This is a single point reference for the Industrial Design program to plan the semester in advance. The weekly "Thought Leaders" lecture series will bring in experts and entrepreneurs to share their story with us. We will also use this to plan our courses and classes around industry events, like IDSA conferences, portfolio reviews and visits by alumni. As a student, you will be able to plan the whole semester and know important dates related to each project. This is a new initiative for our program to keep everyone on the same page.
Jan 21
wk01
Jan 28
wk02
Feb 04
wk03
Feb 11
wk04
Feb 18
wk05
Feb 25
wk06
Mar 03
wk07
Mar 10
wk08
Mar 17
wk09
Mar 24
wk10
Mar 31
wk11
Apr 07
wk12
Apr 14
wk13
Apr 21
wk14
Apr 28
wk15
May 05
wk16
May 12
wk17
May 19
wk18
Senior Studio
Ideation and concept generation
Problem statement development
Review
User Research and Concept development
Design development
Works like prototype develpmet
Senior Studio
Ideation and concept generation
Week 04 – 06
Feb 10 – Feb 24

During this stage, we will conduct a series of ideation and concept generation exercises where the studio will be divided into teams of four. For each ideation session, the team will focus on a specific part of the problem statement. By the end of this session, each student will end up multiple systems-level solution that they can then start developing as a comprehensive solution on their own. Each student will get a turn to be a team leader and get the members to focus on ONE specific "bite-size" problem area.
You will be using the value matrix to inform you decision-making process extensively.
You will get a detailed schedule of this exercise separately.

Senior Studio
Problem statement development
Week 01 – 04
Jan 20 – Feb 10

The aim of this phase is to really understand the issue.
Do the research, find the impact in number, for example, "2.1 million people get injured by leftover landmines in SE Asia, the need for low-cost mine detection and removal system has never been explored. This project will create a contextually relevant landmine detection and removal system."
The aim of the problem statement is to have germs/seeds, derived through research, that can be the starting point for ideation and concept generation.
Really understand the different aspects of your problem statement that can be split into smaller, bite-sized components. The above example has the following components:
Affordable, detection, removal, etc.
I can take just the detection part and deep-dive into the many ways we could detect a landmine and create a wide variety of ideas that enrich and empower the design process.
At this stage, just focus on research, fact-finding and creating a powerful problem statement. It is absolutely important to get the problem statement right.

Senior Studio
Review
Week 11 – 12
Mar 30 – Apr 06

You will pinup a poster and have a WIP prototype of your solution. We have room300 reserved for this review.

Senior Studio
User Research and Concept development
Week 06 – 08
Feb 24 – Mar 09

Take a system-level solution that you have decided to develop into a final solution and create a plan to develop different aspects of it. Although the preliminary research was the starting point, it is at this stage in the process that you will start considering the physical characteristics of your product. A deep-dive into creating appropriate mood boards will give you the right information as well as the inspiration to make informed decisions about your solution. You want to again have a clear idea of the visual language you want to pursue, based on the the mood boards that are really an extension of your user groups preference for color, texture, shape, details and

Senior Studio
Design development
Week 08 – 11
Mar 09 – Mar 30

Developing details, color texture, physical features and expressing them through storyboards.

Senior Studio
Works like prototype develpmet
Week 10 – 14
Mar 23 – Apr 20

This is what everyone else will see as your final project. Give yourself enough time to have a finished looking, works like the prototype.

Academic Calendar
Martin Luther King Holiday (No Classes - University Offices Closed)
Week 01
Jan 20
Academic Calendar
Classes begin
Week 01
Jan 21
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 09
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 10
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 11
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 12
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 13
Academic Calendar
Classes End
Week 16
May 06
Academic Calendar
Reading Day
Week 16
May 07
Academic Calendar
Beginning of Spring Semester final examinations
Week 16
May 08
Speaker Series
VTID competition
Week 01
Jan 24 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Speaker Series
VTID competition judging and results
Week 02
Jan 31 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Speaker Series
Stephanie Metz
Week 03
Feb 07 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Stephanie Metz creates biomorphic abstract sculpture that explores the tension created when opposing qualities coexist. She works primarily in wool and industrial felt to create detailed, complex, and mysterious forms that defy their humble origins. Stephanie Metz is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco; she lives with her techie husband and two sons in San Jose, where she works from a studio at the Alameda ArtWorks downtown. She has been featured in publications including San Jose's Content Magazine, Adobe Inspire Magazine, American Craft, and 500 Felt Objects. Her work has been included in the Rijswijk Textile Biennial in the Netherlands as well as Sculptural Felt International and Black Sheep, touring exhibitions that visited Europe and Australia. Her numerous group exhibitions include FiberArt International at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Museum of Quilts and Textiles in San Jose, Formex Stockholm 2008 in Sweden, and Transmission:Experience at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore. In 2015 Stephanie was honored as an Artist Laureate by Silicon Valley Creates, and she is the recipient of a Belle Foundation for Cultural Development grant as well as two Center for Cultural Innovation grants. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. Stephanie is currently working on a grouping of multiple large-scale touchable felt sculptures that will be exhibited in 2020 in a solo show at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, California.
Speaker Series
Aisling Kelliher
Week 04
Feb 14 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Aisling creates and studis interactive media systems for enhancing reflection, learning and communication. Grounded within the fields of human-computer-interaction, multimedia, and interaction design, her work is motivated by a desire to carefully integrate computational processes into everyday mediated experiences. By positing the computer as an active, creative partner enmeshed in our world, our daily computational interactions move beyond the confines of the screen and keyboard into an embedded dynamic environment of networked objects and smart spaces.
