Atlanta Design Outreach 4 - Recap

Dec 9 2014 - 8:35pm

That's a wrap - our Fourth annual Atlanta Design Outreach is officially in the books!  The creativity and quality of thought this year was truly inspiring, and we could not be happier with the results and impact the program has had on our community. The program is geared to challenge participants with a rapid-paced, collaborative design charrete structure that brings all skill levels of industrial design together; high school students work with Atlanta design professionals and academic design students from the Georgia Institute of Technology. For high school students, the program offers a truly unique opportunity to discover talents, learn new skills, and gain an understanding of the profession of industrial design.

The project challenge this year was focused around this rechargeable bluetooth speaker. Each team was tasked to re-imagine the purpose and aesthetic of the speaker within a specific theme, which encouraged a deeper level of thinking and collaboration. The themes included the following design topics: Universal Design, Modular, Sculptural, Foldable, Repurposed, Personal, Culture, DIY, Augmented, Wearable. The program challenge initiated with a group brainstorm discussion and collaboration session.  Program sponsor InReality created a special toolkit of brainstorming activities to encourage discussion and critical thinking.
Over the course of the next two weeks the teams met during their school periods to develop the solution by validating concepts, creating mockups, testing functionality, and crafting their final presentation models. Students received hands on training in manufacturing processes, materials, human factors, electronics, and more - all under the careful guidance of their professional and academic team leaders.  This is where ideas off of paper and become something real!  Once again InReality stepped in to help by providing each team with a prepaid gift card to purchase materials to start prototyping.


The final concepts and models were exhibited at Design Within Reach during the closing celebration. Each team presented their work to a large crowd of proud parents, school faculty and the Atlanta design community that included a judging panel of professional practitioners.  One team from each school was chosen as 'Best Overall Design' and was awarded a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion. Congratulations to all the participants for an outstanding performance.  Thank you IDSA partners and sponsors for supporting the program.


Here are the final designs!


Participating High Schools:
Henry W. Grady High School – Trisha Kendall
Frederick Douglass High School – Dwight Jenkins
Organized by:
Claudia Rebola – IDSA Atlanta Chapter Outreach Coordinator
Kevin Shankwiler – IDSA Atlanta Chapter Vice Chair
Chris Livaudais – IDSA Atlanta Chapter Chair
Supported by:
Professional Leaders:
Devin Moore - Big Bang
Justin Arsenault - Thrive
Peter Nguyen - PQC International
Josheph Keller - Chick fil A
Andrew Baranak - Independent Designer
Kristin Hare - Plaid Enterprises
Chris Ruf - Stanley Black & Decker
James Slack - Independent Designer
Tyler Stricklin - Evoshield
Dave Lewandowski - Evoshield
Blake Wilford - Independent Designer