I'm just back from a short stay at the Savannah College of Art and Design--I attended industrial design studios, met with possible Grommet creators, and gave a talk to the students and faculty. It's an impressive place. Only 30 years old and yet it has almost 10,000 students across a variety of programs. The energy is palpable. The vision is too. I met a bunch of dynamic design professors and students. It's really a privilege to be in such an entrepreneurial academic institution. Here's a little photo essay.
- This building houses both Admissions and the Graphic Design Program...one of the gracious old brick reclamations. SCAD has a policy of buying and renovating historic properties in Savannah. As such the school has been the main preservation force in the city. It creates a very distributed urban campus, which the administration pulls together by holding magnet events in a wide variety of buildings.
- I couldn't believe the students have access to the normal complement of shop space and equipment (albeit tons of it) but also a laser cutter, a CNC machine and five (count 'em) Fuse Deposition Modelling machines (3-D Printer). When I was an ID student we made nearly everything totally manually. A vacu-form machine was high tech to us. These students can, hopefully, spend more time on their ideas, and less time on hand crafting models.
- Savannah is a real food town. I had shrimp and grits at "Uncle Bubbas" and two fine dinners at Sapphire Grill and Local 11 Ten . This is a photo of The Back in the Day Bakery, where journalist Rob Walker normally gets the imported Mexican Coca Cola he favors, and wrote about a couple weeks back, in the NYT magazine. This photo is from the very fun Little Pink Studio blog.
- I mainly scouted for Grommets, but I did come home with one personal find....this pair of earrings made of watch parts. They are the creation of a SCAD student, Cassie Warnat, and I found them at ShopSCAD--a place to buy pieces from SCAD students, alum, faculty and staff.
I am grateful to Julia Kemp, a SCAD alum and our former summer intern who suggested this trip, and to Tom Gattis and Sheila Magness, who made it happen. I would be delighted to return to SCAD anytime!