EDUCATOR

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Clabots has been a professor at a number of reputable institutions, focusing his courses on designing for real-world needs

 

 

Clabots has been teaching Industrial Design at Pratt Institute since 2015. Currently, he teaches an innovative senior capstone design studio entitled Design in Context. This course asks students to look outside of themselves when designing a product and look at the real-world needs of the modern day. To accomplish this, Clabots requires students to read news articles and identify changes in society, the environment, or markets that indicate problems which industrial designers are uniquely suited to solve. This approach is centered around the three specific questions that drive Clabots’ design philosophy: Why, How, and What? Why does this problem need design as a solution, and Why are industrial designers uniquely positioned to solve it, rather than doctors, engineers, or policy makers? How do you reframe the problem to find a new white space for innovation? What is the actual object that can solve the problem?

Clabots' approach also focuses heavily on design theory, pushing students to understand how they are thinking and making decisions. He speaks about design in terms of lateral and linear thinking: lateral thinking being the exploration of different ideas, and linear thinking being the development and refinement of those ideas. Clabots encourages students to think through a number of ideas, compare the best options, and move forward to refine those options. When development stalls, one can employ this strategy to explore different variations on a concept to see if there is a better way.

 
  Project: Torq  Pratt 2016   Student: David Min    Class: Design in Context  Industrial Design Senior Studio  In response to the growing number of cell phone users in countries with limited access to electricity, David Min designed a kinetic USB charges that used centrifugal force to do generate electricity with reduced effort by the user. It also has the added funstion of a flashlight.

Project: Torq Pratt 2016

Student: David Min

Class: Design in Context Industrial Design Senior Studio

In response to the growing number of cell phone users in countries with limited access to electricity, David Min designed a kinetic USB charges that used centrifugal force to do generate electricity with reduced effort by the user. It also has the added funstion of a flashlight.

  Project: Nestol  Pratt 2017   Student: Ryan Choi    Class: Design in Context  Industrial Design Senior Studio  Ryan Choi identified an increase in use of portable toilet in mobile public spaces. He focused on the issues with the existing design that has not been updated in decades. By rethinking the structure based on the pain-points of transportation and servicing he created a nesting outer structure and a removable seat and tank.   

Project: Nestol Pratt 2017

Student: Ryan Choi

Class: Design in Context Industrial Design Senior Studio

Ryan Choi identified an increase in use of portable toilet in mobile public spaces. He focused on the issues with the existing design that has not been updated in decades. By rethinking the structure based on the pain-points of transportation and servicing he created a nesting outer structure and a removable seat and tank.

 

 
  Project: Hydro Temp  Pratt 2017   Student:   Sylvia Hanxiao Zhu    Class: Design in Context  Industrial Design Senior Studio  Sylvia Hanxiao Zhu looked at the problem of Elderly individuals suffering burns in the shower do to poor motor control and reduced feeling in their skin.  By creating this hydro powered water temperature thermostat that is self powered and compatible with most shower fixtures, she ended up creating a product that is valuable for everyone.

Project: Hydro Temp Pratt 2017

Student: Sylvia Hanxiao Zhu

Class: Design in Context Industrial Design Senior Studio

Sylvia Hanxiao Zhu looked at the problem of Elderly individuals suffering burns in the shower do to poor motor control and reduced feeling in their skin.  By creating this hydro powered water temperature thermostat that is self powered and compatible with most shower fixtures, she ended up creating a product that is valuable for everyone.

  Project: Aethero  Pratt 2016   Student:   Daniel Hounsell    Class: Design in Context  Industrial Design Senior Studio  Daniel Hounsell started by looking into the wide spread of the Zika virus. By observing the conditions in the Central and South American countries most effected by the decease, he found that 29% of the mosquitos in those areas were bred in discarded tires.  Daniel sought to change this situation by designing a tire that used less material and had no interior well to hold water once discarded. He did so by moving the compression zone of the wheel from the tire to the hub, using a new variable durometer plastic molding process.

Project: Aethero Pratt 2016

Student: Daniel Hounsell

Class: Design in Context Industrial Design Senior Studio

Daniel Hounsell started by looking into the wide spread of the Zika virus. By observing the conditions in the Central and South American countries most effected by the decease, he found that 29% of the mosquitos in those areas were bred in discarded tires.  Daniel sought to change this situation by designing a tire that used less material and had no interior well to hold water once discarded. He did so by moving the compression zone of the wheel from the tire to the hub, using a new variable durometer plastic molding process.

 
  Project: Streetlery  Pratt 2016   Student: Zoe Berman    Class: Design in Context  Industrial Design Senior Studio  Zoe Berman observed the amount of waste created by the growing trend of food trucks.  Honing in on Cutlery, she developed a 3-in1 product that uses 50% less material than a traditional plastic fork spoon and knife given away with most takeaway meals. She went further to find a bioderadable plastic substitute four the product lessening its enviornmental foot print even further.

Project: Streetlery Pratt 2016

Student: Zoe Berman

Class: Design in Context Industrial Design Senior Studio

Zoe Berman observed the amount of waste created by the growing trend of food trucks.  Honing in on Cutlery, she developed a 3-in1 product that uses 50% less material than a traditional plastic fork spoon and knife given away with most takeaway meals. She went further to find a bioderadable plastic substitute four the product lessening its enviornmental foot print even further.

  Project: Louri  NJIT 2015   Student: Martha Nunez    Class: Human-centric Design  Industrial Design Junior Studio  Martha Nunez identified an increase in lower limb leg amputees due to veterans injuries and diabetes. After meeting with amputee support groups, she focused on an overlooked issue many amputees had difficulty with, showering. By flipping the paradigm of limbs developed for 18 hours of use to a limb developed for 8 minutes of use, she developed and inexpensive, one size fits all adjustable shower prosthetic.   

Project: Louri NJIT 2015

Student: Martha Nunez

Class: Human-centric Design Industrial Design Junior Studio

Martha Nunez identified an increase in lower limb leg amputees due to veterans injuries and diabetes. After meeting with amputee support groups, she focused on an overlooked issue many amputees had difficulty with, showering. By flipping the paradigm of limbs developed for 18 hours of use to a limb developed for 8 minutes of use, she developed and inexpensive, one size fits all adjustable shower prosthetic.