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OH, HAPPY DAY! EVEN MORE PHOTOS FROM COMMENCEMENT 2014

If you read our commencement coverage in the summer issue of Hue magazine, you were promised a passel of photos from FIT’s 2014 ceremonies, with plenty of crazy caps, stunning shoes, and cheerful grads. (If you haven’t read it, fear not: we think these photos don’t need much explanation.)

Be sure to follow FIT’s Facebook page to see plenty more photos of commencement and the campus!

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Photos by Smiljana Peros, Tudor Vasilescu ’15, Sofia Johansson ’14, and Island Photography.

BEHOLD THE 21ST CENTURY SHOE OBSESSION

Sometimes the most beautiful works of art never see the light of day.

That fate befell Hue’s feature on Shoe Obsession at The Museum at FIT, that homage to droolworthy footwear which (sadly) closed April 13. Hue’s spring textile issue just got too jam-packed for a spread on shoes, even those as gorgeous as those The Museum displayed.

But in the age of the internet, nothing ever dies, not really. Loyal reader, clasp your hands with glee: you can read about Shoe Obsession here!

FORGET THE FOURTH DIMENSION. THE THIRD ONE IS STILL PRETTY COOL

Visitors to Shoe Obsession at The Museum at FIT might have noticed some mind-blowing biomorphic shoes that seemed to be made of bone. Like this “Biomimicry” shoe by Marieka Ratsma.

This shoe is dope.
Photograph by Thomas van Schaik

It was made with a 3D printer by Shapeways, a leading company in the business. 3D printing is the next big thing, according to Duann Scott, “designer evangelist” for Shapeways. Scott spoke at FIT to a packed audience on February 26 as part of the Love Your Library series.

He proposed that 3D printing will be an important manufacturing method of the future, because infinite complexity and customization don’t cost extra, there are no start-up costs, and the process results in very little waste.

Scott said that one company, with a 6-by-6-meter printing capacity, is making modular homes.

To create an object, just upload a design, choose a material (options include steel, silver, ceramic, and various plastics), and the item will be shipped in two to three weeks.

Hue doesn’t understand the technical process; it has something to do with layers and maybe lasers.

At posting time, this shoe was still undergoing testing for durability and comfort, but soon, it will be for sale in Shapeways’ marketplace. The marketplace also offers lots of jewelry, figurines, and toys, such as an insanely large $1,600 Rubik’s Cube.

The best news of all? FIT now has a 3D printer and may open it up for student use in the fall.

With all this 3D furor, Hue hopes people still appreciate 2D things; for example, magazines and magazine blogs.

Joshua Harker sold this skull on Kickstarter for $50 each. He made more than $77,000. Photography by Alessandro Casagli.