Student-run design conference set for Oct. 20-22


Friday, Oct 20, 2017
Sunday, Oct 22, 2017



Booth Hall


RIT’s annual student-run, student-focused design conference, Thought At Work (TAW), is slated for Oct. 20-22 throughout Booth Hall.

The three-day event is a gathering of leading industry professionals and students from a number of universities. Last year, students from 14 schools across six states and a group from Canada attended, receiving heavy doses of inspiration and education while being afforded the chance to collaborate and meet different people in the field.

Students in various disciplines in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at RIT and other colleges on campus with a passion for design join forces each year to make TAW possible. Students in all of the School of Design’s programs — 3D digital design, graphic design, industrial design, interior design and new media design — typically have a hand in organizing the event. Other representation, as both coordinators and volunteers, has come from the School of Film and Animation and School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, among other backgrounds.

Organizers said the 2017 conference itinerary consists of essential workshops, insightful speakers, countless networking opportunities, social gatherings and free meals.

TAW is open to the public and attendance costs $40. Check out TAW’s social media for a coupon code to save $10 on the sign-up fee.

To register and subscribe to receive email announcements, visit the conference’s website. Registration and check-in tables open at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in the lobby neighboring Bevier Gallery, in Booth Hall. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. the same day in University Gallery (Booth Hall). 

The key organizers of TAW 2017 include lead coordinator Erin Effinger (industrial design), co-coordinators Stacey Yip (industrial design), Hannah Lutz (industrial design) and Zoe Gomer (industrial design), lead graphic designer Dasha Buduchina (graphic design) and lead website developer Jacob Frank (new media design). 

A list of confirmed industry presenters, who are set to hold workshops and lectures, is below. The speakers work in a variety of areas, including industrial, motion, graphic, product and interaction design, illustration, animation, advertising and branding, among others.

• Miguel Cardona — visiting assistant professor, RIT new media design

• Anita Casale — director of design strategy and operations, Converse and Nike

• Jeremy Cox — creative director, Imaginary Forces

• Meredith Engstrom — coordinator/artist manager, Imaginary Forces

• Mitch Goldstein — assistant professor, RIT School of Design

• Susanna Guarino — singer/songwriter

• Andrew Herzog — partner, HAWRAF

• Gordon Reid — creative director, Middle Boop (owner)

• Damon Bryan Shackelford — innovative representative, Eastman Innovation Lab

• Austin Shaw — motion design consultant and professor, Austin Shaw, LLC and Savannah College of Art and Design

• Jeff Smith — education manager, Autodesk

• Tim Wood — assistant professor, RIT industrial design