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Inside Out is an internationally acclaimed project known for its themes such as hope, diversity, gender-based violence, climate change, Black Lives Matter and more. Photos representing these ideas are plastered on the sides of buildings to bring awareness to the community. Its impact around the world has led to over 260,000 people participating in the project and the number continues to grow.

Inside Out has left its mark in Stevenson University thanks to a collaborative effort between students and faculty. The exhibition can be seen outside of the Greenspring Campus Art Gallery and Inscape Theatre. AVCD Professor Chris Metzger and his students spent countless hours to make the project a reality.

Chris Metzger first learned about Inside Out while teaching at Morgan University. The project’s creator, JR, is a renowned photographer. JR won the 2011 TED prize for his work and encouraged others to participate; currently, 129 countries have taken part in the project.

In fall 2016, Chris Metzger introduced the idea of Inside Out to his students to gauge interest for the project. In spring 2017, his photography class took a more active role with Inside Out. He believes that “art can facilitate important conversations,” and wanted to create a project that represented Stevenson University’s theme of diversity and inclusion.

Visit the link for more information on the Inside Out project: http://www.insideoutproject.net/en

What do graduating designers need? Something to help them designing, having fun, and remember their teachers. 

Inna Alesina proposed the idea to design a deck of method cards as a gift for the 2017 graduating seniors. She enlisted the help of student assistant Jessica Hernandez, who suggested that they make them into tarot cards.

The end result was a deck of 22 cards inspired by the Major Arcana. Each card contains a different design methods and exercises. Each deck also includes a handmade pouch sewn by Inna Alesina.

Faculty and students collaborated to create the cards.

The back of the cards includes patterns by juniors: Nadejda Augen, Krystal Carpintieri, Caroline Gillman, Samantha Smith, and Michaela Sonntag. The fronts feature icons designed by Jessica and sophomores: Bin Le, Destiny Hadel, and Kaelyn Cox.  

VCD Faculty contributed with the selection of design methods and feedback. 

SOD faculty Lori Rubeling and Inna Alesina continue their Impact design initiative by facilitating design thinking workshops by visiting classrooms of their colleagues at Stevenson University. 

This week they conducted idea-generating charrette in two Film and Moving Image classes taught by faculty Dina Fiasconaro.

Next week, Inna Alesina will use design thinking to walk students taking ENG 381 class taught by faculty Amanda Licastro through the scenario design exercise where students will envision how people will read in the future.

What are Impact Design Processes?

Impact Design Processes incorporate more variables than simply designing the way things look. 

Impact Design requires all participants to abandon assumptions and 
conventions in solving design problems. 

 

1. Thinking non-linearly

2. Beginning with questions instead of outcomes

  scenario-based questions

  systems-based questions

  human-centered questions

  learning framework questions

3. Devise questions by generating

  yes/no maps

  Idea /mind maps

  word lists

  connotations and denotations lists

 

Click here to learn more about impact design.

VCD students help local company visualize complex information.

VCD professors Inna Alesina and Meghan Marx assigned a short project in their VCD 270— Introduction to Corporate Design classes where students had to take a complex scientific information and make visually effective interpretation for a specific audience.

Shown here is an interim review with a client representative, Alfred R. Berkeley III from Differential Dynamics Corporation, DD Motion. 

DDMotion is working on power controls that are used in alternative energy production.

Stevenson Univerity’s Krystal Carpintieri won silver for the 2017 ADDY Awards.

The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition. Its goal is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising across all mediums. Krystal was the first student since 2011 to win an ADDY award.

Krystal’s design focused on an important topic, bees. They are one of the foundations of nature and life. How are we going to survive without nature? Increasing interest and awareness of the bee population will be great for humanity but when will we start caring? Will we wait until there are only a few bees left to live? It Is time that we stop ignoring and started caring. This is the moment Krystal realized that to make a difference she need to create an infographic on saving the Bees.

Visit Krystal’s Behance to learn more about her process including research, ideation, sketches and design.

Photo Credit: The Wairehouse

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