GVU Brownbag: Industrial Designers and Interactive Product Design

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Industrial Designers - Key Collaborators in Interactive Product Design 

Advances in technology over the past ten years have had a significant impact on our lives that in turn have altered our understanding and perception of the world around us. But have we really fully leveraged the potential benefits of these new technologies?

In conjunction with these changes, the School of Industrial Design has recently completed construction of a new Interactive Product Design Lab to help equip our students with the skills and knowledge to rapidly prototype and test new ideas for interactive products, systems and services. The long-term goal of the Lab is to stimulate collaboration with faculty and students from across the campus and partners from industry interested in investigating new applications of sensor based technologies.

This well-illustrated talk will provide:

  • an overview of the changes in the field of industrial design that have sparked the development of a rapidly evolving set of design strategies and methods that help us more effectively focus our creative effort on those artifacts and experiences that are more meaningful for the intended audience.
  • a visual overview of the Lab, initial elements of our new curriculum related to interactive product design and examples of projects that have been produced by industrial design students and faculty working in this area over the past few years.

Jim Budd was appointed Chair of the School of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech in the Fall of 2010. He has over 20 years design experience in business and industry with a focus on advanced electronics products and systems for both consumer and business markets prior to commencing his teaching career.

He has taught for the past 15 years at schools in the US and Canada including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Georgia Tech, the Technical University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University Surrey, Carleton University and the Emily Carr University of Art & Design.
He has helped foster new curriculum for a number of interdisciplinary design development and innovation courses that pool teams of students from a diverse range of disciplines to work collaboratively on both humanitarian and industry sponsored projects.

Professor Budd’s research and teaching interests focus on a human-centered approach to design with a specific interest on the application of sensor-based technologies to enhance the way we interact with the world around us.

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