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These 'skins' are in: Students' designs give prosthetics a new look

A project by Kansas State University interior architecture & product design students is giving individuals with prosthetic limbs a chance to add some personality to their prosthetic and show the students that their discipline goes beyond creating products or designing spaces.

Using his interest in bio-augmentation through 3-D printing, Dustin Headleyand the 27 students in his second-year undergraduate product design studio class worked with six clients who are leg amputees to design a cover — or "skin" — that could become part of their prosthetic.

Read more here.

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IAPD Student wins National Competition

Fourth year student Emma Montgomery was awarded the Grand Prize award for the second annual Steelcase NEXT competition. The competition challenged students to design a space that would allow learning to happen everywhere — not just in the classroom. Her design, rendering below, won her a trip to Grand Rapids, MI as a semi-finalist. While there, Montgomery, along with four other semi-finalists, presented designs to a panel of judges. Katherine Ankerson, professor and department head of interior architecture & product design, said, "I am pleased to see Emma's work recognized in this manner and in such a national arena. Rethinking design for higher education involves recognizing how students learn and the role of the environment in supporting those learning modes and styles." Read more about Montgomery's accomplishment and the competition here


International Woodworking Fair Update

IAPD was well represented by our students at the International Woodworking Fair during the week of August 20th. One student was honored with the prize of second place in the Commercial Design Division. Richard Thompson's chair, Tiki Chair (seen below). Department Head Kathy Ankerson notes "We are very pleased to see Richard's creative work recognized in this way and to have one-quarter of the student finalist work at IWF Atlanta be from K-State. Our students learn to view design problems through multiple scale lenses, and respond to human comfort, material and connection attributes, as well as 'fit' within an environment. Richard's work is an excellent example of these parameters." Congraulations!

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