Working with a fashion retailer pushed industrial design major Tiffany Lau out of her comfort zone — and into a rewarding new experience.
On a frigid night in November, residents and retail representatives mingle in front of shop windows on a quaint section of High Street in Worthington, Ohio.
They gaze through the glass at intricate decorations while learning about the ideas, design and construction of the holiday displays from the actual creators:
Ohio State students.
“We produced these in real life,” says Tyler Hatton, a junior studying interior design. “There is something so crucial and beneficial from an experience like this.
“A lot of work we do, we put hours and hours into it, but who ends up seeing it at the end of the day? It’s our fellow classmates and our faculty. This is a very rare instance where you get to actually work on something that others can enjoy, look at and critique.”
Hatton is among 23 students from two departments — fashion and retail studies and the department of design (students are in the interior design, industrial design and visual communication design majors) — who worked to create and install the displays as part of a semester-long independent study course.
By partnering with the community, Ohio State provided students a unique opportunity for real-world experience from working with local small businesses while learning from a retail professional. The result was public design displays that will boost the students’ portfolios in job searches.
“It was the most rewarding project I’ve ever been a part of, for sure,” says Taylor Burke Melaragno, a junior in fashion and retail studies.
Learn more about this distinct Ohio State experience from the College of Education and Human Ecology.