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  • Hector Brignone

    Hector Brignone is a Venezuelan designer that investigates the objects, experiences and, ideas that move us physically and emotionally. His work aims to uphold the responsibility as an industrial designer to work in a way that benefits all members of society, is kind to our environment and, might put smiles on faces. PORTFOLIO EMAIL SOCIAL How can waste management incentivize voluntary cleaning of beaches? We human beings have a nasty habit of over consumption and production. We have widely adopted a thriving throw away culture, and show no signs of stopping. This combination of consumption and rapid entropy of goods creates an environmental nightmare that poses an immense challenge for waste management. This is nowhere more evident than on the beach, but should the burden of keeping our beaches healthy and clean be solely placed on a cities waste management personnel? Trash Pass is intelligent waste management that asks its users to clean up not only after themselves at the beach, but others as well. Trash pass uses object recognition technology, draws from behavioral cues between people, their trash, and the environment, and establishes incentives in hopes of motivating voluntary coastal cleaning. With this system, Trash is Cash. PREVIOUS NEXT ALL PROJECTS Trash pass provides an opportunity for cities' waste management systems to introduce intelligent sorting of different waste streams when hiring more personnel to do so is not an option. While a clean beach is the ultimate goal of Trash Pass, it aims to create a more educated beach goer that becomes further aware of their relationship to their trash, where it belongs, and how it affects them and the coastal environment. Trash Pass Ecosystems Communities Hector Brignone is a Venezuelan designer that investigates the objects, experiences and, ideas that move us physically and emotionally. His work aims to uphold the responsibility as an industrial designer to work in a way that benefits all members of society, is kind to our environment and, might put smiles on faces. PORTFOLIO SOCIAL EMAIL How can waste management incentivize voluntary cleaning of beaches? We human beings have a nasty habit of over consumption and production. We have widely adopted a thriving throw away culture, and show no signs of stopping. This combination of consumption and rapid entropy of goods creates an environmental nightmare that poses an immense challenge for waste management. This is nowhere more evident than on the beach, but should the burden of keeping our beaches healthy and clean be solely placed on a cities waste management personnel?

  • Zining Chen

    Zining Chen is a designer who has always believed in improving lives through design. PORTFOLIO EMAIL SOCIAL How to prevent at-home yoga injuries? YOG provides a smart yoga system that includes a projector, an infrared 3D video camera, a speaker, a pressure sensor system connected with the led light strip, and the course platform. The 3D camera captures the data and transmits it to the real-time muscle progress in the training interface. Red means the muscle is overused, and blue means the muscle is used correctly. The pressure sensor works with an LED light strip in 3 colors to keep users' balance during training. No light means balance, orange means little pressure difference, red means big pressure difference, need to adjust the movement to stabilize the center of gravity. The YOG platform provides Live yoga classes and the entire design system is suitable for a different levels of expertise in yoga training. Users can book and take the course through the platform, the training progress also shows on the platform. PREVIOUS NEXT ALL PROJECTS The details of the YOG. Includes a projector, an infrared 3D video camera, and a speaker in the device. YOG Individuals Interactions Zining Chen is a designer who has always believed in improving lives through design. PORTFOLIO SOCIAL EMAIL How to prevent at-home yoga injuries? YOG provides a smart yoga system that includes a projector, an infrared 3D video camera, a speaker, a pressure sensor system connected with the led light strip, and the course platform. The 3D camera captures the data and transmits it to the real-time muscle progress in the training interface. Red means the muscle is overused, and blue means the muscle is used correctly. The pressure sensor works with an LED light strip in 3 colors to keep users' balance during training. No light means balance, orange means little pressure difference, red means big pressure difference, need to adjust the movement to stabilize the center of gravity.

