““ […] You’re not getting money from this. Why are you doing this?” but I wasn’t expecting any money or awards or anything from this. It was more like I had an amazing time interning there and I wanted to share that experience.
“Just remember: your clients or whoever you’re talking to—they’re just people too. […] Why can’t we get these people involved?
What has YSDN Co.Create been doing since its launch? What are we working on now?
What are we hoping to do in the coming year?
We wanted to share with you what’s been going on. We might be days away from February, but we’re doing this anyway.
So…what have we been doing?
Videos: The YSDN Co.Create series of video shorts has 19 videos. We like to think of the videos as a design critique session of the York/Sheridan undergraduate design program (YSDN), through the opinions of members of its community (i.e.: students, faculty, staff, administration).
The series includes 5 Visits shorts, where we talk to students from different design programs (Parsons, The Bauhaus, Ryerson) to learn about their experiences.
We’ve been staggering our video releases since October 2nd, 2012, and there are still a few to go. Our first release? All about making mistakes…
Check out YSDN Co.Create on vimeo.
If you’ve liked us and haven’t been getting updates, turn on notifications under the “Liked” button on our page! Facebook UI is sneaky like that…
Sunday Podcast: We loved hearing about other people’s experiences of design education while working on the YSDN Co.Create Visits videos. The Sunday podcast was our way of continuing to share those types of stories. What can we learn from other design programs?
So far we’ve released 8 podcasts with students and design professionals. We’ve talked to students from the School for Visual Arts in New York, and (spoilers!) Köln International School for Design, and Waterloo Architecture, to name a few.
Events: Design Social and Design Social: Caffeine Edition are our two main events.
Design Social was started by current YSDN third year, Silvia Stroie. It’s the once a month get together, where we can have a couple drinks, and get to know one another outside of the academic bubble. In the long term, we’d like to invite more established industry professionals.
Its offshoot, Design Social: Caffeine Edition, is our weekly casual conversation over coffee.
Each Saturday we invite young Toronto creatives from different fields to join us, like JP King, writer/artist/printer/designer of Paper Pusher (get awesome risograph printing for your stuff!).
Caffeine Edition is every Saturday, so you can drop in whenever you like throughout the semester. As far as both socials go, we’re 10 events in and still going strong.
What’s happening now?
We’re getting back into things after the new year. With Toronto Design Offsite Festival happening this past week, we had our first Design Social: Caffeine Edition of 2013 yesterday afternoon.
What about this coming year?
In the long run, design education isn’t just about YSDN. We’ve all heard education is a lifelong process. YSDN Co.Create started out of an interest in making the most of right now.
For February, we’re seeking out the designers of the written word to do a little blogging on ysdncocreate.com. We’d love to work with you.
More info coming soon, but if you can’t wait, send us an email with the subject “Blogging Co.Create” to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you’d be interested in writing about.
“I was able to talk to them and get their business cards and just even say hi and let them know who we are because most of them didn’t know about York/Sheridan, and now they do.
— Olivia Klugh on the YSDN NYC Studio Tour 2011
Interested in the YSDN NYC Studio Tour 2013? Join the facebook event for more updates! Big opportunities for networking, internships, and getting your program name out there, not to mention a look into a studio’s process.
Check out our podcast below or on soundcloud for the inside scoop on the 2011 tour.