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Practical workshop skills, working with wood, metal, plastic, composites, etc., with an emphasis on building models and prototyping. Team-based open-ended product design and prototyping projects on nominated topics. Students will form teams and develop a set of product specifications, build prototypes, then evaluate the performance of the prototypes against the original specifications.
Being a second year semester two IPD course, students will be expected to be familiar with working in groups and the general design methodology process: creating a design brief, varied research methods, concept generation through to product development.The aim of this course is to concentrate on the aesthetical (shape) and practical (technical) implementation of design projects within the related topic. Design being the embodiment of applied art & engineering combined.Students will be encouraged to work in small groups in a studio style atmosphere, alternating between creative sessions, tutor guidance, peer reviews, presentations, design critiques and assessments.The first 5 weeks of the course will not only provide students with the ability to create redesigns of existing products, within a predefined design style/image and in context to design choices related to the production processes employed, but to also study ergonomics, analyse mechanisms and discover technical assembly solutions.The latter 10 weeks (7 + 2-midterm-lecture-break + 1-study-week) will be dedicated to the students developing their principal space saving design projects in the form of a product of their own choosing (within the course theme) as a culmination and putting into practice of their acquired experiences.
Students will be introduced into 3D modelling (Fusion 360) and image manipulation (Photoshop) and put their acquired skills into practice within the design, development and presentation of their principal design project.Students will be able to understand the historical context of product design evolution and recognise periodic styles and techniques.Students will be familiar with designing a product according to specific images, styles and corporate identities.Students will familiarise themselves with the basics of ergonomics and discover where comfort and ergonomics lie (folding chairs case study).Students will put into practise their knowledge of various production processes in the ideation of creative redesign solutions that are native to the processes used.Students will familiarise themselves with the basic types of folding techniques in chairs and recognise similarities and variations within their discovered and defined mechanics.Students will practice developing creative concepts, designs and technical solutions within various space saving themes.Students will develop numerous sketch and proof of concept models as part of the concept & product development process, culminating in full scale/scaled prototypes.Students will be introduced into the various levels and approaches of I.P. (Intellectual Property) and analyse some of the tools to be able to confidently reach out to potential clients and engage with them.
1) PROD101 and 2) either PROD211 orPROD212
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Barro De Gast
Lecturers are Barro de Gast and Dr. Bahareh Shahri
Computer Labs Term 3 (Fusion 360): 10%Computer Labs Term 4 (Photoshop): 10%Studio labs Weeks 2-5: 20%Research & concepts presentation of principal design project Week 7: 10%Final presentation of principal design project, Exam week (tba): 50%
Per Mollerup. Collapsibles, the genius of space-saving design. Thames & Hudson (2006). ISBN-10: 0500513015. ISBN-13: 978-0500513019
The prerequisite for this course is PROD213
Domestic fee $1,754.00
International fee $8,400.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Product Design on the department and colleges page.