Learning to design is a bit like learning to speak a foreign language. Everyone knows the best way to study Spanish or French, however foolish you feel, is to open your mouth and begin to talk with native speakers. For sixteen years and running, Studio InFlux, a fully functioning graphic design studio at Lesley University's College of Art and Design, has given design students the opportunity to put their skills into practice--in many cases for the first time.
InFlux designers develop sensibilities that are essential to their success while nurturing client relationships, collaborating with a team of peers, and coordinating projects with all their different attributes from conceptual start to tangible finish. Students who, at the outset of class are made nervous by simply scheduling a client meeting, are completely transformed and confident when the semester ends. The design process is decoded and demystified as they work on actual projects for non-profit organizations.
The efforts of Studio InFlux have brought impressive results to the non-profit organizations we serve--an array of inspirational clients that would be a source of pride for any studio in town.
We have collaborated with The March of Dimes, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, Massachusetts General Hospital, AIDSAction, Mass Audubon Society, City Year Boston, Design that Matters, National Kidney Foundation, Boston Public Library, Harvard Museum of Natural History, MSPCA, Mass. Department of Public Health, United Cerebral Palsy Association, New England Foundation for the Arts, and the list goes on.
In most cases, these clients' projects would not have benefited from the attention of professional designers if it were not for the donated services of Studio InFlux.
It's easy to see--the experience has proven to be truly a win win situation.
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