Education

Design education, workshops, lectures, and courses.

 

Your Design - Your Way, a Design Master Workshop 

As makers convincingly push on to become a cultural movement, they create a new breed of products that is free from traditional product design discipline, and the need to be perfect. These products are an authentic expression of the person or collaboration that created them, and with the practice of openness, successful products are quickly copied and modified. But to reach bigger audiences and have an impact on the way products come into the world, a maker has to consider the aesthetic qualities of hers or his creation, and the manner and content that is communicated through it. This workshop aims to elaborate authentic expression by introducing a design process based on storytelling. A guided storytelling design process sets a creative environment for generating ideas and concepts, understanding their potential, and developing them into objects that reflect your character and unique way of expression. The workshop is not about the technical or production aspects of fabrication, it is a learning experience where you, your qualities, skills, creativity and energy are the focus.

Your Design- Your Way Program

Open Design- Products in a Networked Culture.
An Industrial Design Education Program.

Open Design offers an alternative to traditional industrial design education. student create in an unbiased creative scenario, where ideas can be freely expressed, and production, in small or large numbers, is a key outcome of the design process. Moreover, openly sharing ideas, cooperating in problem solving and idea development among the course students, or by web communication with other students, regardless of geographic location, creates a sense of community, a social code of conduct that is similar in many ways to Open Source development practices, and "remix" and share mind sets within music, 2D design, video, photography and text content creators. Open Design is a "grass root" design approach aimed both at web publication and CNC production. It is a design challenge that calls for an integration of all its aspects;
functional, aesthetic, technical, material, production, and cultural, into an object that favors easy, quick and repeatable production. Students are rewarded with a functioning, full scale prototype, precisely manufactured to their design specifications. And since the design is native to the web, and is intended to be used by others, a new aspect of functionality is added: the usability of the design itself. This unique feature of Open Design highlights issues such as simplicity versus complexity, modification possibilities as a value, and technical and design transformation.

Semester course, workshop or lecture are available, all held in English.

Open Design Education Program