We brought a group of AIGA design students to New York for a couple of days of studio tours. It has been a load of fun. The students have walked and walked and walked! Here are a few of the highlights.
We arrived on Wednesday and oriented ourselves to the city and the subway system. We made a brief visit to the World Trade Center site.
Tours started on Thursday morning with FirstBorn Multimedia.
It was interesting to see and hear how they create their incredible work.
After lunch we went to see Louise Fili.
She walked us through a number of her restaurant and packaging projects.
Next we visited Mucca Design.
Matteo Bologna walked us through their process and some of their work. He also hammed it up for my camera. As we were leaving, we ran into Pum and Jake Lefebure of Design Army (coming to Wichita in April!).
Last on our tours for Thursday was a visit to Arkadia & Co.
Alberta Jarane gave the students the lo-down on working in New York City and Brooklyn as well as some good advice on achieving their desires.
Thursday evening we visited the Museum of Arts and Design.
Friday started early at Martha Stewart Living.
It was an incredible space with everything you could want to have available to you as a designer.
Next on the list was Pentagram.
Michael Bierut talked with us about the structure of the company and the work that they create.
We got a quick tour of the building and then it was off to Doyle Partners, right across the street.
Tom Kluepfel gave us a tour and walked us through some of their work.
Then we got to talk with Steven Doyle, winner of the 2010 National Design Award for Communication.
After a brief break for lunch, we headed to Brooklyn once again to see Michael Braley.
Michael freelances out of a shared studio and discussed the joys and frustrations of going it alone.
Finally, to wrap up the day we visited Jessica Hische in her Brooklyn studio.
She showed us lots of examples of her work and process in lettering and illustration.
All in all, it has been a great couple of days of studio tours and inspiration.
Saturday we are taking a type walk with Paul Shaw through Harlem and the South Bronx. Then a trip to the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. It should be fantastic!