Alum Emily Pilloton teaches design skills for everyday use.
Alum Emily Pilloton teaches design skills for everyday use.
July 25

"Everyday Design" That Makes a Difference

In “Expanding the Definitions of Design,” published in the July 15 edition the International Herald Tribune and featured on nytimes.com, writer Alice Rawsthorn highlights practical youth-oriented design courses co-founded by SAIC alumna Emily Pilloton (MFA 2005). Aimed at providing practical design strategies, a design course for high school students called Studio H—as well as a design camp for young girls called Studio G—approach design as a means to increasing everyday resourcefulness. “Design, for a student, is permission to stand up and say: ‘Wait a minute, that’s not great,”’ Ms. Pilloton says. “And more importantly, ‘I’m going to figure out how to improve it.”’ Pilloton is the author of Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People and received the Character Approved Award from USA Network for “Changing the Face of American Culture” in 2011.