Does Debt Shrink Designers' Dreams?
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Students in the US are leaving college with huge debt. And that includes design graduates too. What does that mean for LA’s young talent that hopes to make their mark on the world? Alissa Walker talks to graduates of Calarts, and found that debt is real but that it doesn’t always cramp designers’ style. Plus, Greg Lindsay talks about creating creativity through “engineering serendipity.”
Banner image: Texts on Utopia Construction, and Failure, by Sarah Gottesdiener
Engineering Serendipity ()
If creativity could be bottled it would be bestseller. And that’s exactly what companies are trying to do – use data analysis and workspace planning to enable the serendipitous encounters that result in the Eureka moments that create bonanzas for company. But is creativity something that can be contrived by design or by algorithm? Greg Lindsay says maybe.
CalArts Students Face Debt ()
Design entrepreneurs are part of the engine of LA economy – and fuel its reputation for innovation. But what happens when young designers who hope to start their own companies face the problem most graduates are facing nationwide: Huge debt. Alissa Walker talked to Armando Martinez-Celis, Sarah Faith Gottesdiener, Bijan Berahimi, Tom Kracauer, Amanda Gartman and David Davis, and found that although student debt is real, it doesn't always cramp young aspiring designers' style.
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