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Gabriel Wartofsky

Transportation Design

8th Term

Why did you choose to attend Art Center?
I have wanted to attend Art Center since I was 9 years old. I read about the College in an automobile magazine, and made my first pilgrimage to the campus when I was 15.

What do you hope to accomplish through your work?
To improve the way we move around our neighborhoods, our cities and our planet with desirable, responsible design solutions. I aim to enable positive social change through good design.

Describe a memorable project and the creative process involved, from conception to ideation to production.
I think I began to discover who I was as a designer in a mobility class during my fifth term. We had to address congestion, pollution and parking problems facing Shenzhen, China, and offer personal mobility solutions. The project opened my eyes to the larger picture of mobility, and how as transportation designers we must be aware of the cities and environments for whom are designing. The class was conceptual, idea-driven and open to interpretation. I ended up designing a mobile office and a network of urban bridges. After this class, I became interested in taking classes in other departments.

Have you found any faculty or guest speakers inspirational or thought provoking?
The sheer access to speakers and legendary designers at Art Center was pretty amazing. I met most of my transportation design idols on an informal level, ranging from washing my hands in the bathroom with Luigi Colani to having the unfortunate task of speaking after Chirs Bangle at a Sustainability Summit.

Did you join any student organizations or taken part in campus activities as an Art Center student?
I am a huge proponent of being an active member of the student community. It can be a challenge to meet others outside of your department if you aren't. One of the main resources that Art Center offers is the people that make up the Art Center community. It's vital to take advantage of this. I've been a member of Eco-council, ACCD Mobility and most of all, OutNetwork, a group dedicated to fostering a multi-disciplinary, multi-generational community who share an interest in the intersection between GLBT identity and the creative arts.

Tell us something about yourself and/or your work that others might find surprising.
I was raised by a family of bicycling hippies, yet I absolutely love cars. Go figure.

Wartofsky graduated from Art Center in 2009.

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