In this introductory course, students engage in hands-on exploration of object design. The product design process is explored through problem solving, integration of essential skills such as drawing and rendering, and iterative prototyping of three-dimensional forms. Students learn to identify where and how design can be best applied. They work both individually and collaboratively in a studio environment to create prototypes for utilitarian products and a project book documenting their research and process.
NOTE: This course requires students to bring a modern computer laptop to class to complete course assignments. The New School provides all degree and credit-seeking students (enrolled in the current term) with subscriptions for the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications.
By the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Explore multi-iterative approaches to the design process to identify and solve problems
- Research and frame a problem and explore existing solutions
- Develop user scenarios, user testing, and concept solutions
- Create concept sketches and sketch models
- Present the design development process and final solution in an engaging way
- Identify which materials and manufacturing processes are best suited for the design
- Demonstrate an understanding of a design studio practice by participating in lectures, demos, and discussions; individual and collaborative exercises and projects; and self and peer critiques