For techies and design enthusiasts, drawing inspiration comes from admiring classic work but also diving into what's out there with new talent. I find one of the best places to discover new work is at student shows from schools that produce design and tech professionals to-be. Living in southern California, I frequent the student shows at Art Center and OTIS college of art and design. Here are the best of student tech displays I saw at this year's Art Center grad show.
These particular projects made my "best of" student displays because of a heavy concentration on design aesthetics with a bit of tech flair added to the mix.
I liked the simplicity of this setup. A nice patterned wallpaper accented by hanging lights, the student's personal logo, and an iMac for people to scroll through her advertising and product concepts. Not overwhelming at all, this display was one of the most approachable and comfortable to linger in.
This student took the time to incorporate wood paneling into the display in order to create a more "home-like" environment to display works of graphic design balanced out by branded products and a computer for viewing digital work.
I really liked the dark theme and use of black on this display to make subtle colors on the artwork and computer screen pop.
To achieve an underwater theme, this display incorporated LED lights under the glass counter in order to illuminate paper objects – very cool.
This extra techie corner was most impressive with the exploration of touch screens. The screen here is called Space Explorer, where gesture controls are used to entertain the idea of a touchless touch screen.
It was also fun to see product design for smartphone packaging and cases.