Human interaction a key theme in design showcase

by | Apr 4, 2014 | A&E

Shoynear Morrison
A&E Reporter

The stress, the frustration, the passion and achievement of fourth-year Industrial Design students will be on display for all to see at this year’s Industrial Design Thesis Show.

The showcase is an integral part of the program at Humber, said Senior Level Thesis Professor Bruce Thompson.

The show allows graduating students to reveal their talents and skills to scouting companies, said Thompson.

“We have a very good percentage of students placed in actual design jobs,” Thompson said.

Students have been working on their thesis project since the beginning of fall semester.
Thompson is one of the two teachers responsible for approving each student’s thesis idea.

Students are allowed to follow their own interests when creating their thesis project, have to be within the guidelines of what is considered a worthy research thesis, he said.

“There has to be a solid fundamental of human interaction in the design,” Thompson said.

“Ergonomics is a great part of designing for humans and human interaction,” he said.
Spectators can expect to see an array of designs at the Industrial Design Thesis show.

Thompson says what most people like to see are the models, from vehicles to clothing.

“That’s the nature of industrial design – it is a very wide field”.

Fourth-year Industrial Design students Adam Carvalho, Viktor Zubrickas and Ashley Hu are three of the many students participating in the showcase.

Carvalho’s thesis project is called SOL.Em which optimizes sustainability in personal transportation.

“Most people are driving by themselves and driving larger vehicles. The issue with that is there are wasted materials and energy,” said Carvalho.

Zubrickas’ thesis project focuses on making commuting more enjoyable and easy for the public.

He was inspired by a friend to create a modular and efficient mode of transportation, he said. His initial idea was to create a collapsible skateboard. His project later grew into a collapsible bicycle that has the efficiency of a “pedal powered mechanism,” according to Zubrickas.

Hu’s project is a rehabilitation device that aims to empower stroke survivors.
Hu’s thesis project is designed to recognize depression more easily while enforcing physical rehabilitation.

“Seventy per cent of stroke patients do not get treatment for their depression,” said Hu.

The show will start at 5:30 p.m. April 17 at the Design Exchange Trading Floor at 234 Bay St., Toronto, and will run for three hours only.