i am currently a senior in the ID program at OSU. I realize this is a very late reply in comparison with the post, but a few things were said that drove me crazy.
OSU is in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM, a POWERHOUSE of ID. One reply somehow quoted OSU’s ability for job placement, career trends and the like. BS. that is, BULLSHIT, PERIOD. If i could go back and do things over, i would’ve attended UC. Now, OSU has a better design process package. . . (so i’ve been told. never attended UC so i’m not sure), but that’s what i hear so i beLIEve it. OSU’s co-op program is absolute DOGSHIT. Even if OSU’s process is 100X’s better than UC’s, it still doesn’t get you a job. And being that the majority of UC students have a product or two on the shelves before they get out of school, OSU can’t compete. Granted, some of these schools, (CCAD, UC) deal primarily in aesthetics and sketching, with less process. So what. Big deal. when you get hired chances are you’ll start out as a sketch monkey coming up with concepts. I don’t know about the rest of you, but i don’t want to RUN a design firm. I don’t want to sit back like the Big brother, and speak of how the process should take place. I want to use my brain to solve problems, sketch up concepts, and eventually choose one to take on to final. You want OSU’s education AND UC’s. Then here, go to UC and follow these steps:
End User / Current Research
Ideation / sketching
Choose a concept
Refine ideation and aesthetics through sketching
Final Model w/ indications of materials and Engineering
Rhino / Flamingo
Photograph that shit and put it on a layout.
There, that’s a LOT easier for a UC person to do, than for an OSU person to have the timeline and teach themselves about aesthetics and how to sketch.
Chances are, if you can’t solve a problem before you go to a school, than you won’t be a competent designer. A school should teach you how to work through a problem to 85% completion before it goes to the Engineering team, as WELL as aesthetics and sketching.
Certain prof’s here scoff at aesthetics, saying it ends in a product lacking substance. Well, that’s true, if the ENTIRE product is looks. But if you can come up with a solid concept that’s functional, and THEN give it form, why not? There are prof’s here that DENY that form is a function within itself. If the user looks at it, and feels good about the product, and wants it, and realizes it makes them feel how they want to feel just using it, isn’t that a function???
There are also prof’s here who will teach you process, and then work with you on form. One of our profs came from germany many years ago, and is hands down the best teacher i ahve had in my 20 years of education.
As far as what was said concerning OSU’s MASSIVE amounts of money and wonderful facilities? We have a model shop from the 70’s, computers from 2001 and we have to pay 25cents for every print out. Yes, OSU has a lot of money, but what the person previous doesn’t understand is that the DESIGN college at OSU is still very small, and has lackadasical funds.
Don’t buy the hype. . .