Industrial Design

The Industrial Design Program

The Industrial Design Program at Appalachian State University is comprised of 185 majors and 7 full time faculty. Students can choose from two areas of concentration; Product Design or Furniture Design. Both concentrations focus on design inquiry, creative problem-solving, user research, social and environmental concerns, and manufacturing requirements. Through industry collaborations and studio projects, students are challenged to develop a comprehensive knowledge base allowing them to compete professionally. Student work has been recognized and shown at; Greener Gadgets finalists, Dwell® on Design, Designboom® Mart participants in Copenhagen, High Point Furniture Market, ICFF and won the national Creative Juice Completion sponsored by Google®.

Facilities

The program is housed in a 12,000 square foot facility within the Department of Applied Design and is part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. The program facilities are comprised of dedicated studio space, computer labs and material exploration facilities supporting a woodworking lab, metal fabrication lab, plastic working area, ceramics lab, welding facility, spray booth, CNC lab and rapid prototyping equipment.

Alumni

Alumni have gone on to work at numerous corporations and design consultancies. Some of which are listed below:

  • GoPro
  • GE Appliances, A Haier Company
  • Kikkerland
  • Nike
  • Orvis
  • Adidas
  • Bernhardt Design
  • LIAT 
  • Westrock
  • Altria
  • Touchstone 3D
  • Dorel Juvenile
  • Charleston Forge
  • Hugh's Handsbuilt 
  • Studio TK
  • Joe Gibbs Racing
  • Intel
  • Everlast Worldwide
  • Davis Furniture
  • Westfield Outdoors
  • Hunter Fan Company
  • TTi Floorcare 
  • Newell Rubbermaid - Irwin Tools
  • Milwaukee Electronic Tool Corp.
  • Techtronic Industries
  • Lowe's Home Improvement
  • Enventy's
  • TOMY Toys
  • Percy Gray
  • Bubba Brands Inc.

News

Nelson's wire manager / foot rest (left) and Eckersley's coat hook were awarded top honors in the 33rd annual design competition hosted by Doug Mockett & Company.

Appalachian students take top honors in annual design competition Feb 22, 2019

Appalachian State University industrial design students Hannah Eckersley and Michael Nelson were recently crowned the 2018 winners of Doug...

Senior industrial design student Adam Westfall (standing third from right), attended the Outdoor Retail Market in Denver, Colorado as part of his capstone course. Photo submitted

Appalachian Industrial Design student attends Winter Outdoor Retail Market Jan 23, 2019

Industrial design student Adam Westfall recently attended the Winter Outdoor Retail Market in Denver, Colorado Nov. 8–11.

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