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Product Design

Course Details

Online, Jan 6 - Feb 17 | ONLINE
ages 18+ | Online | 2020/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: Product Development + Manufacturing: Introduction or combination of basic skills (manual or digital), Photoshop, digital camera and hand rendering.


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jan 7 - Feb 11 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/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 11 - Feb 8 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2020/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.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Chloe Wessner (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 11 - Feb 8 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-TEEN-1742
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Are you a sneaker head? An avid collector with the need to go further and learn to create your own customized shoes? Or maybe you are not over-the-top obsessed, but simply interested in the fashion industry and digital design. This workshop is ideal for both types of teen creatives. You'll begin with an introduction to the industry standard drawing program Adobe Illustrator. As you become comfortable with the technology, technique comes into play as you learn from an experienced athletic shoe designer exactly how it's done. You'll leave with a portfolio of original custom sneaker designs, ready to share as digital files.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jan 14 - 28 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-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

Saturdays, Jan 11 - Feb 8 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | Westerly | 2020/CW-TEEN-1736-02
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.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Barry Morang (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Jan 9 - 30 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-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

Online, Jan 6 - Feb 17 | ONLINE
ages 18+ | Online | 2020/CW-PDM-4119
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

An understanding of the story of design and familiarity with important design movements and designers provides a rich foundation for creative, innovative work. This course surveys the ideas, events, manufacturers, design-related companies and individuals that determined the design of objects across cultures and societies. This course also explores the innovations in technology and material use, the development of sales, marketing, and user-focused design, and the history of the design process. Students examine social, political and cultural contexts that shape product design, and explore the history of industrial design in a way that expands 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, students can better identify their own interests and concerns, and avoid repeating mistakes navigated in the past.

Course format: 6 online lectures with readings and a once-weekly online discussion of the material. Students will watch the lecture, do the readings, and then join the online discussions on the following dates and times: Thursdays, January 9-February 13, 7-9 pm.

Applies to: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Rebecca Leuchak (Bio)
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