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Behind the runway with the designers of SCADfash

SCAD Fashion Show has come and gone. During one fabulous night under the bright lights of the runway, up-and-coming designers finally showcased their amazing collections. What transpired before their designs hit the runway? What of the countless hours they invested in that moment of grace?  Student designers, including Molly Sayers, enjoy a standing ovation after SCAD Fashion Show.

Inside the preservation story of Atlanta's Ivy Hall

In honor of Preservation Month, we celebrate Savannah College of Art and Design's Ivy Hall. On May 21, 1917, the Great Fire of Atlanta spared one of the South’s rare examples of Queen Anne-style architecture, the Edward C. Peters House, or Ivy Hall after the Peters family symbol. Flanked at the time by a long dirt road, now the busy thoroughfare of Ponce de Leon Avenue, Ivy Hall landed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. In 2000, as The Mansion Restaurant, Ivy Hall barely survived another devastating blaze.

Students dive deep into Hong Kong's contemporary art fairs

Art Week is the most anticipated time of the year on the Hong Kong gallery scene. This international art frenzy brings together a community of artists and art lovers for a series of citywide pop-up events, opening receptions, and art installations. Savannah College of Art and Design used the occasion, and the convergence of Art Basel Hong Kong with the debut of satellite fair Art Central, as an opportunity to promote the city’s promising future as Asia’s premier international art hub.

Animation captures modern dilemma of digital overload and ADC Award

Be they images or social posts, videos or emails, staying on top of digital keepsakes can overwhelm. Leave it to digital art to perfectly capture how it feels to tame our digital memories into submission. We face a daily monsoon of data, so we think you’ll relate to this Vimeo Staff Pick. ADC and Adobe did, handing the creators a Silver Cube at the Art Directors Club Awards and first prize at the Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

Adventure to a college Emmy

How do I travel for free and make this my job? Many ask this question, but Joey Katz (B.F.A., film and television, senior) answered it. Winner of a College Television Award, the Adventure Katz web series is the culmination of two years spent documenting shoe-string-budget trips to Europe, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Jacksonville, Florida. And those are just the episodes in the can.

Sandcastle like a pro

Master sand sculptor Ted Siebert’s enormous creations - more than 700 sculptures in 30 years – makes the practice of sandcastling look effortless. But the world record holder knows differently: the tools are simple but the techniques require skilled hands. A sand castle by Ted Siebert in Cape Town, South Africa. Courtesy of The Sand Sculpture Company.

Architects will save the planet

Architecture students, get your super-suits ready. We need you. Other keystone players will also play critical roles in promoting climate change and halting resource depletion, but I’ll stick with the notion that architects are superheroes. You know the ones. We're masked (because few really know who we are, unless we design a big shiny thing in the center of a world-class city), mega-muscled, hyper-focused oddballs who fly straight at the metaphorical meteor and redirect it away from Earth in the nick of time. That’s us.

Preview Fred Spector's furniture collection for High Point Market

Watch as the owner of Frederic Spector Design Studio shows how he creates award-winning residential furniture. In this demonstration, livestreamed here on Tuesday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. EDT from the SCAD Museum of Art Theater, Fred Spector takes you inside the design process of collections like Avalon, a bedroom suite to be shown along with his new dining collection in Casana Furniture's showroom at High Point Market (April 18-23).

Who will Lululemon design for next?

The downward trend for Lululemon’s sales and reputation seemed to stall with its announcement of a line of pants tailored to the male anatomy. The yoga and activewear brand is likely considering additional strategies for reviving its business, and it just might find answers in case studies by students from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Bienenstock Furniture Library: these chairs have our attention

When was the last time you felt loved by your chair? It’s a rare expectation from our furniture, but it’s possible. That's because good designers can imbue inanimate objects with human characteristics. The Honest Chair by Eny Parker, winner of the 2015 Bienenstock Furniture and Interior Design Competition, illustrates how this dynamic is achieved with something that we use every day, but rarely notice.

