2016 IDSA Student Merit Award
Graduating Senior Christopher Crowley was selected as the 2016 VTID Student Merit Award Winner. From his portfolio, the ONLY Paintbrush, 1st Place winner of the 2016 International Housewares Student Design Competition. See more of Chris' work 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.
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 Ã¢ÂÂa water-saving public restroom faucet installation.Ã¢ÂÂ
Chelsey Pon, Nellie Talbot, Lane Stith and Peter Yoo won the 2015 AÃ¢ÂÂDesign Award, from Como, Italy, in the Differently Abled and SeniorsÃ¢ÂÂ 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.
Welcome Anders Jensen, Visiting Professor.
For more than 17 years Jensen was David LewisÃ¢ÂÂ closest collaborator in TV design for Bang & Olufsen. In 2009 Anders became Design Master for Samsung Electronics Ltd. in South Korea, conducting projects in research, product development and tutoring Samsung internal design members. Jensen holds degrees in Architecture and Industrial Design and is a member of the Danish Association of Industrial Designers.
Kennedy & Sharma
Professors Brook Kennedy and Akshay Sharma were two of the featured speakers at TEDx Virginia Tech 2014.
The title of Brook's topic was "Undark and the Firefly" and Akshay's title was "Designing Empowerment."
Left: Professor Brook Kennedy speaking about "Undark and the Firefly."
Right: Professor Akshay Sharma speaking about "Designing Empowerment."
Six VT ID students (seen here with their Design House Chicago advisors) were the first group of ID students to spend the semester in the School of Architecture + DesignÃ¢ÂÂs Chicago Studio. The students had desks at Teams Design and worked with the non-profit Design House Chicago.
Their project was focused on revitalizing Chicago manufacturing through design, and their first product, the REVEAL picture frame, is presently in the fundraising phase on Kickstarter.
See the Core77 article about this project.
Front L Ã¢ÂÂ R: Claire Butterfield, Morgan Matt, Stephanie Pekala, and Amanda Phung.
Rear L Ã¢ÂÂ R: Chris Kitchen and Caleb Rancourt, and Susan Page Estes, Paul Hatch and Pam Daniels of Design House Chicago.
Read more about ID@VT + CHICAGO on their blog.
Jeff Smith, Design Director at Reflex Design in Ft. Lauderdale, FL spent a day and a half sharing his abilities and techniques in "rapid and diverse concept development" with students in the Industrial Design program.
Jeff's visit was sponsored by Eastman Chemical Co. in Kingsport, TN. Thanks to both Eastman and Jeff for this valuable opportunity.
The sophomore team Ã¢ÂÂ Katherine Simmons, Kyle Stewart, Brad Regruto, & Stephen Shickel Ã¢ÂÂ won the 2014 UX Best Student Award for their project, Zone Smartwatch + App. The Zone utilizes wireless technology to improve the lives of parents and children with mild autism.
VTID Wins "Best Student UX" Award 2014
Read more : Submission Video
CAUS 50th Anniversary
Seven ID graduates, alumni from 2005 to 2011, returned for the CAUS 50th Anniversary Celebration and spoke to the students on a range of topics, from DIY, to the importance of UX Design, to the use of Robotics in industrial design today.
Read more : Alumni Speakers
Seen here, left to right: Stefani Bachetti, Katie Rustin, Christine Manfredo, Jessie Storey and Lee Powell.
Not shown: Kelly Harrigan and Nathan King.
Core77 Design Award
Student team Brian Pughe and Conor Brown wins Core77 "Student Runner-up" award for their work Dynamik Standing Desk in Furniture and Lighting.
VTID Students Wins Core77 "Student Runner-up" Award 2014
Starting at 1PM Sunday, April 27, and finishing up at 1PM Monday, April 28, ID students sketched on a large roll of paper to raise money for local charities. The final "page" was 4' tall by about 20' long.
"Sketch24" Raises Money for Charity
McManus | Kiva Talk
Mickey McManus, Chairman & Principal at MAYA Design in Pittsburgh, was at Virginia Tech to present the ArtsFusion lecture at Institute for Creativity Arts and Technology. He met with ID students during two separate sessions that day: one to discuss the ways and whys of the Kiva, and the other to talk about MAYA's recent event at
VTID ranked #3 Nationally
For 2013, the Virginia Tech undergraduate Industrial Design Program has been ranked #3 nationally in the annual survey of design education in the United States published by DesignIntelligence, which assesses the best schools for preparing students for success in the profession.
