The Industrial Design Program prepares students to be creative, practical, user-centered, aesthetics-focused, problem-solving, and opportunity-exploring designers, design strategists, or design leaders.
The NC State University Industrial Design Program is one of the top professional programs in this discipline in the country. The program offers Bachelor of Industrial Design (BID) and Master of Industrial Design (MID) degrees, both accredited by The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Students learn and practice design in a studio environment very similar to that of professional design offices. Students methodically study human physical and cognitive interaction with artifacts and services in order to discover user experience insights and then create innovative solutions to design problems. The dynamic and sophisticated balance of form, function, innovation, and practicality are constantly debated and articulated throughout the journey to better design.
Over the past 40 years, the Industrial Design program at NC State has grown into one of the highest-ranked ID programs in the U.S. Its graduates go on to be designers at companies like IBM, Adidas, and Under Armour. Its faculty partner on grants from the NIH to tackle human centered design for maternal and fetal medicine. Finally, the program will be moving to a dedicated space where they can work collaboratively and creatively.
The Industrial Design faculty have joined NC State University from prestigious institutions around the world, each bringing years of experience in design, research, innovation, and education. The graduates from the program are enhancing the quality of life experiences with the creative design of products, services, branding, and communication systems for companies such as IDEO, Nike, Volvo, IBM, Toshiba, Dell, Pentagram, PepsiCo, RKS Design, Microsoft, The Smithsonian, Adidas, Hasbro, Target, and Bosch.
Industrial design is the professional service of creating and developing concepts and specifications that optimize the function, value, and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of both user and manufacturer. Industrial designers develop these concepts and specifications for the user and manufacturer through the collection, analysis, and synthesis of data, often within the context of cooperative working relationships with other members of a development group such as management, marketing, engineering, and manufacturing specialists. They then communicate their clear and concise recommendations through drawings, models, and verbal descriptions that embody all relevant design criteria determined by the group.
The industrial designer’s unique contribution emphasizes those aspects of the product or system that relate most directly to human characteristics, needs, experiences, and interests. This contribution requires specialized understanding of visual, spatial, and tactile senses as well as product safety and convenience criteria. Industrial designers are experts in anticipating psychological, physiological and sociological factors and perceptions that influence users of products and services. Industrial designers also maintain a practical concern for the technical processes and requirements for manufacturing; marketing opportunities and economic constraints; and regulatory requirements relevant to good design.
In addition to supplying concepts for products and systems, industrial designers are often retained for consultation on a variety of problems that have to do with product and organization identity systems, development of communication systems, interior and exhibit design, advertising devices and packaging, and other related services. Their expertise is often sought in a wide variety of administrative arenas to assist in developing industry standards, regulatory guidelines, and quality control procedures to improve manufacturing operations and products. Industrial designers are guided by a professional obligation to protect the public safety and well-being, to respect the environment, and to observe contractual and ethical business practices.
"I was so determined to leave Sinaloa that I used education as a life jacket. I knew that education could open minds, walls and borders."
For Latinx Heritage Month, @ncstatelaep graduate student Melissa Manjarrez Dominguez recalled her youth in Sinaloa, Mexico, her experiences facing anti-immigration legislation in Alabama, and her desire to create landscapes that are enriching and available to everyone.
Read about Melissa and her journey: link in bio...
Abby Scheer (@material_chassis), a 2022 Master of Industrial Design graduate, has won Gold in the @idsadesign IDEA 2022 Award in the student category.
The award is considered by many to be the most prestigious product and industrial design award in the United States, equivalent to the Red Dot and iF awards in Europe, as well as the Good Design Award in Japan. Each year, thousands of entries are submitted by design teams across the globe, making IDEA one of the largest and most widely anticipated annual awards programs in the world.
Scheer’s winning project, Nozomi, is designed for assisting female cancer survivors who suffer from pelvic floor pain during intercourse – known as dyspareunia. This was her final project as a student at the College of Design before her graduation.
Pelvic floor physical therapy requires at-home exercises in variable positions unique to each patient. It is a painful, arduous life-long regimen for cancer survivors. Nozomi assists patients with achieving pelvic floor muscle relaxation through vibration, vaginal dilation, myofascial release (deep tissue massage), and trigger point massage (internal muscle knots).
The device's app provides exercise education, collaborative therapy customization with pelvic floor physical therapists, and progress tracking. Scheer is currently pursuing the development of Nozomi through her startup, Cervu....
Thank you to everyone who joined us over the past two days to discuss and learn the challenges and opportunities facing communities across North Carolina during our Community Growth & Development Conference. We were thrilled to see you, meet you and get to learn about your design perspectives.
