Today I would like to give you some incite into our experience with a pretty cool program. This awesome program is the Visual Merchandising Program at Sheridan College! And a few weeks ago, we had 2 young ladies spend 2 weeks seeing how we operate and getting their hands dirty in the production sides of things. These lovely ladies were Taylor Dolson and Lindsay Rea.
Here are our lovely ladies working on a bar for The Old Newcastle House (The Pub). They built it, and popped it on, and then spent a week planning and digitally rendering their design ideas for overhaul of The Pub (more on that later).
Getting to know our students was an interesting journey, here are some Q&A with Taylor and Lindsay:
What is your definition of good design?
- Taylor: When I think of what defines good design I think of all my design aspects; fashion, art, interiors, architecture, and other creative arts. Design can be simple, but have a profound effect of its viewers. To me, good design should not only be beautiful to look at, but practical for what its intended use is. Good design is innovative, functional, long-lasting and user-oriented. Good design should not just rely on how something looks, but also on the products overall performance and purpose for it’s consumers. Dedicating time for care and accuracy in the initial design process will create overall satisfaction and trust within your brand. Good design is equally useful and appealing… and useful in the context, includes being durable and well-aging, not just well-conceived.
- Lindsay:To me good design is not only when something is appealing to look at, but when it is functional as well. It is very easy for an object to serve only one purpose, but is the best when it serves both. There is nothing better then finding a piece that fits your aesthetic but also perfectly serves the job you needed it to do. Like a chair that fits perfectly in the décor of your living room, but is also super comfortably, the correct height off the floor for you, and has the correct backing to match yours.
Placements, Internships, Work Studies, Fellowships, etc. Whatever you may call them, they are valuable resources for students and employers alike. For students they offer an unique view into the working world and employers get a chance to try out potential skills in potential employees. All around a great idea! So employers, open the doors (and your arms) to taking in some placement students, you may be pleasantly surprised:)
Until next time, so long Edgers!