Developed by RIT associate professor Josh Owen in 2010 as an industrial design course with an industry partnership placing student output into a global venue, “Metaproject” is now running in its second generation. This year, the partnership is with the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG). Moving the nature of the project to a new level, industrial design students are working together with RIT glass program students to explore design concepts that take advantage of glass as the primary material. RIT Glass faculty members Michael Rogers and Robin Cass have developed the content together with Owen and CMoG. The course results will be juried and then shown during design week in New York City in May of 2012. RIT will publish a case study book which chronicles the methodology and output from the course, shedding light on the design process. The “Design is One” philosophy exposed by the Vignelli Center for Design Studies will be overlaid into the conversation, linking the work thematically to the Vignelli Center.
Photography: Elizabeth Lamark