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Graduate Industrial Design 03

Design Laboratory II
Spring 2014
Associate Professor Josh Owen

First year graduate students designed and developed a product suitable for glass production in consideration of the following context: Drinking vessel. Students will utilize glass as a primary material to explore this condition. Guest lecturers and critics will engage at regular intervals throughout the course to share their insights. The goal of the course is to inspire innovation in product development with regard to the typology in question, balanced by real-world parameters.

This course introduces industrial design students to a working relationship with a client using a combination of seminar and workshop formats, framed by the tenants of the Vignelli design philosophy and molded by the brief set with CMoG.

Students designed and produced high-quality, functional prototypes from materials which approximate glass including 3D printed prototypes using available on and off-campus resources. CMoG will prototype selected student submissions by utilizing student-generated design control drawings, photography of mock-ups and 3D printed prototypes. Students will be expected to carefully archive their process and document their final products with graphically compelling use-scenarios and the written word to convey their overall concepts. Students will be given the opportunity to art-direct the final documentation of their products using a professional product photographer to deliver press-quality communication materials.

This course also functioned, in part, as a competition. CMoG will select exemplary student works from the group to prototype in GlassLab fashion at CMoG with the help of the student(s) selected.

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Graduate Industrial Design 02

ID Problems III
Spring 2013
Associate Professor Josh Owen

First year graduate students designed and developed a product suitable for inclusion in Loll’s catalog in consideration of the following architectural context: Entryway. Students utilized Loll’s recycled HDPE plastic as a primary material to explore this condition.

This course introduced industrial design students to a working relationship with a client using a combination of seminar and workshop formats, framed by the tenets of the Vignelli design philosophy and molded by the brief set by Loll Designs.

The goal of the course was to inspire innovation in product development with regard to the typology in question, balanced by real-world parameters. Students were guided through the Vignelli Archives and exposed to physical evidence of design process to frame their work. In addition, The Vignelli Canon served as a primary tool for framing design decision-making in concert with the Loll agenda.

Students designed and produced high-quality, functional prototypes from MDF materials. Students carefully archived their process and documented their final products with graphically compelling use-scenarios and the written word to convey their overall concepts. The opportunity to art-direct the final documentation of products using a professional product photographer to deliver press-quality communication materials.

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Graduate Industrial Design 01

ID Problems III
Spring 2012
Associate Professor Josh Owen

This course is a special project developed in conjunction with The Vignelli Center for Design Studies and the graduate Industrial Design program.

Students were each assigned a Vignelli-designed artifact and evidence of its developmental process from the Vignelli Archive. Each student was afforded the opportunity to study the items first-hand in the Center. Each student researched their designated context in which their item was generated, developing a clear metric for assessing the item’s success in its original context. Students were then responsible for using the same metric for developing a new object, adjusted in order to accommodate today’s landscape of conditions and habits.

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