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 workshop 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. In particular, the levers will be analyzed in one exercise lasting four-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, assembly 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;
- 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.