Creative Industrial Design Education

David Klein,
Metropolitan State College of Denver

It is important to combine technology with real problems and a twist of imagination in order to promote creativity in the classroom. Industrial design incorporates the planning, development, and refinement of products for mass-production and sale. Innovative thinking is at the core of good industrial design. Students are guided in making qualitative observations about human behavior and design solutions for problems they discover. Multiple concept sketches and models are required in order to exhaust all possibilities, and creativity becomes more tangible as forms are sculpturally and functionally refined. Creative design projects should require students to study an international culture outside of their own. This forces them to reach outside of their own confines to find creative designs. Good design projects address basic human needs, are simple to construct, affordable to global users, appropriately scaled for international shipping, and utilize environmentally friendly materials.

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