2 November 2014

Everyday Design ideas for CEED practice

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Welcome back friends, like I mentioned (numerous times) in my earlier blog posts, much of the concern has to be given to design ideas as they are more important and are prioritized even than sketching part of CEED exam. It calls your creativity/capability to solve such questions. I feel honoured; for one of my last year's design practice question (design of public dust bins) that I dealt in this blog appeared in CEED 2014 for 50 marks ! That's why just like I did last year, I will be updating some design challenges ever-day to let you practice at your own pace.

This year, I will focus on posting questions that might probably relate to self/community development, in other words it awakens your social responsibility as a citizen; and simultaneously let you prepare for CEED. I would be introducing you to some new trends and dimensions in design, in other words practical design approaches. Please understand the essence of the question before attempting. I hope you enjoy practising these questions.

Some quick note on good practices :

  1. Read the question twice or more times until you understand it completely
  2. Don't attempt before it's understood, at times you will find wasting time doing questions in WRONG manner 
  3. Focus on meeting the requirements of the design/question and then do attempt accordingly
  4. Set a time limit to your attempts, just to make it a habit. But you may take more time as this is just practice section. Remember framing ideas and delivering that roughly/simply within the time are most important
  5. Don't include unnecessary additional's to your design except what required, if you are running out of time in attempting the question 
You may get more useful design related tips in this design example - Walking stick design analysis with some RULES 

Warm up exercise 

The Indian Government, under the administrative rule of our present PM Narendra Modi, took initiative and developed an online portal for the common people (citizens) to raise their voice as well as suggest ideas to the different sectors of India - all related to policy making, public developments, innovations through effective participation of citizens and through other awareness programs. In this context, they started implementing some online contests for participants to design logo's, themes and many other things. 

As a warm up exercise and to let you participate in the ongoing contest, I would like you to complete the design and submit to the portal (as per your wish). You task is to 

"Suggest theme elements, tagline and logo for India's participation at hannover Messe 2015" 

Here is the Indian Government portal  where you would find the contest - Gov India online portal
For you reference, here is - Details and website of hannover Messe 2015

I also recommend you to go through the Gov. website for more similar contest for your leisure practice
  1. Swachh bharat abhiyan logo design
  2. Digital India mission
  3. Financial Inclusion Logog contest
Hope, the above warm up exercise would introduce you to some new platforms as well as inspires you to participate for public welfare !


Hope you enjoyed doing yesterday's warm up exercise. I would like to see your logo being selected for that contest by Indian Government ! Well, let me start the first exercise as part of your design practice.

Imagine you are a super hero with gifted supernatural powers, and you are just like other marvel comic hero's - helping people around whenever some incident happens. Once you are just passing by, but suddenly you found a boy in danger (any kind of danger). Immediately you jump in to the situation (as a super hero) to save the boy out of the danger. Fortunately you saved the child just in time and received appreciation from the surrounding public.

Now your task is to make set of comic strips (not less than 3 frames) illustrating the above story/situation. I recommend you to frame the characters in an interesting way,  You may select any of the following tips for situation or character selection. Else frame your own situation.

Tips for situation selection
  • Boy being robed
  • Boy was about to get hit by a vehicle (truck or bus)
  • Boy was about to fall from a building accidentally 
  • Boy was caught in a home that was in fire
  • Or any of your own

Tips for hero selection
  • Your hero might be either men/women
  • Your hero can either fly, have tremendous strength or even can do other wonders
Enjoy doing this fun exercise by learning how to do comic strips. For getting deeper insight on  story board framing, you may refer to this - Story board and poster making guiding website links


Exercise -1

Today's exercise would help you with 'Writing skills'. Last year CEED exam included this kind of question; probably to test candidates story framing and writing ability. This exercise has been designed so that would cultivate the habit of creative thinking and creative writing.

Carefully observe the below scenario (picture) and frame a story that would fit to the given situation. Write your story in not less than 250 words.

Image attributes : dennyhellman blog

Hints and tips for attempting similar questions :

  • Spend time observing the given situation/sketch without jumping straight to write the story - Have a clear vision of what has to be written by framing the story
  • Take time !
  • Observe every individual/character of the situation 
  • Observe their activities - what they are doing
  • Most importantly note/mind the "mood" of the character - it's very important in story framing ! 
  • Mind the age and gender of the characters !
  • Look for surrounding things - like TV, books etc

The above tips would give you some clues on how to frame a story from a given situation with much ease.

Exercise - 2

I would recommend you to practice one more writing exercise - although this type of question may not appear in CEED exam, but this would help you with writing comprehension or essay's.

