Master's and Bachelor's Theses
The Bachelor's and Master's graduates of the summer semester 2020 worked on topics such as support for medical communication, illness and crisis situations; but solutions were also developed in the private environment, for example for healthy nutrition, cosmetics, security systems and tools. Road safety is provided by a digital rear-view mirror for motorcyclists.
Solutions for Problems in the Context of Epidemics
The aim of this course was to shed light on the urgent issues of social life in a pandemic situation in order to develop products, concepts and solutions in which industrial design can play out its particular strengths. Among the topics covered were telediagnosis, respiratory therapy and hand disinfection.
Powers in Play
Politics are boring? Board games are not.
In this project, which was funded by the Federal Foreign Office, students from the Industrial Design department of the University of Wuppertal set out to design board games that help players understand politics better – through fun, playful and interactive experiences.
New Work X.0
Design and Development Processes in Times of Digital Collaboration
This semester, students in the Master's programme Strategic Innovation in Products and Services dealt with the design of spatially separated cooperation in design and its related development and innovation processes. Specifically, they asked how future design and development processes must be designed if project participants cannot meet physically, but have to design the entire process formats of collaboration in virtual space – as was the case in the covid-induced lockdown.
Technical Design of a Travel Hair Dryer
In the main project of the 4th semester, the technical design, the students mentally packed their bags and took a travel hair dryer with them. With special consideration of the technical construction, the electronics, electromechanics, mechanics, ventilation, cooling as well as the housing architecture were examined from a functional and formal point of view.
The 2nd semester students made "a virtue – that is: a design – out of necessity" in the artistic basics: design solutions for defective products were developed. The aim was to integrate and process the defect in such a way that it becomes a special design feature of the product. In addition, a "literature-based" product was to be developed that would fit in with a self-chosen text and its content in terms of time, style and shape.
And because everything took place at home during this semester, another project in the 2nd semester focused on "hidden areas" in the personal living environment. There, hidden niches, intermediate zones, overlooked areas, corners and angles were to be tracked down and solutions were to be developed through skilful installation and conversion to give these places a useful purpose.
Workshops alone at your desk at home? Works great! In id_methodLAB we have digitised our impulse workshop series and brought it to the students' home offices.