August 27, 2021
RIT’s Metaproject features ‘purr-fect’ pairing with alumnus’ Modkat
Metaproject 12 promises to be the cat’s meow this academic year. Students in RIT’s industrial design program will spend the semester designing products for Modkat, the award-winning maker of cat litter boxes. Metaproject pairs students with a different industry partner each year.
June 17, 2021
Student design added to RIT Archives
Tiree Walker '21 (Industrial Design) created a pedestal that collects suggestions from the community that drive informed discussion and decisions on monument construction. His process work will be preserved and studied by future generations.
May 12, 2021
Podcast: Metaproject 11 with Staach
Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 48: Design must play a critical role as society faces difficult discussions and works to create a new balance in a troubled world. Josh Owen, director of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, and Seth Eshelman '06, founder of sustainable design firm Staach, discuss their Metaproject collaboration.
April 23, 2021
RIT alumnus, Nike VP Eric Avar appointed second 2021 commencement speaker
Eric Avar ’90 (industrial design), Nike’s vice president and creative guide of innovation design, has been selected as a 2021 commencement speaker on May 14 and 15. Avar, who was honored with the College of Art and Design Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016, joins Andrea Ghez—a 2020 Nobel Prize winner in physics—as the university’s first-ever dual commencement speakers during a two-day celebration of the Class of 2021.
September 11, 2020
RIT’s Vignelli Center for Design Studies teaming up with Design Milk for lecture series
Beginning with next week’s inaugural lecture on Sept. 16, the Vignelli Center’s Design Conversations Lecture Series presented by Design Milk will feature a wide variety of diverse designers whose compelling work has made important impacts on the design world.
August 26, 2020
RIT’s Metaproject will collaborate with alumnus’ sustainable design firm
For Metaproject 11, senior industrial design students will spend the semester designing products for Staach, which focuses on functional sustainable design. Founded by Seth Eshelman '06 (industrial design/graphic design), the company designs and domestically manufactures sustainable products including furniture, interiors, and built structures.
July 9, 2020
Josh Owen named director of RIT’s Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Josh Owen, an internationally renowned designer, author and faculty-researcher who has led RIT’s industrial design program to national prominence since coming to the university a decade ago, has been named the new director of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies and the Massimo and Lella Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design.
January 8, 2020
From the Vignelli Archive: Metaproject
Massimo Vignelli and Josh Owen share a look at a student's design in this archived photo.
December 6, 2019
Podcast: Vignelli Metaproject
Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 28: Since 2010, Metaproject has paired RIT student designers with a client in what has become a signature project for the university’s internationally-ranked industrial design program. Distinguished professor Josh Owen, director of RIT’s industrial design program and founder of Metaproject, talks with distinguished professor Roger Remington, director of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, about a decade of connecting students to industry.
September 16, 2019
August 29, 2019
RIT Metaproject 10 marks celebratory collaboration with Vignelli Center for Design Studies
RIT’s Metaproject is coming full circle. Since 2010, Metaproject has paired RIT student designers with a client partner in what has become a seminal project for the university’s nationally ranked industrial design program. This year’s project is honoring both the 10th anniversary of Metaproject and RIT’s Vignelli Center for Design Studies.
May 31, 2019
Metaproject 09: Sesame Street and the Urgency of Play
Design Milk features the latest Metaproject challenge results.