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Organizational Structures

Working with David Abbott, Executive Director of Festival of the Arts, the Organizational Structures class learned about how a large-scale community event operates. They were tasked with envisioning ways Festival of the Arts could generate more revenue from art sales.

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Rapid Reads

The 2018 Design Thinking class worked with the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW) and Grand Rapids Whitewater (GRWW) to imagine how the Grand River Restoration Initiative might be recorded and remembered. There, the class was challenged with the question: How might we document community projects and stories? Read more…

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K-CAST Podcast

The 2019 Dialogue and Personality class saw a severe lack of community across majors at KCAD. By speaking with people outside of their majors, they realized that it would be great to have an opportunity to hear other people’s stories from KCAD. Their solution is to celebrate and showcase the different KCAD disciplines through a podcast, K-CAST. Read more…

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Hammer & Nail

Students from the 2017 Fall User Centered Design class, Andi Rozell, Joe Dunaske, and Elizabeth Bush, created Hammer & Nail, a business idea that brings education on tools and materials, design, and crafting in the form of furniture to the home.
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Eatzy

Industrial Design student Zubin Huang created a concept app, Eatzy, that allows users to get food suggestions in their city and makes it easy to order and pay in the application. Read more…

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Mobile GR: Transportation Application

The big question: How do you get from A to B?
Industrial Design student Doug Oswald explores how to make solving this question easier with a transportation app that gives its user many options for parking and getting to the final destination.
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OAK (One of a Kind)

In order to address the lack of spirit in authentic apparel on campus, the OAK team focused on creating a student t-shirt design contest promoting KCAD apparel in a One of a Kind way.
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KCAD: Sustainable Culture

KCAD: Sustainable Culture is all about empowering students to use their work to impact change in our community and globe. The Fall 2017 Sustainability and Design class did this through peer reviews of the work seen around our campus, and used this as an opportunity to support our fellow students. Their goal was to help create a stronger community at KCAD while also cultivating a stronger future for the ones that will follow.
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Make Known: KCAD in 15 Objects

Make Known: KCAD in 15 Objects is a project of complied objects and stories from the students of the 2017 Spring Visual Literacy class that they believe best represents KCAD. The project was shown in physical form and virtual, online gallery during the Annual Student Exhibition.
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Business Side of Design

The “A” side of design focuses on the creative skills inherent to every design discipline. The “B” side focuses on the “business” aspects necessary in creating a sustainable professional practice.
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