Design for All

Philadelphia Industrial Design Students Score High on Social Impact

Nov 4 2016 - 7:42am

In the City of Brotherly Love, juniors from The University of the Arts industrial design program joined forces with Thomas Jefferson University graduate occupational therapy students to create prototypes for children with physical challenges in the Toys that Enable inter-disciplinary project. They came up with everything from a Chunky Monkey to a backpack jetpack!

Anthony Guido, associate professor of industrial design at The University of the Arts, is also the director of the Design for Social Impact MDES Program. "This is a full-on design collaboration to share design thinking-and-doing in a fast turn-around charrette mode," he says. "We are using this project as a gateway to deeper, one-on-one, full-scale, human-centered, design studio work in the fall with community partners who are living with disabilities and accessibility issues in their homes, work, etc."

He says Toys that Enable is just the beginning of sharing the design vocabulary process with those who may be a bit farther from design. "But once they experience it, everyone is a designer on the team!" declares Guido.