  • Alicia Yoyo Ma

    Alicia Ma is an industrial designer with roots in business and enthusiasm in forms and crafting. She has a wide range of international experiences, having studied abroad in Vancouver, Beijing and London. She is passionate in designing for the pets, women and the elderly. PORTFOLIO EMAIL SOCIAL How can we strengthen our bonds with senior dogs? Just like senior citizens, aging dogs also have many health concerns to be taken care of. Alongside the physical issues such as arthritis and lack of comfort from losing muscles, the biggest and hardest issue out of all is the emotional concerns. Older dogs may develop anxiety as they age because they are afraid of their owners leaving them behind. So what can we do to strengthen our bonds between senior dogs and their owners? Meyou, which translates to "intimate friends" in Mandarin, is a sofa cushion replacement for owners who live with senior dogs. It aims to provide an option for owners to build up a co-existing living environment where the products match the current home setting while providing comfort for both humans and dogs. PREVIOUS NEXT ALL PROJECTS It has three main functions: a ramp for the dog to walk up and down the sofa freely and painlessly, a dent on the main cushion that can be used as a "dog bed", and detachable cushion covers for dogs that are incontinent. The top cushion can also be flipped back to function as a normal sofa seat for when friends visit. Meyou 密友 Interactions Individuals Alicia Ma is an industrial designer with roots in business and enthusiasm in forms and crafting. She has a wide range of international experiences, having studied abroad in Vancouver, Beijing and London. She is passionate in designing for the pets, women and the elderly. PORTFOLIO SOCIAL EMAIL How can we strengthen our bonds with senior dogs? Just like senior citizens, aging dogs also have many health concerns to be taken care of. Alongside the physical issues such as arthritis and lack of comfort from losing muscles, the biggest and hardest issue out of all is the emotional concerns. Older dogs may develop anxiety as they age because they are afraid of their owners leaving them behind. So what can we do to strengthen our bonds between senior dogs and their owners?

  • Alexander Wilde

    Alex, originally from Washington D.C., received his Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and French from the University of Wisconsin, in Madison before pursuing his Masters of Industrial Design at Pratt Institute. He uses his ability to create to push his design process in the physical realm. PORTFOLIO EMAIL SOCIAL What can a zero waste manufacturing cycle look like when using sustainable technologies? Here is the Myco Stool, a modular and easily assembled stool, that utilizes myceliums sponge like material properties to create a comfortable seat that’s both repairable and biodegradable. These products utilize a unique joinery system, free of any screws or bolts, which allows for flat packing and easy storage. By utilizing a circular flow economy, wherein the waste generated from manufacturing is used back in the production cycle, products can reach a lower carbon footprint before reaching the consumer. PREVIOUS NEXT ALL PROJECTS But most importantly they utilize all the material waste produced during the manufacturing process back in the products themselves. By combining traditional fabrication methods with new technologies we can build a cleaner future while growing beautiful furniture. Waste Remanufactured Ecosystems ​ Alex, originally from Washington D.C., received his Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and French from the University of Wisconsin, in Madison before pursuing his Masters of Industrial Design at Pratt Institute. He uses his ability to create to push his design process in the physical realm. PORTFOLIO SOCIAL EMAIL What can a zero waste manufacturing cycle look like when using sustainable technologies? Here is the Myco Stool, a modular and easily assembled stool, that utilizes myceliums sponge like material properties to create a comfortable seat that’s both repairable and biodegradable. These products utilize a unique joinery system, free of any screws or bolts, which allows for flat packing and easy storage.

  • Cody Kuo

    A Taiwanese industrial designer based in New York. His work experience ranges from speculative design to the discovery of emotional creation. Striving to use his unique design methodology to benefit society. PORTFOLIO EMAIL SOCIAL How can we foster interpersonal connection through play? GOTCHA is a sports game drone designed to reduce social exclusion. Through the action of the play, GOTCHA aspires to merge different communities to play in an active way and create a social change for people to play outdoor. GOTCHA is using a gesture controller, by adding weights to the control allows the user to gain arm muscle while operating the drone. The control can pick up muscle signals during the movement of the arm. PREVIOUS NEXT ALL PROJECTS GOTCHA took inspiration from harry potter’s golden snitch game. replace the golden snich into a drone, whoever catch the drone wins the game. And design game rules to include as many people to participate in the game. GOTCHA Interactions Communities A Taiwanese industrial designer based in New York. His work experience ranges from speculative design to the discovery of emotional creation. Striving to use his unique design methodology to benefit society. PORTFOLIO SOCIAL EMAIL How can we foster interpersonal connection through play? GOTCHA is a sports game drone designed to reduce social exclusion. Through the action of the play, GOTCHA aspires to merge different communities to play in an active way and create a social change for people to play outdoor.

