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June 7, 2019 / Member News

A New Program at CannonDesign: Baltimore Encourages Designers of the Future

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Pictured Above: Students from Baltimore Design School, Brian (high school intern from Cristo Rey), and the CD Designer for A Day Team)


Baltimore, MD (June 10, 2019) – Last month CannonDesign’s Baltimore office opened its doors to students from the Baltimore Design School (BDS) for a new program aimed at providing a glimpse in a day of a designer. Where prior programs have focused mainly on visiting and teaching in already familiar school environments, the first ever Designer for A Day brought students into a working design office to engage them in activities focused in the day-to-day work of CannonDesign.
The day began with a welcome and introduction to CannonDesign Baltimore, led by Mike Glaros, the Baltimore Office Practice Leader. Students reviewed the agenda for the day, went on a quick office tour, asked questions about the profession, and received a Designer for A Day lanyard to mimic actual CannonDesign business cards.
The day was filled with activities focused on giving students the experience of working with design professionals and showing how their current design school experiences are setting them up for future success in the design industry. The activities included:

  • The Impact of Design: CannonDesign design leaders spoke to the students about the process of design, and current projects on the boards. Students received sketchbooks and were tasked with sketching vignettes of the city of Baltimore from the office.
    (Led by Kent Muirhead and Ryan Pietrowski)
  • Working with other Disciplines: Showcasing the complex teams designers work with, and the means of communicating ideas across a large design firm, students had a conference call with a structural engineer in Buffalo, NY. After learning the collaborative nature of design, the students formed groups for a spaghetti tower competition.
    (Led by Ashley Roe, Christina LoConte, and John Roach)
  • Utilizing Digital Tools: Digital Practice leaders at CannonDesign shared how we use exciting computational tools in the design process to bring our projects to life – including a virtual reality demonstration of a current project.
    (Led by Adam Louie and Ricardo Orfila)
  • Using Color and Materials: Focused on an exercise of redesigning our current lobby space, students worked with interior designers on the planning process and selected finishes and furniture to create a finish board. Students had to present their final boards and design inspiration in mock client presentations.
    (Led by Erin Crowley and Briana Blowe)
  • Graphics and Marketing: With our marketing group, students learned how graphic design impacts our marketing work, and how project proposals and interviews are put together. Students saw how design professionals utilize the same computer programs and techniques that they are learning at BDS.
    (Led by Karen Martin, Caroline Smith, and Kellie Johnson)

The day concluded with a lunch Q+A session between students and mentors from CannonDesign. It involved meaningful conversations with students about planning their futures and the importance of goal setting and perseverance. Each future designer left with a personalized portfolio that was created behind-the-scenes throughout the day as they participated in design activities. It included their own sketches from earlier in the day, photos and lessons from each activity, their nametag from when they first arrived, and advice on pathways to becoming a future design professional.
Release courtesy CannonDesign