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   Date: 10/26/09 Bookmark and Share

Alumnae Panelists to Offer Tips on Careers in Design

If it’s a career in design you aspire to, a panel of Smith alumnae who have cultivated careers in different design fields will offer insight this week.

SWiD logo, designed by Isabel Barrios Cazali ’10.

On Friday, Oct. 30, six alumnae in various design fields will visit campus to discuss their careers and educational paths since graduating from Smith.

Careers by Design: Smith Women in Design (SWiD), an event co-sponsored by the Career Development Office, will take place at 4 p.m. in Graham Hall, Hillyer. Panelists are: Michelle Babyok ’98, an interior designer in New York City; Sara Bacon ’02, a web designer and owner of COMMAND C design, LLC in Brooklyn; Amy Oliver ’98, a landscape architect and associate at SWA Group in Los Angeles; Diane Ruengsorn ’97, a product designer, founder and director of domestic aesthetic, Brooklyn; Carolyn Schaeberle ’05, an industrial designer and assistant director of the Pratt Institute Center for Sustainable Design Studies and Research; and Laura Zaytoun ’98, an architect in Brooklyn.

The panel is open to the Smith community.

At noon on October 30, the panelists will present their portfolios in Hillyer 106, after which students will be invited to display their design portfolios for critique by the panelists.

SWiD was initiated by Babyok, a New York City-based interior designer and Pratt Institute graduate, who contacted the Career Development Office last April offering to serve as a source of advice and information to students about design careers. “I love my career,” Babyok wrote, “and I had never considered or heard of interior design as an option while at Smith.”

SWiD has since taken shape to include Smith alums of many design specialties, who share ideas through an online network moderated by Babyok.

SWiD’s campus marketing is being branded by a logo designed by Isabel Barrios Cazali ’10 whose design concept, “blooming ideas,” evokes the process of design as well as the growth of a designer’s career.

“Designers do not just come up with ideas,” she explains, “they research, ponder, and test out possibilities before concluding on a design that can convey information enough for the public to understand it. The image of a flower in bloom serves as an analogy to the process of becoming a mature designer.”

The SWiD panel is also sponsored by SWiD, as well as the art, architecture, landscape studies, and engineering departments with funding assistance from the Alumnae Association of Smith College.

For more information about SWiD, contact Janice Schell, CDO. of the Career Development Office,

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