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Boston: Community Class - Inspiring Careers in Design
Tue, May 16, 2017, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
When most people hear the word “designer” they think of an artist. Perhaps a fashion designer showcasing their work in a magazine or on a catwalk, an interior designer bringing a room together in beautiful harmony, or maybe a graphic designer manipulating digital design elements.
The truth is that design isn’t all about what meets the eye. If you’re a highly empathetic person with a penchant for understanding people’s needs, you could thrive in a design career without ever going to art school. Through a series of individual and group exercises and a short panel discussion, we’ll break down what a career in design could be.
In this three-hour, hands-on workshop, we’ll help you uncover how design is interwoven into our lives and careers. You’ll leave the evening with:
A greater understanding of the diversity of design
A personal exploration of how design is incorporated into your life and career
Networking with professionals from a range of design careers in multiple industries
Knowledge and resources to help shape a design career that fits your goals and lifestyle
Your insights will shape the Design Museum’s upcoming Inspiring Careers program
ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY CLASSES
Startup Institute Community Classes aim to extend tech education and career training to the greater community of Boston, at the same time supporting mission-driven nonprofits in our city. Proceeds from these events go to programming and scholarships that support inclusion in the tech sector.
This month's featured nonprofit is Design Museum Foundation - Boston, an organization that believes design can change the world as well as elevate our quality of life, make businesses more competitive, and protect our environment. Now, more than ever, design awareness, education, and expertise are instrumental in impacting our communities, organizations, and markets around the world. Design Museum Foundation is redefining what it means to be a museum in the 21st century — they are online, nomadic, and accessible to all through a collection of exhibitions, events, and content. Interested in this org? You can get involved here.
Your $5 admission fee will be donated to Design Museum Foundation and used to further design education and programming in our city. Want to give more? Sign up to be a Design Museum member.
Renee Farster-Degenhardt. Product Design Strategist, Endurance International Group / Constant Contact
Renee is a design thinking facilitator, innovation catalyst and design strategist dedicated to providing the best user experience, whether it’s for a website flow or for streamlining internal strategic planning. Renee transitioned to a career in the product design and tech world after an inspiring summer with Startup Institute Boston. Prior to her with work EIG, she co-founded and ran Inman Oasis, an award winning therapeutic spa in Cambridge. Renee began her career as an arts manager and marketer, spending several years with the American Repertory Theater. She is one of the founders of Queer Soup Theater and directs a majority of their productions.
Renee takes any opportunity to travel and explore the nooks and crannies of a neighborhood with her wife and two young children. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
-Thank you for signing up for this month's Community Class. We’ll see you on the 16th-
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