The Fourth Annual Industrial Design Winter Market was a hybrid online and in-person event as part of emerging tradition within the Department of Design at Ohio State. All guests had an opportunity to see limited-edition – and in several cases unique – products designed and produced during an Autumn 2021 studio course by 3rd-year students in the industrial design major. In-person guests could also purchase products and enjoy steamy beverages in an assortment of mugs student brought from home.
Each of the eight “housewares” products in the 2021 Winter Market strike a balance between addressing the needs of potential users, the demands of small-run production, the constraints of a limited budget, and approaches to sustainability.addressing the needs of potential users, the demands of small-run production, the constraints of a limited budget, and approaches to sustainability.
Ultimately, 8 teams of students produced 88 products and sold 66 of them, generating $2,060 in revenue benefiting Ohio State's student chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), of which $800 was earmarked to help next year's Winter Market students to purchase materials.
My own course design and associated event for 2021 adopted a studio format originally piloted at Ohio State by then Assistant Professor Sébastien Proulx, PhD, in 2018. It was modified and taught a second time by then Visiting Assistant Professor Hazal Gumus-Ciftci in 2019. When I taught the studio in 2020, I had to adopt the entire course to 75% online format.
Visit the online gallery for the Fourth Annual Industrial Design Winter Market, which includes product descriptions, original pricing, etc. on the Urban Arts Space Hybrid Arts Lab website here: https://uas.osu.edu/fourth-annual-industrial-design-winter-market