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Industrial design hall of fame


Create a design intervention, that improves students experience at 161 south main street (industrial design building). 

When :

Fall 2019

Key Question:

What part of the ID experience do students want to change / improve?


student survey :

I created a questionnaire using Google forms, to understand student's general thoughts about working/collaborating in the ID building.

survey questions + answers :

What year are you in? 

Seniors (33.3 %)

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Sophomores (13.3 %)

Juniors (53.3 %)

How often do you visit the ID building to work, besides class?


2 to 4 Days


1 to 2 Days


Only when I need to use the shops


I prefer working from home / elsewhere

How do you feel about the atmosphere in ID?

key takeaways :

- Dull environment.

- Need more collaborative spaces.

- Don't mingle with students outside of class / studio.


- Productive environment. 

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On a scale of 1-10, how interested are you in a shared space where you can discuss ideas/ask questions/get feedback?


10 - 9

Very Interested


8 - 6

Somewhat Interested


 5 - 0

 Mildly Interested

The ID community is a valuable resource, what would you like to gain from it?

key takeaways :

- Connections.


- More connections.

- Career planning advice.

- Crafts & skills.

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Summary : 

  • Initial problem - Not enough collaborative/ hang-out spots to share ideas/thoughts/get feedback.

  • Main concerns - Dull atmosphere, overly competitive environment, stools, studio layouts, lack of a sense of community. 

  • What do people wish to gain from the ID community - CONNECTIONS.

  • Suggestions - Anonymous Q&A box, Online forum, RISD ID App

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Area of focus :

Community building + Development


Statement :

My goal for this assignment is to create / foster greater interaction / communication / collaboration between all students of the industrial design building.

Areas of opportunity

1. Anonymous q&A box :

  • Write queries / general questions on a note, include name + email.

  • Drop it into the box.

  • Box is placed in central location (lobby).

  • Students passing through may interact with the box by turning the wheel. 

  • The box dispenses random note.

  • Person may choose to answer query / question via email. 

2. Industrial design app :

  • Helps students connect with peers within ID, message, follow studio work.

  • Upload / post work, queries, surveys, targeted to ID students.

  • Share information related to upcoming classes, workshops, events (built in calendar). 

  • Discussion forums, to share ideas and increase collaboration. 

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3. Student Photo wall :

  • "More connections, less segregation".

  • Don't know peers outside your own year group, sometimes even studio. 

  • Remembering people's names + faces.

  • Allows students to learn about all members of the ID community. 


Why options 1 & 2 would not work :

  • No incentive to use Q&A box, when the student can just ask friends instead.

  • Any questions would require real-time response, and this is a slow, delayed process.

  • In a digital world, people find it easiest to access others online. 

  • App is not convenient as people use other forms of known social media to carry out similar functions (Facebook groups, Instagram surveys, Snapchat sharing). 

Benefits of photo + name wall :

  • Creates a sense of relationship.

  • Makes people feel valued, important. 

  • Increases comfort level, trust, empathy and positive communication. 

  • Feeling of belonging in a community. 

Key takeaways :

  • Engaging, interesting method to learn about peers, requiring minimal interaction. 

  • Fun and quick! 

Design opportunity 

statement :

Creating a space where peers can familiarize themselves with each other’s names +faces and potentially connect /make conversation. 

Design Process

Keywords :

  • Fun

  • Interactive

  • Colorful 

  • Accessible

  • Community - Driven

Features :

  • Name + Year

  • Fun photo (self - expression)

  • Flexible + Easy to Install 

  • Customizable 

Inspiration :

Emmanuelle Moureaux Installations : Tokyo based architect, uses color to divide / create spaces. 


100 Colors, Color Factory NYC


Universe of Words, Tokyo

Ideation : 

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Key takeaways :

  • Hanging photo wall (open square shape).

  • Cozy, enclosed space.

  • Interesting from the front + back.

  • Placed in high traffic area = lobby.

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