Each student chose a material: titanium, fiber-composite, plywood, plastic, and then selected a specific product design that would allow him/her to research how the material choice affects design and manufacturing, with particular emphasis on innovative techniques.
ASSIGNMENT: analyze a well-designed modern or contemporary object that:
• takes advantage of the properties of the material, and even advances the use and understanding of the material,
• utilizes contemporary or modern processes of manufacturing (meaning industrially-produced),
• is in some way sustainable, or the phases of disposal or recycling have been considered,
• has had an impact on everyday life, or at least for a reasonable portion of the populace.
PLASTIC | Manila Di Giovanni
STEEL | Elena Bruzzi
Each student selected, analyzed and “mapped” a design object that demonstrated the many influences on design that cross borders.
The map demonstrates how the object:
• has moved from culture to culture, place to place, being transformed along the way
• has had many influences and is found in different forms in different places
• while looking or being the same or similar, is used in different ways in different cultures
• shows the effects of various cultures on its transformation, and also reflects cultural change
• is an industrially produced object (at least in the present day) in order to address modernity and industrialization, contemporary society and design culture.
December 2016: a short exercise to analyze an everyday use object and then propose ergonomic modifications to make it easier to use, particularly for those with strength or dexterity limitations such as the elderly.
Vegetable peeler - Elena Bruzzi
Can opener - Camilla Fadda
Dental floss dispenser - Maria Trucchi
Manilla di Giovanni
Maria Sofia Segala