This past October, RIT design students of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS) hosted the annual Thought at Work Design Conference. Along with RIT students, hundred of people from around the area gathered to network, be inspired and gain experience with guest speakers, RIT professors and other students. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Hannah Kim, a 2nd year Industrial Design student here at RIT to talk about her experience at this event.
Not Just for Designers
Contrary to popular belief, this event is not only for design students. Thought at Work is a three day conference that is meant for any and all people who are interested in the design industry. The conference ran from Friday, October 21st to Sunday, October 23rd. Each day was filled with presentations from guest speakers, workshops, portfolio reviews and social gatherings. Some of the distinguished guest speakers included Patricia Moore, Jeff Smith, and Jasmin Lai. Other activities included workshops with the guest speakers, one-on-one portfolio reviews with RIT professors, and fun social gatherings at Lovin Cup and bowling with Core77.
“I believe that portfolio reviews are incredibly important and essential when it comes to improving my work.”
– Hannah Kim
Portfolio Reviews and Workshops
When asked why she was interested in attending Thought At Work, Hannah immediately spoke of the one-on-one portfolio reviews. For the Industrial Design students, each person was able to speak with RIT Industrial Design professors one-on-one to gain a better insight on their own work and how to present their portfolio to future companies. Another aspect of the conference that she was interested in were the workshops. Two of her favorite workshops included Digital Painting with Jasmin Lai and Introduction to KeyShot (3D Rendering and Animation Program) with Will Gibbons.
Thought at Work would not be possible without the hard working and dedicated students who organized this event. This is a great opportunity for anyone in the creative industry who is looking to network, learn, improve on current skills and get inspired by others in the field. To learn more about this event, visit the Thought at Work website or download the app, TAW2016.