The 2014 WantedDesign Design Schools Workshop challenges students to re-envision the expressive qualities of paper in the context of ubiquitous computing, much as painting was reinvented after the camera was popularized. There is a revolution in the exploration of paper, from building components, to 3D paper-printing, to computational origami, to innovative and renewable materials. Designers have the unique role and responsibility to harness paper’s inherent qualities of tactility, dimensionality, and physicality. This workshop challenges student teams to create a variety of new applications for paper as a creative vehicle rather than as a passive receptor (something on which to write or print). With this aim, paper will be explored far beyond the limits of the print medium to newly harness its inherent elegance, dimensionality, and emotionality. International student teams will collaborate to explore paper as a material for expression in the design of lighting, furniture, home goods, wearables and spatial environments. Fresh new designs will emerge from research into: the history of paper as a carrier of culture and tradition (ornamentation, lanterns, and festivals); the intersection of analog and digital; and sustainability through opportunities to reduce carbon footprint and re-/up-cycle.
The program is supported this year by Design Milk, rOtring, HP and molo
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