Being a citizen of the nation, you got motivated with other's social activities by going through this motivational website - The Better India and so decided to write an letter/essay about your views/suggestions  on any one or all of the following issues
How to change Indian Economy ?
What ways to reduce poverty in India ?
What are some suggested steps to reduce cost of commodities ?
Or any of your own social concern

You are required to write the letter/essay in not less than 250 words. Hope you will enjoy "the power of writing !"


All right, hope you enjoyed doing yesterdays writing exercises. Well, last year CEED paper surprised me by introducing new type of design question - GUI - Graphical User Interface. UI/UX designs are emerging as an fastest growing design field in the current digital/mobile world. So, today let's practice a UI question. You may get a complete information on GUI along with some good tips to attempt GUI questions here - User Interface Design principles and rules

Design a Graphical User Interface for a a smartphone (mobile phone) of a online shopping company for selecting a mobile device as well as allow for purchasing the same with all the payment process included.

Present your UI designs in the form of screen shots. Draw minimum of ten screen shots that depicts all the process - from home page, phone selection to final purchase confirmation.

As said above, you may check the above link for tips and tricks to handle such design problems.


Today, we will do some exercise on sketching. Although, having design ideas is the first most concern for any designer, sketching stands second and hence play a crucial role in any design process. Sketching is the mode of conveying your ideas. So, you are expected to have at least 'Average sketching' skill as a beginner. Here is a jackpot to you !

I have also included some online ongoing design-contest today for your benefit.

Sketching exercise

You've given freedom at your school (or office) to enjoy comfort conditions/environment by taking your own requirements and fulfilling that. In this regard, the administration has asked you to give your necessities (with design demonstration) especially in regard to your work/study place.  Design your own class-room/office desk (sitting and working table) that meets your own necessities and requirements as per your convenience, showing all the accessories and inclusions that you wish wish would help you, compared to the present table design.You may choose any shape, include any attachment and so on.

Hints -
  • How about a semi-circular shaped desk for easy access ?
  • You may show charging facilities for your laptops/tablets as well as other power devices
  • Place for water and other food related things
  • Place/sections for files/papers/bags with suitable compartments
  • Fanning arrangements etc

External contest !

Hope you have participated actively in the first day contest, now here goes some additional contests :

Typography design contest on hiiiband blog -

Photography design contest on hipa blog -

Poster design contest on 'home-design' website - (Just for practice purpose, be cartful it's paid in $50 !)

Okay, finally; since you are practising sketching work, let me include the below video as a reference for making you aware of some of the common mistakes that last year students did while they practised - Please understand the common mistakes to avoid, and also learn how to be productive while sketching by going through this video.


Well, today we shall practice making of posters.

India is one of the fastest developing country, next only to China (in economy). There's tremendous improvement in almost all sectors of operations, but still poverty prevails ! reason why ?

Like the country is growing fastly, it's population is also increasing massively, I can say double than that of the other growths ! currently it's near 1.2 billions out of 7.2 billions of the world ! (nearly 17% in a single country ?)

 The big difference between China and India is, Chinese citizens took great steps in reducing their population growth, may be people realized or may be their government took measures with awareness campaigns or so. That didn't happened earlier in India. Citizens are yet to get aware of the outcomes of the  rapid population growth. Say when a family has 3 to 4 children without having a family plan of 1-2 children, then that family suffers in all ways. The family leader feels difficulty in feeding all those children, can't provide education to many, can't look for their nutrition provision and so on. The final result - that family ends in poverty !

source : aljazeera blog

If the same family took steps and ended up with 1-2 children, then all the expenses are reduced - costs, educations, food, etc, So ultimately that deters their poverty level. If the same thing happens in every family, then .......... holla............ poverty gone in India with better economy and prosperity.

Okay, here is the deal, you are an official government representative and was asked to make an eye catching poster that would bring an awareness of population growth to citizens (especially for rural and urban slum residents); you may cover opt to cover any or all of the above ideas. Hope this interest you !


Today, we will practice on Product Design question.

You are working in a company delivery products specifically related to electronics or gadgets. Your company wants to design and release a mp3 music player with display included for volume controls, track/genre selections and other operation as a competition for the Apple's famous iPod Nano. You are a part of the design team and your team leader asked each one of you to come up with separate designs to select the best out of many or to mix different ideas in a single product.

Now, design your own mp3 model that is
  • Slim
  • Unique in terms of design looks, feel, operation - menu's, buttons etc
  • Select proper material that is - light weight, durable, aesthetic feeling and low cost (plastic is banned in your company)
  • Comfort and simple for carrying

The below pictures are included for your reference or idea, covering all the generations of iPod.



