Design Students Build Prosthetic Arm: Core77's Allan Chochinov Shows How

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We're fans of Core77, "a gathering point for designers and enthusiasts alike". Clogger Allan Chochinov also teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York, in a course called "MFA Designer As Author" where they look at the issues of design and-

Our focus is on authorship in the broadest sense: Beginning with a viable concept we encourage students to write, edit, film, compose, fabricate, produce, and ultimately market their intellectual properties.

They look at design as part of a continuum from start to finish. So many designers are given a problem that is already started, and pass it on to the engineers who finish it; as authors, they go from initial design through production and distribution. At CompostModern this year, Allan presented a fascinating project.

The presentation centers around a 10-week project my graduate students in the SVA Designer as Author program completed around "designing a prosthetic arm....I have to say that this was an incredible teaching (and learning) experience. Humbling, daunting, and elating at every twist and turn.

Watch the video at CompostModern.