The University of the Arts School of Design Showcases One Design at DesignPhiladelphia

October 4, 2019 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2019 Festival


Today’s designers collaborate in multidisciplinary teams. With this reality in mind, the University of the Arts School of Design has re-envisioned its curriculum, empowering students to pursue their passions, broaden their design exposure and become the innovative design leaders of the future.

Starting with the project theme Design as Play, students from the UArts Graphic Design, Illustration, and Product Design programs joined forces to envision and fabricate the One Design kinetic sculpture for DesignPhiladelphia. Participants will be asked to think of one design - whether it be an app on your smartphone or an ergonomic toothbrush - and write their answer on a ping pong ball. They then launch their One Design ball 15 feet into the air, through a maze of tubes and back down to earth. The ball joins others in an on-going statement about design within the Philadelphia community. A website archives the collection of responses.

Within the project’s lighthearted premise lies a valuable truth: it’s good to take a moment to reflect upon the way our lives are touched by design. It is the operating system running in the background of our daily lives, involving all our senses and influencing all our actions. As human beings, we improve our world by shaping the objects and systems in it.

One Design uses ordinary materials—a leaf blower and ping-pong balls—to create a system that turns individual thoughts on design into a constantly evolving multi-authored narrative. It also gives users a chance to launch a ping pong ball into space. When was the last time you did that?

The University of the Arts School of Design. What it Means to Make. Become.

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