The term "industrial design" is often attributed to the artist Joseph Claude Sinel in 1919 (although he himself denied it in later interviews) but the specialization predates that by at least a decade.
I had the privilege to teach design in India... I noticed a tendency... to try quite hard to emulate the vernacular of western brand-driven design as closely as possible... It made me tremendously sad to see, in a country which has one of the most diverse and rich visual cultures in the world; and one which has communicated so much of that culture (via literal imperialism) back to the North.
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