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RIT students use innovative design through Studio930 to enhance lives

Published: 08/09/2022

RIT student Hannah Ni has learned a lot about inclusive design through the course of her studies, but her most recent work developing a puzzle toy for children with autism and an inclusive playground for all ages and abilities has changed the way she now thinks about designing for end users.

Ni, a fourth-year industrial design and graphic design double major from Boston, is part of a cohort of students in this summer’s Studio930 design consultancy, an interdisciplinary studio that focuses on the development of assistive healthcare solutions by leveraging the use of technology, art, and design.

The 10-week long summer experience concluded with a student exhibition inside RIT’s LiveAbility Lab, a close partnership between RIT and the Al Sigl Community of Agencies, a collaborative network of organizations in Rochester that serve children and adults with special needs.

“This studio is an ideal way for our students to utilize their skills and design methods and work directly with clients as they would in a typical design consultancy,” said Dan Harel, the studio’s manager and adjunct professor of industrial design. Harel mentors students along with Stan Rickel, associate professor of industrial design in the School of Design and founding director of Studio930, and Dan Phillips, associate professor in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, faculty associate for the Partnership for Effective Access Technology Research and Development, and LiveAbility Lab director. Studio930 is a program of the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship directed by Richard DeMartino, the Albert J. Simone Endowed Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and professor in Saunders College of Business.

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