Almost everybody can relate to the experience of purchasing or receiving a brand new pair of all white sneakers. Adjectives like fresh, clean, dope, hot and cold, all in this context, colloquially mean “your shoes are cool!”

There is a certain iridescence or shiny quality to your new shoes; they…

Overall, I felt that this irrational design course exposed me to a new sect of industrial design I had not known before. This class delved into the realms of discursive and speculative design, going beyond the predefined notions and expectations of traditional products. The connection between cognitive biases and artistic…

For this design prompt, students were asked to fashion two chair models out of foam core. One had to reflect the cognitive bias we had been assigned, and the other could be whatever you wanted, simply keeping the idea of manufacturing in mind. I was quite excited to begin concept…

This design challenge was the first in which students were expected to rapidly generate product designs from speculated user scenarios. In pairs, we were asked to discuss problems we face or see others face in our lives, and come up with ways to solve those problems. …

Conjunction Fallacy: “The tendency to assume that specific conditions are more probable than general ones.”

For the first homework assignment in Irrational Design (RISD W/S 18), I was given the Conjunction Fallacy as my bias to expand from. This idea stumped me for a bit. Simply the idea of using…

Cyrin Gutmacher

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