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Congratulations, you've made it to 2017. Last year was a rollercoaster ride and it's safe to say we all deserve a pat on the back for getting through it. With each new year comes new opportunities. We're not talking short-term resolutions - we're talking goals to make big things happen.
"Learn-by-doing" PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy PENSOLE is starting 2017 off right with an exciting class and competition that focus on two large aspects of the footwear industry's future—material design and 3D design. Collaborating with Vibram, Autodesk and Wacom, the class and competition take note of the material experimentation and
February 1st is the deadline to apply to be a part of the Class of 2019 at SVA's MFA in Products of Design program. It's centered on "the sweet spot between design thinking and design making," but its courses go far outside traditional ID education.
In Boston's North End is a massive 65,000-square-foot facility known as the North Bennet Street School. Originally founded in 1879, today they offer programs in Bookbinding, Cabinet and Furniture Making, Carpentry, Jewelry Making and Repair, Locksmithing and Security Technology, Piano Technology, Preservation Carpentry and Violin Making and Repair. Anyone 18
I love learning, and I hate school. Sitting in a classroom while a teacher drones on is my idea of torture. It's unnatural and it's boring. But if there's a physical problem to solve—let's say I'm making something in the shop, and it keeps breaking, and I have to find
Once every three years, each department at Rhode Island School of Design is permitted three weeks to display the products of its curriculum in the school's historic Woods-Gerry Gallery. Last week marked the opening of RISD's 2016 Industrial Design Triennial show. The show was publicized by the distribution of
The School of Design and Institute of Design Innovation at The Glasgow School of Art seek an experienced, dynamic and highly organized academic to act as Program Leader for the Design Innovation Postgraduate Taught portfolio of degree awards. This post is central to the formulation, co-ordination and delivery of the curriculum and ensuring a high quality teaching and learning environment for all students.
When I was in design school, we ID students had little interaction with the other departments. Few of us ever visited the Architecture department, where the students all reportedly behaved like Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now. But it might've been nice to have some creative crossover. SCAD is a design
This past spring the Parallel Times exhibition featured the talented MFA students in the School of the Visual Arts' Products of Design program. Led by faculty member Sinclair Smith, the results of their Product Futuring class were on display as part of the 2016 NYCxDesign Global Design Celebration.
Commonly thought of as exclusive to legislative work and developing written laws, public policy is an often unnamed aspect of design thinking. Public policy must be responsive, investigate practices and be solution oriented. But what does it have to do with STEAM? STEAM is the product of incorporating arts and
Digital product design is a rapidly growing field that engages unique individuals with skillsets that unite traditional communication design principles with user experience capability and digital software skills. In an increasingly tech-driven world, more skilled digital product designers will be needed to create authentic and innovative digital touchpoints. Because digital
For you designers looking to change up your career, here's a subset of ID that's off the beaten path: Yacht design. Apparently there's "strong demand for [designers trained] in the pleasure craft segment," according to the Politecnico di Milano Design School, and they aim to bridge the gap with their
The launch of Parsons' Making Center at The New School marks a new age of interdisciplinary design for the institution's progressive education program—open to all students within the New School regardless of their field of study, the space hopes to be a meeting point for rich academic collaborations and innovations
After missing her train and showing up fashionably late, Youtube sensation and self proclaimed robotics comedian Simone Giertz recently spoke to students at Brown University about the importance of building useless things. Held by Brown's Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative, Simone's lecture spoke in a humorous way to the initiative's goal
It's been a bit of an ugly news cycle this week. Let's look at some gorgeous works of craft and science, shall we? If you don't frequent Boston museums or Ivy League special collections you might not have heard of the Harvard Glass Flowers, but you should. Harvard University's
The MFA in Products of Design program at SVA has launched a unique idea in anticipation of their annual Open House and Info Session, coming up next month on Friday, November 11th. This year they're introducing an “Open House Design Challenge”—a chance to help people interested in attending the event,
Design researcher Dr. Sam Waller points out an interesting conundrum: Most designers have good vision. Or at least, access to corrective measures that enable good vision. Because you can't earn a living manipulating CAD drawings if you can't see them in the first place. What this means is that most
There was nary an Arduino in sight at Electro Craft, a dense London Design Festival exhibition in the heart of Shoreditch Design Triangle. A showcase of design at various points where arts and crafts meet technology, the jam-packed show gives a first impression of overstimulation, with nearly 30 projects —
This past weekend over 700 people gathered in Providence, Rhode Island for Better World by Design. In it's ninth year, the conference held between adjacent college campuses Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, brings creators, innovators and professionals of all types together for a three day long gathering
With an acronym that sounds like a college radio station or killer Scrabble word, the new King's Cross Creative Quarter launched during London Design Festival 2016. Spearheaded by designjunction, which now calls the KXCQ home, at least one tenant has already settled in nicely. Central Saint Martins moved into the
As the founding director of Parsons' Transdisciplinary Design program, Jamer Hunt has been championing the possibilities of a systems-based, postindustrial design approach to social innovation and service design for over a decade. Using New York City as an academic laboratory, students work to, "define the next phase of design practice
It may slip our minds from time to time, but the overall objective of design should be to create a better world. Driven by the desire to approach problem solving holistically, eight years ago engineers from Brown University and designers from Rhode Island School of Design formed a partnership and
For her Masters Thesis at the SVA MFA Products of Design program in New York City, Natsuki Hayashi undertook a year-long pursuit to investigate how design could respond and contribute to the increasing legalization of assisted suicide in the United States. In the conversation below, she talks to Allan Chochinov,
My friend Ted recently broke an ankle and as part of the fix had pins installed in the bone. He wasn't awake to see it, but I'm sure the orthopedic surgeon used the kind of fancy pants surgical drill that costs upwards of $20,000 and must undergo a lengthy sterilization
I think most designers would argue that design isn't about the big picture as much as it is zeroing into the tiniest of details—they are what sets apart a generic IKEA chair from an Eames classic. On that note, designers make sure with almost everything they do that the details
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