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  • Varnika Kundu

    Varnika Kundu is an Indian industrial designer based in New York. Her work experience ranges from sensory interventions to extended realities, aspiring to innovate interactive products and experiences through a sustainable and empathetic lens. PORTFOLIO EMAIL SOCIAL How can design help anosmics navigate an odorless reality in a scent-based life threatening situation at home? The human body is a complex work of design; A principal conductor orchestrating our experience of the world into a symphony of well-timed sensations that define our reality. But what happens when one of the instruments stops working? From safety concerns such as gas leaks and fires to nearly passing out while cleaning with strong chemicals, many anosmics express feeling paranoid about not knowing if they are in danger. Anora is a cross-modal toolkit comprising a mobile app paired with a family of beautiful lighting fixtures for the home that sense dangerous gasses for you if you don’t have the ability to smell. PREVIOUS NEXT ALL PROJECTS The interlinked system may be customized for each room and aims to provide a sense of safety, social inclusion, and better quality of life through audio-visual signals that are drawn from existing sensory associations. Ambient Noses for Anosmia Communities Interactions Varnika Kundu is an Indian industrial designer based in New York. Her work experience ranges from sensory interventions to extended realities, aspiring to innovate interactive products and experiences through a sustainable and empathetic lens. PORTFOLIO SOCIAL EMAIL How can design help anosmics navigate an odorless reality in a scent-based life threatening situation at home? The human body is a complex work of design; A principal conductor orchestrating our experience of the world into a symphony of well-timed sensations that define our reality. But what happens when one of the instruments stops working? From safety concerns such as gas leaks and fires to nearly passing out while cleaning with strong chemicals, many anosmics express feeling paranoid about not knowing if they are in danger.

  • 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?

  • Zijie Gao

    Zijie Gao is an industrial designer who graduated from Pratt Institute. His work experience ranges from consumer electronics to experience design. He believes good design gains inspiration from life, combining experience design with products. PORTFOLIO EMAIL SOCIAL How can we enhance the experience of online cooking? The unique design of tablet holder makes it adapt to different kitchen environments. The transparent front cover keeps tablet away from grease and water. The extendable mechanism and adjustable hinge make it flexible to various angles. Users can place this holder in different spots in kitchen. The camera has two modes. Using the clip at the back of the camera, user can attach it to the chef hat. Laying down the flat rear part, it also can stand on the countertop. This design makes the camera versatile and captures more views in the kitchen scenario. PREVIOUS NEXT ALL PROJECTS The overall experience of this design. The cameras on the chef hat and countertop can capture different views of cooking process. The tablet holder makes the communication in kitchen more immersive. Cooking Mate Interactions Individuals Zijie Gao is an industrial designer who graduated from Pratt Institute. His work experience ranges from consumer electronics to experience design. He believes good design gains inspiration from life, combining experience design with products. PORTFOLIO SOCIAL EMAIL How can we enhance the experience of online cooking? The unique design of tablet holder makes it adapt to different kitchen environments. The transparent front cover keeps tablet away from grease and water. The extendable mechanism and adjustable hinge make it flexible to various angles. Users can place this holder in different spots in kitchen.

  • 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.

  • Mari Morimoto

    Mari Morimoto is a Japanese industrial designer based in New York. She believes that small “incremental changes” can make a huge impact in design and how people experience the product. Her holistic design process includes developing a strong concept and storyline in order to enrich human experiences. PORTFOLIO EMAIL SOCIAL How might we change classroom furniture to be more inclusive and flexible? Mimon is a flexible seating collection that accompanies a variety of sizes, shapes and colors that better represent the diverse base / needs of American students. You can customize its height, color, and design easily just by replacing each component. mimon seatings has a brilliant interlocking system that does not use any screws, glues, or a special power tool for an easy self assembly. Each seating component interlocks together with the precisely calculated, formed, notches and cap. It also is flat packable. PREVIOUS NEXT ALL PROJECTS mimon seatings are all made out of one same material, a sheet plywood, which is known for its durability which is perfect for a classroom use. Thanks to its brilliant interlocking mechanism, if there is any broken parts, you don't have to replace everything, you only have to replace the broken parts, no matter if it's a leg, two legs or even a seating components. mimon - pick your seat! Communities Interactions Mari Morimoto is a Japanese industrial designer based in New York. She believes that small “incremental changes” can make a huge impact in design and how people experience the product. Her holistic design process includes developing a strong concept and storyline in order to enrich human experiences. PORTFOLIO SOCIAL EMAIL How might we change classroom furniture to be more inclusive and flexible? Mimon is a flexible seating collection that accompanies a variety of sizes, shapes and colors that better represent the diverse base / needs of American students. You can customize its height, color, and design easily just by replacing each component.

  • About | Pratt Mid 2022

    Adina Junru Zhu THESIS PORTFOLIO Alexander Wilde THESIS PORTFOLIO Alicia Yoyo Ma THESIS PORTFOLIO Anushritha Sunil THESIS PORTFOLIO Chenqi Zhang THESIS PORTFOLIO Cody Kuo THESIS PORTFOLIO Dhruv Mishra THESIS PORTFOLIO Elira Duro THESIS PORTFOLIO Emily Gordin THESIS PORTFOLIO Guanbo (Bert) Liang THESIS PORTFOLIO Hector Brignone THESIS PORTFOLIO Mari Morimoto THESIS PORTFOLIO Meng Ning THESIS PORTFOLIO Nelson Chen THESIS PORTFOLIO Olivia Gorman THESIS PORTFOLIO Ross Cameron THESIS PORTFOLIO Tai Sheng THESIS PORTFOLIO Tengbo Rong(Tony) THESIS PORTFOLIO Varnika Kundu THESIS PORTFOLIO Xi Zhu THESIS PORTFOLIO Xinda (Parker) Wang THESIS PORTFOLIO Yiting Liu THESIS PORTFOLIO Yuean Zhang THESIS PORTFOLIO Zijie Gao THESIS PORTFOLIO Zining Chen THESIS PORTFOLIO Masters in Industrial Design 2022 Meet the faces behind the work that highlight how design can create change in our ecosystem, communities, interactions and individual selves.

