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 speak with native speakers. For sixteen years and running, Community Design Studio (formally Studio InFlux), a fully functioning graphic design studio at Lesley University's College of Art and Design, has given graphic design students the opportunity to put their skills into practice–in many cases for the first time.
Community 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 at the outset of class are immersed in professional design by simply scheduling a client meeting. They 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 the Community Design Studio have brought impressive results to the non-profit organizations we serve–a diverse group of dedicated clients that any studio would be proud to work with.
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, among others.
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 the student-based Community Design Studio.
It's easy to see–the experience has proven to be truly a win-win situation.
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