2011 SMA | David Fustino, IDSA | Wentworth Institute of Technology
Like any designer, David Fustino has learned to solve problems on the fly, work within a unit, express his individual style and persevere through the worst situations. The difference between him and the rest of us: he began learning those skills on a soccer pitch.
“Soccer is one of the most creative, free flowing sports in the world,” Fustino declared. “I tell as many people as I can that it has tremendously affected the way I approach industrial design and the work I produce. If it weren’t for soccer, I wouldn’t have the same drive I apply to my work on a daily basis.”
The Wentworth grad got his start in soccer at age four. It proved to be a good compliment to the in-home education he received from his father, a graphic designer and painter. “My Dad has always been my biggest influence and best teacher of these disciplines.”
But clearly not his only teacher.
At Wentworth, he found a culture that engaged him academically through its professional approach to education. “Wentworth has many schools of thought that intertwine in a professional environment,” he noted. “We are inevitably influenced by each other’s disciplines on a daily basis. Camaraderie comes more from an athletic standpoint bringing many individuals from different disciplines together to achieve a common goal.”
As Fustino and his peers made their way through Wentworth together, their individual talents were tested and honed. A project that originated in a furniture studio really provided one example of how he has obtained a deep understanding of craft techniques, material properties and user needs. Fustino’s project, an LED desk lamp design, delivered on three key design goals: display the bulb, co-exist with a cluttered desk and reduce the amount of fasteners needed for assembly.
“I was fascinated by the LED bulb’s 46-year lifespan and structural aesthetic,” he said. “If a user is going to purchase this bulb, how can I create a design that preserves its sustainable longevity and compliments its structural beauty.”