Speaker Series
Jeffrey Katz
Week 05
Feb 21 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Jeffrey Katz is an entrepreneur and social media consultant specializing in Facebook and Instagram Ads, Social Media Management Solutions, Social Listening, Analytics, Platform Integrations, Content Creation, and Influencer Marketing. He is a social media consultant with 9 years of expertise in the "not so sexy side of social," specifically in: Social Media Management Solutions (SMMS), Social Listening, Analytics, Platform Integrations, CRM, and Influencer Marketing.
Speaker Series
Jeff Joiner
Week 06
Feb 28
Jeff Joiner is an Assistant Professor of Practice, Director of FourDesign and chair of the Visual Communication Design Program. He received his MFA in Design with a Concentration in Design Research from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. He has also taught in the design departments at both UNT and at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. Prior to his academic career, Jeff worked for nearly two decades as a professional designer, art director, and creative director for agencies and studios in Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles, Memphis and Jackson, MS. His work has been recognized by the American Advertising Federation Awards (the Addys) as well as industry publications Print, Graphis, LogoLounge, the US Ad Review and the Black Book AR100. Other recent achievements include the publication of a book chapter in Signs and Symbols in Workplace and Public and presentations on design and culture at international conferences in both Milan, Italy and Zadar, Croatia.
Speaker Series
Ty Hager
Week 07
Mar 06 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
As a career industrial designer and innovation practitioner, Ty Hagler has managed hundreds of new product development programs through the process of opportunity identification guided to commercialization. Once an intrapreneur within Home Depot, leveraging an Olympic Job Opportunities Program sponsorship to make the business case to senior executives to create new product development capabilities within the retailer – then on to lead the portfolio of internal new product programs. While at Home Depot, Ty was exposed to many leading product development firms like IDEO and HLB, which inspired the early business model for Trig. Development plans for Trig were further refined during his graduate studies at the NC State evening MBA program, which has been described by one client as a highly effective disruptive business model that competes at the same level as top-tier consulting firms. Trig is an award-winning innovation consulting, product design, and marketing firm that offers comprehensive insight-to-commercialization services for start-ups, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies across the United States. Based in Chapel Hill, the 10-person Trig® team can be found in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Richmond, Virginia.
Speaker Series
Annelise
Week 12
Apr 10 • 1:00 PM
Virtual
Virtual Presentation Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/934242272 Anne-Lise earned a PhD in Public Administration from NC State University, as well as master’s degrees in Public Administration and in Architecture from NC State, and a Bachelor of Architecture from VT. This interdisciplinary background led to an interest in transdisciplinary research, and she currently works with researchers across a number of disciplines and on issues that cross disciplinary boundaries. Her research broadly relates to management and decision-making at the intersection of the public and nonprofit sectors, especially around environmental and urban policy relating to community wellbeing and sustainability. Much of her research focuses on co-management and collaboration among wildfire responders, and how these processes are informed by and inform policy. She collaborates with the NC State Fire Chasers Project, and is currently serving as co-principal investigator on a Joint Fire Science Project grant to investigate co-management priorities among the different land interests affected in multijurisdictional wildfires.
Speaker Series
James Downing
Week 10
Mar 27 • 1:00 PM
Virtual
Virtual Presentation Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/934242272 This is how James described his role as a Design Engineer. "I was also the engineering design lead on redesigning and shaping our new crane operator cabin. It has since become a “brand” of sorts for our company in the crane industry somewhat like a grille would be on a car. Here’s my company’s press release: https://www.altec.com/news-articles/new-crane-cab-creates-a-safer-job-site/ While this cab is still far from perfect, I believe the design I came up with is sleek and unique within the industry. If you compare that design to our prior crane cab, you will see the obvious improvement: https://www.altec.com/products/cranes/boom-truck/ac38-127s-l/ Another design I am particularly proud of are the very unique “spider leg” outriggers of our recently launched crane track unit, pictured below. While this design was largely functionally driven, you will see some anthropomorphic cues in the design below: Prior to my work here at Altec, I worked at Dewalt on their miter saw design team. While Dewalt does have an ID department, I was involved with some of the aesthetics of the products that I worked on. I worked on many portions of the DWS780, which is still the flagship miter saw model of Dewalt: https://www.dewalt.com/products/power-tools/saws/miter-saws/12-in-double-bevel-sliding-compound-miter-saw/dws780"
Speaker Series
Senior studio WIP pinup
Week 11
Apr 03 • 1:00 PM
Virtual
Senior studio WIP Pinup
Speaker Series
Eddie Bose
Week 13
Apr 17 • 1:00 PM
Virtual
Virtual Presentation Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/934242272 Eddie Boes seeks to inspire others to think differently about the world around them, and to use their creativity to solve the problems of everyday life. As a part of a small world-wide community of Rolling Ball Sculpture Kinetic Artists, he balances his love for inspiring young engineers to think creatively with the desire to set the world in motion with his art. A simple rolling ball; it can entertain and educate, inspire and captivate. Even though a rolling ball sculpture can range from super simple to extremely complex, it will always be grounded to the most simple of movements; a ball rolling on a track. Move the ball to the top of the track, let it go, and gravity becomes the motive force. Utilize creative track designs to harness the energy of the falling ball, and amazing things can be achieved.
