The first semester of the senior design studio places higher expectations on the studentâ€™s design process, as developed in IND 3711 (Product Design Studio II). Projects are research oriented, and documentation of the development of design ideas is paramount for successful completion of the course. Design research, as it can be applied to their upcoming senior design projects, is the focus toward the end of the semester. The subjects of design culture, the materiality of objects, product semantics and user-centered design are among the research topics and points of discussion. Potential projects may include consumer electronics, toys, transportation, and housewares. Industry sponsored projects are often undertaken as well. Lecture two hours, laboratory six hours. Prerequisite: IND 3711.