Panelists to Offer Tips on Careers in Design
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
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.
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
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 , CDO. of the Career Development