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Our Master of Design (MDes), in Industrial Design, programme aims at broadening students’ worldviews, and deepening their understanding of their role as designers, through studio classes, seminars, lectures and workshops, and visits.
“MDes Student Design Projects are not just formal and aesthetically pleasing propositions. They are also deep explorations that examine the complex interplay of natural and artificial elements within society and global culture.
“As part of the final stage of the program, each MDes student will explore a topic in which they will contextualise, formulate a position, and develop tangible designerly answers.
“This process is a comprehensive engagement that adopts a whole-person approach, encouraging students to combine theory with practice.”
Toffee, by Nahid Shirzadkhan
“Can design promote moral consideration for all beings?” Shirzadkhan, a multi-species ethnographer, has created a system of education that focuses on safe interactions between children and dogs.
“Toffee teaches pet care through multisensory, reward-based play. This project aims to reduce the number of abandoned pets and dog bites in America. Each year, millions of Americans are affected by dog attacks.
Student: Nahid Shirzadkhan
Sabrina Wen, “Nurturing Your Voice”
“Around two hundred thousand children are in foster care with up to half of them experiencing unstable placements.
“Relocations may have a profound impact on their mental health, resulting in significant mental issues and difficulties forming healthy attachments.
“But can design help? Wen’s research explores how a object-based activity could facilitate positive, meaningful relationships between children and caregivers when they are in a short foster home stay.”
Student: Sabrina Wen
Umair Yusufi, Absence Effect
“Is there a way to create patterns and illusions in our homes that promote health, happiness and a better quality of life?
Many people are embracing small-space living in order to simplify their lifestyle and reduce consumption.
“Although this may promote sustainability, it can also affect emotional and psychological well-being of residents.” Absence Effect has responded to this challenge with a reimagining of the geometry in interior corners.
Student: Umair Yusuf
In Plain Sight, by Yiran Han
“People who work at home can be affected by their living environment. But not always in a good way.
Some people are less productive and have longer workdays.
“Job-oriented material and office equipment can clutter your living space. And there are fewer obvious shifts in the psychological landscape that demarcate home and work life.
“On the other hand, having a dedicated work space at home could help people focus their attention on their work.
“On one hand, the constant presence of a workstation could take away from the feeling of relaxation that we expect in our most private spaces.
What if you could hide a workspace in plain view?
Student: Yiran Han
Vital Objects by Steven Krejcik
“In today’s context of rapidly advancing technologies, we often fail to recognize the inherent knowledge, tangible value, and emotional resonance present within the material artifacts around us.
“Vital Objects” suggests amplifying our relationship with these objects.
“Is it feasible to cultivate a level of awareness that encourages a greater appreciation for reciprocal relationships between humans and non-humans?
“How can we create a tangible sense of significance and depth in our works?”
Student: Steven Krejcik
“Bicycles are a popular way to get around in cities, but their use can be limited by the lack of infrastructure, the terrain, and the vast area.
“Electric bicycles are a great way to overcome these challenges.
New Old Bike proposes an upgrade of existing bicycles that will serve this market, without sacrificing environmental commitments.
The approach is based on simple mechanics and a culture that encourages repair by local bike shops. It leverages established design standard to allow for long-term, incremental improvements that aim to sustain value.
Student: Noah Wangerin
This school show was created as a result of a collaboration between Dezeen Chicago and the University of Illinois Chicago. Learn more about Dezeen’s partnership content Here is a link to the article.