  • Xi Zhu

    Xi Zhu is an industrial designer from Shandong, China. She loves to observe and think about the details of things and how they work. She understands the needs and designs the most suitable and feasible "answers" to bring convenience and happiness to people's lives. PORTFOLIO EMAIL SOCIAL How could we improve the quality of life in temporary shelters? Right now, natural disasters are becoming more frequent and severe every year. Maybe in the next second, one of us will lose our home to these natural disasters. Imagine how you would feel when you just lost your home and stood in an unfamiliar and messy temporary shelter? It is not only necessary to provide people with a safe space but to provide them with opportunities for privacy and relaxation. In order to relieve people's physical and psychological exhaustion in temporary shelters, allowing them to get better rest..... MineCapsule aims to improve and meet people's needs for safety, health, privacy, and comfort in temporary shelters. This product consists of 29 laser-cut hydrophobic corrugated boards. It can be easily assembled by two people without any tools in 20 minutes. It is easy to produce, transport, assemble and recycle, ideal for use in temporary shelters. MineCapsule's door and skylight can be freely adjusted by pushing and pulling. Users can close them completely to create their own private space, or open them all to chat and socialize with others. PREVIOUS NEXT ALL PROJECTS Different colors can bring calm or inspiration to people. The MineCapsule can be printed with a specific pattern or freely painted by the user to relieve the tension and anxiety of displaced people. It gives them a space that is completely their own. MineCapsule Communities Individuals Xi Zhu is an industrial designer from Shandong, China. She loves to observe and think about the details of things and how they work. She understands the needs and designs the most suitable and feasible "answers" to bring convenience and happiness to people's lives. PORTFOLIO SOCIAL EMAIL How could we improve the quality of life in temporary shelters? Right now, natural disasters are becoming more frequent and severe every year. Maybe in the next second, one of us will lose our home to these natural disasters. Imagine how you would feel when you just lost your home and stood in an unfamiliar and messy temporary shelter? It is not only necessary to provide people with a safe space but to provide them with opportunities for privacy and relaxation. In order to relieve people's physical and psychological exhaustion in temporary shelters, allowing them to get better rest..... MineCapsule aims to improve and meet people's needs for safety, health, privacy, and comfort in temporary shelters. This product consists of 29 laser-cut hydrophobic corrugated boards. It can be easily assembled by two people without any tools in 20 minutes. It is easy to produce, transport, assemble and recycle, ideal for use in temporary shelters.

  • Chenqi Zhang

    Chenqi Zhang is an industrial designer from China with a dual background in engineering and art. Experience working in tech companies and studios and hope to develop in tech and automotive in the future. PORTFOLIO EMAIL SOCIAL How can we enable personal trainers to expand training plans with advanced body measurements? In order to adapt to the possible preferences of different private trainers, there are three color options are provided for choosing. The material of ZERO is mainly composed of matt plastic and rubber. Sheet metal and hollow shapes are used in the supports to ensure that the supports can only bend back and forth and not up and down. The magnetic connection is made through the metal sheet and the magnet built in the main body. If the screen is damaged, simply remove the surface rubber cover and replace the old screen with a new one. PREVIOUS NEXT ALL PROJECTS To accommodate measuring different distances and body sizes, personal trainers can match the length of the distance that needs to be measured by using different points on the supports. ZERO Individuals Interactions Chenqi Zhang is an industrial designer from China with a dual background in engineering and art. Experience working in tech companies and studios and hope to develop in tech and automotive in the future. PORTFOLIO SOCIAL EMAIL How can we enable personal trainers to expand training plans with advanced body measurements? In order to adapt to the possible preferences of different private trainers, there are three color options are provided for choosing. The material of ZERO is mainly composed of matt plastic and rubber.

  • Elira Duro

    Elira Duro is an Albanian American designer based in New York City. Her work looks to create more equitable and loving realities for all people. She leverages emerging technologies, participatory action research and design thinking to arrive at innovative solutions for and with communities. PORTFOLIO EMAIL SOCIAL How can removing language barriers help us imagine a more loving United States of America? Jemi Nje started by looking at how we can foster more love for immigrants in the United States of America. Elira researched how love shows up in everyday life, read literature on the topic and engaged in participatory action design research with various immigrant communities to see how design could help. Her findings showed that language barriers, mental health and economic/career opportunities are the top three challenges immigrants face. Without communication of course mental health is burdened and opportunities are limited. Communication enables us to understand, care, respect and know others, it is the foundation needed to foster love for ourselves and others. Jemi Nje looks to help the 1.8 million people living in New York City with Limited English Proficiency. Jemi Nje is an application, a gesture and a speaker facilitating translation. The application uses various Google APIs but for users all they have to do is flip the stand to cue translation. Instead of tapping a screen and figuring out different settings, Jemi Nje’s gesture is easy to learn. It allows the user to pay attention to the person they are speaking to instead of focusing on a screen. PREVIOUS NEXT ALL PROJECTS The speaker for Jemi Nje is a parametric speaker which means it creates directed sound. Unlike other speakers that diffuse sound throughout a room, this speaker points sound to a particular location. This is important for maintaining privacy and also to mimic the physical nature of communication. The speaker follows the conversation and directs itself to the person who needs to hear the translation. Jemi Nje : We Are One Communities Interactions Elira Duro is an Albanian American designer based in New York City. Her work looks to create more equitable and loving realities for all people. She leverages emerging technologies, participatory action research and design thinking to arrive at innovative solutions for and with communities. PORTFOLIO SOCIAL EMAIL How can removing language barriers help us imagine a more loving United States of America? Jemi Nje started by looking at how we can foster more love for immigrants in the United States of America. Elira researched how love shows up in everyday life, read literature on the topic and engaged in participatory action design research with various immigrant communities to see how design could help. Her findings showed that language barriers, mental health and economic/career opportunities are the top three challenges immigrants face. Without communication of course mental health is burdened and opportunities are limited. Communication enables us to understand, care, respect and know others, it is the foundation needed to foster love for ourselves and others. Jemi Nje looks to help the 1.8 million people living in New York City with Limited English Proficiency.

