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Product Design

Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 25 - May 19 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/14
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PDM-0374
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525


Description

Not only does product design shape the world around us, but it also shapes our personal experiences. Consider the relationship you have with your mobile device, toothbrush or television remote. The best ones are safe, easier and more enjoyable to use, and serve the needs of people of all types. Students further their commitment to product design and the skills used within that profession. Building on skills in research, concept generation, drawing and prototyping, they add a more thoughtful examination of the feedback loop that makes the end user (consumer) an essential part of the process. Lecture topics in ergonomics, kinesiology and biomechanics are presented as students complete four projects that add breadth to their product design portfolio.

Applies to: PM-R

Prerequisites: Product Development + Manufacturing: Introduction and Drawing + Rendering for Product Development or Drawing + Rendering for Product Design (online version)


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Apr 7 - May 19 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/14
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PDM-2889
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $5


Description

What goes into making a great handbag design? Even better, what turns a set of bags into a compelling, marketable collection with a refreshing point of view and the potential to make a profitable and sustainable business? In this course we'll cover each aspect in the product-to-market cycle of handbag development. Beginning with a vision and target market, you'll learn the basics of materials, components, construction methods, sourcing options, and pricing, and get advice on how to create partner relationships and how to communicate with sample makers and producers. We’ll also cover topics like quality control, production issues, the pleasures and perils of importing, and market options (custom-made, online, wholesale and/or retail). You’ll bring your own collection ideas, which we'll develop and discuss in class, and walk through the process from ideation to market, evaluating creative concepts in harmony with production and market necessities. Get a first-hand look at the important aspects of creating a viable handbag collection and the practical foundation necessary to bring it to market.

Applies to: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Linda Pritcher (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Feb 27 - May 21 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PDM-0376
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525


Description

Students produce a final project for current and forthcoming markets in a course where they demonstrate fundamental knowledge of, and proficiency in, all aspects of product development through manufacturing. They employ empathic communication and other design thinking concepts to illustrate the critical and creative abilities gained. Their projects exhibit understanding of and choices made at each stage of the design process, including challenges faced and how they were addressed, as well as sociocultural, historical and current industry references. Business practices and methods for presenting design solutions are also taught for those who are about to begin, or have already commenced, a career in product development. Certificate students: Your instructor will schedule a final portfolio review date, independent of the scheduled class dates.

Special Schedule: Class meets over the course of the 12-week term, with meetings established by the instructor at the beginning of the term. Students also work independently between class meetings.

Applies to: PM-R

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all previous courses in the Product Development + Manufacturing certificate program


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Feb 27 - May 21 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-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 Mac platform.

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

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques or equivalent experience


Instructor
  • Name: Toni Shannon (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 25 - Mar 10 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PRAC-2882
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $215 | lab fee $5


Description

The human mind has a built-in design for success: a brilliant system operating behind the scenes. Understanding the powerful simplicity of its design helps unlock the source for insightful solutions to power your design business creation. When you grasp how something works, you can more effectively utilize it, whether it's design tools, your computer, your body or your elegantly-designed mind. In this course, you'll learn how to leverage the power inherent in the design of the mind to create and innovate more effectively with less resistance and stress. We’ll answer the questions "What are the implications of a paradigm shift in understanding the human design?" and "How can we apply those implications to achieve professional success?” You'll realize the power and mechanism of insight and how you can tap this ability and its implications to solve your own design and business problems and work at a new level of innovation with solution-oriented thinking.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Linda Pritcher (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Feb 26 - Mar 18 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PDM-4117
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Effective business storytelling begins with enabling others to visualize your concepts, of which drawing is one part. However, you need not be an artist to tap into this component of visual thinking. Become more effective at communicating your thoughts externally through comprehension and practice of the simple sketching frameworks (explanatory and notational) that leverage color, symbols and other fundamental marks and forms. In this hands-on session, you'll explore visual storytelling techniques, participate in collaborative exercises, and practice symbolic sketching in order to better convey concepts to any audience. The systems learned in class will improve how you convey design concepts (on paper, whiteboards or electronically) and help you to engage audiences, elicit more contributions and speed prototyping, as well as summarize ideas and come to consensus.

Applies to: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Mar 14 | 9am-3pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PDM-3253
1 session | 6 contact hours | tuition $145


Description

Discover the rare art of Taiwanese pith flower-making, using paper veneer made from the Tetrapanax papyrifer plant. This thin, bone-white paper retains great strength and flexibility when damp, can be folded into virtually any shape, and absorbs watercolors that result in textural depth. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make realistic, colorful morning glories. You’ll start by studying the anatomy of the flower, and then go through the process of dyeing, cutting and manipulating pith paper veneer into a beautiful morning glory. Once the flower’s construction is mastered, the focus will shift to study the composition, hierarchy and color balance in individual arrangements. The importance of Tetrapanax papyrifer and its contribution to Taiwanese history will be discussed throughout the session. Note: Bring a vessel of choice for your flower arrangement.

Applies to: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Irene Wei (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Apr 8 - May 20 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-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)
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