Gustavo Fricke is an award-winning senior industrial designer who has built his skills and reputation working at such companies as 3D Systems (senior-level position); New Deal Design, Nonobject, Bespoke Innovations, and WHIPSAW (contract position).
In His Own Words
“CCA provided an experimental-driven, high-tech artistic haven, where I dove deep onto questioning design, and became challenged by theory and fascinated by technology. It provided a platform to learn new technological driven craft and interactive design, which deepened my understanding of design’s social impact.”
Projects Speak Louder than Words
Personal Ekso. An ekoskeletal robot may soon replace the wheelchair for persons in need. Already, Ekso Bionics’ current robot allows users to walk and interact socially.
This prototype enhances the human experience with 3D-printed parts that connect body to robot, which was created by referencing a 3D body scan, then providing an accurate, symbiotic connection to the body. (IDEA Social Impact Award Bronze 2014; Core 77 Social Impact Award Runner-Up)
Utari Blackbox merges the disciplines of craft and design; tradition and innovation. In 2012 the group began work with various rural and urban Huichol artisans interested in a respective learning process under a NALAC grant. (Exhibited in Galeria de la Raza in 2013)
The UCAN Untrash Can is a kitchen food-waste bin that enables users to separate their food waste in a clean, easy, and odorless manner. (IDEA 2012 Finalist)
Maria McVarish pushed me really hard to question design and experiment. Thanks to her, I dove down into theory, allowing me to learn new ways to challenge my understanding of my own ways of creation.
Wendy Ju was great in pushing me to make things happen, to be a confident maker. She taught me how to teach myself and figure technical stuff out easily. To this day I still use this method.
Martin Venezky inspired me to look deeper, to pursue a line of investigation in a coherent way. His Form course is the wildest, most challenging in the program; I enjoyed every second of it.