Co-create Works across the Continents

NANJING and WEST LAFAYETTE---- Across the Pacific Ocean between students from NUST and Purdue University, creative ideas on designing merged together into plastic-bottle-made chandelier, wood-made wine shelves, a device to distinguish individual wine glasses, to name a few. They didn’t meet up, but their ideas closed up


The students from both the universities are selected to join a bi-lateral design project competition initiated by the School of Design Art and Communication. In the competition, there are 9 teams with 6 Chinese and 6 American in each. 


The proceeding and the outcome of the design project was fruitful. 6 conceptive computer-aided drawings from each team were raised for selection. And finally 1 product of each team was fabricated through handiwork. They have to brainstorm the original ideas, the potential raw materials, the possibilities in the market, and the steps and methods of fabrication.    


“This event is a totally overseas seminar experience yet costs little for our students,” said a teacher helped the initiation of the project. “Webcam, audio connection, email, and QQ made all these possible,” he continued.


The whole joint venture lasted for continuous 48 hours which means students have to overcome time difference so as to make a good use of time. That required high awareness of cooperative spirit and overall planning ability.


“The whole procedure is not only about exchanging designing ideologies, but it offered me the opportunity to practice communication skills,” said a junior student.


When talked about what impressed him most, a sophomore student said, “I was definitely impressed with the great difference in designing ideologies. We Chinese students are function-oriented designers, however, our American counterparts attach importance to the beauty in simplicity. They also have clear industrial and marketing awareness when they start to design.”


What inspires the students most is that their design will be adopted by 2 non-profit organizations in Nepal and Haiti. The local factories in these two countries will put the designs onto their manufacturing lines. Therefore, the designs by students of NUST and Purdue University will end up with being in the circulation domain.


“Our effort makes real sense in life. I’m very inspired by this event,” said a postgraduate student.


By Gao Kang    Sept, 19, 2012