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CEED 2011 is here October 25, 2010

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CEED 2011 near. Start preparing.



Common Entrance Exam for Design ( CEED ) Sample questions April 21, 2009

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CEED (Common Entrance Examination for Design) is an all India examination conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT, Bombay), on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Department of Education, Government of India for the Master of Designing [M Des.] course. I was to IISc, bangalore to take the test. About 300 -my estimation – people took the test. Before the exam I searched a lot of places for any sample papers or any such info and i found not much help.

Well, the exam consisted of 12-13 qstns, I dont rememeber. It was for 3 hours and 150 marks. The questions were
1. Pencil sketching, candle half open matchbox and some spilled sticks with emphasis on details etc.
2. Design a torch with an additional function[utilising power from dry cells] OR design a mascot for ‘a proposed underwater tourism project by Govt of India’
I chose the second option.
3. Eight unconventional/productive ways of using dead CDs.[Sketches]
4. Summarize the given paragraph.
5. Ten probs/defects with the tolilets of second class passenger trains.
6. Convert given news report into visuals.
7. Make two sculptures by using the given four basic figures[Sketches]
8. Design the base for a statue[pic given][Sketch]
9. Design gear train for a bicycle for an uphill task[engg. skills][sketches]
10. Design a mineral water bottle for children in the age group of 3-6 yrs.

Well, the rest I forgot.
Hope these will help someone.

Edit: I am adding my comment here.

Well, to talk about CEED, all the official information is available here: http://www.iitb.ac.in/%7Epge/home.htm

You need some exposure into design and related stuff to take the test confidently. I was totally unprepared for the test, dint have ANY idea about the questions. I was expecting more of mechanical/theory/design questions, but as you can see from my post, the questions were primarily based on pure design.

You need sketching skills. Its a must. and for that you need pencils, color pencils etc… carry some to or three pencils [of diff grades, like hb, 2b 4b and one harder one – 2H, am i right? -] get used to sketching when u r given one topic on the spot.

next, they test you for you observational skills. critical observation, they say.

then you need to have lil bit of graphic design exposure. there was a question, in which a figure was given which had the word β€˜little’ in some bold font [like http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/jnlevine/sporting-life/ ] in a twisted way. you have to decipher the word contained in it. then you have to sketch another word in the same style.

try going thro some design related sites. i recommend http://del.icio.us/popular/design as a starter.

then verbal skills. like summarizing a paragraph

a lil bit of engineering skills is also required.

you dont need mini drafter etc. you need pen, pencil, dry coloring tools, eraser, pencils etc. i think you can use wet coloring tools also, but it eats away a good chunk of your time and spoils the paper. if you are a pro with watercolor, you can use that. you will be answering in the question paper itself. it is made of good grade drawing sheet.

then you have to finish off the test in the given time. I failed there. wen i saw the questions, i was thrilled. everything seemed to be easy, but i could do only half the questions. i left questions worth about 70 marks [out of total 150 ]. So dont get carried away by the questions. I enjoyed taking the test.

if you feel that you are talented enough, then go for NID test. I heard the test is more grueling, but you can conquer it by practice.
i think by this time you all might have taken the test. really sorry for this late reply.

and if any of you have any questions/queries or need resources regarding graphic design, feel free to contact me.

I had searched the net exhaustively for any info regarding questions, but so far found none. If you are a member of orkut, then try visiting the NID community and try seeking help there. Also the IISc community. Sometimes they can help you.



PS: I dont think you need much exposure in CAD to crack CEED. but be prepared for the unexpected, i have seen only one test. try to meet guys who have taken some other CEED test.

designer and the ‘tool expert’ September 9, 2008

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there are two kinds of designers. the tool experts and the ‘designers’. i have found that some doesnt even try to understand the language of design. tell them whats there to be done in that picture using photoshop. they will do it. draw sketches, explain in detail about the short movie and they will do a draft for you in flash. after few tweaks and changes, your movie is somewhat done and up for release. these guys are called ‘tool experts’. they are also known as ‘freelancers’ in some parts of the world.

the others- precisely the ‘designers’- *think* also. and that makes all the difference.

