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NYC and Beyond

Well, for those of you that don't know, I helped lead a trip to NYC this last "weekend." I say "weekend" because we were there from Wednesday to Sunday. I and twelve undergrad students went to New York City to visit design firms, and museums. It was a great trip, and an incredible learning experience. Having an undergrad degree in graphic design and photography it was really cool to see big design firms, and famous designers at work in their offices in NYC. Here are a few photos from our excursion: First we went to see some designers at Method Inc, they did such things as redesigned the interface for TED and the interface for all kinds of devices for March Madness. They showed us around their offices, and convinced us to play this dice game that was apparently an office tradition...but i think they were just trying to take our dollar bills ;)

Name plate inside of method offices
Name plate inside of method offices
Method Inc, Offices
Method Inc, Offices
Dice game that Method taught us how to play
Dice game that Method taught us how to play

The next day we went to see Mirko, who is a designer famous for firing clients. He sat with us at his desk and showed us his sketch books. Mirko talked us through his process from brainstorming ideas to finished product. It was a great experience and very encouraging for me and the rest of the students. Mirko designed the opening graphics for You've Got Mail, and has worked on logos for all kinds of different companies.

Mirko talking with us about why we are designers
Mirko talking with us about why we are designers
Mirko showing us files that he has been working on recently
Mirko showing us files that he has been working on recently
MIrkos blocks for what he tells clients on a regular basis
MIrkos blocks for what he tells clients on a regular basis

Mirko and Milton Glaser have studios in the same building, so after meeting Mirko, we walked down two flights of stairs to meet Milton Glaser. Glaser was open to answering any of our questions and showed us what he was currently working on, it was an incredible experience to chat with Milton Glaser. Also, Glaser is known for designing the I(heart)NYC logo, and the Bob Dylan Poster with the crazy hair.

Milton Glaser answering our questions
Milton Glaser answering our questions
Glaser showing us his most recent work
Glaser showing us his most recent work

The next day we visited a design firm in Brooklyn called "Huge." They showed us around their space and were very helpful in answering questions about how to put together a portfolio for a studio like theirs. They mostly do interactive design and website design, the interactivity for IKEA and Adult Swim...

Huge front desk
Huge front desk
Showing us around the office
Showing us around the office
their war room
their war room

After Huge, we went to a design firm in Little Italy called "R/GA" they have been responsible for special effects for movies such as Alien and ET, but more recently they worked on the ad campagin for Nike + We got to talk with the art director in charge of the Nike account and ask him all kinds of questions about his job. It was really interesting to get to pick the brain of a company in charge of such big accounts.

Outside of R/GA main office
Outside of R/GA main office
Showing us around R/GA
Showing us around R/GA
They label their conference rooms with pantone colors. Design nerdz, right?
They label their conference rooms with pantone colors. Design nerdz, right?
This is how they show off their awards, if you look closely you can find 3 Oscars
This is how they show off their awards, if you look closely you can find 3 Oscars

Anyway, that was the trip. It was an incredible experience and I really enjoyed being part of the leadership team for it. I wish we had had a bit more time, we made it to a few museums and even the Brooklyn Flea Market! but, anyway, I'll leave you with these few random photos I took in NYC.

Beauitful reflection right?
Beauitful reflection right?
We walked passed a dog park in Central Park
We walked passed a dog park in Central Park
This man was riding around telling everyone "Peace"
This man was riding around telling everyone "Peace"
This is about half the group that went with us. Good group right?
This is about half the group that went with us. Good group right?

Anyway thanks for reading!

-nattles