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Student wins national design award

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Dan Bolinski, a fourth-year industrial design student and native of Nanticoke, Pa., won a premier award from the Industrial Designers Society of America.

A. Sue Weisler | photographer

Dan Bolinski, a fourth-year industrial design student, has won the Industrial Designers Society of America National Student Merit Award, one of only five awarded in the United States each year. Bolinski graduates this month with a bachelor of arts in industrial design and an associate degree in illustration.

Bolinski’s win marks the third time in the award’s four-year history that an RIT student has taken top honors in the Northeast.

Bolinski presented his portfolio of student work to more than 350 professional designers and students at the society’s annual Northeast District Conference held in April at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Upon reviewing the portfolios of top design students, a jury of seven society members selected Bolinski as the winner. Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, Syracuse University and Massachusetts College of Art were among the eleven universities and colleges participating in the competition.

Bolinski’s portfolio presentation included work he’s done for two big name brands, Xerox and Reebok. For one of his courses, Bolinski worked with industrial designers at Xerox on a concept for a tablet personal computer. “It’s a Windows-based system to be used on construction sites,” says Bolinski. “The computer can collect signatures from surveyors. There is a thermal printer attached to it that allows the paperwork to be printed right on site, speeding up the process.”

From computers to apparel, Bolinski interned last year in the apparel department at Reebok International in Boston. “I worked on performance golf apparel, like crew and polo shirts. Factors we had to consider in our designs were how fabrics lay on the body, the location of the body’s major heat zones and how graphics will appear in a 3-D design. The internship was a nice blend of industrial design and graphic design.”

He’s continued to do freelance work for Reebok while completing his courses. “Reebok approached me at the end of my internship and asked if I would like to be part of the redesign of its NFL receiver gloves. So I hope to return to Reebok for a full-time job after graduation. My experience there was phenomenal.”

Bolinski’s professors laud his accomplishments and talent.

“A merit award juror at the competition commented that Dan’s projects clearly show an arc of consistent improvement from initial concept to finished product, and the same can be said for his personal development as a designer here at RIT,” says Alan Reddig, the society’s student chapter faculty advisor at RIT and lecturer in industrial design. “His body of work reflects the high standards of both the institution he leaves and the profession he enters.”

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