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The third annual TANDEM Design Conference will be held on Jefferson’s East Falls campus this weekend. Created and run by students from the Jefferson Industrial Design program, TANDEM is a unique design conference run exclusively by students for students.
The goal of the event is to depict the life of a designer and show how product development is a collaborative process between many fields. The conference encompasses a range of workshops featuring design professionals from many disciplines shedding light on their individual processes. Throughout the conference, attendees have the opportunity to meet professionals and students from a variety of regions and programs. Along with lectures and workshops, specific networking opportunities are held throughout the event.
The TANDEM Conference has quickly grown to be one of the highlights of the Fall Semester in the Jefferson ID Program and a prime opportunity for students make direct contact with the world of professional design.
Among this year’s conference speakers are:
Award-wnning designer Joey Zeledón, a Design Principal at Steelcase where he creates meaningful new experiences for people by innovating healthcare spaces through a combination of digital, physical and spatial design solutions.
Entrepreneur and architect Marcel Botha. Through his consulting firm 10xBETA, he has helped numerous medical professionals test, develop, and commercialize products ranging from electronic stethoscopes and colposcopes, to surgical instruments.
Designer and teacher Jackie Kilmartin who runs the textile-driven fashion brand, Lillian Jackson Textiles, established in 2011. Each LJT piece is designed & crafted in her Philadelphia studio, using hand-framed knitting looms & sustainable, low-impact materials.
By Zach Samalonis
This year’s Nexus Maximus Challenge, Jefferson students partnered with Johnson & Johnson to create relief responses to refugees and displaced populations. Concluding on Monday, the weekend long multi-disciplinary challenge asked Jefferson Industrial Design students to create unique and innovative solutions, while collaborating with students from different majors and other universities (such as Aalto University in Finland and DUOC in Chile).
Industrial design student, Michael Soliday, and his teammates developed infrastructure around the concept of using crickets as a means to end displacement by famine. The insect, he explained, can be a cheap, simple and nutritious self-replenishing source of food.
Another industrial design student, Kelly Sullivan, said “It’s so interesting to see how we connect across majors.” Her team worked on an all-inclusive gardening and composting starter kit. This kit would aide sustainability and waste management, economic stability, food security, community building and job creation.
This year’s “most innovative solution” went to the team who developed Amicus, a series of icons (for example, water, first aid and bathrooms) that can be printed on T-shirts, blankets and other textiles to provide warmth and comfort for refugees. These icons would give refugees a means of communication with aid workers and volunteers.
Competitions, like Nexus, push Jefferson Industrial Design students to think like designers from day one, especially freshmen who are being introduced to the field. At the closing ceremony on Monday, Jefferson’s Vice President of Innovation D.R. Widder remarked, “It’s amazing what these students have come up with….All these teams just met each other on Friday and are able to work together to create amazing concepts.”
Industrial Design undergrads and grads teamed with fellow students throughout the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering & Commerce this weekend to address the future of care for refugee populations with the product development staff of Johnson & Johnson.
The project is called Nexus Maximus. It’s held annually every September with a different theme and client. For many students, it’s their first experience working within diverse-skillset design teams. It also results in a great asset going forward as students look to begin developing their portfolios, populating them with projects work done for real-world clients such as this.
Faculty and staff greeted some 600 new students and their families as they streamed down the walkway to the Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center Aug. 17 for Convocation. They are the first freshman class of the new Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).
“Today, we honor our past successes, live in the present and eagerly map our aspirations for the future,” said Chancellor Stephen Spinelli Jr., Ph.D., at the first official gathering of the Class of 2021. Spinelli said the recent combination with Thomas Jefferson University will give students greater access to world-class facilities, more Nexus Learning opportunities, an alumni base of 80,000 and the benefits of both a city and a suburban-like campus.
“Philadelphia University’s merger with Thomas Jefferson University formed a blockbuster comprehensive University,” he said. “This University will be an example for all of higher education by expanding and amplifying the potential of your education.”
