Are you interested in design school, friends and family of a student, already a working designer, or one of our own bulldog alumni? Come to this years Senior Portfolio Showcase on April 6, 2018 @ the Ferris University Center: 805 Campus Dr, Big Rapids, MI 49307 RM. 202.
DESIGN SCHOOL SOUNDS COOL, I'M READY TO SEE WHAT IT'S ABOUT.
Stop by between 1 and 3pm, see Senior work and meet with Juniors to get a feel for what it's all about and tour where we create.
I'M ALREADY IN THE INDUSTRY, SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT.
Meet with the newest members of the design industry, their young, fresh and eager to show you their work between 4 and 6pm.
BEEN THERE DONE THAT, THOSE ARE MY OLD STOMPING GROUNDS.
Hey design bulldogs, stop by between 4 and 6pm. After the review come to the first design alumni event in over 10 years. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Talking Business with our Friends at Conduit
Design is one part creativity and two parts business. So to understand more about what it takes to thrive in the industry, we talked to our friend and Creative Director John O’Neill at Conduit Studio. He and his team are the masterminds behind some of the most amazing work, from the branding of Artprize to their work with Helen DeVos. To understand more about balancing expenses with profit, we talked specifically on budgeting, and remembering to save money for taxes.
Kyle Rice — “I’ve met John several times before, and it amazes me every time the amount of knowledge he has to offer. Taxes as a freelance designer is something that can be very detrimental to your personal expenses, so it great to hear his advice based off of his personal experiences."
Impromptu Trip to Toronto
The juniors hopped in the car and road tripped to Toronto for some design inspiration. While in Toronto they toured studios and stumbled upon a Nike Pop-up shop in an old abandoned house.
"Toronto provided a lot of different experiences unique to the city such as the Nike Pop-up for a new shoe release. When walking into the pop-up show you are immediately immersed in a world created around this one shoe. Whether it be the pulsing Nike logo, the pink walls, or the employee attire, everything was designed for this one experience. After the Nike Pop-up shop my class and I headed to Q30 for a studio tour. At Q30 they showed us the real world uses of the process we learn in school but in a much deeper way. The two case studies we looked at used many of the steps we learn about within our classes and validated to us that what we are doing is applicable for the real world. They also showed us the importance of teamwork with their very specialized team including UI/UX developer, a writer, two project managers, and a hand full of graphic designers."
"If you’ve heard the saying, ‘nothing good comes easy’, that is Ferris’s Design program. I am forever thankful for all of the doors FSU’s Design Program opened in my life."
Stephanie Bailey, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
how our program works
Throughout our program students are taught to use a 5 phase process. This guides the students to explore multiple ideas to find the best solution. The process includes multiple steps within each phase, however on a project to project basis, things can adjust, because we know in life not every project is the same.