Products of Design students and recent graduates are up to amazing things this summer! From Pentagram to R/GA, from Frog to Arup, and Kohler, here’s a sampling of their experiences at their jobs and summer internships:
VICTORIA AYO, R/GA
Rising second-year student Victoria is spending the summer working as an experience design intern at R/GA, an international innovation consultancy headquartered in New York. Victoria shares, "I've gotten the opportunity to work on so many different types of projects—from strategy sprints to digital campaigns to products. I've learned so much about creative agencies and about myself and the type of designer I want to be."
ANTYA WAEGEMANN, FROG DESIGN
Just days after graduation, Antya began working at frog design where she is currently invested in a project exploring the future of work. "For this project, I have participated in the design research process that mirrored my process for my thesis at PoD. We interviewed subject matter experts, and I had the opportunity to travel to Georgia interviewing workers for generative research. We are currently in our sprint weeks designing some of our selected concepts, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the project wraps up." Antya has also been selected for an incubator that begins in September. There she will pursue her PoD thesis further: the redesign of rape kits and responses to sexual assault.
HUI ZHENG, KOHLER
Rising second-year student Hui is spending his summer break working as an Industrial Design Intern at Kohler in Wisconsin. He is currently working on a suite of future Kohler products using a range of skills, ranging from industrial design, UI/UX, system design, and service design. But, Shhhh! Hui can't share more details about the specific project he's working on because the client is top secret!
HELEN CHEN, ARUP FORESIGHT
Rising second-year student Helen has spent this summer interning at Arup Foresight, an engineering, design and consulting firm based in NYC, for all aspects of the built environment. Helen has been working on research and strategic design projects ranging from the future of mobility to digital masterplans for smart cities. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with Rachel Abrams who teaches at PoD and PoD alumna, Jenna Witzleben.
JOHN BORAN JR., PENTAGRAM
Recent PoD graduate John is excited to be working with Pentagram, the world’s largest independently-owned design studio. Joining multidisciplinary designer Emily Oberman and her team, John is currently designing graphic standards manuals and collateral for brands in entertainment. This means that he is working on the deliverables that clients will receive at the end of a project that teach them how to use their brand effectively. This “how-to book” at the end of a rebrand makes sure that the brand goes on to serve the needs of the client and grow alongside them. John says of his experience, “Pentagram is an awe-inspiring and humbling place to work, and without a doubt the best shop I have had the privilege of working for. Everyone here lives and breathes design in the truest sense of the phrase.”
YUKO KANAI, BIRSEL + SECK
Rising second-year student Yuko has been assisting the Birsel + Seck studio with a design research project centered on the needs and desires of older Americans (65+). "In partnership with The SCAN Foundation, we've been recruiting for and organizing creative workshops, not unlike the Deconstruction & Reconstruction course (a PoD class taught by Birsel + Seck co-founder Ayse Birsel) format and gaining so much insight into this design methodology and the lives of the elderly."