Speaker Series
SMA presentations
Week 07
Mar 02 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Undergraduate Student Merit Awards (SMA) The SMA program consists of two rounds of competition. Round 1 runs now until March 9, 2020. By that date, a single student finalist from your school should have been selected through a presentation and judging process conducted at your school. The SMA Finalist (a graduating senior) student designer is someone with tremendous talent and breadth of skill, who best embodies the industrial design program they represent. Please remember that SMA Finalists should hold a current IDSA student membership. Once a Finalist is selected, please provide the name and contact information of your SMA Finalist to Erin Fiorelli at erinf@idsa.org no later than March 9, 2020. Round 2 of the SMA program will be conducted entirely online and will run from March 9 to April 6, 2020. During this time window, each school’s Finalist will upload their work to our awards platform for review by our panel of judges. See complete SMA program details here Graduate Student Merit Awards (GSMA) The GSMA program is a single round competition and is conducted entirely online. Submissions will be accepted March 9 to April 6, 2020. Graduate students are encouraged to upload their work to our awards platform for review by our panel of judges. GSMA participants should hold a current IDSA student membership. See complete GSMA program details here Judging IDSA’s newly elected Education Council will be deeply involved in the judging process for both SMA and GSMA. They will be assisted by other professionals and academic leaders from our community who will carefully review all submissions. This esteemed group will ensure a rigorous and complete review of all submissions in the selection of top winners from each district. Winners will be announced on or around May 1, 2020.
View More Details
Speaker Series
AquaPAW
Week 14
Apr 24 • 1:00 PM
VIRTUAL
Virtual Presentation Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/934242272 Aquapaw began with the idea that pet bathing could be made easier by rethinking how we bathe our pets from the animal’s perspective. In 2016 we launched our first product, the award-winning Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool, with the goal of making bath time less intimidating for our pets and in turn easier for you. Thanks to the support of our thousands of happy customers (and pets!) around the world we have expanded our product line, appeared on Shark Tank, and been the recipient of numerous awards. It has been an amazing journey that seems to have just begun
Speaker Series
DAVID COPELAND
Week 15
May 01 • 1:00 PM
VIRTUAL
In his role as Director of Industrial Design, David leads and advises a multi-disciplined team made up of industrial designers, user interface experts, and usability specialists. The group collaborates to understand user needs and design inputs to create and develop product solutions that provide excellent usability solutions within highly technical products. David and his team are client advocates, working to uncover and integrate all of the requirements a user needs to have a product represent. They champion these inputs within the product design and development process, working to ensure a device’s fit with the user is as resolved as it’s a function. David’s role as Director of HFID allows him to gain perspective over all facets of the design and development process to deliver integrated and holistic product solutions to our clientele.
Junior Studio
Junior Studio
Week 01 – 02
Jan 20 – Jan 27
Academic Calendar
Martin Luther King Holiday (No Classes - University Offices Closed)
Week 01
Jan 20
Academic Calendar
Classes begin
Week 01
Jan 21
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 09
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 10
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 11
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 12
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 13
Academic Calendar
Classes End
Week 16
May 06
Academic Calendar
Reading Day
Week 16
May 07
Academic Calendar
Beginning of Spring Semester final examinations
Week 16
May 08
Speaker Series
VTID competition
Week 01
Jan 24 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Speaker Series
VTID competition judging and results
Week 02
Jan 31 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Speaker Series
Stephanie Metz
Week 03
Feb 07 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Stephanie Metz creates biomorphic abstract sculpture that explores the tension created when opposing qualities coexist. She works primarily in wool and industrial felt to create detailed, complex, and mysterious forms that defy their humble origins. Stephanie Metz is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco; she lives with her techie husband and two sons in San Jose, where she works from a studio at the Alameda ArtWorks downtown. She has been featured in publications including San Jose's Content Magazine, Adobe Inspire Magazine, American Craft, and 500 Felt Objects. Her work has been included in the Rijswijk Textile Biennial in the Netherlands as well as Sculptural Felt International and Black Sheep, touring exhibitions that visited Europe and Australia. Her numerous group exhibitions include FiberArt International at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Museum of Quilts and Textiles in San Jose, Formex Stockholm 2008 in Sweden, and Transmission:Experience at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore. In 2015 Stephanie was honored as an Artist Laureate by Silicon Valley Creates, and she is the recipient of a Belle Foundation for Cultural Development grant as well as two Center for Cultural Innovation grants. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. Stephanie is currently working on a grouping of multiple large-scale touchable felt sculptures that will be exhibited in 2020 in a solo show at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, California.
Speaker Series
Aisling Kelliher
Week 04
Feb 14 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Aisling creates and studis interactive media systems for enhancing reflection, learning and communication. Grounded within the fields of human-computer-interaction, multimedia, and interaction design, her work is motivated by a desire to carefully integrate computational processes into everyday mediated experiences. By positing the computer as an active, creative partner enmeshed in our world, our daily computational interactions move beyond the confines of the screen and keyboard into an embedded dynamic environment of networked objects and smart spaces.
Speaker Series
Jeffrey Katz
Week 05
Feb 21 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Jeffrey Katz is an entrepreneur and social media consultant specializing in Facebook and Instagram Ads, Social Media Management Solutions, Social Listening, Analytics, Platform Integrations, Content Creation, and Influencer Marketing. He is a social media consultant with 9 years of expertise in the "not so sexy side of social," specifically in: Social Media Management Solutions (SMMS), Social Listening, Analytics, Platform Integrations, CRM, and Influencer Marketing.
Speaker Series
Jeff Joiner
Week 06
Feb 28
Jeff Joiner is an Assistant Professor of Practice, Director of FourDesign and chair of the Visual Communication Design Program. He received his MFA in Design with a Concentration in Design Research from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. He has also taught in the design departments at both UNT and at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. Prior to his academic career, Jeff worked for nearly two decades as a professional designer, art director, and creative director for agencies and studios in Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles, Memphis and Jackson, MS. His work has been recognized by the American Advertising Federation Awards (the Addys) as well as industry publications Print, Graphis, LogoLounge, the US Ad Review and the Black Book AR100. Other recent achievements include the publication of a book chapter in Signs and Symbols in Workplace and Public and presentations on design and culture at international conferences in both Milan, Italy and Zadar, Croatia.
