"Cavities" is a series of prototypes in response to a design brief around creating a book on the theme of “containers.” (The title of the series is a play on words between a kind of container and a kind of oral hygiene consequence!) In the book, different fruits and vegetables are featured in portrait—each revealing a sweet center or sweet surrounding.
Equal Parts is a website and community of artists and activists committed to actuating social change through public art activism. The project stems from goals to build a community for female graffiti artists and to increase awareness of the additional challenges female graffiti artists face. Designers Andrea Cameron, Gahee Kang, Cody Pfleging, Karen Vellensky, and Jenna Witzleben created the website through an intersectional feminist lens. Thus, the website features artwork, information, and ways to take action in your own community, within the feminist movement as well as many other progressive social causes. Equal Parts embraces the interdependent nature and need for solidarity in all social justice efforts.
As urban populations grow, camping, hiking, and backpacking are losing popularity. The number of visitors at national parks—once great vacation attractions—has stagnated. Among the American youth, the number is in steady decline. Jonathan Lung, ZiYun Qi, and Chelsea Stewart created the speculative brand “Flint” to support the burgeoning “Rewilding” movement, which seeks to build an appreciation for wilderness and reinvigorate the pursuit of outdoor adventure. The designers saw fire-starting—a basic but indispensable skill—as both a strategic and symbolic place to begin. Their debut product, FLINT, is an innovative fire piston that intends to ignite a relationship with the outdoors.
Gratitude is the key to happiness. Though this may be age-old wisdom, it has lately been in the news everywhere from Brainpickings to The New York Times. But incorporating a gratitude practice part of your daily routine is easier said than done. A firm believer in cultivating gratitude, designer Gahee Kang has created a smart lamp to support this habit. “Good Night Lamp” will only turn off once you’ve completed an entry in your gratitude journal, thereby encouraging you to end your day by reflecting and writing a note of appreciation before going to sleep.
Outfit Forecaster, designed by first-year student Cody Fleging, is a display that indicates to the user what articles of clothing are appropriate for that day's weather. It pulls weather data from the internet and outputs that data in the form of LEDs that backlight graphics of clothing.
Inaugural Class of 2014 alum Kathryn McElroy, design lead on IBM’s Watson team, sat down with Mary Tressler of the O'Reilly Radar podcast last week to talk about design, process, and her experience in the Products of Design program. (Kathryn will also be speaking at O’Reilly’s inaugural Design Conference in January, and is busy at work on an upcoming book.) In the episode, Kathryn and Mary talk about "prototyping for digital and physical," design and diversity, and what it’s like to work at IBM.
Although crying is a healthy, natural, and ancient way of expressing and processing both positive and negative emotions, modern society often regards tears as a sign of weakness and vulnerability, particularly in women. Clamor, a speculative new beauty brand conceived by designers Panisa Khunprasert and Louise-Anne van ’t Riet, seeks to restore dignity to tears with a line of ‘after-cry’ products that empowers women to embrace the catharsis of crying without shame or fear.
PillOVO is an interactive Drake pillow inspired by the artist’s emergent influence on pop culture. Hug, pat, or stroke Drake and he will play comforting samples from his many hits including Hotline Bling, Marvin’s Room, and Best I Ever Had. Leave drake alone for more than 30 minutes at a time and he’ll play angry samples to try and get you to embrace him.
In response to the effects of global climate change, Fugly Pickles is a business, created by designers Eden Lew, Jon Lung, Ziyun Qi and Roya Ramezani, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by removing perfectly edible discarded food from landfills, which contributes to 16% of U.S. methane emissions a year.
“At first, it was hard for us to relate to our target audience," comments Souvik. "But we quickly realized that underneath the sometimes strange behavior of denimheads—whether that was soaking their jeans in the bathtub in lieu of washing it in the washing machine to avoid losing too much indigo dye in their jeans, or participating in denim world tours where jeans would be sent around the world to be worn by different denimheads for a month at a time—there was an underlying theme of commitment to sustainability and authenticity...values that we could very much relate to.”
Nico is a 360-degree camera toy companion that provides children with an entry point to the digital world—allowing them to remain firmly anchored to the real world by engaging their sense of adventure and imagination...and encouraging them to go outside!
After several years in Philadelphia, where street-level wind tunnels are famous for tearing apart umbrellas during rainstorms, designer Alexa Forney wondered why we weren't making better use of the brute forces unleashed by the weather. Aiming to change the way we visualize wind energy, she developed Breezefinder, a citizen science tool to help locate where wind energy is underutilized.
Nuzzle is an electronics-embeded beanie set that lights up when the two hats are touched together. Designed by first year MFA Products of Design student Karen Vellensky, Nuzzle is prefect for couples, families, kids or close friends, providing them a way to display their affection and delight those around them.
Designed by first year student Jenna Witzleben, Transmission is a two-piece wearable device and digital display system that tracks your creativity based on how much you draw. It happens far too often that that the creative process for designers, makers, engineers, and hobbyists is stunted by overthinking and mental road blocks. In sympathy with the Product of Design mantra “Get out of your head and into your hands”, the device addresses the importance of sketching in order to further your ideas.