  • Works | Pratt Mid 2022

    Inter-Perspective, showcases the varying and interconnected perspectives of our 25 graduate thesis projects. Each project addresses a core design issue, fills a need or solves a problem, and together this class sends a clear message to the world: designers belong everywhere. Ecosystems Communities Interactions Individuals East-Asian Hybrid Modernity Nelson Chen Communities, Individuals MUU Yiting Liu Ecosystems, Communities Cooking Mate Zijie Gao Interactions, Individuals MineCapsule Xi Zhu Communities, Individuals Ambient Noses for Anosmia Varnika Kundu Communities, Interactions Hemp Matter Emily Gordin Ecosystems Trash Pass Hector Brignone Ecosystems, Communities WETWORK Ross Cameron Individuals, Interactions ZERO Chenqi Zhang Individuals, Interactions Waste Remanufactured Alexander Wilde Ecosystems tree detection tool Tengbo Rong(Tony) Ecosystems, Interactions mimon - pick your seat! Mari Morimoto Communities, Interactions GOTCHA Cody Kuo Interactions, Communities Bamboo Ready: A Furniture Formula Guanbo (Bert) Liang Ecosystems cooone Adina Junru Zhu Interactions Serving Grace Yuean Zhang Communities, Interactions Moving Mind (Momi) : Thinking with our bodies Anushritha Sunil Interactions, Communities Keetcast Tai Sheng Interactions, Individuals The Heer-oh Desk Olivia Gorman Individuals Jemi Nje : We Are One Elira Duro Communities, Interactions Maywell - a user-friendly self-injection experience Xinda (Parker) Wang Individuals, Interactions YOG Zining Chen Individuals, Interactions Textura: Smart Wearables for ASD Dhruv Mishra Communities, Interactions LET/D Meng Ning Interactions, Communities Meyou 密友 Alicia Yoyo Ma Interactions, Individuals

  • 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.

  • Yuean Zhang

    Yuean is an Asia-based designer with an architectural engineering background. She conducts design as an expression that integrates multiple narrative methods. She is also interested in graphic design, branding and photography. PORTFOLIO EMAIL SOCIAL How can the communal dining experience be enhanced? Share-dishes communal dining is a typical Chinese way of eating together: In a feast, each diner takes food from the same plate and enjoys it with their chopsticks. Unfortunately, the share-dishes communal dining lets gastric germs spread on the dining table. Over 50% Chinese population has been infected by Helicobacter pylori, which causes 4-6 times the incidence of gastric cancer in the patient than in a normal person. How can we let diners change their eating behaviors to adopt serving utensils? Based on the research, I learned: People change their behaviors not because it is good for them, but because they will look good if they do. So a set of serving utensils specially designed for Chinese dishes to help diners eat elegantly and look good would be a successful strategy. The new tongs has a scissors structure helping diners cut off long slippery stripes effortlessly. The sleeve of the rice paddle protects diners’ hands from being injured by a hot clay pot. The skimmer and ladle match each other to prevent dropping sauce on the dining table. Moreover, a redesigned private plate is used to hide food scraps and maintain the excellent appetite of other diners. PREVIOUS NEXT ALL PROJECTS Considering the variety of interior and tableware styles of Asian dining, more material and color options are provided. The white thermal plastic version can adopt the relaxing at-home dining style, and this stainless steel version fits the dine-out style best. Serving Grace Communities Interactions Yuean is an Asia-based designer with an architectural engineering background. She conducts design as an expression that integrates multiple narrative methods. She is also interested in graphic design, branding and photography. PORTFOLIO SOCIAL EMAIL How can the communal dining experience be enhanced? Share-dishes communal dining is a typical Chinese way of eating together: In a feast, each diner takes food from the same plate and enjoys it with their chopsticks. Unfortunately, the share-dishes communal dining lets gastric germs spread on the dining table. Over 50% Chinese population has been infected by Helicobacter pylori, which causes 4-6 times the incidence of gastric cancer in the patient than in a normal person. How can we let diners change their eating behaviors to adopt serving utensils? Based on the research, I learned: People change their behaviors not because it is good for them, but because they will look good if they do. So a set of serving utensils specially designed for Chinese dishes to help diners eat elegantly and look good would be a successful strategy.

  • Pratt Institute Industrial Design | Pratt Mid 2022

    Masters in Industrial Design From vast to narrow, from many to one; this year's Industrial Design Masters students have taken a look at the various points where design can intervene. 2019 - 2022 Adina Junru Zhu Alexander Wilde Alicia Yoyo Ma Anushritha Sunil Chenqi Zhang Cody Kuo Dhruv Mishra Elira Duro Emily Gordin Guanbo (Bert) Liang Hector Brignone Mari Morimoto Meng Ning Nelson Chen Olivia Gorman Ross Cameron Tai Sheng Tengbo Rong(Tony) Varnika Kundu Xi Zhu Xinda (Parker) Wang Yiting Liu Yuean Zhang Zijie Gao Zining Chen Out of gallery Out of gallery Ecosystems Leveraging and improving our natural and built environments. Communities Supporting & engaging diverse groups. Interactions Connections and moments shared between beings. Out of gallery Individuals Tools and objects for personal experiences. Out of gallery