Improved collaboration, privacy and organization ideas came out of an intensive semester long project.

Challenging students to create designs that are “semantically correct, syntactically correct, and pragmatically understandable, but also visually powerful, intellectually elegant and timeless” is a tall order. The Metaproject initiative at the Rochester Institute of Technology was launched four years ago as a semester long project for industrial design students to develop products that make getting work done with others better.

At the 2014 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), the RIT students staged an exhibition of this years' work which had to address one of these workplace interaction conditions: face-to-face, digitally mediated or human-to-tools. On display was the winning project and several runners up selected by a team of judges from Herman Miller, who sponsored this years' program.

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