Archive for January, 2011


German Indian Friendships

It is some time ago, that we went to India, to take part at the universal design workshop in 2009 at NID, Ahmedabad.
This was a great experience - Furthermore we had the chance to meet some wonderful people.
Luckily we had the chance to come back to India again, to study at NID for half a year.
Most of our former friends were still there and helped us to get access to the unkown way of life and structures in India. Without them it would have not been so easy for us to live in the Orient.
Some of these people also got the opportunity to come to study in Germany in 2010, some not.
But one followed our invitation and made the long way to Germany and stayed with us from December 2009 to January 2011.
It was a great experience for us to meet him again - somebody who never stood in the snow in his life before and we hope, it was also a great experience for him, too :-)
During the stay, we to showed him around in in northern Germany and let him be a part of our lives here.
We choosed some of the pictures we made over these 3 weeks, just to show how important this friendship is for us. We enjoyed the time with our indian visitor and of course we hope to see him again soon.


Visit at Amul Mother Dairy

Impressiv to see: the biggest milkproducer in the world!amul





Cheese, Ghee & Butter

brot1Indian-German Workshop at NID Campus:

13 indian students and 9 german students worked in the last view days on the topic packaging for milk products in an intercultutral context. The differences between indian and german food culture was discussed in a very emotional and expressiv way.

To show the differences the indian students brought the german visitors to typical markest, shops and dayries. They explored while discussing the meaning of ghee, butter and cheese the different needs and types of use.


Hello Ahmedabad!

We have left our Campus and Friends in Bangalore for a couple of days to meet Birgit, Marie and some students from Hannover in Ahmedabad. Now we have reached NID’s main campus/oasis. It is great to see this beautiful building and garden once again.
We feel that a lot has changed in Ahemadabad during the last 4 years. The Airport transformed from old barracks into a nice building. The streets are even more lively and new shops have been opened. But nevertheless it seems that the people managed to keep their warm and friendly mentality. India is moving forward.
At the moment it is open electives time in the NID. Any student can visit any NID campus for different workshops in all kind of areas. In Bangalore we took part in a great Bamboo Workshop for a few days. We are looking forward to see all the great results: different structures like a Busstop in Full Scale. The whole campus here in Ahmedabad is full of people working on thousands of ideas and projects. It is exciting.


Hello India!

Once again we would like to introduce ourselves to the “german indian design blog”. Our names are Tim Zurmöhle and Ramon-Maurice Kopp. Both of us were visiting Ahmedabad almost 4 years ago for a workshop on “air refreshening”. We gathered a lot of experiences and met a lot of people that later became our friends.
Now after graduation and 1,5 years of working experience in Germany, we again have the chance to work and experience India via the DAAD scholarship. We are working on the subject of Universal Design and we are very happy that we got the chance to once again see this amazing place and people, to learn more about design and to share our experiences.

Since we are already here in Bangalore for about 2 weeks, we could see and work with Ravi Shankar and a lot of students. We would like to thank everybody on the NID Campus for the warm welcome and the enriching talks.

Discovering India 1


We are looking forward to a workshop at NID - January 2011

Marie Kuprat  and Prof. Birgit Weller will stay on NID for a workshop with 9 students from FHH and some students from NID:

The subject is: Universal Design Food Packaging vs. sustainability

Universal design is a philosophy and a way of democratic design thinking because universal design is a way of designing for everyone. It takes into account human, gender, social, and cultural diversity econonomic. Universal Design for sensitivity and respect for one another is essential. Universal Design approach stimulates economic growth and employment. Moreover, it is a responsible activity for a sustainable future.

Food is precious! The production of food requires large amounts of resources, such as raw materials, water and energy. An intelligent packaging takes up only two to four percent in the ecological balance in the production of packaged foods.

The quality and shelf life of foods can be increased significantly by adequate protection. Good packaging protects food during transport, provides the right amount or dosage and makes it easier to use.

• Where does the journey in packaging development take us to?

• Is packaging an environmental sin or a contribution to sustainability?

• How do people of every age and every culture recognise staple food?

• How to support a healthy diet to all generations?

• How can packaging be designed so that it can be safe and easy in use?

• What cultural characteristics need to be taken into account while dealing with food and packaging?

In a research project of the University of Hanover, the University of Applied Sciences Berlin and the NID on Universal Design Thinking 9 German product design students will work together with students of NID Ahmedabad to work on innovative and intercultural packaging solutions.

The company WIPAK supports this project. Wipak is a company that manufactures innovative packaging film. Corporate social responsibility, environmental protection and economic efficiency are the three mainstays of the Group’s sustainable Wipak concepts and actions.

The study trip is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).