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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. 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
Amy Leidtke

Schedule B
June 29 – August 4
Thursdays + Fridays

Tuition $2,750
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,475
Lab Fee $25

3 Credits



Amy Leidtke

Amy Leidtke: BFA, Columbus College of Art and Design; MID, RISD; Post-baccalaureate coursework, Rhode Island College. Leidtke is an industrial designer, artist and educator who combines the disciplines of research, strategic and master planning, ideation and design development, and participatory design workshops in an inclusive professional design practice, Leidtke Design. For more than 20 years, she has designed toys, activities and interactive play and learning environments for families and children. In addition to RISD/CE, she is also a faculty member for the RISD graduate and undergraduate programs. Photo Credit: Marybeth Meehan