  • Anushritha Sunil

    I am Anushritha Sunil, a multi-disciplinary designer, based in New York. Whilst my work spans across design contexts of research, interface, and environment design, I am driven towards designing socially responsible and ecologically sustainable systems through a cultural and empathetic lens. PORTFOLIO EMAIL SOCIAL How may we enable children to extend their minds and think using their bodies? Our culture insists that the brain is the sole locus of thinking, feeling, and caring, an isolated space where cognition happens, much as the workings of my laptop is sealed inside its aluminum case. Beginning in elementary school we are never explicitly taught to think outside the brain; we are not shown how to employ our bodies, spaces, and relationships in the service of intelligent thought. Drawing from my personal experience of being a dancer, where I was trained to use my body to communicate and express my emotions, how can we make the body a knowledgeable decision-maker in the design process of objects, buildings, and cities? Momi is an assemblage of performative lights and a sensory movement rug to facilitate embodied learning in learning spaces for children to think and be in tune with their bodies. These tools promote social-emotional wellness, social inclusion, and personal literacy in elementary school classrooms. PREVIOUS NEXT ALL PROJECTS Drawing parallels between performance and learning, Momi brings elements of light, sound and shadow play on to existing classroom surfaces that provide spatial cues for children aged between 6 and 12 years during transitions, to learn using their bodies. These tools assist teachers to teach lessons and promote empathy building collective experiences. The performative light changes color responding to different sounds and the modular rug tiles provide a flexible tactile stage for children to move between classes. Moving Mind (Momi) : Thinking with our bodies Interactions Communities I am Anushritha Sunil, a multi-disciplinary designer, based in New York. Whilst my work spans across design contexts of research, interface, and environment design, I am driven towards designing socially responsible and ecologically sustainable systems through a cultural and empathetic lens. PORTFOLIO SOCIAL EMAIL How may we enable children to extend their minds and think using their bodies? Our culture insists that the brain is the sole locus of thinking, feeling, and caring, an isolated space where cognition happens, much as the workings of my laptop is sealed inside its aluminum case. Beginning in elementary school we are never explicitly taught to think outside the brain; we are not shown how to employ our bodies, spaces, and relationships in the service of intelligent thought. Drawing from my personal experience of being a dancer, where I was trained to use my body to communicate and express my emotions, how can we make the body a knowledgeable decision-maker in the design process of objects, buildings, and cities?

  • Guanbo (Bert) Liang

    Guanbo (Bert) Liang is an industrial designer whose main interest is in furniture and space design. He always cares about a balance between form and function. He is strong in working with wood, but also curious about utilizing different kind of unconventional materials. PORTFOLIO EMAIL SOCIAL Can functional furniture be made with simple bamboo splits? There have been many precedential ways of making furniture with bamboo, both traditional or modern, but they always met constraints when being inevitably compared with wood furniture. Bamboo Ready is a solution that utilizes the nature of bamboo and incorporates ready industrial accessories into a furniture design. The capstone is a formula for furniture assembly, which contains a series of joints. Various types of furniture can be made from it. The formula only uses simple but refined bamboo splits as the main structure, with the assistance of eyelet rivets, kevlar cord loops, and cast steel fasteners. PREVIOUS NEXT ALL PROJECTS Here is an enlarged view of some joints. After assembling, the structures shall be stabilized through twisting the cords with the help of the ergonomic fasteners. Bamboo Ready: A Furniture Formula Ecosystems ​ Guanbo (Bert) Liang is an industrial designer whose main interest is in furniture and space design. He always cares about a balance between form and function. He is strong in working with wood, but also curious about utilizing different kind of unconventional materials. PORTFOLIO SOCIAL EMAIL Can functional furniture be made with simple bamboo splits? There have been many precedential ways of making furniture with bamboo, both traditional or modern, but they always met constraints when being inevitably compared with wood furniture. Bamboo Ready is a solution that utilizes the nature of bamboo and incorporates ready industrial accessories into a furniture design. The capstone is a formula for furniture assembly, which contains a series of joints. Various types of furniture can be made from it.

