Department of Art and Design News
April 23, 2019
Steve Visser: furniture to solve problem of functional fit
Born out of research and experience from the Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program, a now 19-year old newborn health project at Save the Children, and with seed funding from the Save the Children Innovations Council as well as Purdue University’s I2D Lab, a team of experts in health, industrial engineering, and design led by Professors Yuehwern Yih and Steve Visser, is working to create a set of space-saving furniture with accompanying layout design to allow for greater family-centered care and meet the needs of patients, families, and healthcare workers at Ntcheu district hospital in Malawi. The set includes a stacked neonatal crib, lounge chair for mothers and babies to be in skin-to-skin contact together and a mobile nurse’s station.
April 1, 2019
David Deal: Awards and Publication in Graphis Poster Annual 2020
Continuing Lecturer David Deal has been recognized with two silver awards and publication in the Graphis Poster Annual 2020, an international poster design competition sponsored by Graphis, a major publisher in the graphic design industry since 1944. David received the awards for the 2018 Spring Dance Works and the 2018 Winter Dance Works posters for Purdue Contemporary Dance Company. Also receiving recognition is Mark Simons, Senior Photographer with Purdue Marketing and Media, whose imagery is an important aspect of the designs.
Students Place 1st and 2nd in National Design Competition
Seniors design to enable others to live more independently
Seniors, Amanda Wegener and Cassandra Crawford were awarded 1st place and Laura Blythe and Laine Hertel were awarded 2nd place in IDEC’s 2018-2019 national student design competition. A total of 43 universities submitted 119 entries in the competition. The project objective was to design a vocational school for adults with autism spectrum disorder and like cognitive disabilities so that they may live more independent lives. Specific challenges included understanding how the built environment affects those with sensory processing issues, making the design universally accessible to an array of abilities while preserving dignity, and empowering all those who come to use and learn in this space.
Art, Engineering, and Science merge in “Return to Entry” Exhibition
March 11, 2019
Jennifer Scheuer prints shown in Ringel Gallery
Visiting lecturer Jennifer Scheuer is a featured artist in “Return to Entry,” an exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, in the Ringel Gallery, Purdue University. Scheuer, along with Frances Gallardo, and Michael Oatman were invited to work in response to Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong’s personal library and papers of other astronauts and engineers housed at Purdue University Library’ Archives and Special Collections. The exhibition will open March 25 and runs through May 11. More of Jennifer’s work can be found at www.jenniferscheuer.com.
January 8th, 2019
TJ Kim: Lean/Minimal Chair
TJ Kim has designed what he calls a “minimal chair” that can be shipped in a thin flat box, taking only seconds to assemble without tools, as part of an effort to create furniture design processes that could significantly change lean manufacturing across the world. Tong Kim, an associate professor of industrial design in Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts, says his chair reduces waste and is easy to ship. A video demonstration of the chair is available here.
November 20th, 2018
Shannon McMullen, Fabian WINkler: Algorithmic Gardening
Dr. Shannon McMullen and Fabian Winkler’s suite of works, titled Algorithmic Gardening wins laurels at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) in November 2018. Their installation, featured in the IDFA DocLab Spotlight program, combines Soybots, farm futures and soy-based culinary experiences on custom-made dinnerware.
November 2nd, 2018
Medical Design Hackathon Sponsored by Dawn or Doom 2018
Design Good Now is a medical design hackathon where Purdue University students from industrial design, biomedical engineering, marketing, and business backgrounds to work collaboratively over a weekend designing assistive/adaptive devices for people with disabilities and contributing to work from 40+ universities worldwide.
July 16th, 2018
Petrônio Bendito: Global Citizen
The Indianapolis Airport Authority and the Arts Council of Indianapolis have selected John Puffer, Barbara Stahl, Petronio Bendito as featured artists to exhibit their recent work from July 16 through November 11, 2018. Purdue University art professor Petrônio Bendito combines visual experimentation in color and pattern with photographs taken from his worldwide travels, including his native country of Brazil, in an installation that reminds us that we live in a globalized society.