Ryerson students’ design creates a spark for change

A tunnel and a triangle can lead you to change — or at least, that is what a group of student designers believe.

Ryerson students Agnes Chow, Carley Crossman, Vivian Kwok, Nisha Sewell, Janine Yeung, Jing Yang and Norain Chang are the founders of Activating Pro Bono Design Practices.

They had their designs featured in last week’s Interior Design Show, an event held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre that celebrates contemporary design.

They were among four of the groups selected from Ryerson’s School of Interior Design to take part in the event.

With the use of a triangle, they hoped to spark a conversation about climate change awareness through design. It seems to be the perfect symbol: a triangle is the mathematical symbol for change.

The founders of Activating Pro Bono Design Practices, work on their design for the Interior Design Show (Courtesy Agnes Chow)

The founders of Activating Pro Bono Design Practices, work on their design for the Interior Design Show (Courtesy Agnes Chow)

Chow is one of the group’s designers. She explained that the entire design is something out of the ordinary.

In fact, she claimed it is interior design, but with a bit of a twist.

The design itself is a tunnel, and as you walk towards the end of it, you see a triangle that says “design change.”

As people reach the end of this tunnel made of environmentally friendly materials, the triangle is filled with light.

The Ryerson design student collective also had its work featured at the TO DO Festival, which took place from Jan. 20-26, and included several parties and exhibitions, providing student designers with an opportunity to network and share their work.

“This is the first time we’ve done something so full scale, and so tangible,” said Chow. “We wanted to make something that would resonate with people.”

This story was first published in The Ryersonian, a weekly newspaper produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism, on January 29, 2014.

 

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