RISD profiles DtM Designer Will Harris
"Harris initially got involved in the project as a senior via an Industrial Design Advanced Studio Course titled Product Design and Development. “It was a really great course. It paired with two programs at MIT, LGO (Leaders for Global Operations) as well as their Sloan School of Management, so you get these joint teams of business majors, engineers, and designers,” Harris said. The course, taught by Matt Kressy, brought in various companies who would pitch projects to the students. Harris chose a project pitched by Design that Matters to create a low cost phototherapy device for curing infant jaundice."
"In speaking to how he felt his RISD education applied to this experience, Harris said, “I think RISD forces you to challenge things and really not accept what’s ‘good enough.’ I think especially in the development of that course it forced me to push the concepts of what was truly ‘good enough,’ giving me an advantage over others without that background.” Harris also gave credit to the great shop equipment and material courses in the department that taught him how to actually fabricate objects, even with limited resources. “Just being able to understand simple metal bending and various materials techniques gave me a great advantage that many design students don’t have the ability to learn,” he said. “RISD is really good at that.”"
- Carly Ayres, Will Harris | Design that Matters, RISD ID Blog, 01Feb2011
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