DesignStorm

What is a DesignStorm?

DesignStorms are 3-day immersive workshops that leverage ArtCenter’s skilled faculty, with the support of our sponsors’ expertise, to guide mutli-disciplinary teams of upper-term students through an intensive design process. Over the course of the three days, the teams apply various methodologies to identify areas for deeper exploration and reveal new opportunities related to the topic at hand.

Resources

For Sponsors

For Students

  • Opportunity to work with real “clients”
  • Potential for internships and/or employment opportunities
  • Exposure to current industry trends
  • Opportunity to work with students from different majors
  • Experience in a variety of design methodologies
  • Payment

Are DesignStorms open to all students?
Participation in most DesignStorms is limited to upper term students. If you are in your 4th term or below please talk to your department chair about your interest in a particular DesignStorm.

How many students are usually involved in sponsored projects?
Typically between 12 and 16 students.

Do I have to work on a team?
Yes. All DesignStorms are team-based.

Who owns the work I produce in a DesignStorm?
Because DesignStorms are not part of any ArtCenter curriculum, sponsors are given the option upfront to own the outcomes from DesignStorms and most choose to do so. Students are compensated for their participation, which includes the transfer of rights of all works to the sponsor.

Do I receive credit for my participation in a DesignStorm?
No, there is no credit given for DesignStorms. Students are paid for their participation.

How are the sponsors involved in DesignStorms?
Sponsors participate in all three days of a DesignStorm. During the first day sponsors will provide a briefing on the topic and the sponsoring organization. They will be available throughout the DesignStorm to answer questions and provide ongoing feedback. It is common for additional representatives from the sponsoring organization to attend the final presentations on Day Three.

What are typical DesignStorm deliverables?
Possible project deliverables include: Sketches, storyboards, digital presentations, digital & 3D mockups, process documentation.

Do I get paid to participate in a sponsored project?
Yes, students are paid for their participation, which includes assigning all rights to the works produced to the sponsor.

Who do I talk to if I have an idea for a DesignStorm?
Students are encouraged to submit ideas for sponsored projects directly to the Office of Educational Partnerships.

How do I find out about which DesignStorms are happening next term?
Future DesignStorms are often listed on the Educational Partnerships website. Additionally, there will be posters throughout campus announcing upcoming DesignStorms. Please discuss your interest in participating in a DesignStorm with your department chair during advisement and portfolio reviews.

How do I participate in a sponsored DesignStorm?
Participation by DesignStorms is by application only. You can download a DesignStorm application on the Educational Partnerships website. Applications are also available in the Educational Partnerships Office in the DCO.

Click here to download a DesignStorm application.

 

For Faculty

  • Opportunity to work with real “clients”
  • Exposure to current industry trends
  • Opportunity to work with faculty from different majors
  • Professional networking

Are DesignStorms open to all students?
Participation in most DesignStorms is limited to upper term students. If lower term students express interest in DesignStorms, please encourage them to talk to their department chair.

How are faculty teams selected?
Faculty for each DesignStorm are vetted by department chairs and confirmed by Educational Partnerships.

How many students are usually involved in DesignStorms?
Typically between 12 and 16 students. It is common to have 15 students divided into 5 teams of 3.

Are DesignStorms team-based?
Yes, all DesignStorms are team-based.

Who owns the work produced in a DesignStorm?
Because DesignStorms are not part of any ArtCenter curriculum, sponsors are given the option upfront to own the outcomes from DesignStorms and most choose to do so. Students are compensated for their participation, which includes the transfer of rights of all works to the sponsor.

What are typical DesignStorm deliverables?
Possible project deliverables include: Sketches, storyboards, digital presentations, digital & 3D mockups, process documentation.

How often do Sponsors participate in DesignStorms?
Sponsors participate in all three days of a DesignStorm. During the first day sponsors will provide a briefing on the topic and the sponsoring organization. They will be available throughout the DesignStorm to answer questions and provide ongoing feedback. It is common for additional representatives from the sponsoring organization to attend the final presentations on Day Three.

Can I develop a professional relationship with sponsors outside of ArtCenter?
Yes. Provided there are no conflicts of interest with current projects, faculty are welcome to engage professionally with project sponsors.

Who do I talk to if I have an idea for a DesignStorm?
Faculty are encouraged to submit ideas for DesignStorms to department chairs and directly to the Office of Educational Partnerships.

How do I get involved in DesignStorms?
Please talk about your interest in DesignStorms with your department chairs and directly with the Office of Educational Partnerships.

Faculty are encouraged to select student Teaching Assistants to support all DesignStorms.

Testimonials

DesignStorms are a ton of fun and really capture the instinctive nature of our students to innovate and create at a very high level.
Jeff Higashi, Product Design Faculty
DesignStorms remind me firsthand how powerful (and fun!) collaboration is — I am consistently inspired by what I learn from my (ridiculously talented) peers and what we are able to produce together as a team.
Annie Shin, Environmental Design Student