The San Francisco campus was buzzing this week!
The Career Center has developed a rapidly revolving door since it added some additional signs around campus promoting the Student Job Leads Newsletter. We have also started a new a service to help tailor job searches for individual students who come in to pick up the newsletter. I hope all of you FIDM students who are involved in, or considering a job search, visit suite 606 to check out this new service. We also have chocolate in the candy bowl if you just want to say hi!
This week’s campus highlight was without a doubt my Applied Technology class, which was selected to attend a great presentation from Stylesite about the projected mega-trends for spring/summer, 2012. Stylesite's trend director for the West Coast, Lindsay Wong, explained in detail about the major trends her service is predicting and how to navigate their vast website to find critical information to use for class. Her talk gave tremendous insight into trend research & development. In case you were wondering, the trends don't just come from the clouds, they stem from the interconnected web of art, music, film and various other cultural phenomena. Some of the things she directed our attention to in particular included the runway roadmap page and blog, http://www.stylesightings.com/. If you are a student in need of inspiration, these are great places to start your research. Her presentation discussed how Stylesite’s network of correspondents stretches across continents and hemispheres, spanning the latest and most interesting trends.
Ms. Wong presenting the mega trends for 2012
I can safely say that the majority of students in the room were dying to know how she got her position. For those of you interested in trend forecasting, Lindsay's career might make you a more than a little envious. After receiving her masters in fashion design from the Italian school Marangoni, she networked her way into a job taking pictures of fashion shows, front row and backstage, in Milan. From there she went on to collaborate with trend services from Next Trim to Cosmopolitan. Her best advice to us was to take part in all industry opportunities presented to us and of course, always be professional. Her presentation was inspirational toward creatinges the trend boards I have due for next week. This lecture is just one example of how upper the level classes of Product Development program continue to “raise the bar.”