Today, instead of dealing with design practice exercise, I have covered this weeks Part-A practice questions set for your benefit here -

CEED 2014 Part-A Practice exercise, week - 1


Today, I have reviewed yesterday's Part - A mock test questions has. I updated all the answers with explanations (wherever required). Find the answers here

Answer key for CEED 2014 Part-A mock test - 1


Okay, we will start again our daily design exercises as usual ! Here's two exercise's for today

Design Exercise 

You probably might have come across 'Electric bicycles' that is famous in developing countries like China. Indian Government decided to launch public owned bicycles that would run manually as well as on electricity (whenever required - but not always !). You are assigned the job of designing the bike, such that the bike is

  • User friendly
  • easy to handle with less arrangements
  • Less energy usage (renewable type)
  • Cost effective etc
You are required to identify 6 (six) distinct factors in designing the bicycle, identify the need for such bicycles in cities (explain that in written) and also come up with not less than three distinct design ideas. You should present your final design with necessary rough sketches.

Evaluation criteria
  • Practicalness - reality in design
  • Application oriented design
  • Rough sketches and construction
  • Identifying the factors and need

Exercise - 2

Check the below messy picture and write a story related to the situation depicted in not less than 200 words.

Image courtesy - kidacne.com


Once a wild dog happened to meet a pet dog. Both were having conversation about their life. The wild dog wept out and told the pet dog - how forests are being encroached because of human interventions, and what lead the forest wild animals to migrate to cities and near by villages, ultimately making them fell into human traps. It told the pet dog, that pet dog's life is appreciable as they don't have any issues with humans. Now, hearing this, the pet dog started laughing at her and told how even the pet dogs are getting troubles from humans. It said that life in cities (and especially in connection with human) is miserable and it's turning out worse day by day.

Now, your task is to frame the above story and depict the same in the form of comic strip, in not less than three frames.


We have covered almost all parts of CEED design questions, but just remember guys, sketching has to be practised simultaneously. It's equally important in exams. So, today I will include an exercise on sketching through imagination. I'm also including links for some of the sketch practice sections that I hid from this blog long back. If you are interested in practising by copying those questions, I recommend you to save those pictures to your system, because I will hide these links again by this weekend.

Sketch the view of a person sitting in a sofa in a room (home) and watching a TV.

Sketch examples

Those who want to practice sketching are advised to save these pictures, because I will hide these links again by this week end.

Hope that helps.


Creativity Exercise

Ice Cream packages comes in different sizes - ranging from candy to family packs. Family pack ice creams are usually packed in a large bowl like boxes as shown below.

Source prepac

Materials used for packaging range from paper or disposable card rolls to plastic. Now your job is make creative uses of these boxes - to identify alternative uses of used ice cream boxes (of any shape or size) for day to day or regular use.

UI Design Exercise - 1

Current mobile devices runs mostly on any one of the platforms : iOS, Android, Windows, Firefox and some other minor operating systems (OS). You are working in a company developing a new mobile OS software.

Design a User Interface system, that is different from the current top OS. Show the screen shots of top 10 functionalities like start screen, menu, notification bar, widgets design and placing, settings, picture gallery or any other function. Also choose an app to display in your UI system.


Modern Indian toilets trend has been shifting from traditional pour flush type to cistern flush type (western toilets) as shown in the below picture; owing to rapid urbanization. In all those types of western toilets, flush buttons were attached to the water holder (as shown in the picture) behind the sitting posture. So whenever the user thinks of flushing while at use, he need to turn back and press the button (hands get twisted), and it's really painful with hands folded as if doing yoga. This might be not a problem for everyone, but for elder people, they feel bit inconvenient. Your job is to

  • State the problems with the current cistern flush design, 
  • State the necessity for new design
  • Identify a minimum of five factors to be considered while designing a new system
  • Make three distinct concepts and show them in rough sketches.
  • Show your final concept with all the details in proper views through clear sketches.


Today, instead of dealing with design practice exercise, I have covered this weeks Part-A practice questions set for your benefit here -

Part-A mock test - 2 practice exercises


Please take time to complete a 2 min survey by filling the below form to help me better understand your needs. This survey would definitely help you ! 

CEED and NID Survey form - 1

By the way, Today I have released answer key for yesterday's Part - A mock test. Do check the explanations and answers here

Answer key to Part - A mock test - 2


Exercise - 1

Bulbs have usually less life and after they get exhausted, they are helplessly thrown. Now find five creative uses of bulb (as shown in the below picture) and show the ideas with appropriate sketches.

