The School of Design shows that both in theory and practice, designers are focused on the immediate impacts of their work and how design engages and provokes in myriad ways, from sound and digital interaction and activism to the natural and built environment and our sense of identity. 

colorful lights on beneath the fabric swaths in the garment

Breathing_Interactive Fashion

Yang Pei, MFA Interior Design ‘21 and Yawen Zhang, MFA Interior Design ‘21

School of Design, Interior Design

With the globalization of the pandemic, social distancing has become a notable part of our lives. By designing this installation, we hope to maintain social distance during the pandemic, while also bringing back a sense of intimacy now and in a post-pandemic world.

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printed pamphlet

Extensions of the Human Body and Mind in Context of a Posthumanist Idea

Sibylle Hornung, MFA Communications Design ‘21

School of Design, Communications Design

The term “human” refers to humans—the species homo sapiens—but also what was formed in societies as an European ideal and social studies about Humanism.

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Teenage girls in portrait, surrounded by objects that mean something to their identities

Fashion and Identity: Representation, Self-Esteem, and the Muslim-American Narrative

Shireen Soliman

School of Design, Fashion Design

Seed Grant 2019-2020

Fashion, Identity and the Muslim-American Narrative is a design workshop series developed for and with Muslim-American female adolescents. The goal was to highlight the direct correlation between awareness, agency, and perception of dress and self-esteem established with ownership of one’s authentic narrative.

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lateral view of shoe design

FTW_AMPB

Chia-Yuan Ko, MID ‘21

School of Design, Industrial Design

“AMPB” is the abbreviation for Amphibians.

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students on a suburban, neighborhood street as they survey houses

Good Neighbors II

Karen Kubey

School of Design, Interior Design

Seed Grant 2019-2020

Good Neighbors II is a comprehensive guide to affordable housing design in the U.S. and update to the seminal 1997 volume of the same title. The book and accompanying online resource will showcase exemplary affordable housing case studies from across the country and will revisit selected projects from the original publication. Good Neighbors II will address architects, developers, students, and communities considering affordable housing developments in their neighborhoods, and will examine the role of below-market housing in promoting health equity and economic, racial, and environmental justice.

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Collage of someone smelling a bottle with background of foliage images

Out of Thin Air

Jean Brennan

School of Design, Graduate Communications Design

Seed Grant 2019-2020

Our olfactory sense triggers memories—and by association, one might say that smell is linked to time in human perception. This experimental research is a sensory teaching tool to talk about the delicate complexity of our forests in a warming climate.

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image of text ““Post” in this context doesn’t denote an “after,” but a consequence of. It prompts a reflection on what happened, where we are because of, or in spite of an inherited (institutional) pedagogical situation that limits radical potentials, and where we go from here. “Post” in this sense is implicitly and acknowledgement of struggle”

Post-Radical Pedagogy

Nida Abdullah, Xinyi Li, and Chris Lee

School of Design, Undergraduate Communications Design

Post-Radical Pedagogy was convened as a space to explore, antagonize, challenge, and interrogate institutional values and legacies.

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Wooden mobile kitchen cart on casters with a tall pegboard, two induction burners, and a small oven. The cart is in a courtyard surrounded by brick walls. There are string lights and neon green outdoor cafe tables and chairs in the background.

Social Practice Kitchen

Amanda Huynh

School of Design, Industrial Design

Seed Grant 2019-2020

The Social Practice Kitchen was built during the Fall semester of 2020, after the campus re-opened for hybrid learning. Since its completion, it has been utilized by different studio courses, events, and research projects. These include: biomaterial experimentation, 3D printed pasta explorations, candy casting workshops, and BYOM(ug) events where the Kitchen welcomed all in-person School of Design community members on a number of mornings with baked goods and a selection of tea. In mid-April 2021, Social Practice Kitchen will be a part of the Foundations Expanded project, activating public sites on Myrtle Avenue.

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green coriander plant with working prototype in the planter

Sonic Bloom: What If Plants Could Talk to Us?

Anushritha Yernool Sunil, MID ‘22 and Archana Ravi, MS Information Experience Design ‘21

School of Design, Industrial Design

Sonic Bloom is a soundscape that helps plant owners understand the status of a plant’s health by creating an efficient monitoring system. Using the internet of things, the soundscape behaves as an interface stimulating a deep connection between the plants and their owners.

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Screenshot of presentation including clickable text from left to right: “What is Generative Music?”, “Generative Social Systems,” “Precedents,” “Research Proposal,” and “Works Cited.”

Soundspace: The Space of Sound + The Sound of Space

Jon Otis

School of Design, Interior Design

This research explores an innovative approach to investigate the relationship between space and sound. By observing site conditions, the environment, and culture, researchers will endeavor to investigate new spatial forms of expression and experience.

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An image depicting the spectrum of activism with different kinds of engagements from art and design

Tactic as Art: Everyday Digital Resistance

Xinyi Li

School of Design, Undergraduate Communications Design

This project uses cases from the early days of the pandemic to frame the concept of everyday digital resistance, unpacking the factors that contributed to the domination of this type of resistance.

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Dragonfly on a plant compared to the Wing Guard device

The Wing Guard: An Insect Repelling Device for Temporary Food Services

Ellen Zhengyi Ren, BID ‘21

School of Design, Industrial Design

The Wing Guard is a biomimicry insect repelling device that mimics the visuals, sounds, and motions of the dragonfly to stop flies from landing on food items. It aims to combat the hygiene problem of places that rely on temporary food service establishments, such as wet markets and open-air farmer’s stalls.

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