The Vignelli Center for Design Studies, has recently added Areaware’s donation to the Product Time Capsule Collection. Areaware’s donation to this collection has already been used by students as a research and reference tool for Metaproject 03, an industrial design course with an industry partnership placing student output into a global venue.
Industrial Design professor and Metaproject creator Josh Owen states “The donation of these wooden toys to the joint VC/ID Product Timecapsule initiative benchmarks excellence in product design for our students to study in a hands-on way. Experiential learning is tightly intertwined with the language of items like these which fall in direct lineage of the Bauhaus and Modernist thought. We are delighted to have contemporary examples of good design like these for the students to learn from as they develop their own, related research projects.”
Product Timecapsule is a Vignelli Center for Design Studies Archives initiative organized in cooperation with the RIT Industrial Design program. This initiative collects significant artifacts which, in conjunction with the final products they represent, create a multifaceted understanding of the design process. Each acquisition tells a rich story of its place in the history of design.
At RIT, we believe that industrial design education lies at the nexus of theory, process and practice. Industrial design is a human-centered discipline which requires an understanding of the complex relationships between culture and commerce. Our varied and experienced faculty expose our students to the history, context and state of the art while imparting the skills necessary to compete as contemporary designers.
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