by Liv

Live inside the Maze Crawl: Toys! Design Studio 2019

The College of Design is full of some of the coolest people you will ever meet. With this blog, I am going to try to prove it by showcasing what one of the design studios dreamt up and brought to reality in the Design Atrium.

Toys. It all started with the course titled ‘Toys! Studio 2019,’ led by Mitchell Squire.

“Rather than offering ethical answers to abstract moral questions about where one should go or how one might get there in a world that is simultaneously increasing in opportunity and diminishing in access, ISU College of Design students enrolled in the Toys! Studio this spring propose to bring creative awareness to the complexities and self-inquiry dilemmas faced when navigating a world deeply rooted in the physicality and co-existence of being.” 

https://www.design.iastate.edu/event-listing/2019/03/maze-crawler/

My Experience.

I attended the event (March 6th) to check it out and here is what I found…

“It’s a maze. It’s a sculpture. It’s a happening. It’s a game like no other. Scour through the intricate maze in search of the randomly placed, coveted mystery prize balls, in hopes of big winnings. The maze is large and complicated — be prepared for a challenge.”

Yes – I actually got on my hands and knees and crawled through the maze on the Design Atrium floor. It is truly amazing what students will do when there is a possibility for cash prizes! Unfortunately, I did not win a cash prize but I got to be a part of the experience nonetheless.

The point of this is that design is weird, indeed. But it is amazing in the sense that we all get the opportunity to bring our ideas to life – whatever it it is that we might dream up! And at the very least, these crazy strange projects make for an eventful day at the College of Design – and it is so great to be a part of it!

Long story short… The College of Design is awesome, come be a part of it!

Thanks for reading!

Ps. Don’t forget to come join the fun for Design Week: April 8-12th!

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