01 | Overview
02 | Projects
03 | Medal Winner
I’m a little sad I wasn’t able to do my usual deep dive through every single ID project on the floor in the limited time I had back in town. On top of only having 3 days out of my usual 5 spent browsing the exhibition, this time I was also distracted catching up with anyone I hadn’t seen for the last few months.
This second post is for the projects I actually ended up with photos of. With some questionable mental gymnastics, I can deduce these are probably also the ones that stood out to me the most, even though I wasn’t actively trying to curate what I was capturing from behind my camera. If your project isn’t below, it’s likely I didn’t end up taking many photos of it because I was already familiar with it, and it simply wasn’t as novel to me as some of the ones I was seeing for the first time. No hard feelings.
And with all that said, let’s get to it.
Vessell is a puffer jacket where each individual “puff” is actually a transparent pocket that the consumer can switch the insulation in and out of, to adapt to different temperatures and curb clothing consumption, while also cultivating a personal aesthetic. I think there’s a lot that can be said about the efficacy of the solution (just how many clothes will owning just this one eliminate), especially if you can only wear this for part of the year, but it does draw attention to a problem with fast fashion culture.
Recycling is a problem that’s near and dear to me since it angers me to no end to see people contaminate bins with items that don’t belong. I believe it’s a problem that requires large scale policy change for any meaningful impact, but Joyce Chang reduced the scope and scale of the issue by choosing to tackle this problem strictly in a university context. By creating a family of personified common waste items and matching cutouts placed above waste and recycling bins, her thesis trains and reinforces students to remember what belongs in which bin.
I really admire the premise of Briar’s project, which is predicated on the inevitability of climate change—rather than focus her thesis on something that tries and will ultimately fail to prevent it, she’s resolved to design for a world where a few degrees of global temperature increase is certain.
I had mixed feelings about this project before I left for Boston, mostly because of the way Lucas Bruketa presented some statements gleaned from his research into philosophy as “fact” in one of the critiques I attended (specifically regarding the mind/body split). I dislike conflating philosophy and the physical sciences, but aside from these personal hangups I enjoyed seeing where this project ended up.
Friedrich’s project approaches the recycling/waste problem within the confines of elementary schools, and aims to teach children by assigning points to different types of waste, gamifying the experience and creating competition between classes. The mouth swings open after dropping in a few tokens) and super cool to see in action.
Motus is basically what you would get if you looked at a Ruffles chip and thought it would make a nice mouse. Simon Su’s project adds an element of movement to something that would otherwise remains stationary in your hand by slowly rotating the part of the mouse where your index and middle finger rest to decrease repetitive strain injuries.