When most people hear the word “designer” they think of an artist. Perhaps a fashion designer showcasing their work in a magazine or on a catwalk, an interior designer bringing a room together in beautiful harmony, or maybe a graphic designer manipulating digital design elements.
The truth is that design isn’t all about what meets the eye. If you’re a highly empathetic person with a penchant for understanding people’s needs, you could thrive in a design career without ever going to art school. This May, we’ve teamed up with Startup Institute for the Inspiring Careers Workshop. Through a series of individual and group exercises and a short panel discussion, we’ll break down what a career in design could be. This workshop will take place on the evening of May 16th from 6 – 9 pm on the 20th floor of 50 Milk St.
In this three-hour, hands-on workshop, we’ll help you uncover how design is interwoven into our lives and careers. You’ll leave the evening with:
- A greater understanding of the diversity of design
- A personal exploration of how design is incorporated into your life and career
- Networking with professionals from a range of design careers in multiple industries
- Knowledge and resources to help shape a design career that fits your goals and lifestyle
- Your insights will shape the Design Museum’s upcoming Inspiring Careers program
About Startup Institute Community Classes
Startup Institute Community Classes aim to extend tech education and career training to the greater community of Boston, at the same time supporting mission-driven nonprofits in our city. Proceeds from these events go to programming and scholarships that support inclusion in the tech sector.
Your $5 admission fee will be donated to Design Museum Foundation and used to further design education and programming in our city.
Renee Farster-Degenhardt. Product Design Strategist, Endurance International Group / Constant Contact
Renee is a design thinking facilitator, innovation catalyst and design strategist dedicated to providing the best user experience, whether it’s for a website flow or for streamlining internal strategic planning. Renee transitioned to a career in the product design and tech world after an inspiring summer with Startup Institute Boston. Prior to her with work EIG, she co-founded and ran Inman Oasis, an award winning therapeutic spa in Cambridge. Renee began her career as an arts manager and marketer, spending several years with the American Repertory Theater. She is one of the founders of Queer Soup Theater and directs a majority of their productions.
Renee takes any opportunity to travel and explore the nooks and crannies of a neighborhood with her wife and two young children. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.