ID Student's 'Digital Suitcase Solution' Is a Winning Design
App by Eduardo Calmon BS '13 (Industrial Design) receives special award at PMA's 19th Annual Collab Student Design Competition
November 30, 2011
The 2011 Collab Student Design Competition, held in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, created its first ever "Collab Choice Award" for the Free2Fly app designed by University of the Arts student Eduardo Calmon BS '13 (Industrial Design). The theme of the 19th annual competition was inspired by this year's recipient of the Collab's Design Excellence Award: groundbreaking designer, architect and jetsetter Zaha Hadid.
Students were challenged with designing an overnight bag that would bring fun and function back to today's travelers. Instead of a bag, Calmon created Free2Fly, which he calls a "digital suitcase solution." The app suggests garments based on the weather forecast at the traveler's destination and then transmits files to a knitting machine near the traveler's hotel, which produces garments that are available on arrival.
Juror and Metropolitan magazine editor-in-chief Susan Szenasy was intrigued by the unconventional entry, telling The Philadelphia Inquirer, "It's an interesting idea for a world that's becoming dematerialized."
The competition was judged by a distinguished panel of design and travel experts that also included John Edelman, president and CEO of Design Within Reach; Victor Sanz, design director at Tumi Luggage; Janet Villano, vice president for product development at Skiphop; and Kirsten Climer, a designer with Smart Design Worldwide.