Spinelli also shared some of the University’s recent accomplishments, including a 95 percent job and graduate school success rate; 10 nationally and internationally ranked programs; 40 industry partners sponsoring Nexus Learning projects; award-winning students in industrial design, architecture, textile design, interior design, graphic design, fashion design, fashion merchandising, business and health science programs; and expert faculty recognized by Fulbright fellowships, teaching awards and external grants.
Welcoming the new students to campus, alumna Christina Wong ’08 called the merger “exciting and revolutionary.” Wong, a member of the Philadelphia University Board of Trustees and Jefferson Academic Board, said, “The University is here to serve you, the students are the lifeblood of the campus. And you, Class of ’21, will be the very first students to fully reap all of the benefits. Use every single tool the new Jefferson has to offer.”
Though the semester is officially over, the summer is an incredibly active period for students in the PhilaU ID program. It’s the time when they further immerse themselves in the world of design through professional internships.
This summer will see a record number of industrial design internships even among our Freshman and Sophomore classes. That’s because at PhilaU ID, we begin building our portfolios on day one of the program. Our process-focused approach ensures that strong portfolio content is the outcome of each project we do. Add to that the cross-disciplinary projects with industry-leading corporations that happen throughout the semester, and you have a powerful body of work assembled to help you compete for an internship.
It’s just one of the many things that make the PhilaU ID program utterly unique. We invite you to come see for yourself. Take a tour of our studios, sit in on a design critique, or shadow an ID student throughout a typical day. Let us show you how exciting ID can be. To make plans for a visit, just call PhilaU Admissions at: 215-951-2700.
This year’s Industrial Design Sprint Project ended in front of a capacity crowd in the DEC Forum last Tuesday. The design staff from Noria Home were on hand with both the Grad and Undergrad ID faculty last Wednesday to review the results of the intensive week of work. All 26 student teams presented their final designs for consideration to the roving groups of judges. The Top 3 Projects were then selected for recognition along with a special “Most Market-Ready” Award. Thanks to everyone who made this the most successful Sprint Project yet!
One of the final results from Design 1, the first studio class in the PhilaU undergraduate ID studio sequence, has been featured on the Make Magazine website:
This DaVincian Machine Project was created by PhilaU ID Freshmen Charles Barilo, Peter Holderith and Zachary Samalonis. Using the principles of DaVincian Thinking, the team conceived, designed, tested, and built this wooden gear-driven topography, a machine-based interpretation of the Thomas Moran painting “Grand Canyon of the Colorado River”. Great work Charles, Peter and Zachary!
The team from Noria Home was back on campus Friday to participate in the Mid-Project Critique of the 2017 ID Sprint Project. This year, half of the teams are tasked with exploring new solutions in heating while the other half are exploring cooling.
A wide array of insightful ideas was on display during the course of the afternoon. All 26 teams presented their research and development to both the client team and ID faculty members. Each team tracked the actionable insights from the feedback and direction provided in order to chart the way forward for the final segment of the project. Final Presentations from all teams will be given at the conclusion of the project this Tuesday.
The annual ID Sprint Project is underway in the Hayward Hall Studios. Our partner for the project this year is Noria Home, makers of Noria –a complete re-think of the standard window-mounted air conditioner. The design dramatically cuts the size of the standard window-unit air conditioner while retaining 5,000 BTU of cooling power: enough to cool a 160 square-foot room. There’s also an array of other thoughtful features such as a beautiful and intuitive interface and a smartphone app to control the unit from anywhere.
The project, driven in part by PhilaU Graduate ID Program alum Don Pancoe (‘14) generated considerable buzz (over 50 different online features) and has raised more than $2 million via Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Learn more here.
Junior-year ID undergrads are managing 26 teams that each contain members from every year of the program including graduate students. This arrangement enables vigorous cross-pollination within the teams. We’re looking forward to a great Sprint!