The “Hi” Bench serves as a friendly greeting as you walk in the door. It provides a spot to hold your keys, shoes, spare change, and umbrella. There is also a space to sit down to tie your shoes. Durable and waterproof Loll HDPE materials are ideal for this product as it requires no maintenance and withstands heavy traffic. The “Hi” Bench is a perfect fit for any entryway.
ID Problems III
Associate Professor Josh Owen
First year graduate students designed and developed a product suitable for inclusion in Loll Designs’s catalog in consideration of the following architectural context: Entryway. Students utilized Loll’s recycled HDPE plastic as a primary material to explore this condition.
This course introduced industrial design students to a working relationship with a client using a combination of seminar and workshop formats, framed by the tenets of the Vignelli design philosophy and molded by the brief set by Loll Designs.
The goal of the course was to inspire innovation in product development with regard to the typology in question, balanced by real-world parameters. Students were guided through the Vignelli Archives and exposed to physical evidence of design process to frame their work. In addition, The Vignelli Canon served as a primary tool for framing design decision-making in concert with the Loll agenda.
Students designed and produced high-quality, functional prototypes from MDF materials. Students carefully archived their process and documented their final products with graphically compelling use-scenarios and the written word to convey their overall concepts. The opportunity to art-direct the final documentation of products using a professional product photographer to deliver press-quality communication materials.
Further process work and products developed by other students can be seen at Activating the Archive.