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Stephanie Munson Tharp
Spring 2013 Courses
Stephanie Munson Tharp is a designer who creates objects with an interest in the physical substance as well as the substantiveness of the designed objects. She hopes to connect with people beyond mere utility in addressing important contemporary psychological-, sociological, and ideological-concerns. She engages in design explorations that arent driven by commercial constraints, but sometimes might be capable of existing within the market. Of special attention is the domestic sphere a space in which artifacts have a particular capacity for intimate engagement with individuals with some recent prevalent themes including family, environmental ecology, and technology.
Stephanie Munson Tharp received her MID in Industrial Design from The Rhode Island School of Design and her BS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Michigan. Her awards include Future Furniture Competition Winner from Interior Design Magazine, 2006; Best in Show from Design Within Reach Modern+Design+Function Chicago Furniture Now Competition, 2006 and 2004. She has lectured and presented at Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City, Design MX: Envisioning Design for the 21st Century in Mexico City, International Engineering and Product Design Education Conference in Scotland, Southern Yangtze Universitys School of Design in China, and The IDSA National Education Conference in California. She has received grants from Motorola, The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), and The OVCR Arts, Architecture and Humanities Award at The University of Illinois at Chicago.
Stephanie Munson Tharps publications include Industrial Design Graduate Education: Identity Finding with Tunstall, Elizabeth (Dori). Proceedings: IDSA National Education Conference, 2006; Tracking the Flow: Evaluating the Use of Process Mapping and Visual Storyboarding in the Classroom with Kevin Reeder. Proceedings: IDSA National Education Conference, 2006; Designerly ResearchInformation vs. Inspiration with Bruce M. Tharp in Educating Designers for a Global Context? 2006; Interview in Innovation, the journal of IDSA, 2006; The Influences of Computing Technologies on Products and Product Design Education, IDSA National Education Conference Proceedings, 2004; and The Role of Computing Technologies in Product Design Education, International Engineering and Product Design Education Conference Proceedings, 2004. She has exhibited her work at The Betty Rymer Gallery at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The HauteGreen Sustainability Show in Brooklyn, NY, and the Design Within Reach Showroom in Chicago. Her work has been reviewed in Interior Design Magazine, The Chicago Reader, RES Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune.