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Product Design

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Thursdays, Sep 14 - Dec 7 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PDM-2516 ( Class is almost Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | 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

Saturdays, Sep 16 - Oct 21 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-TEEN-3726
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320


Description

How easy is it to design and build your own original action figures and game pieces? In this introduction to 3D modeling, you'll answer these questions as you explore the prototyping process and STEM to STEAM learning in the areas of anatomy, computer science and spatial dynamics. You begin by brainstorming your concept in a sketchbook, and quickly move to the computer where you learn to navigate the powerful 3D modeling software ZBrush. As you become proficient, you'll build and optimize custom toy parts and figures, resulting in dependable 3D models that have the possibility of commercial rapid printing -- a record of your ability as a budding toy designer.

Applies to: AT, Y3, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Eric Kilkenny (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Sep 11 - Dec 4 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-DFOU-2532 ( Class is almost Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | 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 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

Monday + Tuesday, Aug 28 - 29 | 10am-6pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-APP-0883 ( Class is Full )
2 sessions | 16 contact hours | tuition $295


Description

Today's global supply chain makes it nearly impossible for consumers to know about the labor and materials used to make a pair of sneakers. But what if there were a way for you to create a pair of high-end footwear, from start to finish -- all by yourself, and without the use of glue or machinery? You'll learn how in this workshop, facilitated by Kathleen Grevers, senior critic, RISD Apparel Design, and Roderick Pieters, the Netherlands-based founder of SneakerKit. In the process, you'll learn how the worlds of apparel design and industrial design are integrated.

On the first day, you'll learn the sketch and design process, start to design while experimenting on the sole, participate in one-on-one and group review of classmates' designs in a modified version of RISD's critique format, and finish your design. On the second day, you'll actually make your custom sneakers.

Choosing from a number of basic patterns, you will learn how to cut to size, punch, and manually stitch uppers to the sole, and then personalize them. You'll emerge with a pair of unique and professional-looking sneakers -- and you'll know what materials to buy locally to make additional pairs for yourself or as gifts!

Upon completion, you may be inspired to expand upon your leathermaking skill set, making bags, belts, wallets and more.

Note: The workshop fee includes all materials for one pair of sneakers; meals not included.


Instructor
  • Name: * Kathleen Grevers, Roderick Pieters, Eva Vermue (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 12 - Dec 5 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PDM-0375
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495


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

Fridays, Sep 29 - Dec 1 | 7-9pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-TEEN-1979
9 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $10


Description

3D modeling is quickly becoming an on-demand art form where you can download, modify and even print a lost key, tool or part. Teens have a STEM to STEAM experience as they learn to use the popular solid modeler SolidWorks in this product design course. Students begin with an introduction to the interface and the translation of a two-dimensional (flat) sketch which, when given dimensionality, leads to three-dimensional virtual form. Projects become more complex as students become more confident in their ability to use digital technology for product design and manufacture.

Applies to: AT, Y3, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Dana Chicca (Bio)
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