  • Emily Gordin

    Emily is a Brooklyn based designer who focuses on creating bio-based materials from organic waste, specifically cannabis industry waste. She believes that the natural world holds the answers for many material innovations that can revolutionize our relationship to the environment. You can always find Emily with her canine best friend, Billie. PORTFOLIO EMAIL SOCIAL How can we further harness the material potential of hemp? Hemp Matter, an investigation into making biomaterials from CBD industry waste, culminated itself in the product 'Repot'. 'Repot' is a series of planters; from seed starter pots to larger scale planters, that are made from CBD industry stalk and spent flower waste. The material is 100% natural and completely biodegradable, making it so each pot can be planted into the next. After many iterations, the final material recipe is able to be slipcasted allowing for scaled production of the biomaterial pots. The material is able to capture fine details, is water resistant, and ranges in flexibility. PREVIOUS NEXT ALL PROJECTS 'Repot' uses a thin sheet material recipe to form the planters, but this conclusion was only reached after hundreds of material combinations were created with hemp and bioplastic. The combinations ranged from hard panels to flexible sheets using a range of hemp stalk qualities, from fine/medium/large hurd to pulp. The different materials were casted, extruded, and slipcasted giving different results in both form and material quality. Hemp Matter Ecosystems ​ Emily is a Brooklyn based designer who focuses on creating bio-based materials from organic waste, specifically cannabis industry waste. She believes that the natural world holds the answers for many material innovations that can revolutionize our relationship to the environment. You can always find Emily with her canine best friend, Billie. PORTFOLIO SOCIAL EMAIL How can we further harness the material potential of hemp? Hemp Matter, an investigation into making biomaterials from CBD industry waste, culminated itself in the product 'Repot'. 'Repot' is a series of planters; from seed starter pots to larger scale planters, that are made from CBD industry stalk and spent flower waste. The material is 100% natural and completely biodegradable, making it so each pot can be planted into the next.

  • Ross Cameron

    Ross Cameron is a multi-disciplinary designer and artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ross' time at Pratt has shaped him into an aspiring Emergency Designer, with a major bend toward life-saving and quality-of-life-improving solutions to some of today's natural and humanitarian problems. PORTFOLIO EMAIL SOCIAL How can we enable escape for those trapped in flooding cellar apartments? Part of what we're facing as a globe—with climate change and a rise in sea level—is a drastic increase in urban flooding over the next century. During floods, those in garden-, basement- or cellar-level apartments can become trapped in their living spaces due to the extreme pressure of the water rising outside. Wetwork explores possibilities for survival and lifesaving rescue in extreme urban flooding situations, revolving around the main entry door of these apartments, focusing specifically on illegally converted cellar apartments in New York City. Wetwork enables escape, rescue and survival in three phases. First, the door is equipped with a flood warning system that senses submersion and warns residents with lights (which also serve to guide the user to the exit in case of an electricity blackout) and an alarm. As the water rises, the door is sprung open on the hinged side to prevent a pressure differential buildup. PREVIOUS NEXT ALL PROJECTS When a critical water level is reached, the bolt and pin of the door knob are automatically withdrawn, forcing the door open completely and allowing easy exit by residents and easy access (with far less danger) for EMTs and first responders attempting a rescue. WETWORK Individuals Interactions Ross Cameron is a multi-disciplinary designer and artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ross' time at Pratt has shaped him into an aspiring Emergency Designer, with a major bend toward life-saving and quality-of-life-improving solutions to some of today's natural and humanitarian problems. PORTFOLIO SOCIAL EMAIL How can we enable escape for those trapped in flooding cellar apartments? Part of what we're facing as a globe—with climate change and a rise in sea level—is a drastic increase in urban flooding over the next century. During floods, those in garden-, basement- or cellar-level apartments can become trapped in their living spaces due to the extreme pressure of the water rising outside. Wetwork explores possibilities for survival and lifesaving rescue in extreme urban flooding situations, revolving around the main entry door of these apartments, focusing specifically on illegally converted cellar apartments in New York City.