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Project Konnect

The Fall 2019 Dialogue and Personality class recognized the need to bridge a gap between the two downtown KCAD campus buildings in order to “lessen the silo effect” of the two structures. By speaking with KCAD students and faculty, the team discovered just how much this sentiment was shared among community members. By researching various design solutions, the Project Konnect team envisioned a better way to make use of the space between the two buildings that would not only allow for more convenient access between entryways but also create a courtyard where students and staff could congregate.
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Art for All

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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Spark Park

Why put a park on a busy city road? The Spark Park is exploring the intervention of the space between the college’s two buildings in order to connect with the community and to create a campus.

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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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