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.
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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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.”
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:
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.
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.
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).
Before the holidays, you may have shared, "Liked" or received Savannah College of Art and Design alum Tony Pombo’s (M.F.A., film and television, 2008) viral wedding video. His Atlanta-based production company Iris Films documented a husband (Steven) surprising his wife (Kelli) with an epic anniversary celebration, then watched the social media stratosphere explode with admiration. It’s proof that good work speaks for itself.
Given, there’s a universal quality to “good design.” But how far does universal go? When it comes to solving for design dilemmas and implementing these solutions in city-specific ways, does good design really mean the same thing in New York, London, Paris? Across all continents?
Branded entertainment is pervasive. You’ve probably shared, “Liked” or been the target of such campaigns without even knowing how this content gets made. Stafford Green, honorary chairman of branded entertainment at Savannah College of Art and Design, is hoping to change that.
It’s that time of year when most of us change our focus from outdoors to in. But not Savannah College of Art and Design graduate student Marc Newton (M.F.A., photography). He’s preparing to unveil his thesis project Constructed Paradise (Nov. 14 – 18 at Non-Fiction Gallery), which sent him on a two-year jaunt through the country’s most treasured natural landmarks.
Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6 raked in one of the biggest opening weekend box offices ever for a Disney film, $56.2 million. When audiences screened the blockbuster at Savannah Film Festival several weeks before the official release, they also heard from a couple of the heroes behind the film.
By Joan Yip
Sixty-five students from Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong recently traveled to Shanghai Fashion Week and Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, the second largest fabric fair in the world.
Over the last ten years, Savannah College of Art and Design’s course catalog has reflected the evolution of art and design. Now the vehicle for SCAD’s catalog has evolved, too.
I’m fortunate enough to be working at the 2014 Savannah Film Festival (Oct. 25-Nov. 1). I started with the festival in 2012 as an intern and moderator during my first year in graduate school at Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2013, I interned again under the festival’s director of operations. My festival experiences were so valuable that my thesis topic was, Beyond the Film: A Local History and Analysis of the Savannah Film Festival.
If design is the intermediary between humans and experience, then furniture design holds the answers for how we interact with and experience our surroundings. You may never have thought about your furniture in this way, but it is the prevailing subject that rules the minds of furniture design students, in addition to materials, style, sustainability, comfort and function. There’s also the business reality to consider.