Speaker Series
Ty Hager
Week 07
Mar 06 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
As a career industrial designer and innovation practitioner, Ty Hagler has managed hundreds of new product development programs through the process of opportunity identification guided to commercialization. Once an intrapreneur within Home Depot, leveraging an Olympic Job Opportunities Program sponsorship to make the business case to senior executives to create new product development capabilities within the retailer – then on to lead the portfolio of internal new product programs. While at Home Depot, Ty was exposed to many leading product development firms like IDEO and HLB, which inspired the early business model for Trig. Development plans for Trig were further refined during his graduate studies at the NC State evening MBA program, which has been described by one client as a highly effective disruptive business model that competes at the same level as top-tier consulting firms. Trig is an award-winning innovation consulting, product design, and marketing firm that offers comprehensive insight-to-commercialization services for start-ups, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies across the United States. Based in Chapel Hill, the 10-person Trig® team can be found in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Richmond, Virginia.
Speaker Series
Annelise
Week 12
Apr 10 • 1:00 PM
Virtual
Virtual Presentation Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/934242272 Anne-Lise earned a PhD in Public Administration from NC State University, as well as master’s degrees in Public Administration and in Architecture from NC State, and a Bachelor of Architecture from VT. This interdisciplinary background led to an interest in transdisciplinary research, and she currently works with researchers across a number of disciplines and on issues that cross disciplinary boundaries. Her research broadly relates to management and decision-making at the intersection of the public and nonprofit sectors, especially around environmental and urban policy relating to community wellbeing and sustainability. Much of her research focuses on co-management and collaboration among wildfire responders, and how these processes are informed by and inform policy. She collaborates with the NC State Fire Chasers Project, and is currently serving as co-principal investigator on a Joint Fire Science Project grant to investigate co-management priorities among the different land interests affected in multijurisdictional wildfires.
Speaker Series
James Downing
Week 10
Mar 27 • 1:00 PM
Virtual
Virtual Presentation Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/934242272 This is how James described his role as a Design Engineer. "I was also the engineering design lead on redesigning and shaping our new crane operator cabin. It has since become a “brand” of sorts for our company in the crane industry somewhat like a grille would be on a car. Here’s my company’s press release: https://www.altec.com/news-articles/new-crane-cab-creates-a-safer-job-site/ While this cab is still far from perfect, I believe the design I came up with is sleek and unique within the industry. If you compare that design to our prior crane cab, you will see the obvious improvement: https://www.altec.com/products/cranes/boom-truck/ac38-127s-l/ Another design I am particularly proud of are the very unique “spider leg” outriggers of our recently launched crane track unit, pictured below. While this design was largely functionally driven, you will see some anthropomorphic cues in the design below: Prior to my work here at Altec, I worked at Dewalt on their miter saw design team. While Dewalt does have an ID department, I was involved with some of the aesthetics of the products that I worked on. I worked on many portions of the DWS780, which is still the flagship miter saw model of Dewalt: https://www.dewalt.com/products/power-tools/saws/miter-saws/12-in-double-bevel-sliding-compound-miter-saw/dws780"
Speaker Series
Senior studio WIP pinup
Week 11
Apr 03 • 1:00 PM
Virtual
Senior studio WIP Pinup
Speaker Series
Eddie Bose
Week 13
Apr 17 • 1:00 PM
Virtual
Virtual Presentation Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/934242272 Eddie Boes seeks to inspire others to think differently about the world around them, and to use their creativity to solve the problems of everyday life. As a part of a small world-wide community of Rolling Ball Sculpture Kinetic Artists, he balances his love for inspiring young engineers to think creatively with the desire to set the world in motion with his art. A simple rolling ball; it can entertain and educate, inspire and captivate. Even though a rolling ball sculpture can range from super simple to extremely complex, it will always be grounded to the most simple of movements; a ball rolling on a track. Move the ball to the top of the track, let it go, and gravity becomes the motive force. Utilize creative track designs to harness the energy of the falling ball, and amazing things can be achieved.
Speaker Series
SMA presentations
Week 07
Mar 02 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Undergraduate Student Merit Awards (SMA) The SMA program consists of two rounds of competition. Round 1 runs now until March 9, 2020. By that date, a single student finalist from your school should have been selected through a presentation and judging process conducted at your school. The SMA Finalist (a graduating senior) student designer is someone with tremendous talent and breadth of skill, who best embodies the industrial design program they represent. Please remember that SMA Finalists should hold a current IDSA student membership. Once a Finalist is selected, please provide the name and contact information of your SMA Finalist to Erin Fiorelli at erinf@idsa.org no later than March 9, 2020. Round 2 of the SMA program will be conducted entirely online and will run from March 9 to April 6, 2020. During this time window, each school’s Finalist will upload their work to our awards platform for review by our panel of judges. See complete SMA program details here Graduate Student Merit Awards (GSMA) The GSMA program is a single round competition and is conducted entirely online. Submissions will be accepted March 9 to April 6, 2020. Graduate students are encouraged to upload their work to our awards platform for review by our panel of judges. GSMA participants should hold a current IDSA student membership. See complete GSMA program details here Judging IDSA’s newly elected Education Council will be deeply involved in the judging process for both SMA and GSMA. They will be assisted by other professionals and academic leaders from our community who will carefully review all submissions. This esteemed group will ensure a rigorous and complete review of all submissions in the selection of top winners from each district. Winners will be announced on or around May 1, 2020.
