Artwork faculty grads use tech to deal with massive points

Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute is perhaps well-known for its engineering and humanities programs, however for college kids in its industrial design program, it is about extra than simply making one thing fairly and incomes a level. The ethos of the curriculum consists of “making an attempt to clear up issues of poverty, starvation, power, well being, and different troubling problems with the deprived world inhabitants by design.” Certainly, that philosophy was on full show at this yr’s graduate scholar showcase.

Gallery: Pratt graduate showcase | 10 Pictures

The assistant chairperson of commercial design at Pratt, Scott A. Lundberg, advised me that whereas the primary yr within the Pratt program is concerning the instructors telling the scholars what was necessary when it comes to course of and expertise, the third yr is the place the scholars get to point out what’s necessary to them. The tasks on show definitely spanned quite a lot of pursuits and considerations, from eco-pleasant packaging for meals carts to a modular kitchen for wheelchair-sure cooks. And, whereas some thesis designs have been a bit whimsical and outlandish — like a gown with constructed-in followers to chill down ladies affected by scorching flashes — others took extra subdued approaches to fixing points. Take a look at our gallery to see a couple of of the tasks trying to deal with well being and transportation points by way of considerate industrial design.

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