Purushu's award winning fashion blog was founded in 2009 while studying fashion design at NIFT New Delhi. At the age of 19, he wrote show reviews for FDCI's Designer Node dailies at India Fashion Week, New Delhi. Following a stint as menswear designer at Future Group (Lee Cooper), Mumbai in 2013, he relocated to Chennai where he continued blogging and authored fashion columns for The Hindu newspaper. In 2017, Purush Arie launched exclusive gender neutral fashion line. Purushu spoke about gender neutral revolution through fashion at TEDxChennai in March 2018.

NIFT Situation Test – Tips and Preparation

NIFT Situation test is the next hurdle on the road following the written exam. The following is a few among the many queries I get from NIFT aspirants on situation test preparation.

Hie Purushu.. 🙂
I have my situation test on 24th april..n m worried big time..my preparation is goin nowhere..
Please suggest me some topics on which I can work on & u know make myself better at it..I seriously and badly need help !
reply soon..n take care 🙂

NIFT Situation test is to test the student’s 3-Dimensional thinking and material handling skills over a span of 2 hours.

Even before you start practice making 3-D models/prototype, try to look around and get inspired. Try to go through design magazines and websites which can inspire you. Take for example, the link http://www.toxel.com/inspiration/2009/01/01/modern-and-creative-bookshelf-designs/ has some amazingly thought and executed bookshelves.

 The following image contains an arm chair which is aesthetically appealing and yet focuses on utility.

Try to understand and grasp the form and shapes around you and how it can be transformed into an object. Work with a concept or theme when you idea a design; say I have to make a flower vase on the theme “spring forest”. Extract your keywords, keeping the spring forest fun & summery – I go for keywords like warm, jovial, tender, enthusiastic, peppy, graceful etc. Decide a colour scheme which would be rich vibrant and earthy for the spring forest. Jot down the elements that come under the theme i.e., flora and fauna etc. Say, I take an element ‘butterfly’ and draw inspiration from it. Theme depicts the larger mood while inspiration comes from elements within the theme. Translate the keywords into shape, form, colour and other tangible design elements.

  1. Choose theme
  2. Write down keywords that depict mood
  3.  Decide a colour scheme
  4.  Note down the elements
  5.  Now, transform the element into a 3-D object with the given colour scheme and should depict the keywords.

Also remember to mention all this in a write-up. I bet the jury would be more than impressed to see your design/working process.

 A moodboard, depics theme, colour scheme, keywords/mood and source of inspiration. Though the moodboard has nothing to do with situation test, the creative process involved in creating a moodboard and situation test prototype isn’t all that very different.

TIP: Remember that you work on a time limit in situation test. Do not get over-ambitious. Conceptualise what you can execute with quality in the given time limit.

When I gave my situation test, I was asked to either design a flower vase or a memento for an art competition. I spent my 1st 15 minutes in planning. I decided to work on a pastel forest theme probably since there were plenty of pastel sheets which I could use. I came up with keywords like soft, passive, pleasant, fresh etc.

We were given with pastel sheets, clay, thread, a metallic copper wire, mount board, satin ribbon, chart paper and some cotton if I remember it right. Since the pastel sheets can be easily folded, I decided to make the skeleton of the flower vase with the sheet and made some rough sketches with the papers provided. The easiest idea I could think of was to fold a light-green pastel sheet diagonally in conical shape and cut an opening in top. I traced a circle on mount board and stuck it to the bottom of the vase using strips of chart paper and fevicol to make the base. I decorated the walls of the vase with tiny circular coils that I made out of the thread that was provided. I also cut tiny bits of pastel sheets in pink, orange and pastel brown and stuck it around the vase giving it a mosaic effect. Well, it is important that the designs look balanced and complementing. I made tiny floral motifs which I placed in centre of the coils that I had mounted initially. Going any further would make it look over-done hence I stopped right there. The satin ribbon and a metallic wire were still left unused. While I made a floral brooch out of satin ribbon and placed it in the vase (tada! a flower), I could never use the wire as I found it really thick. The flower vase was done. I metal wire was left unused, unforced.

I spent the next 10 minutes in the write up where I mentioned about my theme, keywords, and mood and how I made the flower vase along with a rough sketch explaining the key part and material used.

P.S: Keep the write up short and ensure you write in points.

Also Read: Tips for NIFT Situation Test Write Up

  • February 3, 2013

    can we use water colours in situation test ??

  • February 3, 2013

    Hi..jus now i got my NIFT result & i hv made it thruogh the entrance test!Im kinda tense about the situation test..the only question on my mind is that how do I prepare to give my best shot?

  • Anonymous
    February 3, 2013

    THNXX 4 UR GUIDANCE,,i get to know a lot…thnxx again..& plzz give us some more suggestions!

  • Anonymous
    February 3, 2013

    Hey buddy… Spnt 2hrs. on ur blog.. Gr8 job man..vry hlpful fr us!! I'm Nitin frm Delhi..selectd fr Situatn tst..vry vry tensd bt xcitd 2.. My 1st exam dint go so well, so wnt 2 put in my bst dis tym!! I jst wnt 2 knw dat v gt hw mny total ques dere n v hv 2 mk 1 or 2 models in dose 2hrs. Reply asap, m w8in 🙂 Nd kp up d gud job.. U ROCK DUDE!!!!!

  • Veronica
    April 13, 2017

    Hey!this post is insightful.It helped me understand the process and how to prep up for the situation test.Thank you and keep up the tips.They are useful.

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