View More Details
Speaker Series
AquaPAW
Week 14
Apr 24 • 1:00 PM
VIRTUAL
Virtual Presentation Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/934242272 Aquapaw began with the idea that pet bathing could be made easier by rethinking how we bathe our pets from the animal’s perspective. In 2016 we launched our first product, the award-winning Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool, with the goal of making bath time less intimidating for our pets and in turn easier for you. Thanks to the support of our thousands of happy customers (and pets!) around the world we have expanded our product line, appeared on Shark Tank, and been the recipient of numerous awards. It has been an amazing journey that seems to have just begun
Speaker Series
DAVID COPELAND
Week 15
May 01 • 1:00 PM
VIRTUAL
In his role as Director of Industrial Design, David leads and advises a multi-disciplined team made up of industrial designers, user interface experts, and usability specialists. The group collaborates to understand user needs and design inputs to create and develop product solutions that provide excellent usability solutions within highly technical products. David and his team are client advocates, working to uncover and integrate all of the requirements a user needs to have a product represent. They champion these inputs within the product design and development process, working to ensure a device’s fit with the user is as resolved as it’s a function. David’s role as Director of HFID allows him to gain perspective over all facets of the design and development process to deliver integrated and holistic product solutions to our clientele.
Sophomore Studio
Competition
Handtool
Coffee Bike
IDS + ITD
Portfolio
Sophomore Studio
Competition
Week 01 – 03
Jan 20 – Feb 03
Sophomore Studio
Handtool
Week 03 – 07
Feb 03 – Mar 02
Sophomore Studio
Coffee Bike
Week 07 – 13
Mar 02 – Apr 13
Sophomore Studio
IDS + ITD
Week 13 – 15
Apr 13 – Apr 27
Sophomore Studio
Portfolio
Week 15 – 16
Apr 27 – May 04
Academic Calendar
Martin Luther King Holiday (No Classes - University Offices Closed)
Week 01
Jan 20
Academic Calendar
Classes begin
Week 01
Jan 21
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 09
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 10
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 11
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 12
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 13
Academic Calendar
Classes End
Week 16
May 06
Academic Calendar
Reading Day
Week 16
May 07
Academic Calendar
Beginning of Spring Semester final examinations
Week 16
May 08
Speaker Series
VTID competition
Week 01
Jan 24 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Speaker Series
VTID competition judging and results
Week 02
Jan 31 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Speaker Series
Stephanie Metz
Week 03
Feb 07 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Stephanie Metz creates biomorphic abstract sculpture that explores the tension created when opposing qualities coexist. She works primarily in wool and industrial felt to create detailed, complex, and mysterious forms that defy their humble origins. Stephanie Metz is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco; she lives with her techie husband and two sons in San Jose, where she works from a studio at the Alameda ArtWorks downtown. She has been featured in publications including San Jose's Content Magazine, Adobe Inspire Magazine, American Craft, and 500 Felt Objects. Her work has been included in the Rijswijk Textile Biennial in the Netherlands as well as Sculptural Felt International and Black Sheep, touring exhibitions that visited Europe and Australia. Her numerous group exhibitions include FiberArt International at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Museum of Quilts and Textiles in San Jose, Formex Stockholm 2008 in Sweden, and Transmission:Experience at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore. In 2015 Stephanie was honored as an Artist Laureate by Silicon Valley Creates, and she is the recipient of a Belle Foundation for Cultural Development grant as well as two Center for Cultural Innovation grants. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. Stephanie is currently working on a grouping of multiple large-scale touchable felt sculptures that will be exhibited in 2020 in a solo show at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, California.
Speaker Series
Aisling Kelliher
Week 04
Feb 14 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Aisling creates and studis interactive media systems for enhancing reflection, learning and communication. Grounded within the fields of human-computer-interaction, multimedia, and interaction design, her work is motivated by a desire to carefully integrate computational processes into everyday mediated experiences. By positing the computer as an active, creative partner enmeshed in our world, our daily computational interactions move beyond the confines of the screen and keyboard into an embedded dynamic environment of networked objects and smart spaces.
Speaker Series
Jeffrey Katz
Week 05
Feb 21 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Jeffrey Katz is an entrepreneur and social media consultant specializing in Facebook and Instagram Ads, Social Media Management Solutions, Social Listening, Analytics, Platform Integrations, Content Creation, and Influencer Marketing. He is a social media consultant with 9 years of expertise in the "not so sexy side of social," specifically in: Social Media Management Solutions (SMMS), Social Listening, Analytics, Platform Integrations, CRM, and Influencer Marketing.
Speaker Series
Jeff Joiner
Week 06
Feb 28
Jeff Joiner is an Assistant Professor of Practice, Director of FourDesign and chair of the Visual Communication Design Program. He received his MFA in Design with a Concentration in Design Research from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. He has also taught in the design departments at both UNT and at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. Prior to his academic career, Jeff worked for nearly two decades as a professional designer, art director, and creative director for agencies and studios in Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles, Memphis and Jackson, MS. His work has been recognized by the American Advertising Federation Awards (the Addys) as well as industry publications Print, Graphis, LogoLounge, the US Ad Review and the Black Book AR100. Other recent achievements include the publication of a book chapter in Signs and Symbols in Workplace and Public and presentations on design and culture at international conferences in both Milan, Italy and Zadar, Croatia.
Speaker Series
Ty Hager
Week 07
Mar 06 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
As a career industrial designer and innovation practitioner, Ty Hagler has managed hundreds of new product development programs through the process of opportunity identification guided to commercialization. Once an intrapreneur within Home Depot, leveraging an Olympic Job Opportunities Program sponsorship to make the business case to senior executives to create new product development capabilities within the retailer – then on to lead the portfolio of internal new product programs. While at Home Depot, Ty was exposed to many leading product development firms like IDEO and HLB, which inspired the early business model for Trig. Development plans for Trig were further refined during his graduate studies at the NC State evening MBA program, which has been described by one client as a highly effective disruptive business model that competes at the same level as top-tier consulting firms. Trig is an award-winning innovation consulting, product design, and marketing firm that offers comprehensive insight-to-commercialization services for start-ups, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies across the United States. Based in Chapel Hill, the 10-person Trig® team can be found in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Richmond, Virginia.
