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Leah Waldman

New York, NY, United States

Product Design

Member since September 08, 2008

  • Design Criteria

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    -Form: the form is one my top priorities in terms of design criteria as it is what the consumer comes in contact with first. The consumer has to feel attracted to the product before investigating it further, and understanding its intent. I also feel that the final solution for the form should be a poetic translation of the issue being addressed.

    -Price: I believe in fair trade, and not the exploitation of workers to produce products that can be sold very cheaply. I also feel strongly about designing products that do not target a specific social class, but are accessible to the masses.

    -Production method (impact on the environment, impact on the person making it): I feel extremely strongly about creating products that are environmentally sustainable- requiring minimum to no energy to produce, and creating minimum to no waste. Equally important is the working conditions of the workers- they should be paid fair wages as well as have a healthy/hygienic working environment.

    -Product's impact on the environment (life cycle): The product itself should have no negative impact on the environment, both during and after its life span.

    -Materials: The chosen materials will inform all the above mentioned criteria... therefore it is a critical part of the design criteria.

    -Ease of use/connection with user: I feel that in order for the product to have value, the user has to have a connection with it. This is also why the ease of use is important- the user should not feel any frustration when trying to use the product.

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design