Shivanjali Tomar, the 22-year-old product designer from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, likes designing medical equipment and is now ready to make a career out of it. This year, Tomar will be flying to San Franciso to intern with IDEO, a global leader in design.
Tomar likes to make designs that contradict the conventional. For instance, for a project on special needs during college, Tomar designed a navigation device for hearing impaired individuals. For this, she used colours (as an aid) to give users cues for direction.
Says Tomar, “I love making things with my hands and I am extremely passionate about designing. Designing medical equipments and services for the deprived is my way of helping the society.”
A Science graduate from Bal Bharti Public School, Ghaziabad, Tomar was inclined to pursue engineering post her plus two. But, her elder brother, who is a corporate banker by profession, had other dreams for her. He introduced Tomar to the concept of product design.
Says Tomar, "My whole family is creative. My father is an interior decorator, while my uncles and other relatives too are in allied industries. It was but natural for me to be creative in such an atmosphere, but I wanted a technical edge to it."
So she landed in NID where her schedule became insane and her appetite for design voracious. During her course, she was selected on a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship for a semester exchange programme at Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences (Germany).
Here, she undertook art courses and also did couple of projects for Germany based design firms E.G.O and Hettich International.
Once back, Tomar met the director of the design firm IDEO at NID, who asked her to apply to IDEO after her graduation. Tomar took the chance and was promptly selected for an internship at this mecca of design graduates.
While Tomar is getting a bi-weekly four-figure US dollar stipend, she is more excited about the opportunity. Design, she believes is introspection — a direct reflection of the individual.