Each year, the Interior Design class in the Department of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics creates an installation for an annual event organized by Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). DIFFA raises awareness and grants funds to organizations that provide treatment, direct care services, preventive education programs and advocacy for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. This year’s event, DIFFA Designs 2016 “Shine,” was held Oct. 12 at the NWBLK gallery in San Francisco.
The SF State design team gathered inspiration for their design from an existentialism angle: The universe is full of people, places, possessions and feelings that are all cared for by someone. Each person has their own universe of family, friends, hobbies, and so much more. Every one of us has something to fight for out of passion, love, friendship or happiness. Life presents challenges such as illnesses and hardships, whether it be upon ourselves or our loved ones. Although it can be easy to lose hope during such events, it is important to remember that there is still something worth fighting for. The design created was a symbolic reminder to keep your head up, find the good path and fight for what means the most to the viewer.
The idea of having the “universe” painted above the audience’s heads was to symbolize everyone’s world. The student designers incorporated the color white to symbolize hope and included an interactive board that created an art piece in itself out of the guest’s individual life paths and passions. The event was a huge success and the designers had a great experience throughout the design conception, process and execution.