Humber students had the opportunity to showcase their design projects to industry professionals at the Industrial Design Thesis Show.
The show took place on April 17 at Artscape Wychwood Barns in Toronto and featured the designs of final year industrial design students, said Bruce Thomson, an industrial design program instructor.
“We get lots of people from the industry that make it a point to be at this every year,” said Thomson. “We’ve had products that industry people have wanted to pick up.”
Thomson said the event is a good opportunity for students to share their designs, which consist of a written research document, three 30 by 40 inch boards showing their designs and a scale model with their fellow students and try to impress prospective employers.
Tanya Nazywalskyj, 24, a fourth-year industrial design student, said she will be presenting a design for a wheelchair accessible playground.
“The target user is mainly paraplegic children so they can actually stay in their wheelchairs and play and have fun without requiring the assistance of an adult or an older sibling,” said Nazywalskyj.
Nazywalskyj said the design is intended for use in institutions such as special schools where the primary population is kids in wheelchairs.
Grayson Shnier, 21, a fourth-year industrial design student, will be presenting a design for a computer keyboard that will incorporate hot keys and other improvements such as a number pad on the left side so that users can use the mouse while simultaneously typing numbers.
“My design is a performance driven keyboard,” said Shnier. “In the same way that a sports professional or anyone else in their profession has special gear, this is supposed to be a keyboard set for various computer professionals.”
Shnier said the keyboard is specialized for designers that would be doing a lot of graphic work such as Photoshop, Illustrator or 3-D graphic work.
“I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s designs,” said Shnier. “I’m also excited to present my own work.”