Nearly 1,000 representatives from more than 700 companies in the publishing, entertainment, advertising, and other design-related industries attended the 2011 Pratt Show. Attendance was significantly increased from last year, when fewer than 500 companies were represented.
Career Services Director Judith Nylen, who oversees the annual exhibition, says she was especially excited that the Institute's Department of Corporate Relations showcased several recent corporate-sponsored projects at the entrance to The Manhattan Center. This exhibition included designs created as part of partnerships with Barnes & Noble, Cotton Incorporated, Nachtmann, Umbra, and west elm.
“The redesign of the front made the whole space seem open, and the outstanding corporate projects served as a great introduction to the entire show,” says Nylen.
The annual Pratt Show featured the exceptional design work of more than 300 graduating students in various programs at Pratt including advertising, digital arts, fashion, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, interior design, jewelry design, and package design. The show is juried, so only the strongest, most professional-caliber work is displayed. The Pratt Show is designed to give industry professionals and the public a chance to see the best work of students in Pratt’s design programs, many of whom will go on to become masters in these industries.
Nylen says she has already received positive feedback on the show; however, she says it is too early to tell whether exposure at the show has helped students find jobs or freelance work. More information will be available upon completion of a survey that went out recently to students.
Photos: Kevin Truong