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Italian Design Summer School: Art, Society and Industry

02/09/2013 The Italian Design Summer School (8-13 September) offers a unique opportunity to understand how the Italian tradition of “Disegno” is still living in today’s industrial design project.
Italian design became famous worldwide for its unique balance between aesthetics and functionality, expressed through many industrial products, as furniture, cars, motorbikes and household devices.
The course is addressed to students and professionals interested in product design and it is a collaboration between the University of Bologna, the University Residential Centre of Bertinoro, CSCD, Center for the Studies of Communication-Design, Osaka University (Japan), Yuan Ze University (Taiwan) and the Tongji University (China).
The reference professional profile is an expert dealing with product development as well as with the industrialization process, operating since the concept design phase to the executive project and prototype building, taking care of aesthetic and functional aspects, within precise technological and economical boundaries.
Hand crafted and limited series productions, above all those belonging to the fashion industry, will be taken into account through the course development, as they are strictly tied to most of the distinctive features which make Made in Italy so unique.
Hence, differences between industrial and craft productions will be shown, highlighting the main values of each: functionality characteristics in the first case and artistic aspects in the second.
A number of visits to firms and institutions representatives of Made in Italy and to artistic and tourist places will be organized, also during the weekends, as an important part of the didactics of the course.
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