Arts & Events: Industrial Design Junior Review Exhibition

Tieton Cider Works, 2012, by: Christian Ross
By: Aleksandra Bulatskaya

Dive into the world of tomorrow’s toys, furniture, typography, luggage, and just about anything else at the California College of the Arts Industrial Design Junior Review Exhibition, showing Nov. 27 through the 30th.

Some of this year’s works include a portable amplifier made for street performers, jumping toy for adults, a new bottle label design and toy bears that can be disassembled.

The origins of industrial design can be traced back to the early 1900’s with the expansion of industrialization. It is defined as the use of a combination of applied art and science to improve the aesthetics, ergonomics, functionality and usability of a product.

As an artistic field, industrial design has always walked the fine line between art and engineering. However its true artistic merit goes beyond aesthetics because the creations of industrial designers can have a direct impact on quality of life.

Past graduates of the college’s  industrial design program included Lucas Ainsworth, who channeled his passion of sustainability and the outdoors into designing products like Jungle Walkers, 100 percent sustainable cardboard puzzle animals and a recreational kite that can pull a man across a snowy slope.

Whether art or engineering, new projects built on creativity and logic are sure to be fascinating, if not just plain cool.

Reception Tues., Nov. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA

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