Exercise - 2

Design a multi purpose brief case that is probably meant to carry important documents and of course cash and cheques. The briefcase should be designed to let the owner use it with full security and with additional things. Something like theft and missing intimation through electronic way (may be by app inclusion in mobiles) and any other features. Show the rough sketches of different concepts and finally come up with a design with neat sketches.


Exercise - 1

The below picture shows a typical Indian small-scale tea shop in rural villages. The owner of that shop decided to spend and re-construct his small tea shop to make it a hotel with all food provision. Now, that entrepreneur approached you to suggest him with the changes to be made, and what are the facilities to be added to make his customers loyal and regular.

Source - Kafila blog

Your job is to identify the customers (village residents) behaviour and design a new hotel for that location.

  1. Identify the problems with the present situation
  2. State the factors or inclusions that has to be made to change that situation
  3. State the facilities to be provided for the concerned population
  4. Show the owner your plans with sketches and explanations
Remember that the shop is to be opened in the same area (rural area) and so plan accordingly, although the owner is willing to expand his business, but he cannot afford for something like high-cost furnitures, aesthetically pleasing interiors and ore. That has nothing to do in such areas, right ? Remember both the user's preferences and location cum situation are very important while designing. So, do come up with this idea and make your sketches.

Exercise - 2

Now, consider the case where the above same village is now famous for international tourist and there's a huge population of travellers from around the world visiting that village. Now, imagine the same owner willing to develop a hotel, this time to the outers and he is ready to invest much greater than the earlier case. For this case, do the above all factors and analysis and come up with sketches for the proposed design.


Design a poster for an awareness campaign to educate citizens of India, about the importance of saving electricity/power. The poster should also depict various methods or recommendations to reduce power wastage as well as effectively utilize them for sustainable future. If possible make separate posters for rural people, urban people and for school children's.

Picture Composition and design guide

Some of our friends came forward to help you with picture composition (framing story) and other design solutions I received their works and I'm now sharing with you. Please go through the below links and get some ideas.

Example of framing a story (Picture composition)

Solutions for Everyday Design works from Sameer Sapre


Exercise 1 :

Make different designs of electric bulb (CFL, or any other bulbs). Designs that cover past, present and future. Go for different design shapes and creative your own design of a unique bulb design.

Exercise 2 :

Design a carrier/lunch box for kids that would also allow to carry liquid energy drinks like juice, milk etc. preferably in a glass or narrow jar type. There should be a minimum of two layers of boxes and the design should be unique and should also accommodate rest of the lunch box.

NOTE : I have included some more design exercises for the coming days in advance.


This question is a bit time consuming but worth trying as this kind of design questions helps you with portfolio. Government of India decided to offer some battery-powered electric tricycles to the owners of the current human powered rickshaws, in order to support their economic growth with reduced prices and loan basis.

You are required to submit a design that seems efficient, easy-use, cost-effective, comfort-travel conditions and more. The rickshaws are meant to operate in different Indian terrains (road conditions). Below shows an example for your reference.

Image courtesy : modularmachines blog


In the usual tricycle auto rickshaw design, designers considered placing of single wheel in the front, and two wheels in the back/rear.  Why not reverse ? I mean two wheels in the front and one wheel in the rear ?

State your design views, also compare both designs by bringing advantages and disadvantages with your final selection/choice.

Tips : Consider some vehicle stability design requirements like steering control, traction, front face area for wind, load and other stability factors.

Essence of Designing - 1

When you are designing any thing -

  1. What factors do you consider in  mind, state the factors ?
  2. What are the essential and optional factors in any design ?
  3. What is the requirement for any design in real life ?
  4. Why multiple choices/designs are required ? In other words, why designs usually gets upgraded ?
  5. What are the deciding factors to justify that your designed product/service is better than the previous similar design ? 
  6. What are some common tools for getting design ideas ? 
  7. What tools we usually use to communicate our designs ? 
  8. Are designs required in all fields/sectors ? When designs are required ?  

Essence of Designing - 2

Any new design should probably be for meeting any faults in the previous work. The new design should be simple and easy to use, understand, cost effective/economical, special future's, either multi purpose or single use. Also the current climatic situations demands the designs to be sustainable - environmental friendly materials, long life, efficient functionality and so on.

Design is not always required in every field. The reason or necessity or requirements are the main driving forces to look for new designs. Now a days customer complaints plays a crucial role in looking for better designs, so understand the needs and/or requirements in any design, be it is for CEED exam or for real life designs. How better your design performs depends on what advantages your design offers compared to others, or if starting from scratch, then whether that idea is feasible or practical. Designing without a reason is just considered as hobby or passion, and if that is practical and useful to at least one user, then it's useful, else it would just remain as a passionate idea !

