Athul Dinesh is an Indian designer and teacher. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), a prestigious British organisation that recognises outstanding achievement in the arts, manufacturing, and commerce. He possesses a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Cochin University of Science and Technology, a Master of Technology in Thermal Sciences from the National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, and a Master of Design in Universal Design from the National Institute of Design, Bengaluru.
Athul began his professional journey as a Production Engineer at Yazaki Corporation in 2012 and worked as a Researcher at NITK, Surathkal from 2014 to 2016. He also served as a Mechanical Engineering instructor at the TIME Institute in Cochin in 2016. After his design education, he joined MIPL Global in 2019 as a Space Designer. In September 2021, he started teaching at NID in the Universal Design Department. He is an Assistant Professor in the Product Design Department at RV University's School of Design and Innovation.
He won the Kokuyo Design Award in 2018 for 'Paletteballet,' a children's painting kit developed with Channapatna artisans. His 'Four Walls' project, an app and service design concept advocating accessible home design options, earned the Student Design Award from the Royal Society of Arts, UK, in 2021. His graduation project on 'Design for Play' was featured in the Artsthread Global graduate show sponsored by Gucci in 2021.
Athul mentored students for the 'Pupil Design Awards 2021' and contributed to the test and learn group of the Design for Life (DfL) Awards by the Royal Society of Arts, UK. He exhibited his products at Kokuyo International Centre, Kuala Lumpur, 2019 and displayed handmade toy collections at Springfair 2022 in Birmingham, UK.
His areas of interest are Design for Social Cause, Design for Play, and Design for Education, and he also serves as a design consultant.
Workshops and Demonstrations
"Design of age-friendly spaces through Universal Design Thinking" workshop at IFA conference 2023, Bangkok.
ODOP, Govt. of India workshop on Kinhal Craft.
"Designing of Play" workshop at NID, Bengaluru.
"Disposable to Possible" at Under 25 event in Bangalore.
"Disposable to Possible" workshop at NID Bengaluru for Bangalore Design Week.
"Play More, Learn More" workshop at RV University, Kengeri.
Project Demonstration at Conference on Designing for Children at IDC, IIT Bombay.
Springfair, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India.
Kokuyo Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Beyond Boundaries, Spiral Hall, Minato- Ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Tree of life, Design Heritage, Eames Hall, National Institute of Design, Paldi, India.
2020 - 2021
Teaching Associate, National Institute of Design.
Designer, Stokr GmBH, Berlin, Germany.
Design Strategist on contract for 5 months at EDesign Studio of MIPL global, Bengaluru.
Design Intern at MIPL Global, Bengaluru.
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, TIME Institute Kochi.
Scientific Research associate at National Institute of Technology, Mangalore.
Mechanical Engineering Intern, Yazaki Wiring Pvt. Ltd. Chennai.
AutoCAD Designer, Pionnier Roofing Co. Palakkad.
2017 - 2020
2014 - 2016
2012 - 2013
2008 - 2012
Master of Design from National Institute of Design, Bengaluru.
Drawing and Painting, KSS Art School, Kottayam.
Master of Technology by Research from National Institute of Technology, Surathkal.
German Language A1, A2 and B1 from Goethe Institute, Chennai.
B. Tech Mechanical Engineering at Cochin University of Science and Technology.