all designers and some kinda tool experts. but its not true the other way round.

i need a machine and a net conn September 9, 2008

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thank god, i still have this wordpress account. was a surprise when the passowrd worked. i am right nw in my Bros hostel from where i can access wordpress. thoughts come flooding. sometimes i fall asleep to be woken up by ‘krishna nee begane..’ in my mobile. calls from office. i am bunking office for the onam season. πŸ˜€

spelling doesnt work. am i dislexic? i havent seen TZP yet. want to se it. now i am at bros hostel, working freom sanjus machine, i can see TZp-it is in here. but i prefer to go for nayakan, kamal hasssan’s epic movie-kinda remake of godfather.

well, the news is that i have decided to go back to design. i am fed up with this coding shit. earlier, i used to wonder why they spent lots of time infront of those machines churning out huge volumes of code. even i did. i still do. now i know their motives and the incentives. but sorry, these days i dont find any drive in that stuff. how to restart designing?

here is a list. its for me.

1. watch rock on
2. learn HTML
3. Watch more movies. watch pursiut of happyness once more.
4. buy a secondhand desktop. ask bro to get me one. search in BB.
5. net conn. i know shareef will get it done. no worries. πŸ˜€ he is such a cool dude.
6. think
7. get the music right.
8. now, *start dreaming*
9. design.

thats it. dreaming is such a good thing. just take off, fly around. you need some good music to go along. rock on works fine for me now. i am listening to an indian band, Thermal and a quarter also. they have some good songs out there.

love you all… πŸ™‚

WordPress new logo May 4, 2006

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Denis Radencovic of three.eight.one studios has written about the first sketches of logos he had made for wordpress.

Nice ones, yea, WP is missing something really. Its time they did a redesign of their identities, including websites. Nice work by Denis.
Just like someone commented, I too did not like the use of type.

Links Roundup April 3, 2006

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Ok guys, after a long time comes this post. I’ve been a kinda lazy, and was into a more interesting thing called orkut. After a long time, I cud see my collegemates active in a web 2.0 thing[Of course gmail was already there with them]. It has been about a year since I joined orkut, and was not much active there. Now suddenly my friends began to flock together there at orkut and I too joined them in the fray. It was fun, and was a major discussion topic even in college where such net/geeky things were taboo.

So what should this post be about? I haven’t decided yet. I have given the heading ‘Links Roundup’ already. I have a collection right now at hand.

Like the way I stayed away from this blog, I was off from my regular places (like del.icio.us, popurls, digg etc and blogs) also. The only thing that was regular was deviantart.com which has become nothing less than a passion these days. Thehot news is that deviantart is going to be bought by myspace.com.

Ok, here I give you the links. Most of them are old πŸ˜€ pardon me, but they are eally interesting. Here we go.

Design Resource Collection
The first thing is a wonderful website created by Gustavo Machado. Designeducation.ca features about seven main categories like general, illustration, advertising/design, photography, typography etc with several subcategories in each section. Each section is rich with one of the web’s most comprehensive collection of resources and is growing everyday. And you can be a part of it by contributing/submitting a site that you have noticed good in resources. Apart from links, there is a big collection of ebooks relating to various subjects like branding/corporate identity, user-centered design etc. It also features other topics like Industrial design, Fashion design etc.

So go there and have a look around.

SEO Tools Collection
Meanwhile here we have a great collection of SEO tools at seocompany.ca. They have been ranked accordingly and a total of 151 tools have been featured. You can submit your tool (it will feature in their list if your tool is approved by the team) against a refundable review fee of $5.

Free Fonts
Vitaly Friedman has written about 25 best free quality fonts in this post. I have noticed this post long ago and wanted to write about it but couldnt do it till now. His post has been helpful to me, and now I think I have done paid back the debt (but only in parts :D) to him by telling everyone about his beautiful collection. Its just awesome, just go there and choose your pick.

With this we have come to the end of a boring lecture [yaaaawwwnn….] ha!
Meanwhile, I am testing a new product called swicki. Will tell you the results in the next post.

Edit(4th July): The site designeducation.ca is up again.