanding of humans, the world, and philosophy. This documentary film revolves around human beings and their understanding of life, the way one perceives it, and connects the environment with a different set of skills.
I personally observed the film stands out from all the documentaries…

Design and the human condition is the new course we were introduced to this semester and we had our first session on Friday, September 4. We were introduced to design and technology upgrades throughout the years. I personally joined the classroom thinking it’s going to be just another theory class but after an interactive session of listing down our current and future plans, I realized there’s a whole another side to communication and design.
In general, we all were limited to a set of career paths, but upon discussion, we were introduced to Global aspects of design scholars, service designers, and…

Ammarah Sohail

Communication Design student from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture

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