This summer marked the two year anniversary of Art Center’s Color, Materials and Trends Exploration Laboratory (CMTEL). Since we first opened the doors in July 2006 with the help of CMTEL’s first founding partner, Nokia Corporation, CMTEL has quickly become a valuable resource for the Art Center community.
CMTEL was created in order to develop an awareness of color and material technologies and global trends, and to introduce design research into the curriculum at Art Center. In addition to developing a material sample collection representing more than 150 manufacturers, CMTEL has hosted classes, lectures, workshops and projects with an emphasis on color, materials and trends. Courses that take place inside the lab include material explorations, lighting technologies, trend insights and designing for sustainability. Art Center’s student-led EcoCouncil hold their weekly meetings here, discussing issues, sharing resources and developing special projects based on responsible design.
Other exciting new projects at CMTEL include Design Storms—one- to three-day intensive, innovative workshops during which Art Center students and faculty collaborate with sponsoring partners to explore a material technology or future market opportunity. Unlike traditional sponsored projects at Art Center where the corporate sponsor plays a supportive role, Design Storms engage the sponsoring professionals to actually participate in the creative process, engaging with Art Center students and faculty for short, inspiring bursts of creative partnership.
Avery Dennison has been one of Art Center’s strongest corporate partners over the years, sponsoring numerous full-term projects, engaging in the Design Storm process and truly valuing the creative collaboration of Art Center’s designers with the company’s scientists, technologists and marketers. We are excited to announce that Avery Dennison has committed to being CMTEL’s second founding partner. The company’s generous support enables CMTEL to grow its initiatives in creating curriculum in color and material design, trend research and sustainable design—all of which are emerging career opportunities for our students. We will be developing this curriculum as part of the College’s Humanities and Design Sciences Department.
CMTEL has an online presence as well. We have a CMTEL group on the iInCircle alumni online network. The group was formed as a way for alumni who are interested or involved with color and material design or trend work to connect and share resources with the Art Center community. We are now developing a strategy for Art Center alumni to directly connect to the CMTEL Web site which will be completed by the end of this year. Our third year is shaping up to be one of our busiest yet!
For more information on CMTEL, contact Karen Hofmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.