Speaker Series
Annelise
Week 12
Apr 10 • 1:00 PM
Virtual
Virtual Presentation Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/934242272 Anne-Lise earned a PhD in Public Administration from NC State University, as well as master’s degrees in Public Administration and in Architecture from NC State, and a Bachelor of Architecture from VT. This interdisciplinary background led to an interest in transdisciplinary research, and she currently works with researchers across a number of disciplines and on issues that cross disciplinary boundaries. Her research broadly relates to management and decision-making at the intersection of the public and nonprofit sectors, especially around environmental and urban policy relating to community wellbeing and sustainability. Much of her research focuses on co-management and collaboration among wildfire responders, and how these processes are informed by and inform policy. She collaborates with the NC State Fire Chasers Project, and is currently serving as co-principal investigator on a Joint Fire Science Project grant to investigate co-management priorities among the different land interests affected in multijurisdictional wildfires.
Speaker Series
James Downing
Week 10
Mar 27 • 1:00 PM
Virtual
Virtual Presentation Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/934242272 This is how James described his role as a Design Engineer. "I was also the engineering design lead on redesigning and shaping our new crane operator cabin. It has since become a “brand” of sorts for our company in the crane industry somewhat like a grille would be on a car. Here’s my company’s press release: https://www.altec.com/news-articles/new-crane-cab-creates-a-safer-job-site/ While this cab is still far from perfect, I believe the design I came up with is sleek and unique within the industry. If you compare that design to our prior crane cab, you will see the obvious improvement: https://www.altec.com/products/cranes/boom-truck/ac38-127s-l/ Another design I am particularly proud of are the very unique “spider leg” outriggers of our recently launched crane track unit, pictured below. While this design was largely functionally driven, you will see some anthropomorphic cues in the design below: Prior to my work here at Altec, I worked at Dewalt on their miter saw design team. While Dewalt does have an ID department, I was involved with some of the aesthetics of the products that I worked on. I worked on many portions of the DWS780, which is still the flagship miter saw model of Dewalt: https://www.dewalt.com/products/power-tools/saws/miter-saws/12-in-double-bevel-sliding-compound-miter-saw/dws780"
Speaker Series
Senior studio WIP pinup
Week 11
Apr 03 • 1:00 PM
Virtual
Senior studio WIP Pinup
Speaker Series
Eddie Bose
Week 13
Apr 17 • 1:00 PM
Virtual
Virtual Presentation Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/934242272 Eddie Boes seeks to inspire others to think differently about the world around them, and to use their creativity to solve the problems of everyday life. As a part of a small world-wide community of Rolling Ball Sculpture Kinetic Artists, he balances his love for inspiring young engineers to think creatively with the desire to set the world in motion with his art. A simple rolling ball; it can entertain and educate, inspire and captivate. Even though a rolling ball sculpture can range from super simple to extremely complex, it will always be grounded to the most simple of movements; a ball rolling on a track. Move the ball to the top of the track, let it go, and gravity becomes the motive force. Utilize creative track designs to harness the energy of the falling ball, and amazing things can be achieved.
Speaker Series
SMA presentations
Week 07
Mar 02 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Undergraduate Student Merit Awards (SMA) The SMA program consists of two rounds of competition. Round 1 runs now until March 9, 2020. By that date, a single student finalist from your school should have been selected through a presentation and judging process conducted at your school. The SMA Finalist (a graduating senior) student designer is someone with tremendous talent and breadth of skill, who best embodies the industrial design program they represent. Please remember that SMA Finalists should hold a current IDSA student membership. Once a Finalist is selected, please provide the name and contact information of your SMA Finalist to Erin Fiorelli at erinf@idsa.org no later than March 9, 2020. Round 2 of the SMA program will be conducted entirely online and will run from March 9 to April 6, 2020. During this time window, each school’s Finalist will upload their work to our awards platform for review by our panel of judges. See complete SMA program details here Graduate Student Merit Awards (GSMA) The GSMA program is a single round competition and is conducted entirely online. Submissions will be accepted March 9 to April 6, 2020. Graduate students are encouraged to upload their work to our awards platform for review by our panel of judges. GSMA participants should hold a current IDSA student membership. See complete GSMA program details here Judging IDSA’s newly elected Education Council will be deeply involved in the judging process for both SMA and GSMA. They will be assisted by other professionals and academic leaders from our community who will carefully review all submissions. This esteemed group will ensure a rigorous and complete review of all submissions in the selection of top winners from each district. Winners will be announced on or around May 1, 2020.
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AquaPAW
Week 14
Apr 24 • 1:00 PM
VIRTUAL
Virtual Presentation Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/934242272 Aquapaw began with the idea that pet bathing could be made easier by rethinking how we bathe our pets from the animal’s perspective. In 2016 we launched our first product, the award-winning Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool, with the goal of making bath time less intimidating for our pets and in turn easier for you. Thanks to the support of our thousands of happy customers (and pets!) around the world we have expanded our product line, appeared on Shark Tank, and been the recipient of numerous awards. It has been an amazing journey that seems to have just begun
Speaker Series
DAVID COPELAND
Week 15
May 01 • 1:00 PM
VIRTUAL
In his role as Director of Industrial Design, David leads and advises a multi-disciplined team made up of industrial designers, user interface experts, and usability specialists. The group collaborates to understand user needs and design inputs to create and develop product solutions that provide excellent usability solutions within highly technical products. David and his team are client advocates, working to uncover and integrate all of the requirements a user needs to have a product represent. They champion these inputs within the product design and development process, working to ensure a device’s fit with the user is as resolved as it’s a function. David’s role as Director of HFID allows him to gain perspective over all facets of the design and development process to deliver integrated and holistic product solutions to our clientele.
