Calling all future architects, engineers, city planners, graphic, product, web, interior, and automotive designers! Learn to see things differently, solve problems creatively, and bring these solutions to life.
Have you ever looked at something and wondered how it was made; thought, “I could solve that problem better;” or wondered why the exact tool for the job was not in your toolbox? Design asks these questions. Then design looks past the questions and asks how, why, and what about an object and its interaction with life.
We will look at the world around us and seek to solve some of its most relevant problems. Through brainstorm sessions and research, we will find a problem to solve as a group. You will put a face to who you are designing for and work to solve their problem. Every day, you will develop drawings to better understand how your solutions will work and look. This class will challenge your awareness of color, form, texture, line, surface, and function. You will explore the possibilities of common materials and understand their characteristics, implied values, and meanings.
As you work on your project we will also focus on critical thinking. You will explore your design solutions through sketches and study models; each unique in material, construction, and function. The course will conclude with your personal project presentation to the class, complete with concept sketches, renderings of the final design, and a physical model.
Bob Martinez is the founder and director of RGM DESIGN LLC in Akron, Ohio and is an industrial design instructor at CIA. He earned his BFA from Michigan State University and completed an ID internship at AEG-Telefunken in Frankfurt, Germany. He has 20 plus years of consulting design experience including medical/ scientific products, consumer products, industrial/commercial equipment, user/operator interface intensive products, and contract and RTA furniture.
Doug Paige has been a professor of Industrial Design at the Cleveland Institute of Art since 1998 where he also teaches Designing for Sustainability and Biomimicry. He is a graduate of the Industrial Design program at CIA and before returning to CIA as a faculty member, he spent 17 years practicing design with RCA and consulting firms in California and Ohio. Doug continues to work as a consultant and is a contributing author for two design publications: Managing as Designing and Process Materials and Measurements.
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