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Prasad Boradkar is an associate professor of industrial design in the ASU School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Boradkar also is director of the InnovationSpace program. His book, Designing Things: The Cultural History of Objects, is a behind-the-scenes and beneath-the-surface look at the cultural meanings of the things we use in our everyday lives and the role of designers in their design and production. Utilizing a wealth of historical and contemporary case studies, the book explores concepts such as planned obsolescence, object fetishism, product semantics, consumer value and user needs.
For more information, visit: designingthings.org.
Project Date: July 2010
Prasad Boradkar is an associate professor of industrial design in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Design Innovation. He is an opening speaker of the Social Biomimicry: Insect Societies and Human Design conference, which is being held at the Memorial Union on the ASU Tempe campus Feb. 18Ė20. The conference is supported by the Frontiers in Life Sciences program at Arizona State University. Boradkar joins several speakers from ASU and elsewhere to discuss how we can learn from nature to solve our problems. Boradkar speaks about how we are using biomimicry in InnovationSpace as a means of doing sustainable product design.
Project Date: February 2010
Prasad Boradkar is an associate professor of industrial design in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Design Innovation. He curated the Rewind Remix Replay: Design, Music and Everyday Experience exhibition at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, which runs through May 23, 2010.
This exhibition showcases the role that design plays in shaping our experience of music. The exhibition considers several themes: transformative technological breakthroughs, such as the vinyl record, transistor, Moog synthesizer, Walkman and MP3 player; the creative practices of users and musicians who modify existing equipment like turntables; the graphic packaging of music, from album packaging and design to music videos; and the shift from music as a communal experience to an isolated private activity.
Richard Mook, fellow Herberger Institute School of Music professor also helped curate some of the musical selections for the show. There are several events and lectures taking place at the museum including an opening reception Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. To see a calendar of events related to this exhibition including visit: the museum Web site.
Project Date: Jan. 2 Ė May 23, 2010