4.031
Design Studio: Objects and Interaction

Prerequisites: 
4.022
Enrollment: 
Limited to 15
Required of: 
BSAD (or 4.032); restricted elective for Design minor
Preference Given to: 
BSAD and Design minor

Overview of design as the giving of form, order, and interactivity to the objects that define our daily life. Follows the path from project to interactive product. Covers the overall design process, preparing students for work in a hands-on studio environment. Emphasizes design development and constraints.

Topics include the analysis of objects; interaction design and user experience; design methodologies, current dialogues in design; economies of scale vs. means; and the role of technology in design. Provides a foundation in prototyping skills such as carpentry, analog and digital fabrication, electronics, and coding.

For the Fall 2020, we will develop two functional objects — a lamp and a clock — that students will be able use in their daily lives. Students will be provided with a kit of basic materials and tools to accomplish their projects, which can be equally realized at home or on campus. 

These apparently simple objects will serve as a lens for learning about industrial design history, the design process, conceptual development, and critique. In addition, students will learn basic carpentry skills, folding as a fabrication technique, CAD, electronics, coding, etc which will help prepare them for industrial design work in a professional environment.