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Department of Design

Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad

Design Innovation Centre

Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad

Deepak John Mathew holds a master’s degree in Fine Arts (Graphic Arts) from the M.S. University, Vadodara and has a PhD in Design Education from the Centre for Advanced Studies in Education, M.S. University, and Vadodara.

Currently He is Professor and head of the Design Department and involved in setting up the design Department at IIT Hyderabad. He is principal Design Investigator at Design Innovation Centre at IIT Hyderabad.

At NID, Deepak was the head of photography design from 2002 to2013 and taught Analytical Drawing, Composition, Colour and Form, Design Drawing, Illustration, Colour and Composition for Digital Medium, Basic Photography, Advanced Photography, Fashion Photography, Product and Still Life Photography, and Documentary Photography.

He has been instrumental in designing and developing the dual postgraduate programme in Photography Design. He also set up the Photography Design discipline and started an International Postgraduate Certificate Programme in Photography at the institute in collaboration with University for Creative Arts, Farnham, UK.

Deepak has curated a number of exhibitions at NID, including those featuring the works of the famed photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Anne Maniglier, and Raghu Rai. He has contributed to various NID publications such as The Trellis (2010, 2011), D/Signed (2009), Young Designers 2008, Design Plus (2005-08), and Design for Spectrum (2007-08).

Deepak’s photographs have been published in various books such as Ananya, a book the girl child, published by the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare of the Government of India, Vijai Singh Katyar’s Indian Saris: Traditions – Perspectives – Design, Darlie O. Kohsy’s Indian Design Edge, and Aditi Ranjan and M. P. Ranjan’s Handmade in India and magazines such as Hi Life and Femina. 

He has received many awards like the Partnership Development Seed Grant (PDSG) 2012-13 by Shastri Foundation with Peter Sramek OCAD University, Canada ,UKIERI India UK Study Mission 2011 Grant, (16000GBP) by British Council   with Anna Fox, Commonwealth fellowship for developing a split site PhD program and learning about practice based PhD in Photography in 2011, a grant of 50,000GBP from UKERI for developing a twin program for photography Design at NID in Collaboration with  Anna Fox,University for Creative Arts, Farnham UK in 2008,Photography award, by India Habitat centre  in 2006,Young Artist of the year by Alliance Franciase New Delhi in 1999, Kanoria Scholarship, Kanoria Art Centre, Ahmedabad in 1996, Inlaks Fine Arts Award in 1996, National Scholarship for Young Artists in different cultural fields by Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India in 1996, Fellowship for doing PhD By University Grants Commission in 1996,Nominated for Monbusho Scholarship by Govt of India in 1997 and Nominated for Chinese Scholarship by Govt of India in 1997.

He had five solo shows in UK and India, exhibited his work at many international and national exhibitions and has authored several papers. He has written a book called, Principles of Design through Photography. 

He is a regular contributor and columnist to magazines like Indian Architecture and Builder and Better Photography. He has been invited as jury member, visiting faculty, lecturer, external evaluator, mentor, and advisor to various universities and institutes all over the world.

Besides photography, Deepak’s interests include print making, painting, history of design, history of art, colour and form, graphics and illustration.