Given the importance of in-person studio time, product and industrial design students must have found lockdown difficult. But you wouldn't know it by looking at some of the standout projects we saw this year.
Out of the dozens of student projects we covered in 2021, these seven below really stood out. The students tackled real-world problems, and asked the right questions. They didn't rely on magical hypothetical apps in their designs, but instead manipulated physical materials to enable their objects to achieve the desired outcomes. None of these projects are designed for Instagram.
Most of the projects considered the overall system they would operate within, and most of the projects really showed their research and developmental work; click on the links below for more details.
Morgan asked "How much of our appliances are actually essential?" and designed a toaster with "a distributed feature set: where the features of the design are completed by other objects the user possesses."
Kong's elegant seating designed for orchestra members has improved adjustment mechanisms to suit a variety of instrument-based seating postures. It also stacks to take up less space than the incumbent design.