The Final Critique of the 2020 Industrial Design Sprint Project was an impressive display of design insight and creativity. The principals of this year’s client UNION (the product design and strategy division of design consultancy Shea & Latone) were on hand to review the results of this intensive week of design and provide the teams with valuable feedback.
At the beginning of the seven day project the teams were given the task of creating a product for the growing population of nomadic workers. The current workplace trend away from dedicated offices can be seen in many forms from co-working spaces to telecommuters and everything in between. Great opportunity exists for new solutions in this area.
Each of the 13 teams provided a unique solution to address the needs of this demographic. A full range of designs were presented to the judging group of clients and faculty members: dividers and screens that quickly converted from private to collaborative modes, organization and security devices and innovative multi-use tables and chairs.
In the end, the project that stood out the most to the judges was a portable folding worksurface designed for use in the car. Its unique design took advantage of the surfaces and features of a standard vehicle interior to give itself structure and utility.
This year’s Sprint was a great week of design: much was created and skills of all kinds were refined. Most importantly, the members of each and every team now have another powerful industry-based project to feature in their developing design portfolios.