Needs Identification In Healthcare (Transdisciplinary Module)
Introduction and Preparation
Visit SVAMC
Research analysis and Data Collection
Visit SVAMC
Research analysis and Data Collection
Travel to WRNMMC
Mid Term Presentation
Data Bank Development
Final Presenation
Needs Identification In Healthcare (Transdisciplinary Module)
Introduction and Preparation
Week 01 – 04
Jan 20 – Feb 10
Needs Identification In Healthcare (Transdisciplinary Module)
Visit SVAMC
Week 04 – 05
Feb 10 – Feb 17
Needs Identification In Healthcare (Transdisciplinary Module)
Research analysis and Data Collection
Week 05 – 06
Feb 17 – Feb 24
Needs Identification In Healthcare (Transdisciplinary Module)
Visit SVAMC
Week 06 – 07
Feb 24 – Mar 02
Needs Identification In Healthcare (Transdisciplinary Module)
Research analysis and Data Collection
Week 07 – 08
Mar 02 – Mar 09
Needs Identification In Healthcare (Transdisciplinary Module)
Travel to WRNMMC
Week 08 – 09
Mar 09 – Mar 16
Needs Identification In Healthcare (Transdisciplinary Module)
Mid Term Presentation
Week 09 – 10
Mar 16 – Mar 23
Needs Identification In Healthcare (Transdisciplinary Module)
Data Bank Development
Week 10 – 15
Mar 23 – Apr 27
Needs Identification In Healthcare (Transdisciplinary Module)
Final Presenation
Week 15 – 16
Apr 27 – May 04
Academic Calendar
Martin Luther King Holiday (No Classes - University Offices Closed)
Week 01
Jan 20
Academic Calendar
Classes begin
Week 01
Jan 21
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 09
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 10
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 11
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 12
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 13
Academic Calendar
Classes End
Week 16
May 06
Academic Calendar
Reading Day
Week 16
May 07
Academic Calendar
Beginning of Spring Semester final examinations
Week 16
May 08
Speaker Series
VTID competition
Week 01
Jan 24 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Speaker Series
VTID competition judging and results
Week 02
Jan 31 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Speaker Series
Stephanie Metz
Week 03
Feb 07 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Stephanie Metz creates biomorphic abstract sculpture that explores the tension created when opposing qualities coexist. She works primarily in wool and industrial felt to create detailed, complex, and mysterious forms that defy their humble origins. Stephanie Metz is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco; she lives with her techie husband and two sons in San Jose, where she works from a studio at the Alameda ArtWorks downtown. She has been featured in publications including San Jose's Content Magazine, Adobe Inspire Magazine, American Craft, and 500 Felt Objects. Her work has been included in the Rijswijk Textile Biennial in the Netherlands as well as Sculptural Felt International and Black Sheep, touring exhibitions that visited Europe and Australia. Her numerous group exhibitions include FiberArt International at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Museum of Quilts and Textiles in San Jose, Formex Stockholm 2008 in Sweden, and Transmission:Experience at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore. In 2015 Stephanie was honored as an Artist Laureate by Silicon Valley Creates, and she is the recipient of a Belle Foundation for Cultural Development grant as well as two Center for Cultural Innovation grants. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. Stephanie is currently working on a grouping of multiple large-scale touchable felt sculptures that will be exhibited in 2020 in a solo show at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, California.
Speaker Series
Aisling Kelliher
Week 04
Feb 14 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Aisling creates and studis interactive media systems for enhancing reflection, learning and communication. Grounded within the fields of human-computer-interaction, multimedia, and interaction design, her work is motivated by a desire to carefully integrate computational processes into everyday mediated experiences. By positing the computer as an active, creative partner enmeshed in our world, our daily computational interactions move beyond the confines of the screen and keyboard into an embedded dynamic environment of networked objects and smart spaces.
Speaker Series
Jeffrey Katz
Week 05
Feb 21 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Jeffrey Katz is an entrepreneur and social media consultant specializing in Facebook and Instagram Ads, Social Media Management Solutions, Social Listening, Analytics, Platform Integrations, Content Creation, and Influencer Marketing. He is a social media consultant with 9 years of expertise in the "not so sexy side of social," specifically in: Social Media Management Solutions (SMMS), Social Listening, Analytics, Platform Integrations, CRM, and Influencer Marketing.
Speaker Series
Jeff Joiner
Week 06
Feb 28
Jeff Joiner is an Assistant Professor of Practice, Director of FourDesign and chair of the Visual Communication Design Program. He received his MFA in Design with a Concentration in Design Research from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. He has also taught in the design departments at both UNT and at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. Prior to his academic career, Jeff worked for nearly two decades as a professional designer, art director, and creative director for agencies and studios in Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles, Memphis and Jackson, MS. His work has been recognized by the American Advertising Federation Awards (the Addys) as well as industry publications Print, Graphis, LogoLounge, the US Ad Review and the Black Book AR100. Other recent achievements include the publication of a book chapter in Signs and Symbols in Workplace and Public and presentations on design and culture at international conferences in both Milan, Italy and Zadar, Croatia.
Speaker Series
Ty Hager
Week 07
Mar 06 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
As a career industrial designer and innovation practitioner, Ty Hagler has managed hundreds of new product development programs through the process of opportunity identification guided to commercialization. Once an intrapreneur within Home Depot, leveraging an Olympic Job Opportunities Program sponsorship to make the business case to senior executives to create new product development capabilities within the retailer – then on to lead the portfolio of internal new product programs. While at Home Depot, Ty was exposed to many leading product development firms like IDEO and HLB, which inspired the early business model for Trig. Development plans for Trig were further refined during his graduate studies at the NC State evening MBA program, which has been described by one client as a highly effective disruptive business model that competes at the same level as top-tier consulting firms. Trig is an award-winning innovation consulting, product design, and marketing firm that offers comprehensive insight-to-commercialization services for start-ups, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies across the United States. Based in Chapel Hill, the 10-person Trig® team can be found in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Richmond, Virginia.
