Saturday, September 20, 2008
As we look at object design today and the hybrid designer, there are many venues that object designers can place their work in. NeoCon is a trade show organized by Merchandise Mart which started in Chicago years ago. October 29 + 30 NeoCon East will be at the Baltimore Convention Center. I am planning to go on Wednesday. Take a look and see if you are interested in learning about potential wider venues for your work or potential employment opportunities for the creative skills set. New projects like the welded steel project and lighting project are aimed at diversifying opportunities. There will also be sections and seminars of sustainable design.
The Design and Production course went on a field trip to Bluehouse, a progressive retailer focusing on sustainable design, for the first class. There we met Ann Fortune who is a primary buyer for Bluehouse. This means she visits trade shows of all kinds in addition to other buying opportunities. Ann has a primary role in Bluehouse. Making connections like this are important to your career. Ann got her MFA in Sculpture from MICA. Be aware of your own interests. Ask questions and be inquisitive how people get the jobs they get and what background they come from. What Is Product Design? by Laura Slack, is an excellent example of the objects in the marketplace today and the Profiles section does a nice job of outlining the different designers educational backgrounds in addition to what they are currently involved in. Inquiring Minds Want to Know.
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