Launchpad Fall 2017: 3D Dinnerware Designs

The 3rd annual fall Launchpad featured something deliciously different this year: 3D dinnerware designs from the sophomore class.

Launchpad is the end-of-semester show in the School of Industrial Design. It showcases student work from all years and programs across three floors of Architecture West building. The show also is intended to launch students into their professional careers or the next phase of their academic lives.

The event gives students and faculty an opportunity to network with the greater Atlanta design community as well as party after 14 weeks of hard work.

Approximately 350-400 people attended the December 2017 event including, students, faculty, parents, alumni, and industry representatives.

The 3D dinnerware was showcased on the first floor. About 45 students displayed sets of 3D printed plates, saucers, bowls, and cups. The exhibit explored the ability of anyone to create custom dinnerware. In the assignment, students also addressed human physical limitations and inclusion. One dinnerware set was designed to subconsciously teach children numbers and shapes, and another was designed to aid those with the use of only one hand.

Sophomore student's portfolios were also displayed on the first floor. The students each created a 24- by 36-inch poster featuring their best work of the semester.

Galleries showing course work from the bachelor and master's programs were displayed on the 2nd floor. Here visitors are treated to ideas generated in classes.

On the 2nd floor, guests socialized and enjoyed the portfolios from first-year students. Across the three floors, more than 100 portfolio posters from all years were displayed.

School Chair Jim Budd and Larry W. Lee, ID ‘69, chat. Lee is president and owner of Plastech Corp., one of the sponsors of the event.

Junior and senior portfolios were displayed on the 3rd floor, which is also where a modified PechaKucha was held.The event drew a crowd to the Crow's Nest of Architecture West, where it was standing room only. Graduating students presented samples of their work. They wowed the audience with 20 slides and 20 seconds each slide.

Matt Ward, a senior from Conyers, Georgia, presents his PechaKucha. His theme was “Designing for the emotions our products create.”

Ward, who graduated in December, explained: “We all base things on feelings, thoughts, and emotions. If you want to design something memorable, inspiring, and meaningful it's important to consider the emotion it evokes, not just the task that needs to be completed.”

The student chapter of IDSA was one of the sponsors of the evening. Here several students pose for photos with a Launchpad frame.