Seniors Kathleen Gasper and Stephanie Tarbous have chosen to work together on the topic of “Alternative Healing in Children’s Hospitals”. Their intent is to create an alternative healing device that reduces the anxiety and distress of children ages 5-10 who are spending long periods of time in hospitals.
The team will focus on enhancing healing and reducing stress in hospitalized children.
Stress has been proven to interfere with healing because it down-regulates the immune system and the efficiency of the digestive process, as well as increases heart rate and blood pressure. The word healing comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “haelen”, meaning to make whole with the body, mind and spirit. Gasper and Tarbous assert that true healing must take into account the patient’s stress levels, interaction, and comfort in the hospital.
The pair will consider the impact of horticultural therapy, meditation, and biofeedback practices on healing and stress reduction and utilize those benefits in a way that is appealing and practical to children. Their device will be an interactive “bedside buddy” that aids in comfort and monitoring of the child’s health and recovery.
The semester is quickly drawing to a close and so are a number of major student projects. The third-year undergrads are in the final phase of their collaboration with modern housewares leader Umbra. After spending the majority of the semester developing concepts, building models, and refining their designs, the groups will present their ideas to the entire Umbra design team early in the new year. Students have created designs for a wide range of housewares including innovative cups, brooms, waste cans, even a tiny row of houses meant to hold keys.
A student team pauses for a photo after this week's design presentation.
In addition to creating the physical form, each group is required to address key aspects of material specification and production. This is especially important since the Umbra team will be looking for designs with the potential to go into production as part of the company’s retail line.
Last evening in the final event of this semester’s Industrial Design Speaker Series, PhilaU ID welcomed design thought leader Roger Ball. An author, designer and professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Ball has been crafting iconic products since 1983 for a wide array of companies including Burton Snowboards, Bauer, Fisher Price, Brine Lacrosse, Bell Helmets and Nike.
Roger Ball with PhilaU ID professor Lyn Godley
Ball’s 3D anthropometric research project created the first digital database of Chinese head and face shapes, driving revolutionary developments in “China Fit” products. His research clients include Luxottica, Microsoft, 3M, Cartier, Neurosky, and Cirque du Soleil.
In Ball’s latest book DesignDirect – How to Start Up Your Own Micro Brand he examines new opportunities for designers to create their own personal brand. His lecture detailed these exciting developments, showing how designers can become design entrepreneurs through new avenues in social media.
Congratulations to sophomore ID undergrads Josh Boyer, Sam Pawlak, and Nicki Topete. The table designs of the three were chosen for display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through Friday of this week. The designs are also in the running for the “People’s Choice Award” in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Collab Design Competition. Their work can be see in the Grand Stairwell of the Museum or you can vote online through Friday by simply clicking here. Voting for more than one entry is allowed.
The product design of 4Moms was recently profiled on Gear Patrol. A 4Moms design team led by PhilaU ID Alum Elijah Wiegmann (BsID’06) won a Red Dot Award earlier this year for their Breeze Play Yard.
Chelsea Briganti recently visited campus as part of the department’s Industrial Design Speaker Series. After graduating from Parsons The New School for Design, where she studied under current PhilaU ID professor Lyn Godley, Chelsea, along with several of her classmates began the industrial design firm The Way We See the World.
During her introduction, Lyn shared how confident and research-savvy Chelsea was as a student. The young designer then spoke at length about new ways that design can be used to make a meaningful impact and the social innovation that can arise from thoughtful products and initiatives.
She highlighted a number of her firm’s recent projects including: the Blokket (a bag that encourages digital downtime), Loliware (edible biodegradable cups), and Hychia (a seed-based gel that fights dehydration). Chelsea urged the audience to embrace “thinking way out there” then underscored the importance of demonstrating the value of their ideas through research.
Industrial Design students from Aalto University in Finland are visiting our campus this week to do project research. Each year, students from the PhilaU MSID program work with Aalto and other collaborating schools worldwide to take on big design, business and engineering challenges with corporate and institutional partners. Our students are expecting to return the favor by flying to Finland later in the project to work with the Aalto University team there.
PhilaU Juniors pose for a photo in the back of Umbra co-founder Paul Rowan's vintage El Camino outside the company's flagship store in Toronto.
Students from the Junior class recently visited the Toronto headquarters of Umbra. The trip was the kick-off a collaborative project with the modern housewares company in which students will design products to fit within the major lines that Umbra currently offers. Students learned about the Umbra brand and mission from company co-founder Paul Rowan and head of design Matt Carr. They also toured the Umbra design studio and flagship store. This direct contact with company leaders will be invaluable as the students move through this rigorous project.
Umbra co-founder Paul Rowan shows the students key designs in the company's current product line.
The M.S. in Industrial Design (MsID) program has officially received accreditation from The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The gold standard of design program accreditation, with this recognition comes the official endorsement of The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). The program is glad to have this recognition of the solidity of its curriculum, faculty, and plans for the future.
The ID Department recently hosted a lecture entitled “It’s All Bad” by Allan Chochinov, editor-in-chief of the industrial design website Core77 and the Chair and co-founder of the MFA in Products of Design Program at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. The lecture was part of the department’s ongoing Design Speaker Series, an array of lectures scheduled throughout the semester that give students in-person access to top creators and thought leaders in design. In his talk, Chochinov presented the changes that he believes designers now need to deal with when creating new solutions and challenged the audience to focus their efforts on areas of true need.