Work of first cohort of final year industrial design students on display

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An exhibition of work by the first cohort of final year students in the Department of Industrial Design at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is on display in the XJTLU Museum.

The “7 degree” exhibition, which features Year Four students’ final year project work, is open to the public until Thursday 2 June. The students from the BEng Industrial Design programme will become the first undergraduates to graduate from the department in July.

“7 degree” describes the number of students who will graduate, and the number of degrees to be awarded, as well as the diversity of the project topics, which included designs for services, packages, signage and products.

Dr Derrick Tate, head of the Department of Industrial Design, expressed his appreciation to all the mentors who had provided guidance to students during the designing and production process. “Students’ design works are amazing and I wish the exhibition great success,” he said.

“As a young department, the design culture is still being developed and formed. An exhibition is not required, but we hope to form a culture that encourages students to showcase their design work,” said Dr Cheng-Hung Lo, organiser of the exhibition.

Dr Lo added that showing design work in class is a very different experience from showing it at a public exhibition, which has higher requirements for visual display and requires the students to answer questions from visitors.

Professor Jerry Ying His Fuh, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National University of Singapore, visited the exhibition and said: “I am surprised by XJTLU students’ hand-making capacities and their creative design. Their designs have considered users’ demands and have commercial value, and are already pretty good considering they are the first cohort of final year students.”

During the exhibition, Professor Fuh took photos of the students’ works which he planned to share with his colleague when he returned to Singapore.

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