Future vision for medicine delivery through printed electronics created with Smart Interaction Lab for PARC, a Xerox company.
Future vision for medicine delivery through printed electronics created with Smart Interaction Lab for PARC, a Xerox company.
LoSai Clever Coat Rack. Pine, PLA plastic, LED matrix display, electronic sensors and processor board.
LoSai Clever Coat Rack. Pine, PLA plastic, LED matrix display, electronic sensors and processor board.
XAVIbot Building Behavior Through Movement
XAVIbot Building Behavior Through Movement

4D Design

Department Philosophy

The newest program offered at the Academy, the 4D Design department aims to prepare the next generation of design innovators and leaders aspiring to work with emerging technology.

Department Philosophy

The newest program offered at the Academy, the 4D Design department aims to prepare the next generation of design innovators and leaders aspiring to work with emerging technology.

The department explores the myriad ways that the physical world around us has become infused with an undercurrent of flowing data, turning everyday experiences into connected, feedback-driven interactions that are transforming every aspect of culture and society.

We build on Cranbrook’s historic legacy of experimental design activities–just think of the Eames’ endless tinkering to produce new forms from experimental materials–while redefining craft to encompass a broad range of outcomes including interactive objects, projected images, embedded electronics, applied robotics, computer-controlled machining, 3D printing and mixed reality environments.

Department Philosophy

We are designers, activists, artists, authors and entrepreneurs.

Department Philosophy

Uberobject Père Ubu: Homage to Dora Maar

Department Philosophy

We are designers, activists, artists, authors and entrepreneurs.

We know that future solutions can only be understood through real time, physical, interactive experiences and value the importance of hands-on making to push ideas forward through iterative, prototyped experiences. Our practice spans a variety of scales, both in its presence as well as its production, morphing easily from a handheld device to a room-sized installation to a digitally-distributed, locally manufactured product. We are designers, activists, artists, authors and entrepreneurs.

Though relatively new as a field, the impact of 4D Design is profound. While we can confidently say that the future is here in terms of technological advances, it will take a new generation of well-educated and sophisticated designers to weave that technology into the world that we want for ourselves and future generations. Cranbrook 4D students will be perfectly positioned to lead the way through thoughtful, responsible and compassionate design exploration.

Program

The 4D program embraces the fields of Experience Design/Interaction Design and other time-based, technology-driven, interactive works.

Program

Carla Diana with POLI Service Robot Close Project

Program

The 4D program embraces the fields of Experience Design/Interaction Design and other time-based, technology-driven, interactive works.

Cranbrook’s 4D Design program centers around a communal studio environment where exceptional designers and artists will explore the intersection of the physical and the digital to create prototypes, products, and provocations in the form of interactive objects, dynamic displays, and mixed reality environments. Work produced in the program grows from each individual’s pursuit of a line of inquiry that incites passion and reflects personal values.

The program welcomes applicants with a foundation in engineering and/or computer science knowledge who want to be immersed in a rigorous culture of creative practice and critical thinking, as well as those with significant design, art, or architecture experience who wish to focus their work on technological implications to pursue a higher level of discourse. Each cohort will be comprised of a carefully curated mix of individuals whose viewpoints and skill sets complement one another, encouraging a rich dynamic of rapid and continuous knowledge sharing.

Program

The 4D studio culture is defined by hacking, making, coding, and obsessive tinkering.

Program

The 4D studio culture is defined by hacking, making, coding, and obsessive tinkering.

Students will advance their knowledge through passionate research, active prototype creation and iteration and strategic alliances with experts and sources of inspiration. As with the other disciplines in the Academy, the core program activity centers around studio-based projects with an emphasis on developing an individual body of work. Students delve deeply into a personal area of interest while engaging with other members of their cohort to collectively fuel knowledge through ongoing dialogue and regularly scheduled critique. In addition to the program-specific critiques, students will participate in Academy-wide reviews. 4D designers will also serve as disciplinary ambassadors by welcoming alliances that can benefit ambitious projects while matching their own educational goals.

Program

4D students build upon the following areas of exploration:

  • 1. Dynamic product behaviors
  • 2. Software development
  • 3. Expressive coding
  • 4. Systems visualization
  • 5. Embedded electronics and applied robotics
  • 6. Connected devices and product ecosystems
  • 7. Augmented, virtual and mixed reality
  • 8. Voice control and conversational interfaces
  • 9. 3D printing and material creation
  • 10. Biometrics, prosthetics, and augmentation
  • 11. Telepresence and avatars
Catalysts

Zach Leiberman

2019, 4D Catalyst

Catalysts

Catalysts

Instead of having visiting artists, we have Catalysts.

4D Catalysts are internationally recognized experts in the area of design for emerging technology who have an ongoing relationship with the program. They will work directly with students through lectures and workshops in active engagements that will take a variety of forms such as charrette challenges with specific design prompts, one-on-one critiques, studio tours, and targeted research projects. Catalysts are carefully selected to represent a spectrum of current ideas and contribute to the collective voice of the program.

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We are designers, activists, artists, authors and entrepreneurs.