Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI is offering a new undergraduate program that draws from the disciplines of art, design, engineering and entrepreneurship. Product Design and Innovation (PD+I) is set to launch in 2017, and will meet the growing design and manufacturing needs of southwest Michigan and the Midwestern United States—a region that WMU touts as “a hotbed of design and manufacturing activity.”
The vice chair of IDSA’s Florida Chapter, Franco Lodato, PhD, IDSA, is marking some milestones in November 2016. He’s taking on a new position in his 30-year career; the design school he's co-launching has been given the green light by the Florida Department of Education to open next year; and Lodato is organizing events to help promote IDSA and industrial design in the state.
The IDSA Student Merit Award 2015 winner from the Midwest Design District has been invited to exhibit work he completed for his thesis at the Global Grad Show 2016, an international exhibition that is part of Dubai Design Week, Oct. 24 to 29.
You are invited to Appalachian State University’s chapter Portfolio Review on October 29, 2016.
Industrial Design students pride themselves in their hard work and would be honored to gain from your insight and experience in the professional field. The Portfolio Review will be held October 29th from 12:00pm-5:00pm at Appalachian State in the Student Union. Several other schools will also be participating in our Portfolio Review; SCAD, Virginia Tech, NC State, James Madison, and Auburn University.
“It was one of the best speaking experiences ever—literally, under a star filled sky, in front of a sparkling fire. No power points, no visual cues—just primal, authentic storytelling. It was out of this world!” says Jeevak Badve, IDSA, vice president, strategic growth, Sundberg-Ferar—of his first visit to SHiFT Design Camp in Tuscumbia, AL.
“Today more than ever, industrial designers are in a unique position to facilitate a change in the world. Our role as advocates of the user and their needs leaves us with a great opportunity to create powerful product experiences that push the boundaries currently defined.”
—Tanner Wills, IDSA, IDSA West District Student Merit Award Winner
“We see how important design—not just industrial but all design—is becoming in our world. It leads to some of the most successful businesses; it solves some terrible and tragic problems facing our world; and it can lead to simple improvements in what people use every day. Design is not only a tool but a way of thinking and we are only beginning to shed light on its understanding and value. That's what is so exciting about it. It’s something so defined, yet so undefined, and in some ways we are pioneers to this conversation.”