Professor Leete Selected for the Challenge VII: dysFUNctional Exhibition

Professor William Leete has been selected along with 30 international artists to participate in the exhibition Challenge VII: dysFUNctional sponsored by the Wood Turning Center. Challenge VII twists functional design into dysfunctional contemporary art. The artists designed components that work with and against each other’s in content, form, surface and movement-evoking humor, curiosity and suspicion. Challenge VII continues the series initiated by the Center in 1987. The mission of the Challenge series is to invite artists to free themselves to create a piece of unique and unexpected work that they never take time to make. William Leete states about his sculpture work Soul Seat: “Chairs have long been recognized as emblematic of the physical body, even of human expression and culture. Soul Seat embodies a sense of aspiration and pathos and of the interior self that others can never experience. The nature of the soul is a conundrum that each of us can solve for ourselves”. Artists from Australia, Canada, England, France, Italy and the United States are included in the exhibition. Challenge VII: dysFUNctional will be presented at the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from October 2, 2008 through January 17, 2009, followed by a three-year national tour.

Challenge VII: dysFUNctional 2008 Exhibit


Furniture Design


Students from HCD Program Receive Awards from International Design Competition

Three students from Professor Peter Pless’ course AD 311 Human-Centered Design: Concept and Technology received awards from the web-based magazine, Yanko Design, Form Beyond Function. The competition, open to designers from around the world, emphasized solutions to different aspects of poverty that were judged based on concept, cost to implement, and deployment. Receiving the Silver award was Sara Melvinson, for her project “Hidden City”. The Special Recognition award was presented to Adam Trebel for his project “Red Cross”. In addition Ethan Przekaza received an Honorable Mention award for his design project “H20ME”. HCD student Jessica Rick was also a finalist in the competition with her “Table Tent” concept. Professor Pless has stated about the competition, “We are raised as designers with a notion that design needs to have an elitist component embedded into the artifact that we create. However, this four-week concept exploration forced us to examine the real issue of need versus want from a very unfamiliar and sometimes uncomfortable perspective. Through the research and development of this project, I saw a profound change in attitudes and awareness develop within the class. The four selected students in this competition exemplify the quality and thoughtfulness that I attempt to convey within all Human-Centered Design courses”

Yanko Design

Human-Centered Design