|Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Sudhanwa Chavan (SC) for I-Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Sudhanwa Chavan by clicking here. Access more information about the award winning design Concept COBRA here.
|Interview with Sudhanwa Chavan at Monday 19th of November 2012
FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
SC: The inspiration behind this concept is a King Cobra and its attacking formations.
FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
SC: I wanted to achieve a single lighting solution for diverse rural as well as urban needs such as - a light source can be used at (space wise) extremely odd places; for the purpose of study, which has a good carry-ability and operational simplicity for all age groups or in urban scenarios; it should act as an ambient light, people should carry it for outings etc.
FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
SC: Realization is best which can happen to a concept. So, I will be looking forward for the same.
FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
SC: It was a two months; self initiated project. Project involved all the process steps of user / material & technology / competitive research, benchmarking, conceptualization and Virtual prototyping.
FS: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
SC: The project was not commissioned, it was a self initiated one.
FS: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
SC: No, the design has not been produced or used by any company. I am planning to sell or lease the production rights of this concept.
FS: What made you design this particular type of work?
SC: As a designer; it is our moral duty to observe things and find solutions for betterment of contemporary life styles. The project took shape out of observation of current scenarios.
FS: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
SC: There were no other designs or designers involved in making this concept.
FS: Who is the target customer for his design?
SC: People from both Rural and Urban areas and for most of the age groups.
FS: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
SC: I have not come across any resembling concepts yet but if any; the modularity and diverse application of this concept makes it different.
FS: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
SC: The name is due to the form inspiration behind this concept i.e King Cobra
FS: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
SC: Rhinoceros 4, Photoshop
FS: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
SC: Thinnest possible lamp
FS: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
SC: I have not collaborated with anyone for this design. All technical details mentioned are gathered from the web based information.
FS: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
SC: The concept is completely based on contemporary technologies. Without printed electronics and printed batteries; it is not possible to achieve the thinnest size of it.
FS: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
SC: This design is influenced by my personal observation and understanding of Indian scenario.
FS: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
SC: Combining most of the issues related to portable lighting was challenging.
FS: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
SC: It is always great to share concept on a great platform like 'i design award' especially when you have faith in whatever you have designed.
FS: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
SC: Revisiting the thoughts, concepts always help for the refinements of any design. Moreover; there were valuable inputs from i design award jury members; which helped me to improve this design.
FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
SC: thank you for the opportunity
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