Cinco recently had the opportunity to design the local 2012 IDSA awards for the University of Cincinnati’s DAAPWorks Senior Show. In collaboration with ScottModels and our own DAAP alumni, we designed an award that not only celebrates their accomplishments but becomes a valuable tool in the hands of some of the brightest designers from the class of 2012.
As a student, one goes through phases of cloudy uncertainty and moments of clarity in the design process. These 'lucid' moments became the theme and inspiration for this year's show and awards.
For the winners of the show, we created a custom aluminum pen that speaks to the five years of hard work and passion that these designers have dedicated to sharpening their craft. The five years at DAAP is represented in the design of the pen's five sided surfaces. The pen gradually transforms into a smooth cylindrical form that becomes the grip to represent the students’ transition into their professional careers. To further align to this year's theme, the pen is encased in a clear acrylic block, which reveals the form of the pen. We wanted to bring a fresh take to the conventional gold, silver, and bronze colors. Inspired by the standard color model of CMYK in design, we chose cyan, magenta and yellow to celebrate the winners.
The team at ScottModels did an amazing job bringing this custom award and functioning product to life. In addition to the winner's awards, the pen will be available on Shapeways for all students to 3D print and have one of their own.
Congratulations to Jon Panichella, Emmanuel Carrillo, and Alex Broerman for blowing away the judges with your work! A special thanks to Sam Amis, our resident DAAP alumni and Michael Roller for the opportunity to be a part of this exciting event.