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D4.6 DESINNO EN Background Paper BRUNEL

This paper provides background information to support the roundtable discussion. It starts by explaining the current situation of design in India, followed by the emerging fields of design in the global context, as well as the key results from the desk and field research.

In this way, key requirements in terms of capacity development can be highlighted.

Next, the paper introduces the DESINNO project and describe how it aims to address these requirements. Finally, key outcomes of the project are presented.

Each outcome contains questions and/or topics that will be explored further at the roundtable discussion.

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Design and Innovation Service Report

The Design and Innovation Centre Services Report provides an introduction to the services offered by the new centres established by the DESINNO project.

The report examines existing world-wide paradigms, including the Design Factory Global Network and the Fablab Network, to consider possible models for the new Centres’ services.

It also explores existing MakerSpaces in India, identifying best-practice in facilities, engagement, and price points.

Using these benchmarks, the report then outlines the Centres’ approach to:

  • Equipment
  • Services
  • Users
  • Health and Safety
  • Training, Events and Public Engagement
  • Publicity and Dissemination

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Sustainable business model for the Design & Innovation Centres

Built on Canvas business model, this model sets out the basis for the sustainability of the new Design and Innovation Centres after the lifetime of the project.

In-keeping with the Canvas format, it offers approaches under the following headings:

  • Key Partners
  • Key Activities
  • Value Propositions
  • Customer Relationships
  • Customer Segments
  • Key Resources
  • Channels
  • Cost Structure
  • Revenue Streams

As well as the Canvas models themselves, this document includes descriptive text, detailing how particular aspects of the Centres’ services will be approached.

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Design Courses

The DESINNO project contributes to the modernization and internationalization of Indian HEIs by the development of improved university courses that will comply with certain content and pedagogical approaches, by following state of the art methodologies in design thinking, sustainability, design research, and social innovation.

Each course will contain all the necessary material (text, slides, exercises, evaluation method) in digital form.

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