Date of Award

Spring 6-2-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Industrial Design

Department

Industrial Design

First Advisor

Thomas Thwaites

Second Advisor

Anne Marika Verploegh Chassé

Third Advisor

Deborah DiMare

Abstract

This thesis project is oriented around a vegan concept brand called “Harmless Studio.” The project recognizes that industrial design causes and supports the harm of animals through the use of animal materials. This book presents the historical, social, and scientific background of the human-animal relationship as it exists today, and it challenges the common acceptance of that relationship as it is— ultimately suggesting that industrial design need not harm animals to serve human needs. This vegan approach to design is presented through a selection of sustainable, non-animal materials and objects made from those materials. The objects are presented as part of the Harmless Studio concept brand. The creation and curation of these materials and objects is intended to demonstrate the promise and benefits of vegan design.

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