Huffstetler & frog
Alumni Quinn Huffstetler writes a blog post for frog's design mind publication. The blog covers the experience of how it felt to witness his first design project with frog hit market and see it showcased in the Apple store.
Making It Real.
VTID Students Win Big
Sophomore Team takes Silver Prize for the Best Accessibility Innovation in the 2013 UX Awards, for their project, Activ. In 2012 and 2013, a senior from VTID has won the IDSA Southern District Conference Merit Award. Field Craddock won this year at the Raleigh venue, and Reid Schlegel won in 2012 in Atlanta. Out of 30 teams from around the world, Team Eon was selected as one of the top 6 finalists in the Global Student Challenge competition, as of June 24, 2013.ÃÂ See team blog.
SeniorsÃÂ Feild Craddock, Kathryn Suttle, Joe Vidmar and Daniel Colby will travel to Hong Kong this June to pitch their business plan for EON, aÃÂ line of dental care products aimed at the elderly and
individuals with limited physical dexterity. They will stay for a week and compete on a global stage with teams from a wide range of disciplines from around the world.
See list of finalists.
New Graduate Certificate Program in Critical Design Thinking is offered to working professionals, beginning fall 2013.
Biomimicry & More
Prof. Kennedy will teach his second year of Biomimicry in Spring 2014. In Fall 2013 Prof. Ron Kemnitzer will be leading a new interdisciplinary modular studio, partnering with alumni from RailPlan, to develop concepts for passenger rail entering Roanoke. Prof. Akshay Sharma will be leading a full studio on Design for the Bottom of the Pyramid (DeBOP).
Ayan Bhandari interviewed by Virginia Tech
Click here to see the interview.
Erik Klemm (BSID Ã¢ÂÂ02) and Danny Lentz (BSID Ã¢ÂÂ07 ), designers at Giant Bicycles, recently presented a lecture titled Ã¢ÂÂDesigning the Cycling ExperienceÃ¢ÂÂ at the Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery at California State University, Long Beach.
Aubrey Altman (BSID Ã¢ÂÂ01) is a senior art director for ARCHITECT Magazine.
See it Here
Kyle McCrory (BSID Ã¢ÂÂ11) was featured in the Oct. 15, 2012 issue of Time Magazine.
See it here
Associate Professor Brook Kennedy was Project Manager on the IDEA Gold Award winning OXO Tot Seedling Youth Booster Seat, by Smart Design.
Greg Mitchell, VTID graduate 2012 and 2011, won the 2012 William Preston Society Master's Thesis Award in the category of Innovative Application of Technology in a Master's Thesis. One of the reviewers wrote, Ã¢ÂÂThe thesis is a critical issue of our time, reconnecting science and art, despite the restructuring of many universities across the nationÃ¢ÂÂ¦.The conclusions are profound and will have immediate impact on education and discovery.Ã¢ÂÂ Click here to visit Mitchell's thesis website: http://www.developedidea.com.
Larry Fenske is appointed Professor of Practice after two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Larry co-founded Bjorksten | bit 7, in the Midwest and has been awarded multiple U.S. and International patents, and has received national and international design awards.
Filling a new position, Brook Kennedy joins the VTID faculty this fall. He has a been a lead designer for Smart Design, and a key designer for OXO products winning multiple IDEA Awards, including a 2011 Silver for the OXO Tot Sprout Chair.
Students receive IDEA Awards
Cusack takes ACC Title
Jason Cusack, Industrial Design senior, won Virginia Tech's first ACC title in the 3000 meter Steeplechase in 8:55.36. The steeple is his primary outdoor event.
The second year studio inaugural inFORM exhibition is installed in Cowgill Hall Lobby.
Charles "Chuck" Harrison is a designer, educator and speaker specializing in industrial design across multiple consumer products areas. The primary portion of his career was spent working for Sears Roebuck & Company, beginning as a freelancer, then as a staff designer and later as the head of the companyÃ¢ÂÂs design department. A prolific designer, HarrisonÃ¢ÂÂs work touched almost every area of household products from cribs to tractors and everything in between...
Eastman Innovation Lab
Ã¢ÂÂWe had no idea about shoes, the construction of shoes, how to design a shoe,Ã¢ÂÂ says James Connors. Ã¢ÂÂNone of us had ever designed a shoe before.Ã¢ÂÂ