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What to Expect from a Final Review: Design Life

If you are considering design as a major or have friends in design, you may have heard of ‘final review’ or ‘critique’ days. Don’t know what that is? Read on! This blog will show you what a final review day looks like from the perspectives of real Iowa State design students!

So what is a final review, anyways?

Final reviews are set up for students to showcase weeks worth of hard work in the form of a final presentation.

Who reviews my work?

Final reviews can vary in regards to who you are presenting to. Sometimes a final presentation is given to just your class… and other times it might be your entire program including all professors. There are also occasionally guest reviewers who might be professionals in the given topic, or professors from other colleges.

How are final reviews set up?

Final reviews can take a variety of forms. Sometimes they are very formal presentations and other times they are salon style or somewhere in between.

How intimidating are reviews?

Reviews are generally not intimidating at all. You get to talk about a topic you are now nearly an expert in and show off all of your hard work. This should be fun and hopefully the easiest part!

 

Still want to know more about final reviews? Read on to get a peak inside the ISU Industrial Design studio and hear what actual students have to say about final reviews!

 

So what do reviews really look like?

The following images show current Industrial Design students and their projects on final review day (10-26-18)

Dylan Bueltel | Design for Displacement – Simpli Shield

Class: Junior – INDD 301

How many hours of sleep did you get last night?

“A decent time actually – I ended up leaving the Armory at 2 AM last night and got a solid 6 hours of sleep.”

How do you feel about the final outcome of your project?

“We are happy with the outcome but as always, it could use some improvement…. I highly recommend spell checking before you pay money to print!”

What next?

“Well, I have put off all of my psych homework for design so I will be doing a weeks worth of that this weekend.”

 

Robert De Pau | Happy Meal Project

Class: Sophomore – INDD 201

How many hours of sleep did you get last night? 

“I surprisingly got a full 8 hours, however countless hours were put into this project.”

How do you feel about the final outcome of your project?

“We were really proud overall. As a group, I think we worked well together and very cool and unique ideas!”

What next?

“While we would love to rest and enjoy the weekend….process books will probably consume most of our time.”


Harris Seabold, Brian Holden, Hannah Feilmeier, Olivia Morgan | Happy Meal Project

Class: Sophomore – INDD 201

How many hours did you spend on this project?

“Like 30….no 50….no definitely 70+ hours.” 

How do you feel about the final outcome of your project?

“As a group we improved our model making techniques and got to work with 11-12 different materials. It was also our first ever project poster which was a great learning experience overall.”

What next?

“Sleep. Eat. Process Book….In that order.”

 

 

Nathan Miklo, Sam Christiansen | Design for Displacement – Latrine Sanitation System

Class: Junior – INDD 301

How many hours did you spend on this project?

“36 hours of in class studio time…Now at least double that and add some.”

How do you feel about the final outcome of your project?

“There are always things to learn and take away from each project. We definitely see room for improvement and if we had more time – further development of the design. Overall, we feel accomplished and are glad that we could bring awareness to the problem.”

What next?

“Eat some food. Maybe take a nap…definitely take a nap. And hopefully catch up on other classes we have been neglecting.”  

 

Despite some sleep deprivation and possible lack of proper nutrition due to spending countless hours in the Armory, final review days are generally a sign of hard work and accomplishment.

Want to know more about Industrial Design? Try checking out the Industrial Design Instagram page @isu.indd !

Thanks for reading!

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