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Product Design

Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 11 - Dec 4 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-PDM-2516
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $625 | lab fee $50


Description

Rhino is the industry standard of 3D modeling applications, both affordable and easy to learn. Its files can be exported into any program that supports surfaces or solids, or into CAD/CAM and other prototyping applications used by product designers, as well as those used for architectural and jewelry design and rendering, computer animation, filmmaking and web design. Realistic renderings are generated by outputting to programs such as Maya, Flash, Photoshop and other popular software. Work begins with a sketch, drawing or physical model and Rhino provides the tools to construct realistic models. Learning the communication language unique to this 3D modeling application allows students to fully realize their designs, as they produce the illusion of three dimensions in digital form. Note: Prior 3D modeling experience is not required. This course is taught on a Windows platform.

Applies to: AN-E, IT-E, JM-R, PM-R

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques or equivalent experience


Instructor
  • Name: Topher Gent (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Sep 10 - Dec 3 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-DFOU-2532
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $625 | lab fee $50


Description

The most popular vector graphics editor, Adobe Illustrator is essential when creating unique images and graphics that require a high degree of precision and scalability -- allowing an artist control of images as small as a bottle cap or as large as a billboard. Since the workflow is vector based, curves do not pixelate as they do in other graphics applications. In this course, you'll create illustrations and freeform sketches as you explore how this program makes it possible to acquire, trace and alter scanned images. You'll "learn by making" with in-class exercises and projects completed as homework. We'll discuss saving and output options, connecting the learning to the larger world of illustration, print, product and interactive design.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, ID-E, IT-E, NS-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Anne-Marie Byrd (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 13 - Oct 4 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-PDM-0378
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $25


Description

The evolution of footwear design in the past decades has thrust this once-mundane object into the center of cultural relevance. This immersive course explores the construction of a variety of footwear, from performance footwear to high fashion, and includes assignments that challenge one's creative process to resolve design problems. The class covers a wide variety of design processes and practices, including manufacturing processes, drawing, and mockups, and uses some of the same ideation and presentation techniques used in today's footwear industry. Throughout the course, materials are discussed and examined to help understand the complexity of the product. Classroom discussions and critiques allow students to better understand their footwear ideas.

Applies to: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Joe Napurano (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 24 - Nov 7 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-PDM-0865
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $215


Description

What is design thinking and how can it be incorporated in our day-to-day situations? How can we expand our creativity by introducing different directions into our thought process? In this course, we visit brainstorming techniques through role-play exercises in a team environment and learn how to gather meaningful data through a variety of simulations and activities. We also increase our dexterity by navigating the two- and three-dimensional worlds, with the creation of a variety of scale and full-size prototypes and presentation boards. We explore how to sketch quickly and effectively by analyzing different techniques, and learn the value of working on a team project and working through feedback. The course culminates with a presentation of research techniques, thinking processes and final outcomes.

Applies to: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Nov 3 - Dec 8 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-TEEN-0894
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Illustrating design solutions for manufactured goods is most easily done digitally using the Adobe CC suite. In this course students learn the Photoshop (Ps) and Illustrator (Ai) interface and workflow for effortless and convincing vector and raster graphics. Projects focus on the ideation, drawing and rendering of products that fall under the broad description of "industrial design." Students are introduced to the techniques, vocabulary and expectations of this field and exit with illustrations that demonstrate an awareness of shape, surface, reflectivity and materiality. These digital renderings are ideal for an art school admissions portfolio.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 11 - Dec 4 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-PDM-0375
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525


Description

Your ambitions for your product design idea must go beyond the satisfying, but limited, idea of the prototype. As you build on the human factors that inform all good design, your next step is to consider the scale, timeline and persistence of the underlying story you want to tell with your creation. This course is the laboratory where you can consider every step between you and the end user as you consider supply chains, resource management, and a future that could include frequent updates, innovation cycles and the inevitable product obsolescence. Vendor, publisher and distribution relationships are discussed and lectures in legal topics (trademark, copyright and patent filing and protection) are presented.

Applies to: PM-R

Prerequisite: Product Development l: Human Factor


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Thursday, Oct 4 | 7-8:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-PDM-0869
1 session | 1.5 contact hours | tuition $60


Description

Today's designers work within an extremely fluid manufacturing landscape, which is global in scale. Rapidly changing consumer behavior and urgent demand for new innovations are contrasted with the need for supply chain transparency, as well as moving products to market as quickly as possible. Knowledge of manufacturing processes and adaptability are key to a designer's ability to maintain control of projects. In this session, the tools for effectively mapping constraints along the path to responsible, scalable and quotable prototypes will be the primary focus. In addition, goal setting as a function of research and collaboration will be discussed as an alternative to concept-driven design. We will also look at the benefits that knowledge of manufacturing processes has on the initial product concept, and how that impacts further development and then final production.

Applies to: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Janel Twogood (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 10 - 24 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-PDM-0861
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $215


Description

Great storytelling, like great design, brings ideas to life. Whether the need is to gather crucial support for implementing a solution, raise enthusiasm, or convey the outcomes an idea seeks to achieve, the art of storytelling provides a strong foundation for setting the stage for success. In this course students will learn how to build a narrative arc, identify their key audience, choose a core message, and craft a compelling call-to-action. Furthermore, students are encouraged to experiment with a variety of media, such as video, illustration and audio. By the end of this course students will have gained the knowledge and tools to clarify, inspire and guide others throughout the design process.

Applies to: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Isabelle Yisak (Bio)
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