MIT Institute of Design
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Devan Das
Asst. Prof. Devan Das
Fashion Design
Devan Das is a Post Graduate (M.Des batch 2008-10)) from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (Delhi) and an Under Graduate (B.Des batch 2003-07) of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (Chennai) where he won the award for Academic excellence with community service.
Areas of Study and Research:
    - Communication Design
    - Publication Design
    - Indian graphic identity
    - Design semiotics
    - Visual research

Industrial Experience
Devan has worked in a gamut of design scenarios ranging from commercial art direction, design education, graphic design, publication, fashion, metal crafting, design intervention in indigenous craft clusters, voluntary work, e-commerce and social media marketing.

He has worked as Creative Art Director at Workafella – a leading co-working space company aligning brand objectives with digital art and social media in conjunction with marketing to create unique customer experiences.

Also worked as Art Editor for one of the world’s leading publication houses of family reference books – Dorling Kindersley in New Delhi, as well as the Indian publication Roli Books delving into subjects that ranged from Children’s education, Formula one, sports, history, travel and cookery.

Design Education
He taught as Assistant professor at NIFT Chennai for 3 years where he undertook lectures, practical demonstrations and hands on training sessions in Graphic design practice and theory, Print Design, Material studies and Design methodology.

Taught at the Mcgans Ooty School of Fashion and Design (MSFD) at Ooty for a year where he was closely involved in curriculum development and the application of design process, mentoring students closely and developing their skill set.

Curriculum and content development has been a continuous endeavour, having been involved in the identification of traditional craft clusters for design intervention projects as assigned to NIFT through the Govt. of India. He has also worked on digital content creation of video graphed lessons through the Fashion Communication department of NIFT Chennai for the National Mission for Education through Information & Communication Technology (NMEICT).

Workshops and volunteer work

He has conducted and been involved in various workshops on design intervention for the promotion of traditional craft clusters, illustration for college students and working professionals, including -

Organizing and executing the National Handloom day activities for the visit of Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on 7th Aug 2015.

A workshop for Handloom & Export Promotion Council (HEPC) on Design trends and Visual Merchandising for Heintextil-2015, Karur, Tamilnadu.

Group painting and exhibition for district school students of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu in May 2019.
Training program on design development and skill upgradation for rural artisans of Dharmapuri district of TN with the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development(NABARD)

Workshop on Digital Marketing by National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD). Completed workshop on “Content generation for e-learning” through the National Mission for Education through Information & Communication Technology (NMEICT).

Undertook a research project to identify and document pollution due to textile dye effluents into the Noyal River in Tirupur. Significant consequences to the environmental and socio-economic structure of the region were studied and reported.

Devan hopes to ignite students’ interest in design as an agent of change and believes in touching the future through an evolving pedagogical relationship with aspiring designers by sparking innate talent and empowering cognitive skills thus enabling innovation of original, responsible solutions to an ever changing environmental and commercial landscape. Apart from academics and commercial art, he is an avid biker, loves mixed martial arts, football, illustration and is a patron of traditional / folk music and performance.