Speaker Series
Annelise
Week 12
Apr 10 • 1:00 PM
Virtual
Virtual Presentation Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/934242272 Anne-Lise earned a PhD in Public Administration from NC State University, as well as master’s degrees in Public Administration and in Architecture from NC State, and a Bachelor of Architecture from VT. This interdisciplinary background led to an interest in transdisciplinary research, and she currently works with researchers across a number of disciplines and on issues that cross disciplinary boundaries. Her research broadly relates to management and decision-making at the intersection of the public and nonprofit sectors, especially around environmental and urban policy relating to community wellbeing and sustainability. Much of her research focuses on co-management and collaboration among wildfire responders, and how these processes are informed by and inform policy. She collaborates with the NC State Fire Chasers Project, and is currently serving as co-principal investigator on a Joint Fire Science Project grant to investigate co-management priorities among the different land interests affected in multijurisdictional wildfires.
Speaker Series
James Downing
Week 10
Mar 27 • 1:00 PM
Virtual
Virtual Presentation Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/934242272 This is how James described his role as a Design Engineer. "I was also the engineering design lead on redesigning and shaping our new crane operator cabin. It has since become a “brand” of sorts for our company in the crane industry somewhat like a grille would be on a car. Here’s my company’s press release: https://www.altec.com/news-articles/new-crane-cab-creates-a-safer-job-site/ While this cab is still far from perfect, I believe the design I came up with is sleek and unique within the industry. If you compare that design to our prior crane cab, you will see the obvious improvement: https://www.altec.com/products/cranes/boom-truck/ac38-127s-l/ Another design I am particularly proud of are the very unique “spider leg” outriggers of our recently launched crane track unit, pictured below. While this design was largely functionally driven, you will see some anthropomorphic cues in the design below: Prior to my work here at Altec, I worked at Dewalt on their miter saw design team. While Dewalt does have an ID department, I was involved with some of the aesthetics of the products that I worked on. I worked on many portions of the DWS780, which is still the flagship miter saw model of Dewalt: https://www.dewalt.com/products/power-tools/saws/miter-saws/12-in-double-bevel-sliding-compound-miter-saw/dws780"
Speaker Series
Senior studio WIP pinup
Week 11
Apr 03 • 1:00 PM
Virtual
Senior studio WIP Pinup
Speaker Series
Eddie Bose
Week 13
Apr 17 • 1:00 PM
Virtual
Virtual Presentation Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/934242272 Eddie Boes seeks to inspire others to think differently about the world around them, and to use their creativity to solve the problems of everyday life. As a part of a small world-wide community of Rolling Ball Sculpture Kinetic Artists, he balances his love for inspiring young engineers to think creatively with the desire to set the world in motion with his art. A simple rolling ball; it can entertain and educate, inspire and captivate. Even though a rolling ball sculpture can range from super simple to extremely complex, it will always be grounded to the most simple of movements; a ball rolling on a track. Move the ball to the top of the track, let it go, and gravity becomes the motive force. Utilize creative track designs to harness the energy of the falling ball, and amazing things can be achieved.
Speaker Series
SMA presentations
Week 07
Mar 02 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill 300
Undergraduate Student Merit Awards (SMA) The SMA program consists of two rounds of competition. Round 1 runs now until March 9, 2020. By that date, a single student finalist from your school should have been selected through a presentation and judging process conducted at your school. The SMA Finalist (a graduating senior) student designer is someone with tremendous talent and breadth of skill, who best embodies the industrial design program they represent. Please remember that SMA Finalists should hold a current IDSA student membership. Once a Finalist is selected, please provide the name and contact information of your SMA Finalist to Erin Fiorelli at erinf@idsa.org no later than March 9, 2020. Round 2 of the SMA program will be conducted entirely online and will run from March 9 to April 6, 2020. During this time window, each school’s Finalist will upload their work to our awards platform for review by our panel of judges. See complete SMA program details here Graduate Student Merit Awards (GSMA) The GSMA program is a single round competition and is conducted entirely online. Submissions will be accepted March 9 to April 6, 2020. Graduate students are encouraged to upload their work to our awards platform for review by our panel of judges. GSMA participants should hold a current IDSA student membership. See complete GSMA program details here Judging IDSA’s newly elected Education Council will be deeply involved in the judging process for both SMA and GSMA. They will be assisted by other professionals and academic leaders from our community who will carefully review all submissions. This esteemed group will ensure a rigorous and complete review of all submissions in the selection of top winners from each district. Winners will be announced on or around May 1, 2020.
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Speaker Series
AquaPAW
Week 14
Apr 24 • 1:00 PM
VIRTUAL
Virtual Presentation Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/934242272 Aquapaw began with the idea that pet bathing could be made easier by rethinking how we bathe our pets from the animal’s perspective. In 2016 we launched our first product, the award-winning Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool, with the goal of making bath time less intimidating for our pets and in turn easier for you. Thanks to the support of our thousands of happy customers (and pets!) around the world we have expanded our product line, appeared on Shark Tank, and been the recipient of numerous awards. It has been an amazing journey that seems to have just begun
Speaker Series
DAVID COPELAND
Week 15
May 01 • 1:00 PM
VIRTUAL
In his role as Director of Industrial Design, David leads and advises a multi-disciplined team made up of industrial designers, user interface experts, and usability specialists. The group collaborates to understand user needs and design inputs to create and develop product solutions that provide excellent usability solutions within highly technical products. David and his team are client advocates, working to uncover and integrate all of the requirements a user needs to have a product represent. They champion these inputs within the product design and development process, working to ensure a device’s fit with the user is as resolved as it’s a function. David’s role as Director of HFID allows him to gain perspective over all facets of the design and development process to deliver integrated and holistic product solutions to our clientele.