Shopping Cart for Mobility-Impaired Wins Student Design Challenge

Monday, July 18, 2016
SF STATE NEWS -- One goal of the challenge was to create well-designed, practical solutions that address key issues associated with aging. Lopez and Renard developed the City Cart in their Product Design 2 class under the watchful eye of Professor of Design and Industry Ricardo Gomes. Since the challenge began in 2013 – 14, Gomes said four SF State product design teams have made it to the finals. This year, City Cart was among 12 finalists, which included teams from neighboring University of California, Berkeley and Stanford, to those as far away as Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey and National Yunlin University of Science and Technology in Taiwan. During the one semester class, Lopez and Renard worked closely with 82-year-old June Fisher — “the main tester” — Lopez said, to develop the City Cart. They joined her on trips to the farmer’s market and on public transportation to fine-tune every iteration of the design until the winning prototype was created.