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Originally from Dallas, Texas, Lauren moved to Denver three years ago and is loving every bit. Though she came to Colorado to study communications, marketing, and journalism, she’s got a love for all things art, design and media related. Lauren’s gig at The Chaise Lounge includes writing, copy editing and creating social media content. When not in classes at the University of Denver or writing about the business of interior design, you can find her with a camera or paintbrush in her hand, hiking in the Rocky Mountains, or on the ski slopes.

Art School Versus University

Hey everyone! Today, we’re diving into the differences between art school and traditional four-year universities. The paths are considerably different, and we want to explain the contrasts between the two from personal experiences. Taylor attended Washington State University to earn a Bachelor’s of Arts, while Lauren attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago to earn a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. You can become a designer through either program, we’re just comparing the two!

Nicole Ruffing: Sherwin Williams

Welcome back! Today in The Student Lounge, Trish is joined with Nicole Ruffing, Sherwin Williams designer account executive from Atlanta, Georgia. The two dive into color theory and all Sherwin Williams has to offer for students and design professionals.

What I Learned After a Semester of Design School

After my time at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) studying architecture, I’ve come up with a few bits of advice for anyone just starting out or thinking about getting into design. Being in classes with a variety of students – from architects to interiors to product designers – I better understood each path and what I wanted MY focus to be. Whatever it is you’re concentrating on, know that we’re all in it together!

7 Steps to Conquer a Critique 

A critique, sometimes referred to as a “crit,” can be daunting in design school – especially if you aren’t prepared. During a crit, fellow students, professors, and sometimes even guest designers will observe a presentation of your latest project. Made to be constructive, they can sometimes be overwhelming, and you may lose sight of the purpose in all the nerves.

Student Edition: McKenna HecK

Hey everyone! Today in The Student Lounge, Trish is joined with McKenna Heck, a recent graduate and new Minneapolis designer. The two dive into what life is like to be a fresh graduate; from working odd jobs to finding internships, paying attention to numbers, and learning on your own, you have to manage all of this and more as a new designer.

FIT Professor Phyllis Harbinger

Today we welcome Phyllis Harbinger, a professor at FIT and Principal designer at Design Concepts Interiors. A mentor as a professor and ASID member, Phyllis has all the advice from design strategies to presentation. Trish and Phyllis talk about the importance of hand drafting and drawing, using color, enhancing your portfolio, and ASID.

Student Edition: Allison Brown

Hey everyone! On today’s pod Trish chats with Allison Brown from Logan, Utah. Allison is a recent graduate of Utah State University and Manhattan-bound. Trish and Allison talk about finding internships, the power of associations, and facing the fear of attending events.

Ryan Ben: IIDA

Hey folks, on today’s pod Trish chats with Ryan Ben of International Interior Design Association (IIDA), in Chicago, Illinois. Ryan, working at IIDA, is the Student Engagement and Advancement Manager. Trish and Ryan get into the importance of joining associations and attending events offered for students who are delving into the industry.

Jecks Lea: Persona Abode

Hey folks, on today’s pod Trish chats with Jecks Lea of Persona Abode, based out of London. Jecks, UK Ambassador for VeganDesign.org, is a designer focusing on wellness and humane living. Trish and Jecks get into what it means to design humanely and understanding space.

Trisha Poole: Design Poole Inc.

Hey everyone, on today’s pod we have Trisha Poole of Design Poole Inc. in Winter Park, Florida. Trisha is a designer, focusing on hotels and resorts, and the president of the Network of Executive Women and Hospitality (NEWH). Here she offers perspective on understanding all aspects of the industry, staying inspired, and explains opportunities for students.

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