The Design Studio will deal with the development of innovative products, focusing on two aspects:
• levers – available for designers - to achieve innovation (form, mode of use and technology)
• methodologies and tools for project documentation and management.
The aim of the deisgn studio is that students learn from one hand to recognize and use the three levers for the development of their project and, on the other hand, to prove and submit their design intentions unambiguously, using technical drawings (ensemble and details) and three-dimensional models.
To achieve this, the first part of the Design Studio will provide the necessary basic skills.The teachers will give the students a number of cultural tools useful to develop good design solutions. The design studio will divide the activities in three exercises aimed at:
- generating the form of the product;
- acquiring cultural tools for reasoning on the issue of how to use the product
- simulating a design product development
In particular, the levers will be analyzed separately in exercises lasting two-weeks. As for the technical documentation of the project, there will be a series of lectures and practical exercises in which students will be asked to do freehand drawings and computer models.
In the second part of the Design Studio students will practice those skills through an full design exercise. The aim of the exercise will be to redesign a medium-complexity product.
The output will be the final design of the product, documented by technical drawings and CAD models, ensemble and details.
As part of the Design Studio, students should:
- develop skills to tackle the expressive features of product, within a feasible range and with emphasis on the production phase that is considered the creative-act execution;
- develop skills to describe the project in three-dimensional representation that can "configure" the product and "validate" the mass-production manufacturing of it;
- apply a design method that starts from an highly creative assumption and takes into account the technique and production as a means of enhancing the expressive value of the product.
Students will work in group. Teachers will provide all the information on the contents during the theoretical lectures and project reviews.