University of the Arts students in work with the city of Philadelphia.
...Instead of sketches and models of sleek new can openers and vacuum cleaners, this group brought designs for a better Philadelphia - ways for citizens to connect with one another, eat more healthily and recycle more, and ideas about building the city's creative economy.Click here for the Philadelphia Enquirer article
Bruce M. Tharp, PhD is a designer, professor, researcher, and entrepreneur, with degrees in mechanical engineering, industrial design, and anthropology. He and his wife, Stephanie Tharp run an award-winning, design studio, materious.
They have licensed a dozen new product ideas to companies, and currently manufacture several of their own. Materious also produces discursive products and concepts to engender reflection and debate on cultural topics. They are currently finishing a book project on the topic entitled, Discursive Design.
Bruce is a professor of design at the University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art & Design where he teaches a range of undergraduates as well as graduates in the new Master of Design program in Integrative Design.