Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Evolution student work

My Evolution course requires students to complete a Term Project through a semester-long process of scientific research, concept proposal, and creative execution.

Term Project Proposal

One of the main goals of the Term Project in this course is to translate scientific research into a creative work. Students start by researching a topic (of their own choosing) related to the course, and then develop a project proposal through a process of feedback and revision that includes both an in-class presentation and the development of a written proposal. Although different students will contextualize this assignment within their career trajectories in different ways, I see this proposal as good practice for convincing clients to “buy” a design idea, for applying for residencies, or for seeking project funding. The guidelines for this assignment can be found here. Below are some of the best student Term Project Proposals that I have received, downloadable as PDF’s:

Mimicry © Veronica Mitrano (Spring 2017)
The Sixth Extinction © Sydney Paul (Spring 2017)
Convergent Evolution and Optimal Design © Thornton Kimmell (Spring 2017)
Living Fossil Plants © Ada Chen (Spring 2017)

Term Project & Summary

Based on their project proposal, students develop a creative work in the medium of their choosing. While the nature and scope of the creative projects vary widely, they all must incorporate ideas and concepts that emerged from research into the scientific literature. Most students stick with media that is native to their majors, but I encourage students to explore whatever medium best serves their project idea, and I get a great variety of work. The guidelines for this assignment can be found here. Below are some of the best student Term Projects & Summaries I have received, downloadable as PDF’s:

“In many song birds song traditions are transmitted…” & Mood Board © Alex Berns (Spring 2017)
Taxonomic Nesting Dolls © MJ Sullivan (Spring 2017)
Human Coevolutionary Effects © Sydney Paul (Spring 2017)
Living Fossil Jewelry Collection © Ada Chen (Spring 2017)
Optimal Design Tangrams © Thornton Kimmell (Spring 2017)
The Deep Sea Guide to Parenthood © Michael LoPalo (Spring 2017)
Cece Talks Science: The Evolution of Sex © Allin Skiba (Spring 2017)

Below is a gallery of the creative work students have completed for this assignment:

Cece Talks Science: The Evolution of Sex © Allin Skiba

You can click on each of the images above to see the work in more detail. The description for each image also includes a link to the Project Summary that accompanies the work. All of this work is used with permission of the students who produced it. Please respect the intellectual property rights of these students by not using their work without their permission. If you would like to contact any of the students who produced this work, contact me.