“inFORM: a language for form,” an exhibition of work produced by the second-year industrial design studio, was displayed at the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington. Industrial Design faculty members Mitzi Vernon, Akshay Sharma, and Martha Sullivan worked with the students to design and make the exhibit, funded in part through a grant from the Center for Instructional Development & Educational Research (CIDER). The exhibition was also presented in the Lobby of Cowgill Hall, March 22-23, 2012.
Selections in the exhibit emerged from the second-year industrial design studio and a triangulation of support courses: Design Visualization, Computer-Aided Industrial Design, and Design Proficiencies Workshops. The works have been organized in eight sections corresponding to five different form exercises (linear flowform, planar flowform, solid flowform, solid rotoform, and tectoform) and three form products (platter, hand tool, and citrus juicer). The names of the exercises were created by Joseph Ballay, industrial designer and partner at MAYA Design and emeritus professor at Carnegie Mellon University, as part of his form families nomenclature.