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.
Autodesk Fusion 360
ID student Cole Smith won the Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge, Autodesk Fusion 360 for the Finite Faucet, a concept for “a water-saving public restroom faucet installation.”
Chelsey Pon, Nellie Talbot, Lane Stith and Peter Yoo won the 2015 A’Design Award, from Como, Italy, in the Differently Abled and Seniors’ Assistance Design Competition for the NuWave, an assistive hearing device and mobile app that reduces the stigma associated with hearing loss, using bone conduction glasses.
On April 27th, 2015, a group of students from the School of Architecture + Design completed a 10 week module, titled Empty Bowls, with a highly successful fundraising event that supported Micah's Backpack. Empty Bowls is a national movement of artists who work to end hunger insecurities in their communities by making bowls and selling tickets for a soup event. In this course, students learn to make ceramic bowls by throwing, hand building, or slip casting- all of which help them to build skills in mold making and mass production. For this event, students and community members made a variety of soups, breads, and desserts for the guests of the event to enjoy. Upon arrival to the event, the guests get to pick a handmade bowl, and at the end of the evening they take home that empty bowl as a reminder of all who go hungry. 2015 was a record breaking year for the Empty Bowls module, the student group raised $2810 for Micah's Backpack, a local organization that provides a weekend's worth of food in backpacks and delivers them to children throughout our community every week. The students enjoyed they design skills they developed through the process, and felt a huge sense of accomplishment from positive impact they made in the community.
Last year IDS Junior Gabriella Jacobsen used her studio project - the redesign of the public restroom tampon dispenser - to win the 1000 Pitches Competition in the Health Category. She then took the project to the NuSpark Startup Class and after assembling at team of 5 students from around the university won the People's Choice Award in the VT KnowledgeWorks Competition. Gabriella has since been nominated for the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council Innovator Award and the Student Innovator & Entrepreneur of the Year by the Pamplin Business School, and the Apex Systems Center. Congratulations Gabriella!
Gabriella (center) with the other members of her KnowledgeWorks team.
Student Merit Award Winner
Jonathan Kim was selected as the IDSA Student Merit Award Winner for 2015 from Virginia Tech. Congratulations Jonathan!
Study Abroad in China
Twelve students and one faculty member, Martha Sullivan, traveled to China from March 7th to 21st, 2015. The group began their journey in Shanghai, and traveled on to Xitang, Hangzhou, Jingdezhen, Nanjing, and Suzhou. The students ranged from first year to fourth year in Industrial Design. A highlight of the travel program was a visit to Shanghai Institute of Visual Art in the Songjiang District of Shanghai. While at the school, students from both universities presented group projects that focused on improving and sustaining family dynamics through design. Both sets of students were interested in the design process and outcomes used by all of the groups. Beyond the student projects, traveling to China allowed the students to be immersed in a radically different culture from their own, it was and exciting and rewarding experience for all.
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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. This intensive making culture, advocating experimentation and iteration, is part of a curricular foundation derived over 50 years, from our linkages to the legacy traditions of the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College and the Ulm School. 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.
IDSA STUDENT MERIT AWARD | Jonathan Kim
Graduating Senior Jonathan Kim was selected as this year's VTID Student Merit Award Winner. A page from the portfolio of work Jonathan submitted for this award. See more of Jonathan's portfolio here.