Report Exhibition on the “Basic Course on Comprehensive Modeling” of the 2016 Class of the Department of Industrial Design of the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University

Starting from students’ interest, this course leads students to seek innovative inspirations from various “animals” in the nature. Through in-depth research and data collection under the principle of “bionics” and through abstract design thinking, it decomposes “animals as an object”, and chooses elements for innovative design from them. The four interconnected steps of observation, extraction, abstraction and re-combination in this course ultimately require students to find out pain points in people’s daily transport. For example, a convenient plan for a mother to carry her baby and ride a bike; an intermittent rest plan for the visually impaired on outings; a rest plan for people with luggage carts in airports; a plan for soldiers in disaster rescue and relief to carry their equipment; a plan for people in cold areas to transport when the ground is covered by ice and snow, and so on. On the one hand, students should pay attention to the application and rationality of the bionic abstract design language; on the other hand, they should also closely associate the “pain points” with the research and development of 1:1 solutions.

Each student has created an alternative “slide” transport tool in person, and each work is experimental. Although these are just some attempts, meaningful efforts have been made to connect the “brain” with the “hands”, i.e. abstract creative thinking with creative production.