A huge thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible: @ls3p @ajfletcher, Catalyst, @civitasinc, @colejeneststone, @hraadvisors, @in_situ_studio, @mcadamsco, @stewart_inc, Thinc Strategy, @clarknexsen, @clhdesignpa, @clinedesignassociates, @edsaplan, @kanerealtycorp_, @perkinseastman.raleigh, @perkinswill_nc, @sitecollaborative, @surface_678, @thewootencompany, @yorkproperties1...
"Diffusion: Revealing the Forest Within” by Maggie Kroenig and Connor Schwartz recently received Honorable Mention in @acsanational's 2022 Timber Competition. 🏡🌲
Out of over 600 submissions, their project was one of eight exceptional projects selected that interpret, invent, and deploy numerous building systems all focused on innovations in wood design using a real site - the Arts Center MARTA Station in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Diffusion examines the forest condition and the interior-dominant scheme prevalent in Atlanta in order to blur the relationship between street and interior. Utilizing variations in opacity and the interplay of skylights generates the notion of walking underneath trees in the forest. Thus, the process sought to reject the discrepancies of the interior-facing building archetype, allowing the complexities of Atlanta to come into play. The programmatic layout is diffused within three volumes, generating communal zones underneath and above a connecting floor and around cores of light.
Glulam columns are the primary structure, spaced at regular bay lengths with glulam girders and joists. Where chamfered edges occur, only the CLT panel is curved, and the grid remains regular. Cores for light are removed at the floor plates and additional small-member bracing is provided. Thus, the timber expression reveals continuity from the landscape to the enclosure, demonstrating carbon sink. An aluminum panel system varies in opacity based on privacy and solar orientation. The perforated screen protects from harsh solar heat gain, generating soft light at the interior. Geothermal energy is sunken below the largest volume, with hydronic tubing embedded in a composite CLT and concrete radiant slab. This system is sustainable, less expensive, provides heating and cooling, and has better acoustic performance.
The filleted forms continue into the landscape to create sunken courtyards. These give the open green space back to the community to memorialize the lost densified spaces of Atlanta. The sunken story of the smallest volume houses an open-air public transit waiting area, meant to overtake the existing MARTA while creating a fluid transition to the city."...
Find the submission form in our highlights or bio to send us those portfolio pieces that you're especially proud of. Personal and studio-based projects from all disciplines are welcome. 💌 🐺
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🎨 Dillon Patel + Dave Wright | BEDA ‘23
📓 ARC 302
“This project was designed for the ACSA's Timber in the City: Urban Habitats competition. Intersperse serves as a nexus for public gathering, living, and playing within the diverse typology of Atlanta.
The project design is invested in the future development of its site as a mixed-use community for diverse socio-economic classes. Intersperse will serve as the keystone building in a series of future projects that aim to celebrate the innovation and sustainability of mass timber. Taking advantage of the nature of mass timber, Intersperse applies structural logic in an unconventional way by using CLT panels as both floors and structural walls.
Responding to the aggregatory typology of Atlanta, apparent in its sprawl and its verticality, the stacked maneuver is also appropriate for a CLT-focused structural system. The spanning capability of the CLT panel is enhanced by introducing steel members into the structural grid. The project engages its site by embedding itself into the steep landscape. The ground floor marketplace is concrete, embedded into the earth, creating a beautiful interplay between materials.
The use of a concrete façade on the pool level structurally expresses the idea of shuffling the program vertically while also celebrating a logical material choice for the program. The success of the Beltline influenced the winding site design geared toward immediate naturalistic enjoyment and future development. Intersperse stands proud as a timber beacon surrounded by steel mid-rise structures while providing an inviting, porch-like, experience at the human scale."...
Students in the College of Design recently took top prizes in the Graphics and Data Visualization and Photography categories of the @NCState Envisioning Research Contest. 🗺 📸
The contest is a collaborative effort by NC State’s Office of Research and Innovation, the Graduate School, the NC State University Libraries, the Office of Undergraduate Research and University Communications and Marketing.
Envisioning Research was open to faculty, staff, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and undergraduates.
Ben Coleman, Susmita Patil, and Sophia Li all submitted entries from Tania Allen and Sara Queen’s class: DIY Cartography: Oppressive Infrastructures. The class explored how we as a society are grappling with how to best serve diverse communities and create more equitable futures for all while visualizing the complex historic context around oppressive infrastructures in the US.
Steven Chavez, a student practitioner in the Doctor of Design program, submitted Urban Waterway Viewshed, which hopes to influence the reprogramming of urban river bridges to include being multipurpose destinations rather than single-purpose crossings.