Three students from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., received $5,000 scholarships in December through the NASF’s West Coast Bright Design Challenge competition, which was co-sponsored by the Metal Finishing Association of Southern California (MFASC).
Students from the school’s product design, environmental design, fine art and graduate industrial design programs spent the fall term learning about surface finishing technologies and applications. They worked with several NASF member companies to enhance their understanding of processes, including Alan Olick’s Brite/General Plating shop in Los Angeles.
At the end of the class, students presented finished 3D prototypes to a panel of faculty and MFASC judges. The top concept as judged by the panel was a system designed by Wen Han that enables consumers to design and order jewelry online, choosing final finishes such as gold, silver or copper. Second place was awarded to Bruce Ocampo, and Bryce Johnson won third place. Victoria Lin received an honorable mention.