COURSES

DES 165, Studio Practices in Industrial Design
This studio course will explore core elements of industrial design through concept ideation, material selection, model making and fabrication processes. Historic, contemporary, and future developments in industrial design along with industry awareness and sustainability will be covered. Innovation in new material and fabrication technology related to everyday objects, soft goods, portable structures, electronics, furniture, and transportation will be explored in this studio. Applications for common materials such as metals, plastics, wood, ceramics, and composites will be tested. Industrial design processes such as forming, casting, cutting, joining, and finishing will be demonstrated. Practice based course assignments will cover sketching, 3-D form, 3-D rendering, and prototype making. Presentations will highlight social entrepreneurship, environmental responsibility, ethics, and real-world problem solving.

DES 127A, Introduction to Sustainable Design
This course is intended for students interested in exploring the principles, practice and materials of sustainable design in the context of the environmental and climate crisis. Through lectures, reading, case studies, field trips, and group projects this course will explore sustainable design in the fields of material science, product design, energy, transportation, the built environment, and visual communication. We will investigate how designers, architects and engineers use ecological and socially responsible design to address complex systems related to climate change, resource limitations, and ecosystem degradation. The intention is to create a solid understanding of sustainable design methods and their potential to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.

DES 127B, Studio Practice in Sustainable Design
In this studio course, we use inquiry, research, and data to inform work that makes environmental impact visible and known, and that inspires behavioral change. We will further investigate many of the concepts from 127A (Lifecycle Analysis, humanitarian design, material processes, environmental justice, green energy, and more) both locally on the UC Davis campus and beyond. For designers of any medium, this course will ask you to use your voice to make visible and actionable the environmental behaviors of humans.