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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”