Design ideas comes when you feel the need, when somebody suggests you, when you go through some other ideas.


Thus ....... I end this years everyday design practice !

If you are further interested in practising exercises, then do check the previous years everyday design question and practice them. There's some good number of practical questions, check the below link

2013 - Everyday Design practice questions with some solutions

Hope you enjoyed practising questions. 

All the best !

Important note :

You may avoid some common design mistakes by learning here - mistakes in design sketch works



  1. Hi, This is about design exercise-2 dated 11.11.2014 which is on writing a story related to situation depicted into words. I have read the tips on attempting such question but It would really be helpful if you could give an example on how to go about it, I mean what all to include in words looking at the image. Just a full answer to that image so that I can have an idea to write it on my own. Thank you.

    1. Well,
      Yes, it would be easy if it was explained with some example. I have given a generalized approach, and anyway I will try to give the full answer during free time.
      Appreciate the note.

  2. Hello Bhanu sir,
    This is about design exercise-2 dated 04.11.2014 Exercise 1 ( Carefully observe the below scenario (picture) and frame a story that would fit to the given situation. Write your story in not less than 250 words.)
    Will you pls explain this type of qn how to write ya how to start in your way. It'll be helpful. I 'm little confuse about this .
    Thank you.

    1. Hello Pradnya,

      Seems like, I have to do something related to image kind of questions. Sanya and others already raised this issue. Well, hopefully, I will come up with my writing by this weekend, if time permits.

    2. Hello Sir ,

      Thank you so much.
      Again I have one problem. This is about UI Design Exercise 1 dated 14.11.2014 , Little confuse about qn , understand the mobile os mean but how to start means can I start from screen lock - Home page - menu ( In menu showing short windows like theme , camera, settings etc.) . like this we have to draw ?? In diff. design type or nice arrangements etc. right ya ???
      widgets design ?? means
      Also choose an app to display in your UI system. ??? means
      This two things Confusing me .
      Thank you.

    3. Since, this is an OS design and not any website or app design, so better to start with screen lock, then navigating to the settings or apps through menu etc. Homepage will not be included here since this is not a website design. May be we call it home screen in other words menu. just like when you open your smartphone, whatever appears to you - (screens, app placement/locations, size of apps, appearance etc) are also to be considered in OS UI designs. Since this is a practice session, I have asked to include much details just to make you practice, but in exam they ,might be asking less details.

      Well, just try to cover the following
      1. unlock or start screen,
      2. home screen (showing some apps, time, and any other additional details of your choice), then
      3. One menu screen (that contains all the apps in the first screen - their placement, design and appearance are important)
      4. Show any of the following - settings screen design, images or videos screen design,
      5. It;s not possible to show how smoothly the navigation occurs between two screens, so, just make a note in written form
      6. Also choose any predefined apps (like say google search or maps) and show what are all the options that app provides the user.

      Hope this helps, you may check this link for more help - User Interface design principles and rules for CEED exam

      And yes, stay tuned, Some of my friends shared answers to some of these questions, including image question that you asked, and I will share that soon in a new post.

    4. Hello Sir,

      Thank you so much .
      Actually I tried to solve this question. I want your suggestions can I send it to you Like your Fb page, it 'll be really helpful or I cover ma mistakes also..
      Thank you.

    5. I have received maximum number of 'mail-review' feature to be included (as part of CEED practice) in my survey form that I created earlier. I'm planning to implement this in the coming week but this week it's not possible. So, hope to see your week next week :)

      Hope that's ok.


    1. For now, check this page for more ideas

      Creative ideas from around the web

      You may check every image reference links in that post for more help.

    2. Sir, does uceed ask for sketching questions?

  4. Thanks for sharing post.If you want to learn Sketching,then no one teaches like you XFactor Nagpur.They are the best Sketching classes in Nagpur.For more details,contact XFactor Nagpur.

  5. Hi Sir,
    Could you add more questions for the upcoming CEED aspirants.

    1. Will try to add more in the coming days, but u can find a link at the end with similar questions.

  6. Hi Bhanu,

    Could you please help us in Part B-1st section, where Industrial Design, Communication design, Interaction design, Animation Design and Mobility and Vehicle Design questions are asked.
    To me, actually can't get the exact thing what to be done, can understand the questions but don't know how to represent and what exactly they need.Request you to make some rough sketches for this section for each topics from any one of the previous Question papers, so we will get to know what to be done exactly in the exam.Sure, this will help all.

    Thank you,


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