Nazim Iqbal uses design to enable business and technology to realise its human potential. He has Journeyed across Sapient, Nokia and various product start-ups building design organisations, mentoring teams and designing solutions that continue to delight users across India, Europe, Middle-East and North America.
He recently founded HUDE (hudestudio.com) on a single premise - to help organisations use design to get closer to the human needs across the digital ecosystem. He is also incubating thinkfuldesign.com - a design learning start-up that is taking design learning to students.
Nazim was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata) and went to a Catholic Chinese school. He grew up in a neighbourhood which was a melting pot of different religions and cultures - from catholics, buddhist, bohri, tibetans, bengali, anglo-indians, chinese to various other sub-cultures of India. s other sub-cultures of India.
This early cultural mingling imbibed in him an innate understanding of cultural diversity, tolerance, inclusivity and human emotions and which continues to inform his design thinking and solutions. The multi-cultural influence has also shaped his design philosophy - ‘Understanding people is the soul of design.
Over the last two decade design has matured from making technology usable to solving business and social problems. This is an evolution that will accelerate as companies enlist designers for simplifying increasingly complex opportunities, from self-driving cars to human prosthetics .In the coming years, design as a profession will continue to blend with various industries to create hybrid industries which would be experience led and would require design engineering. Soon industries will need a new wave of astute designers equipped with human wisdom and clear sightedness who can understand and blend together research, design and technology to respond to business & social requirements.To respond to these future needs, the education system need to evolve beyond the Industrial Age, to cater to the experience economy. Schools today need to start designing the journey to evolve listeners and thinkers who can use design thinking to solve these evolving problems.The talk will explore the above premise and how incorporating design learning in schools can equip students to prepare for a design-led future.