Meese Public Touchpoint Launched
Meet Pat and Dean. Born on the same day, 14 years apart, Pat Christie (‘11) and Dean Bennett (‘10) met in their second year at Emily Carr and soon realized they shared more than a common birthday. With a passion for industrial design, they collaborated on their 4th year grad project, Avanti K3. Unique in purpose, Avanti K3 incorporated the physical and emotional needs of users by providing choices to suit the individual while reducing stigmas and changing perceptions of the wheelchair user. It was clear that Pat and Dean worked well together. After returning from a trip to Europe together that included a course with Core77's Alan Chochinov in France, they started Meese so they could pursue their design ambitions.
Emily Carr had the pleasure to work with the team at Meese on a recent project, Public Touchpoint. Unveiled during the 2012 Degree Exhibition, Touchpoint enhances the University’s reception space while communicating a strong message: Emily Carr is a dynamic institution fostering the artistic genius of Vancouver’s most talented emerging artists, designers and media practitioners. Picture a 3D, life-sized version of tic tac toe blocks, and you can imagine the concept of the kiosk-like design. Only six weeks in the making from start to finish, Pat and Dean - who teamed up with Communication Design graduate Jacky Ling ('10) to help with the visuals - have demonstrated an exceptional aptitude for designing playful and engaging pieces of interactive art. Maintaining its Emily Carr roots, Touchpoint was produced at OGA, a design shop in East Vancouver that is owned and operated by alumnus Logan Gilday ('10).
If you haven’t been by in awhile, come visit us at Emily Carr and check out Public Touchpoint!