Ajeenkya DY University Hosts the First Ever AGI Meet in India

(From l-r): World Class graphic designers (l-r) Taku Satoh (Japan), Tommy Li (China), Nikki Gonnissen (Netherlands), Hrridaysh Deshpande (India), Dean Poole (New Zealand), Evelynter Bekke (Netherlands), Dirk Behage (France) & Sonia Manchanda (India) during at the panel discussion at AGI In India Conference organized by Ajeenkya DY Patil University & Alliance Graphique International recently.

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Pune 30 Nov 2018 :Ajeenkya DY Patil University (ADYPU) and Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) had recently organized ‘AGI in India’ conference exclusively for graphic design community to promote the practices of graphic design in India.


Organized for the first time in India, the two-day global confluence featured world class graphic designers deliberating on the theme ‘Regional—The Present &Future of Graphic Design’–through interactive panel sessions, design workshops and a poster exhibition.


Speaking about the theme of AGI in India, is Dean Poole—International President—Alliance Graphique International, “Every region has its own unique cultural assets. The theme ‘Regional’ aimed to provide an opportunity for designers around the worldto review how design can transform cultures for the future of mankind. For us, we chose to deliberate this theme in India—as Indian Kaleidoscope brings richness through graphic designs and other art forms.”


The two-day global design confluence featured a galaxy of world class graphic designers. Nikki Gonnissen (Netherlands), Taku Satoh (Japan), Dean Poole (New Zealand), Tommy Li (China), EvelynterBekke (Netherlands), Dirk Behage (France), Sonia Manchanda&Sudhir Sharma (India) shared valuable insights during the conference.


Internationally acclaimed graphic designers duo of the famed Louvre Museum and French National Parks— Dirk Behage and EvelynterBekke said, “Graphic design can be very surprising. It is not only about design, but it is a unique form of self-expression. It is about how we can change the boundaries of our realities and open our minds to the new world.”


 Taku Satoh—a famed Japanese designer said that the design influences and impacts every kind of human activity-be it politics, art, welfare, technology, education and medical. He presented interesting graphic and package designs of successful Japanese brands.


Nikki Gonnissen from Netherlands enlightened on The Regional Influence on Graphic Design. She said good graphic design is not only about good form, but creating a positive impact in the way we live in societies. For which, we must explore different cultures and integrate into graphic design.


Sonia Manchanda from India emphasized that design is the most powerful strategy and helps us to create new cultures. It completely integrates our lives. Sudhir Sharma—an acclaimed designer focussed on visual culture emerging out of magazines in the design space. He believed that Design in India is an amalgamation of richness, tradition and handicraft.


Dr Ajeenkya DY Patil—President, Ajeenkya DY Patil University, said, “We are extremely delighted to be associated with AGI-a world-class professional body over 500 graphic designers having its presence in 40 countries. This one of its kind international collaboration will strengthen the contemporary nature of our Design Programs at DYPDC School of Design—especially our Bachelors in Graphic Design Program. Our students and faculty will continue to receive valuable global design insights from across all continents, making our Design Programs unique.”


The Conference also showcased a Poster Exhibition which showcased the award-winning works of top-class graphic designers. Over 100 delegates and students from India and aboard participated with full enthusiasm and gained new insights.Graphic design enthusiasts had a great opportunity to get their design portfolios reviewed by world-renowned graphic designers.