Craighton Berman (VTID '02) has invented a coffee maker that is "half sculpture/half functional object". Check out the article here.
"3D printing and Industrial Design will fundamentally change this century from an endeavor of mass production back to the arena of craft and repair. Some have called this shift 'digital craftsmanship'." Brook Kennedy, Associate Professor. Read more at Innovation Lab.
Best Student Design
Quang Pham, a student at Virginia Tech, created MODS, a modular shoe, in response to the millions of pairs of shoes that end up in landfills each year, where they can take 30-40 years to decompose. MODS shoes can be customized and updated as the shoe deteriorates without using glue. Made with bamboo and wool textiles and recycled PET fiber, MODS consist of 5 modular units that use the minimal amount of material needed for maximum comfort and security while giving the user full control of the shoe's aesthetic and functionality. Read more at MODS by Quang Pham.
Autodesk Fusion 360
Created by Virginia Tech student Claire Davis, OLI is a convenient, elegant and intelligent solution for food waste. Exemplary for its adept use of Fusion 360's direct modeling functionality (which enables the rapid development of manufacturable product), OLI highlights the value of minimizing biological waste (food), as well as the reduction of material waste through its considered approach to the product system and design for disassembly. With 474 pounds of food waste generated by every household per year on average, OLI offers a practical solution to increasing the percentage of our landfill waste that is composted and returned to cycle in the biosphere. Read more at OLI by Claire Davis.
Eyewear Design Winner
Daniel Choi won the International Eyewear Design Contest, sponsored by OWP, a German eyewear manufacturer. Daniel received a 4-week internship in the OWP Design Department including travel, accommodations and board for his winning submission. Read more at OWP International Eyewear Contest Winners.
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Situated in a rigorous workshop environment with open studios and dedicated desk space, the Industrial Design Program at Virginia Tech endeavors to facilitate learning by doing and to catalyze a student's independence - thinking for oneself. The program fosters an intensive making culture, advocating experimentation and iteration. The students' experience culminates in a forward-thinking-global perspective, a capacity for both collaboration and teaching one another, and a sensibility toward ut prosim, the University's pledge for service.
A Student Perspective on the ID Program | Richard Parks
Richie Parks (VTID '16) graduated in December of 2016. Here he talks about what he likes about ID, about working and learning in the ID Program, and about the friends he made in the program. After graduation Richie took a job at Fisher-Price, where he had interned a year earlier, to work on children's products. Watch the video here.