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Student Symposium

Student Symposium

Thursday, October 8
1:00–4:00 p.m.

Alissa Walker of Gelatobaby will moderate this conference-within-a-conference tailored to student designers about to enter the competitive profession of graphic design. Attendees will be inspired, informed and entertained by accomplished designers in all stages of their careers discussing how to make the transition from school to studio and the ups and downs of making it in the real world. Presentations include:

Never Sleep: Graduating to Graphic Design

Andre Andreev and G. Dan Covert, partners, dress code, and adjunct assistant professors, Pratt Institute

There is a major disconnect between the life of a design student and the transition to becoming a design professional. To demystify this transition, Andre Andreev and G. Dan Covert will share the failures, successes and surprises of their journey—from their college years to scoring their dream jobs at MTV and then venturing out on their own to start their own studio. They’ll discuss what they learned about self-promotion, interviews, internships, monetary problems, personal relationships, prison time, first jobs and the all-around hustle of making it happen. 

How I Became My Own Brand Kind of By Accident and How You Can Too in 53.4 Easy Steps

Kate Bingaman-Burt, writer, graphic designer, illustrator and founder, Obsessive Consumption, and assistant professor of graphic design, Portland State University

Kate Bingaman-Burt addresses the importance of making by any means necessary, while remaining smart and not over-thinking. She'll offer advice about Beanie Babies; Branson, Missouri; defending your concepts; working for yourself; working for others; working with others; saying “yes” too much; being nice; coffee and energy drink consumption; networking in a non-gross (sincere) way; and naturally developing a distinctive voice. She will talk about her journey so far in this confusing yet exciting world of making stuff for yourself and other people, and why you should never underestimate the power of working insanely hard.

First Memphis, Next the World

Bobby C. Martin Jr., senior design manager, Nokia

Bobby C. Martin, senior design manager at Nokia, offers this advice for young designers: Set goals that are unreachable. Create work that is meaningful. Take on challenges that are impossible. And conquer them all. Join him as he discusses the steps towards a meaningful career in design.

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The Industrial Design Revolution: Solutions Over Stuff

Emily Pilloton, founder and executive director, Project H Design

Emily Pilloton wants to recruit you to join the industrial design revolution. Pilloton believes that industrial design is a tool for individual, community and economic empowerment, and will challenge you to work as an activist rather than an aesthetician, to redefine the nature of the client relationship, and shift values and business practices to maximize social impact. Building off of tactics outlined in her recently published book, Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People, and using examples of Project H initiatives (solutions for education, foster care, homelessness, water systems and more), Pilloton will make the case for design that improves life, addresses basic human needs, and solves personal and urgent problems in efficient and graceful ways.

A Designer and His Problems

Paul Sahre, graphic designer, The Office of Paul Sahre

“A Designer and His Problems” is an inspirational journey through one designer’s typos, questionable color choices and poor font selections. Paul Sahre grapples with the feeling that everyone has from time to time—that something is wrong, but we don’t know quite what. Or maybe we do know, but it’s too late to do anything about it. Heartwarming and refreshingly honest, Sahre identifies problems in all their different forms and urges us to accept them, nurture them, caress them.

The Student Symposium is free to all registered “Make/Think” attendees; pre-registration for this event is not required. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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