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FAQs - Information Arts and Information Design Practices

Information Arts and Information Design Practices is an exploration on how to present and communicate complex information in a meaningful manner to support discovery and communicate information across a range of socially relevant issues. IAIDP as a course allows students to grapple with diverse media and data that range from the artistic, informative to the technological; to find their own forms for communication and curating experiences. The core of this field lies in perception and interpretation of information in order to communicate. Communication can be personal, artistic and creative, it can also move into the space of a designer and expand into social communication and advocacy. Contemporary, exploratory and evocative, IAIDP offers space for crafting creativity and communication for a new era in human history.

People in this field are cross pollinators. They can seamlessly walk through media, arts and design. Driven by a desire to connect and evoke, they are willing explorers of simple and complex contexts alike. From environmental issues to human rights, from civic media to sonic art, from puppetry to web-design, their breadth and range of work are varied and experimental. They take communication to a new level in their ability to work across diverse fields through varied visualizations and technical explorations.

By opting for this course, students can evolve highly independent practice; ideate with far-reaching insights in whatever positions they choose to work in. From advertising to social communication, creative arts and design to technology based fields, graduates of this program have a wide and diverse playground to explore and find their niche.

Anyone who is willing to embrace diverse kinds of media, willing to engage with communities, analyze, evaluate and deepen their practice with relevant to contexts can become an IAIDP practitioner. If you are someone who is not completely satisfied with the idea of being an artist or a designer but feel that you want to bridge these two worlds, this could be very relevant course for you. Further if you are someone who is excited by technology and want to be at the cutting edge of contemporary approaches to art and communication, this course could help you build your practice.

At Srishti, we particularly focus on issues, contexts and communities that have social and environmental relevance. If you are someone who is looking to make a difference in these areas and have a strong passion to tackle wicked problems, this would be a good fit for you.

An IAIDP practitioner would benefit from the natural curiosity to explore different media and modes of representation. These could range from drawing and painting media to performing arts, technology and softwares, writing and graphic design. An IAIDP practitioner essentially plays with diverse forms of representation to create new ways to engage people. Their strength lies in this diversity. Storytelling is an essential skill that cuts across all the diversity in this program and becomes the core essence of communication. A willingness to traverse from science to arts, philosophy to literature are attitudes that will hold the IAIDP practitioner in good stead.

Communication and interpretation of information using diverse media, formats and methods is the essential focus of the course. We work with art, design and technology to deal with wicked problems, contexts, issues and communities on social, environmental, economic and political issues.