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White House entrepreneur shares advice straight from ‘Shark Tank’

By Tarana Mayes
How important is entrepreneurship to creating a better world? So important that the White House bet $1 billion in private investment to promote it, half of which will go to promising young entrepreneurs like Kirk-Anthony Hamilton (M.Arch., 2010; B.F.A., architecture, 2008), founder of the Infiniti Partnership.

Making 'i feel ya' with André 3000 Benjamin

By Tarana Mayes
Dr. Dre and Apple. David Byrne and color guard. Collaboration is how the world rolls, and the projects can be as lucrative as they are novel. Social and digital media have erased traditional boundaries, so we shouldn’t be surprised by these partnerships; we should be prepared.

A design solution for Atlanta bridges and traffic-weary drivers

By Tarana Mayes
Along with landmarks like Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta is synonymous with traffic. Long lines of vehicles — 300,000 per day — winding through Interstate 75/85 are staples in the city’s landscape. So are the concrete bridges that traverse these five miles of highway. What if these exchanges could delight and inspire drivers? What if, rather than ignoring them, commuters looked forward to passing under the structures for a momentary reprieve from their slow-moving circumstances?

Editor Asher Bingham's front row seat to history

By Tarana Mayes
Like many Americans, Asher Bingham (B.F.A., film and television, 2007) breathed a sigh of relief when the Supreme Court announced its decision to strike down laws prohibiting same-sex marriage. For her it was personal. The editor of the documentary The State of Marriage — a David and Goliath story directed by Jeff Kaufman about the legal pioneers who paved the way for the landmark ruling — Bingham had a front row seat to history.

Michael Bastian links with Meredith Sutton jewelry for NYFW

By Tarana Mayes
Meredith Sutton (B.F.A., jewelry, 2003) is the quintessential local artist. After graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design, the North Carolina native set up shop in Savannah where she has been making jewelry ever since. But her success isn’t confined by geography.

The 'how' behind the 'wow moment' of Commencement 2015

By Tarana Mayes
It’s not easy to forget the finale to SCAD Commencement, Will Penny’s (B.F.A., painting, 2008; M.F.A., painting, 2013) goal exactly. With his spectacular interactive installation that seemed to envelope the graduates, the artist succeeded mightily at creating a memorable send off for the Class of 2015. Here’s a glimpse of that moment from the graduates' perspective and Penny on creating this digital feast for the senses:

Photography students capture the red, white and you of Coca-Cola

By Tarana Mayes
Few brands are more American than Coca-Cola. This holiday, Coke products will be plentiful at poolsides and picnic tables because they're as synonymous with beating the heat as they are with celebrations and fun.

'Little Peaks' toys for little artists

By Amanda Surowitz
Learning just got a lot more fun, thanks to Santiago Acevedo (B.F.A., industrial design, senior). He took on the challenge of facilitating the physical and emotional development of children and became a finalist in the 2015 Royal Society of Arts U.S. Student Design Competition.

Olympian saddles up at SCAD equestrian center

By Tarana Mayes
The Savannah College of Art and Design equestrian team achieved a record-setting year of competition, culminating in its first Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national championship. But at the close of spring quarter, work at the Ronald C. Waranch Equestrian Center isn't done. Eddie Federwisch, director of the SCAD equestrian program, trains another champion, Special Olympian Robert Seignious.

IIDA honoree promotes cultural understanding with design

By Tarana Mayes
In an increasingly global society where digital connectivity dissolves physical boundaries and opportunities to encounter the unfamiliar abound, design needs people like Tara Headley (M.F.A., interior design, 2015, B.F.A., interior design, 2012).