We’re welcoming Steffanie Lorig to the SVC family

We’re welcoming Steffanie Lorig to the SVC family

We’re so pleased to announce that Steffanie Lorig has come on as our new co-director, joining long-time co-directors Linda Hunt and Larry Asher. Steffanie comes to SVC with more than 20 years of experience serving as the founder and executive & publishing director of Art With Heart, an organization dedicated to helping kids overcome trauma through creative expression.

Tracy Wong on How to Harness the Creative Energy of Your Team

Tracy Wong on How to Harness the Creative Energy of Your Team

Originally featured on Tracy Wong's blog, Creative Democracy, we thought we'd re-post Tracy's story of how WONGDOODY created a completely democratic creative process in light of his upcoming workshop, A Creative Democracy: How to Manage Creative People (and Get Their Best Work), happening June 11th. 

Slow Print: SVC's Designer in Residence, Claudia Castro Luna, is putting the power of the press into the pockets of the people

Slow Print: SVC's Designer in Residence, Claudia Castro Luna, is putting the power of the press into the pockets of the people

April is National Poetry Month; across the country there are festivals, readings, workshops, and write-ins that celebrate the power and beauty of words. As Washington State Poet Laureate and as SVC’s Designer in Residence, I created a project to acknowledge the month, and April 26th in particular, which is also known as National Poem In Your Pocket Day.

‘Day in the Life’ with interaction designer, working mom, and SVC instructor Cheryl Couris

‘Day in the Life’ with interaction designer, working mom, and SVC instructor Cheryl Couris

Some of you may know me as a UX instructor at SVC, others from my past life as a senior UX manager at Microsoft, or possibly from my current gig as an interaction designer at Google, but you’ll all soon come to realize I’m just a creative problem solver trying to juggle work, life, and making it to the office without toddler-sized almond butter handprints on my shirt. Come along for the ride on a random Wednesday and see how I put all those user experience fundamental skills into practice in “real life” as I work to design simple, beautiful products that users (hopefully) love.

Why are your PowerPoints so crappy?

Why are your PowerPoints so crappy?

How many painful presentations start with needless introductions and rambling preambles? That’s a surefire way to lose your audience from the get-go, says Larry Asher, creative director at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts (SVC). “Even if you’re not boring them, you’re announcing that this will be the same thing they’ve heard a million times.”