SIU students were part of our Design Jam St. Louis held at the Maritz Innovation by Design Summit last fall. The Jam was based around local manufacturer, MDS Plastics, who has the unique capability of silicone injection molding. The multi-disciplinary class, led by professor Robert Lopez, further developed ideas that came out of the Jam during their Spring 2017 semester. The three lead categories were a kids medicine dispenser, wearable medical device, and a wheelchair accessory.
Midway through the process, SIU students went back to St. Louis to discuss their developments with MDS and get feedback from professional designers and entrepreneurs at the new Brick City Makes opening. This feedback was incorporated into their final designs.
A final presentation was made in Carbondale to David Skaggs of MDS and DesignHouse. Each team consisted of both Industrial Designers and Graphic Designers, incorporating product design, packaging and promotional graphics. Designs were required to use a majority of silicone and work with in MDS's capabilities. See what the talented students at SIU created below;