The annual Industrial Design Sprint Project has begun! This year, the ID program is collaborating with SharkNinja, a world leader in design-driven home devices and appliances. The client-side team is led by Eric Holzer, a Senior Industrial Designer at SharkNinja and 2010 alum of the Jefferson ID program.
The ID Sprint Project is one of the most-anticipated events of our school year. For one week each January in place of regular ID classes, an industry-leading outside client comes in to work alongside students on a single project.
Students teams have members from every year of the program, freshman through second-year grad students. The teams spend seven days concentrating their efforts: on day one, the client’s design staff kicks off the project, then is available for input remotely throughout the week. Faculty and alumni are constantly circulating within the teams to provide guidance and direction, then in-person presentations to the client are made at the midpoint and the end of the week.
The teams’ efforts consistently yield spectacular results not just for the client, but also for the students’ individual design portfolios. A project done for a real-world client is a powerful differentiator when seeking summer internships during school and full-time positions after graduation.
We look forward to great week of creation and collaboration!