Introduction to Industrial Design Course

Introduction to Industrial Design

Have you ever bought a product you thought you could improve, or wondered why a given product looks and functions as it does? In this course, students explore the broadly-based field of industrial design and experience firsthand what it takes to bring an idea to market. Slide presentations, discussions and studio projects help students examine the balance between pragmatic and aesthetic relationships in product design as they gain familiarity with the design process from market research to product roll-out. Design research data is integrated into sketches, which then evolve into design intent drawings and are finally communicated via working models. A final presentation of the product concludes the class. Note: While not required, a laptop or tablet computer is recommended.

Students looking for a full Industrial Design immersion may take this course in combination with Sketching + Rendering for Design Thinking.

Course #0815
Lauren Page-Lake

Schedule B
June 27–Aug 2, 2019
Thursdays + Fridays
9 am–4:30 pm (no class 7/4)

Tuition $2,975
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380

3 Credits


Lauren Page-Lake

Lauren Page-Lake is a designer, educator and artist living in Bristol, RI. She began her career on the West Coast after graduating from RISD with a BFA in Industrial Design. Her experience spans a variety of disciplines, from feature film special FX, to manufacturing for short-run production, to prototyping within a research-based technology incubator to more mainstream industrial design. In the past several years she's been exploring additive manufacturing and the software that makes the most of these technologies such as Rhino, Grasshopper and others. Her latest line of jewelry, Kiiltaa, explores a range of these processes. She has taught as an adjunct in the undergraduate Industrial Design departments at RISD and Wentworth Institute of Technology. She has served as a board member for several local organizations and currently serves on the board of The Collaborative, in Warren, RI.