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Product Design

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Saturdays, Jan 19 - Feb 16 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-TEEN-0565
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $20


Description

Surviving hostile environments is what humans do best, and there is no less hospitable environment than deep space or deep water. This course takes a look at the physical realities of these similar environs where atmosphere (or lack of), gravity, pressure and physical and chemical hazards inform the design solution. You'll consider material science, budget and current technology as you conceptualize and create a scale model containment suit prototype. Noteworthy designers like Ron Cobb and Syd Mead provide the inspiration for armor designs meant to protect explorers in the most extreme locations on or off this planet.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Jason Robert LeClair (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jan 9 - Feb 13 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PDM-0379
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

Contextual research is the study of people in their natural environments in order to better understand their needs, which then informs product development decision-making and activities. As the basis for a robust user-centered design process, students are introduced to various methods of contextual research including interview techniques, observation methodologies and interpretation of findings. Students learn through short lectures and hands-on projects how to conduct relevant and useful research. In the end, students will recognize the importance of research in the product design process and will have the confidence and knowledge to run their own research projects in the future.

Applies to: IT-E, PM-R

Prerequisite: Product Development + Manufacturing: Introduction


Instructor
  • Name: Isabelle Yisak (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Jan 7 - Feb 18 | ONLINE
ages 18+ | Online | 2019/CW-PDM-0192
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425


Description

This online course incorporates a variety of media, substrates and techniques, providing students with the confidence to render and draw effectively. As each rendering technique is introduced, students apply their newly acquired skills to class exercises, critiques and weekly assignments that advance in complexity. The work ranges from quick ideation sketches and rapid visualization to the creation of fully rendered images with markers, pencils and pastels, incorporating orthographic views, varied materials and surface textures, light sources, and dimensionality. The course provides a foundation for any designer who wishes to improve their projects by enhanced rendering and sketching and communicating better visually with clients, vendors and other designers. Note: This course satisfies the Drawing + Rendering for Product Development (course 0383) requirement for students enrolled in the Product Development + Manufacturing certificate program.


REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIC TO THIS COURSE:


Design Skills:

  • Basic drawing competency, either manual or digital
  • Basic ability to render by hand


Technical requirements:

  • Access to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection
  • Access to a scanner
  • Access to image editing software such as Pixlr, Sumo Paint, GIMP (free), Photoshop, Corel Paintshop, Affinity Photo, etc.
  • Access to a 3 megapixel or better digital camera (many smartphones now have at least a 5 megapixel camera)


Computer Skills:

  • How to scan using Photoshop
  • How to retouch images using Photoshop or other image editing software
  • How to tile work if it needs to be scanned in sections
  • How to photograph work with a digital camera
  • Students must scan their work before the class meets online, so that they can share their work with other students for critique. This requires access to a computer with Photoshop (or similar software) installed and a scanner, so students can digitize and then retouch their work.


Applies to: IT-E, PM-R

Prerequisites: Basic skills in drawing (manual or digital), Photoshop, digital camera and hand rendering.


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jan 19 - 20 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PDM-0388
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

Discover the essential industrial design tool SolidWorks 2016, used by engineers and designers worldwide. As a solid modeler utilizing a parametric system to define and describe key elements, SolidWorks has advantages in that important product attributes can be retained, with dimensions and relations informing the geometry. You'll learn the interface slowly, as you build a common project -- first as a 2D sketch and then by giving it dimension, relativity and, finally, virtual form. The workshop concludes with discussion of file types and output options to consider for further work with SolidWorks. No previous 3D experience needed!

Applies to: AN-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Dana Chicca (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 12 - Feb 9 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-CHILD-0530
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Robot: The word conjures up so many amazing images from movies, cartoons, comic books, games and toys. Young artists excite their imaginations with visions of drones, cyborgs and androids as they explore the history and possibilities of robots, as well as their place in science fiction and scientific fact. Students will create movie posters and comic book illustrations, build model robots, and they'll also explore the very real and beneficial side of robotics by building mechanical hands and other machines.


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Feb 9 - 23 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-CHILD-0572
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $175 | lab fee $15


Description

Living on the moon? Earth's lunar cousin might seem an unlikely place for human visitors, but anything is possible. This course challenges young builders to imagine a settlement on the moon, making it a scale model reality as they consider the obstacles of differences in gravity, atmosphere, light and moisture. Their instructor identifies the design problem as students work together to create engineering solutions that are practical, whimsical and fantastic.


Instructor
  • Name: Simon Allen (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jan 8 - Feb 12 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PDM-0381
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

Product design shapes the world around us, and has the power to build meaningful user experiences. From your shoes to your phone, every aspect has been thoughtfully considered and created by a product designer. In this course, you are introduced to the design process and skills used within the profession. Through a series of projects and demonstrations, you learn how to bring concepts to life through research, concept generation, refinement and prototyping. Hard skills such as drawing techniques and basic scale model making are also addressed, and you leave the course with the beginning of a product design portfolio.

Applies to: IT-E, PM-R


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 12 - Feb 9 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-TEEN-1736
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $15


Description

Product design is all around us. From your sunglasses to your mobile device, everything you touch began as a bright idea, was realized as a drawing and then given manufactured reality. In this course, you'll be introduced to the design process and the skills needed to become a product designer. Through a series of exercises and demonstrations, you'll discover how to bring concepts to life through research, concept generation, refinement and drawing. By the end of the course, you'll have a better grasp of this all-important career choice that is the ideal representation of STEAM learning.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Chloe Wessner (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Jan 10 - Feb 14 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PDM-0384
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

History is powerful; a basic understanding of design's history and familiarity with important design movements and designers provides a rich foundation for creative, innovative work. This course comprehensively surveys the ideas, events, manufacturers, design-related companies and individuals that determined the design of objects across cultures and societies, plus innovations in technology and material use, the development of sales, marketing, and user-focused designing, and the history of the design process. Students examine social, political, and cultural contexts that shape product design. We present the history of industrial design in a way that expands students' visual vocabulary and links precedent to today's studio work. The lectures chronologically review the industrial design profession and its antecedents. By examining the work of key designers past and present, we can better identify our own interests and concerns, and avoid repeating mistakes navigated in the past.

Applies to: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Rebecca Leuchak (Bio)
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