http://in.groups.yahoo.com/group/designindia/) in September 2002, nearly ten years back as a way to connect professional designers to each other.
In these ten years the Designindia Yahoogroup has remained a close group, in the sense each and every member is screened and then allowed to join in. This has greatly protected the quality of discussions that happen on this group. I reject as many requests to join as i allow, because of the lack of information people provide about themselves.
Practicing designers, people related to design education (not students), design industry and design journalism and sometimes a few exceptions are on this group.
Most members have always responded to calls of various kinds, we have jobs being advertised, requests for help and collaborations, information and knowledge being attended to. It has become a community and a social network even before the term social network came into being. The group has debated design education, clients, social issues, community, design organisations, people and various events.
Looking back i find that the group was instrumental in discussing draft Design Policy that was lobbied and released, designindia was instrumental in transforming national Design Summits, It was helpful for Uday to organize “Design for India” in New York. Designindia actively participated in exhibitions in Korea and then in China.
Innumerable publications in India and abroad have picked up issues from this forum and featured people from this forum. POOL (www.poolmagazine.in) is a magazine that is an outcome from this forum.
Designindia encourages positive action to take design in India ahead. It has become our google and our newspaper.
I have been thinking, asking seeking advice on to where can Designindia go next? and seems like i have an answer 🙂 with the help of a few of you, you would soon see the new Designindia that takes our exchange, activism, collaboration and voice to the next level.
It has taken more time than i thought it would, as you know no one runs
Designindia, it runs itself…and i do have routine compulsions of earning like a professional designer as well. But it is shaping well and i just cant wait to put it out for you.
Designindia remains free and voluntry, it remains headless and without control. (ofcourse i do control a few bits here and there)
Here is a new offering for you:
I am requesting members who have there Blogs / Websites / Events / Organisations and other groups to use- display Designindia identity on their websites/blogs/promotions, as a common identity. The file with the identity is being uploaded on yahoo group. You have to be a Designindia Yahoogroup member to use the identity.
Do also recommend your batchmates, other designers to join the Designindia Yahoo group, you may join and also ask other enthusiasts to join Yahoo group on Linkedin, facebook and core 77.
Designindia Linkedin memberships will go beyond the Yahoogroup memberships and I urge all of you to join Linkedin for the quality of network information that you can get there.
If you do use Designindia Identity – please mail a link back to me so i can prepare one list of all and promote that further.
You are welcome to promote your issues, blogs, websites, requirements, products and services on this forum (but be sensitive to who the members are), will be great if you can promote Designindia link as well.
The use of Designindia identity does not mean that all members of Designindia endorse or agree with your views or issues. It will just mean that these issues are discussed here as well.
expecting good results