Jonak Das has joined the institute in 2016, as faculty in the Exhibition Design discipline, and has been the Discipline Lead from 2017. He guides projects in exhibit design, design in a social context and pavilion design and also is involved in courses on materials and geometry (for Foundation programme). His area of research interest is design of learning spaces and environments. Besides academic involvement, (on behalf of the institute,) he is actively involved in professional design projects involving, pavilion & exhibit design, product design, crafts and pedagogic structure.
Jonak has graduated from NID in 1999 in Industrial Design, having specialized in Product Design. Since then he has had over eighteen years of professional experience in the domain of spatial environment, products and experience design, as well as spatial branding and communication design – and has worked on over fifty projects in the domains of museums, exhibitions, interior (retail, office and hospitality), signage systems, environmental branding and event design and developing products and systems for these sectors. He has worked with various design firms based in Delhi – Design Habit, Kaaru, Itu Chaudhuri Design and lastly Lopez Design, where he was the Project Director before joining NID. Craft is another sector that Jonak has been working in. He has done product development projects for private firms, institutes and NGOs as a consultant, and worked as a research associate and field researcher on the NID publication - The Handbook of Handicrafts. On the academic front, before joining NID, Jonak has taught as a visiting faculty at various institutes in India, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and in various departments. He loves to travel and is an avid reader.