Last week was our fall semester 2018 project presentations. It went -of course- really well but it was somehow special as Prof Matt Rhoades was taking the helm for the first time over our founder Hartmut Esslinger.
Based on Hartmut’s thoughts, the whole semester followed a simple logic: from analog to digital.
Freshmen and sophomore students focused on analog-driven projects while junior and senior students were asked to take advantage of digital tools to design.
In simpler terms, we aim to established strong foundation of model-making and sketching skills during the first 2 years of design education, introducing bit-by-bit digital tools to enhance design possibilities.
Freshmen went through laborious training on model making; from water bottle, to French press and boat hull design, they polished their skills and were able to finish the semester with superb hair dryer concepts and models.
Sophomore started with 3d printing course to better understand what is now possible. We let them work on interlocking cubes, ball-and-socket as well as wheel and snow goggle. They finish their semester with a surprising complex task: design a stapler for a specific brand.
Junior and Senior students started the semester with a strong emphasis on CMF with a great workshop lead by Michael Mathe, followed by a design mash-up between Leica X2 camera and a brand of their choice. Results were amazing.
To finish on a lighter tone, junior students worked on a toy design task. Again, amazing results with really well thought and executed concept proposals.
Seniors kicked-off their graduation project, so stay tune for their final work next semester.