LaVaughn Daniels and Dan Cunningham from the Metal Finishing Association of Southern California examine plated parts while judging last year’s Bright Design challenge.
The National Association for Surface Finishing and the Metal Finishing Association of Southern California (MFASC) are again sponsoring the West Coast Bright Design Challenge for students at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.
The contest is incorporated into the college’s Material Explorations class, which is led by Art Center instructors Catherine McLean and Krystina Castella. A transdisciplinary team made up of product design, environmental design, fine art and graduate industrial design students will spend the term learning about surface finishing technologies and applications, and working with local electroplating companies to enhance their understanding of the process.
Students are then challenged to create innovative works utilizing these technologies. At the end of the term, they will present finished 3D prototypes and presentations to a panel of faculty and MFASC judges. The students with the top three concepts as judged by the panel each will be awarded $5,000 scholarships.
Judging for the event will take place in December.