Preservation

Archives inhabit and reflect our temporal realities. To show us evidence of the past; to record this, here, now; to aid us in looking to the future. Archives show the very human construction of continuum. From an archival perspective, time and timelessness are a perpetual push-pull. We work to preserve the historical record in perpetuity, but we must balance that with the imperative and finite use of materials. We wonder what to save for an historical record that contains yesterday, today, and all the things we take for granted. We build metadata constructs to cement content and context for what we hope is a very long time. The human perception of the passage of time is deeply fluid, but waypoints, like summers or school years or decades or centuries, are vital to understanding our world. But in the deliberate marking of time, we often overlook the timelessness of process. The archive of the Metaproject work allows us to pause and engage with that–each thing must grow one step at a time, and like the archive that growth is ongoing. Designers seem to understand this particularly well. So we are proud to add some of the labor and imagination of Metaproject designers to the story of RIT.

Ella von Holtum, Assistant Archivist
RIT Archive Collections, Cary Graphic Arts Collection

The New Statue

Tiree and two staff members stand over papers on table in discussion

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Metaproject 11

In collaboration with Staach, the students were challenged to design objects which deploy educational content through their function, demanding justice, empathy, sustainability equity and inclusion. This archive collection includes digital and physical process work.

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Stacking Reminder

Two judges stand over stacking reminder objects on table

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Metaproject 10

In collaboration with the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, the students were challenged to create a product that incorporates their own definitition of timelessness. This archive collection includes digital and physical process work.

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Cloud Sweeper

Student hold up large sheet of colorful designed triangles

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Metaproject 09

In collaboration with Sesame Workshop, the students were given the task of addressing the 'Urgency of Play' in contemporary life. The Sumin-Petal Oh Metaproject collection includes digital and physical process work and eight prototype umbrellas.

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Designing Dining

Student standing next to dining table holding up pole with fabric attached

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Metaproject 08

In collaboration with Goodluck Restaurant in Rochester, NY, students worked in concert to reimagine how dinner out can be interpreted through the lens of industrial design. The collection includes two Metaproject 08 booklets, 1 set off four cork coasters, and a digital file of the two-minute video created as a final deliverable for the experiential Metaproject 08 "designing dining" experience.

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Limbo

White text on black background, handwritten mind map

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Metaproject 07

In collaboration with Umbra, the students were challenged to create a design for small spaces. This archive collection includes research notes, preliminary drawings and models, full-sized models, prototypes created by the manufacturer, and a retail version.

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Foot Pebble

Student presenting project, standing with microphone in one hand and foot pebble prototype in the other

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Metaproject 06

In collaboration with Poppin, the students were given the task of rethinking office products into innovative objects that accent and improve the workspace. This archive collection includes research notes, preliminary drawings and models, full-size models, a full-sized prototype for her project, and digital files related to production.

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Hoop and Hang

Student holding up prototype with garments hanging on it, another prototype hanging on wall to the right of student

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Metaproject 05

In collaboration with Kikkerland and Bed Bath & Beyond, the students were given the task of finding storage solutions for home or dorm rooms. This archive collection includes research notes, preliminary drawings, 1/4-scale and full-size models, and a full-sized prototype for her project.

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Invitation Chair

Cork board covered in yellow and purple notes with handwritten words and sketches on them

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Metaproject 04

In collaboration with Herman Miller, the students were given the task of building and enhancing relationships in the workspace. This archive collection includes notes, preliminary drawings, 4" models, 1/4-scale and full-size models, and a full-sized prototype.

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Blockitecture

Various small predominantly wooden prototypes arranged on table

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Metaproject 03 

In collaboration with Areaware, the students were given the task of using wood as a primary material to define the meaning of Universal Toy. This archive collection includes notes, preliminary drawings, 1/4-scale and full-size models, and a full-sized prototype, and final to market product.

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Desktop White Noise Generator

Student sitting with headphones at desk sketching with assorted items around him on table

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Metaproject 02

In collaboration with Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG), the students were given the task of creating a product that takes advantage of glass as a primary material. This archive collection includes one prototype.

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The Nodule

Lifesize cutout of student bending over with foot on prototype, sketches taped to wall behind, another prototype to the right

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Metaproject 01

In collaboration with Wilsonart International, the students were given the task of creating seating prototypes that would make use of Wilsonart’s laminate surface material. This archive collection includes research notes, preliminary drawings, 1/4-scale and full-size models, a CD with photographs of the project, and a full-sized prototype.

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