In Industrial Design 4 students work towards tangible design solutions while focusing on effecting social change and building an environmentally sustainable design practice. ID4 is the fourth in a series of six required design studios for ID majors and is taken the second semester of junior year. At this level students will be encouraged to develop their own concepts with a heightened awareness of the broader social impacts of their work. In addition they will be introduced to the tools, materials, methods and concepts that will help them build a sustainable design practice including life cycle analysis, "green" materials and technologies and recycling and upcycling processes. ID4 projects often become the key components in their portfolio as they prepare for their internships the following summer.


The course consists of two main projects. The first is a 4-week group assignment to evaluate a product in terms of sustainability using at least two, common sustainability frameworks. The second is a group design project of a new product solution with an emphasis on solving customer and societal needs sustainably across financial, natural, and human capital, as well as the systems that govern them.

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Design Communication 4 is typically taken the second year in the ID program (junior year). Students select a 3D modeling software for advanced techniques: Advanced Rhino and Grasshopper Intro or Advanced Solidworks. In addition students will learn advanced rendering techniques (Keyshot), basic animation and motion graphics (AfterEffects), as well as storytelling and video editing. Feedback on each student's design process and abilities will be provided through individual desk crits with the instructor as well as group presentations and critiques. Skills reinforced: 3D modeling, digital rendering, and visual storytelling. Software: Solidworks or Rhino, Keyshot, AfterEffects, Cinema 4D.