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Loyola University New Orleans Department of Design Presents the Senior Design Show and Alumni Design Conference

Loyola press release - April 20, 2017

The Loyola University New Orleans Department of Design hosts the annual Senior Design Show and Alumni Design Conference this week — spotlighting Loyola’s design program, the only undergraduate design degree program in the greater New Orleans area.

The annual Design Show features individual student projects from two senior-level design courses. Students will present their work to professionals and internship hosts from the city during a soft opening Wednesday, April 19. An opening reception with light refreshments will take place on Thursday, April 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The show runs through Thursday, April 26.

Student work for the show will come from projects designed in the Professional Design Practice and Design Capstone courses. The Professional Design Practice course, taught by local designer Tom Varisco, shifts the mindset of a student to that of a design professional. Students work on visual problem solving and continued development of creative skills in a fast-paced environment.

For the Capstone Design course, students authored their own projects, identified a problem, and creatively designed an appropriate solution. These projects are designed to propel students to the next stage in their professional development following graduation.

During their time in the design program, students learn through discussions and critiques about the career of a designer—from how to use design thinking to solve problems to facing clients and pricing projects.

“Seniors work all year as visual problem solvers, working and redesigning projects and portfolios as their college careers come to an end and their professional careers emerge,” said Daniela Marx, chair of the Loyola Department of Design. “The Senior Design Show at Loyola generates exposure for our students and provides a platform to showcase their professional work to friends, family, the community and future employers.”

On Friday, April 21, 14 design alumni will return to Loyola to lead a portfolio review. Design students from each year have a chance to meet with professionals in the community and talk about their most recent work or full portfolio. Students at all levels get a chance to practice the interview process and sharing design work.

After the portfolio review, the design program hosts the Loyola Alumni Design Conference, which runs from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. in Monroe Hall’s Nunemaker Auditorium. Alumni who graduated 10 years ago or more will be on hand to tell their stories upon leaving Loyola. Alumni speakers from the 2007 graduating class include: Acme Oyster House Marketing Manager Monique Rodrigue ’07, Interactive Designer at Blender Ben Paddock ’07, Chief Creative at This Creative Lab Justin Shiels ’07.

Each year a keynote speaker with 11 to 30 years’ experience gives a talk at the Alumni Design Conference. This year’s keynote address will be given by Brian Dougherty ’93, founding partner and creative director of Celery Design. The event will include a party in the Palm Court from 6 to 7 p.m. with food donated by Acme Oyster House.

CALENDAR DETAILS: The Senior Design Show at Loyola runs Thursday, April 20, to Thursday, April 26, in the Collins C. Diboll Gallery, 4th Floor, Monroe Library at Loyola 6363 St. Charles Avenue. Visitors are also invited to stop by the 2017 Alumni Design Conference, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Keynote speaker designer and alumnus Brian Dougherty will address conference-goers from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall. Entrance to both the design show and conference is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the university’s West Road garage, located off St. Charles Avenue.