The annual design exhibition, entitled 2019 UNIST Design Week, kicked off this afternoon, featuring the artworks created by imminently graduating students of Industrial Design (ID) track within the School of Design and Human Engineering (DHE) and Graduate School of Creative Design Engineering (CDE) at UNIST.
Through this annual graduate exhibition, students with industrial design major will be showcasing their artworks under the theme of ‘A Journey of Repetition: Endless String of Questions’ from November 11 to 15, 2019. These artworks displayed in the exhibition are a result of the students’ efforts in finding answers to endless questions throughout each stage of the design process. In this year’s design show, 8 undergraduate students and 7 graduate students participated.
The opening ceremony of the exhibition was held at the lobby of UNIST Engineering Building II on Monday, November 11, 2019. The ceremony has been attended by outside corporate personnel and public authorities, along with students, faculty members, and staffs of DHE.
“In this new era where asking questions is more important than answers, I would like to offer words of encouragement to students who have already found answers the questions given to them,” says DHE Director Youngshin Kwak. “Through this event, I hope students will grow up to be creative designers, capable of challenging themselves to prepare for their future endeavors.”
Those works displayed in the exhibition not only attempted to provide aesthetic appeal, but also engineering elements. In particular, many of their works aimed at providing solutions to everyday issues via the convergence of engineering and arts, which includes innovative clock design concepts, toys for the visually impaired, and autonomous vehicle interior designs from human-centered perspectives.
Among many outstanding artworks, one attention-grabbing piece was ‘Hornalor‘ by Taeyoon Kim. Hornalor is an ultrasonic asthma inhaler, designed through a study of patients with asthma in Ulsan, has gained much attention by improving the convenience for the user with its attractive appearance and carry-friendly size. This horn-shaped inhaler also reflects the designer’s desire to boost energy levels in patients.
Another eye-catching artwork was ‘Slowpixels‘ by Jisu Kim in the Graduate School of Creative Design Engineering (CDE) at UNIST. Slowpixels is a smart portable photo printer, which helps users to not only manage their countless digital photographs, but also allow them to travel back into time while looking at the collection of those photographs. Thus, by connecting to their digital albums via IoT technology, users can print out random photos by adjusting the time and space levers on the product. This will allow user to unlock their forgotten memories.
In addition to above, the exhibition features a wide variety of events, such as special seminars by academic or industrial experts, such as Designer Sang-soo Ahn from Paju Typography Institute (PaTI). On Wednesday, there will be a briefing session on U.CUBE by Jihyun Yang, who is a recent graduate of UNIST and a co-representative of ID Space Co., Ltd.
“I am honored to be a part of this exhibition at UNIST,” says Taeyoon Kim, a student representative of 2019 UNIST Design Week. “I would like to express my deepest gratitude for all the time and effort that all participating students and their advisors put into this exhibition.”
Meanwhile, the works exhibited at the 2019 UNIST Design Week will be displayed at the UNIST booth of Seoul Design Festival, which is scheduled to be held at COEX in Seoul from Wednesday, December 4 to Sunday, December 8, 2019.