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Education

Collaboration

We’re sure that in your design education you’ve heard the word ‘collaborate’ used no less than a thousand times. We also know that you probably have a reasonably good idea of what it means to collaborate. Today in The Lounge we won’t give a generic definition of the word, but rather explain how collaboration is used and how to do it in the smoothest way possible.

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!

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.

Laura Stewart: Plinth and Chintz Interior Design Blog

Welcome back! Today in The Student Lounge, Trish chats with Laura Stewart, an interior designer, founder of Plinth and Chintz Interior Design Blog, METROCON manager and chairwoman on the Texas ASID. It’s a great interview with loads of succinct advice from Laura on how to break into the industry as a student or emerging designer.

Professor Diane Phillips

Happy Wednesday! Today in The Student Lounge we have Professor Diane T. Phillips from Georgia Southern University, where she is an associate professor of interior design. This is another raw and real interview with an educator looking back on her entire career. Together, Trish and Phillips dive into the most important aspects of a design degree aside from the material value of the degree itself.

Catherine Hersacher: Bespoke Fine Interiors

Welcome back! Today on The Student Lounge Trish speaks with Catherine Hersacher of Bespoke Fine Interiors in sunny South Carolina. It’s a real, raw, and brutally honest interview that dives into challenges of a career in interior design. This one is not to be missed.

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