PhilaU Industrial Design Students Participate in Global Design Collaborative Project with Students from San Jose State and England’s Lincoln University

Under the concept of “Play,” industrial design students from Philadelphia University, San Jose State University and Lincoln University in England are working on collaborative projects that are planned to be shown at the SaloneSatellite in Milan in April 2011.

The project, a reflection of a real-world working environment, brought together designers from various parts of the world, and is an example of signature learning at Philadelphia University.

“Designers have to be ready to work with people from all cultures and all countries if they are going to survive and thrive in a globalized world, and the more prepared our students are for this, the better off they will be,” said Tod Corlett, associate professor of industrial design.

Students communicated through virtual methods, and participated in a weeklong collaboration on Philadelphia University’s campus in November. Philadelphia University students hosted their peer designers from San Jose State and Lincoln University as they worked together for five days. Click here to watch a video recap of their experience working together on campus.

The projects are continuing into the spring semester, and several student designs will be prototyped for the international show in Milan. Eleven PhilaU students plan to travel with faculty to San Jose State in February for a second round of on-site collaborative work on the project.

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