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Hari Nallan is the founder and CEO of THINK DESIGN, a design studio with offices in the United States and India. He was a juror in the iF DESIGN AWARD 2018 in the category Apps / Software.
"What an amazingly spirited jury members and more than that, indefatigable team of iF! I had an absolute blast as a jury member at the iF DESIGN AWARD jury 2018 and my experience in those three days brings a few insights to the forefront:
1. Designers are lovely... we live in a world of no borders and barriers; we relate to each other so well even if we directly compete with each other. Isn't that such a pleasure?
2. Creative people come in different shapes, sizes and mental models. We are united by our emotions, divided by our choices and perspectives. It is so beautiful to connect, discuss, diverge and converge. It's an absolutely energising experience.
3. More than ever, we live in one world; no matter what the politics has in store for us, we are more connected and barrier free than ever. An event that brought 60 odd folks together from all around the world, The iF DESIGN AWARD jury 2018 could have been very different if we were living in different worlds. The fact is, we don't and it was as if we have known each other from before!
Thank you to the entire team at iF International Forum Design for pulling off an event of this scale with ease."
Johannes Egger is Design Director Strategy at Munich-based FLUID Design. He helped judge the Automobiles / Vehicles, Sports / Outdoor / Bicycles and Mobility categories.
"Seeing so many different products (meaning different ways to solve a design problem) all at once is an interesting challenge. It sharpens your mind and forces you to really identify the attributes that make a difference in a product. Often, it comes down to the execution of an idea - so to judge adequately, it is always necessary to appreciate the context of the industry and the market."
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