Saravanakumar Kandasamy – Madrasters联合创始人 – Co-Founder, Madrasters
DB: 您能告诉我们Madrasters是什么？是如何诞生的？Could you tell us a bit about what Madrasters is and how it first came into being?
Madrasters是一个设计师社区，于2011年在印度成立。当时，我和一群设计师朋友们想要寻找一个分享和学习的平台，不幸的是，我们找不到 – 所以我们自己创建了一个平台。
Madrasters is a design community founded in 2011 in India. We are a group of friends who were looking for a platform to share and learn. Unfortunately, we could not find one – so we started one.
DB: Madrasters创立时有预想到像现在如此发展壮大吗？When you started Madrasters, did you anticipate it being as big as it is now?
No, we did not expect this. We have almost 2,000 members in our community in Shenzhen, Beijing and Shanghai.
DB: 能告诉我们您什么时候举办聚会？并且一个典型的聚会包括什么？Could you tell us a little bit about when you meet and what a typical meetup consists of?
In India, we do this every month but in China we have about eight to ten meetups a year. We invite industry experts in various fields and they present something useful for the audience. It’s very simple.
DB: 是否每个人都能参与？Can anyone get involved?
Yes, It’s open for everyone and free.
DB: 为什么您决定将Madrasters搬到深圳？Why did you decide to move Madrasters to Shenzhen?
我搬到深圳工作，对于Madrasters，我当初没有任何计划。 我想参与深圳的一些设计师社区，但是在这里我找不到 – 所以我就开始组织策划活动。
I moved to Shenzhen to work and I actually did not have any plans for Madrasters. I wanted to be involved in some design communities in Shenzhen but I could not find anything here – so I started organising events.
DB: 您会在深圳开工作坊吗？Do you also run workshops in Shenzhen?
We have hosted only one workshop so far but we are planning to host another one next month.
DB: 您网站上提到的培训座右铭类似于“任何人都可以设计”，您能具体解释一下？I read on your website that your training methodologies are close enough to that of Master Shifu’s and Chef Remy’s motto where “Anyone can Design.” Could you tell us a bit about what this means?
Yes, it means that the capacity to design is within everyone, but not everyone practises it. Some people have a great sense of fashion or some people are really good at decorating houses – it’s all design. Once you start to focus on a specific industry, you must practise as much as possible. After this you have to do experimental designs and apply the same design philosophy in different platforms. For example, user experience can apply in mobile apps, websites and you can apply it in in architecture and interior design too. It will take a few years, but anyone can start anytime.
DB: 创新正成为中国的标志，您认为Madrasters作为一个设计师社区，如何使得中国的设计和产品受益？Innovation has become a trademark of China. How do you think Madrasters as a community can benefit China’s design and production?
Madrasters is trying to educate the upcoming designers and we are about asking the questions: What is global design? How can designers solve problems? We bring industry experts to share their experience of problem solving. In addition, we are planning to start “Skilled training programs” for fresh graduates but we are looking for support in terms of investment. There are a lot of changes happening in China ergo industries are focusing on moving away from “made in china” to “designed in china”. That’s good thing, but we do not have enough resources here. There is only one way to move forward and it’s through education.
DB: 这一切听起来都很刺激。您认为Madrasters的未来发展会如何？It all sounds very exciting. Where do you see Madrasters heading in the future?
Madrasters will remain as an open community and it will continue to provide knowledge to anyone who needs it. If we take a look at the design industry in twenty years, Madrasters will be one of the communities that changed the design industry in China. I have invested a lot of money on our events in order to keep them free but now we are looking for sponsors from other companies so that we can continue to expand. Community has its limitation; that’s why we wanted to start a design training company and this is the future of Madrasters.
If you are a designer interested in becoming involved with the Madrasters community or are a company interested in sponsoring, you can contact Saravanakumar via Wechat:
官方网站 Official Website: http://madrasters.com/
其他 Others: https://www.meetup.com/chinamadrasters/