2015 CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholar targets the wild side of streetwear

Awarded the 2015 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)/Teen Vogue Scholarship, the collection of streetwear designed by Savannah College of Art and Design sophomore Sang Lim Lee exists somewhere between urban Korea and the untamed Serengeti. The men’s line evokes the vibrant color, textures and details of the streetwear that Sang grew up seeing in Seoul, and was inspired by a documentary she watched on the Serengeti.

6Chix college improv troupe: ‘We’re just as funny.’

How does an improv comedy troupe warm up? There’s laughter, as one might expect. But, in the case of 6Chix, there’s also a dance party, spurred on by some of the best female empowerment anthems of all time.

Lessons from ‘The Breakfast Club’ with executive producer Andy Meyer

“Can I tell you the story of The Breakfast Club?” When one of two surviving members of the creative team behind The Breakfast Club offers to tell you how the enduring teen flick got made it’s not an offer you refuse, especially on the eve of the movie’s re-release in over 400 theaters this month for its 30th anniversary.

Dirtbags dig up composting love in Detroit

Trust us, you’ll want to know this dirtbag. In this case, the dirtbag isn’t a person but a campaign designed by students Rebecca Antonucci (B.F.A., advertising, senior) and Stefanie Gomez (B.F.A., advertising, senior) to increase awareness and adoption of composting in Detroit. The Dirtbag Project is their answer to this challenge posed by advertising agency Team Detroit: create a ‘trashvertising’ campaign to boost urban farming and compost supply.

My Big Brother producer nets big honor at Annie Awards

Some of the best advice we’ve heard for future filmmakers is that if you want to direct, start directing. Jason Rayner (B.F.A., animation, 2014) and his animated short, My Big Brother, about a boy sharing a room with his twenty-foot tall sibling, are proof that you don’t have to wait until you graduate to begin your best work.

SCAD in and on TV

Whether on the screen or behind it, above the line or below it, Savannah College of Art and Design alumni are making their mark on television. In honor of aTVfest (Feb. 5 – 7), we scoured our research to show you where. As producers, post supervisors, actors, DPs, art directors, visual effects artists, writers, and more, SCAD alumni are employed by the networks, or productions by the networks, on the map below. Just a snap shot, so that next time you’re watching Game of Thrones, for example, you can say, “Hey, a fellow SCAD grad did that.”

TV set as classroom and other reasons to get into television

The resurgence of TV is attracting a new generation of talent. Students are increasingly interested in jobs for the small screen, whether they are above or below the line. I tell them it’s a great time to get in, and that chances are good they’ll one day work for the same shows they binge watch. It seems that people used to get into the business because they were well connected, starry eyed, or gluttons for rejection. But the reasons why TV is a great career to shoot for are now better than ever. Here’s a few:

The architecture of trade and the 9th Savannah Symposium

What does Savannah have in common with Hong Kong, Cartagena, Venice and Mumbai?  As a port city, it has long been connected to global trade networks that have existed as long as the oldest human civilizations. Consider a lowly piece of Savannah pavement – a remarkable cobblestone etched with Chinese characters that began its life as a tombstone in China in 1798, became ballast in a ship in the 19th century, and ended up in Savannah as a cobblestone.

Hong Kong fashion talent on the rise

The rise of the Asian fashion market means up and coming designers no longer exclusively eye New York or Paris as launching pads for their careers. Nor does the industry expect that the next generation will hail from one of the traditional fashion capitols. Think Hong Kong’s Henry Lau. In addition to its proximity to the juggernaut of the Chinese market, for example, Hong Kong is home to major brands like Gucci, D&G, LV and Prada – all of which need new talent to thrive and evolve.

Reality TV frames up the next great furniture designer

Furniture design is the latest addition to the competition TV landscape, with "Framework" on Spike TV and “Ellen's Design Challenge” set to premiere on HGTV (and screen at aTVfest, Feb. 5 – 7 in Atlanta).