Monica Del Basso
Last active: 04/26/2014
I am a multidisciplinary designer recently back to Italy after a six months experience in Uganda, where I worked in a local interior design studio (2013). This experience not only allowed me to improve my English skills, but it also was a challenging opportunity to adapt my work to a reality characterized by scarce materials and underqualified workforce.
After obtaining in 2007 a Bachelor of Industrial Design at the ISIA Roma Design, (laurea in Disegno Industriale), with a thesis about medical design, I worked as stage and costume designer for the Petrolini theatre of Rome and for a small video production. Even though I enjoyed my work experience, I preferred to continue my formation at the Polytechnic University of Turin, where the second year lessons are held in English and many international students join the course, making it more multicultural and interesting.
At the Polytechnic I graduated in Eco-design (laurea magistrale in Design del Prodotto Ecocompatibile) in 2012 with a thesis about lighting urban requalification through the user-centered design approach (UCDA). The UCDA differs from other product design philosophies, since it tries to develop the product around the users’ needs, desires and possibilities, rather than forcing them to change behavior in order to accommodate the product/service. Following such participatory approach, I developed the lighting project involving many stakeholders (employees, partners, customers, citizens and final users) using questionnaires, interviews and perceptive maps.
Another useful design method I could learn at the Polytechnic is the Systemic Approach, which swaps from the linear production system to a cyclical one, where the outputs of a certain process become the inputs of another one. This approach drives the designer to think out of the box, developing an interconnected system that resembles a natural mechanism. Thanks to this new paradigm I started to design products and services keeping in mind their whole life cycle and their environmental impacts on the medium and long terms.
Social skills and competences: I maturated an excellent ability in exposition and presentations of complex projects, moreover I aquired the ability to relate with different professional figures (engineers, architects, artisans).
Organisational skills and competences: In the design fields, brainstorming is the place where ideas born, open mind to means amplify the creative potential of everyone. Working in a team on a single project requires tolerance and organizational capacity to be able to effectively coordinate each one work and views to reach a common goal, not an easy task that allowed me to develop decisional capacity avoid personalism.
Technical skills and competences: Excellent skills in design field (product design, graphic design, visual design) professional knowledge of Adobe Creative suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign,)
Good knowledge of CAD drawing softwares for technical 2D drawings (Autodesk Autocad).
Adequate knowledge of 3D modeling softwares and rendering (Rhinoceros)
Basic knowledge of main prototyping instruments.
Good knowledge of photography instruments.
Good Knowledge of Dialux for lighting calculations.
Artistic skills and competences:Excellent skills in hand drawing, photography. Particular proneness for painting and sculpting/ ceramics.
Interests: Art, exhibitions, travel, technology, food design, nature, ecology, sustainability.