From Content Writer to Sustainable Fashion Designer

Madeleine Voge’s dive into the fashion design world began while working as a content writer in Denver, Colorado. To further inspire her newfound passion, she enrolled in our New York City Parsons Sewing and Construction course.

Parsons’ Global Executive MS in Strategic Design and Management Fosters Innovative Business Leaders

For most people, the word design conjures up images of  fashion, interiors, and other material goods. For practicing physician  and assistant professor of emergency medicine Dr. Manuel Hernandez,  design is a tool for transforming healthcare services from a clinical,  operational, and physical perspective.

5,000 Dresses’ Calls Attention to Sexual Violence in Kosovo

During the Kosovo War, an estimated 20,000 Albanians, mostly women, were victims of sexual violence at the hands of the Serbian forces. This month marks the 16th anniversary of the end of the war, but to this day, discussing wartime sexual violence in the country remains taboo.

The New School + #SXSW: Kim Jenkins, Parsons Faculty and Alum, Highlights Need for Diversity in Fashion on Panel Discussion

Since 2016, The New School has offered a “Fashion and Race” course thanks to Kim Jenkins, Fashion Studies ‘13. As a part-time faculty member in the School of Art and Design History and Theory, Jenkins is focused on advocating for better representation and opportunities for people of color who work in fashion.

Ya Jun Lin, BFA Fashion ’16, Dressed Rihanna for the VMAs

Rihanna has made a number of unexpected items fashionable recently. Leaving a restaurant with a glass of white wine is no longer a crime, if you’re cool enough to get away with it. She’s traded knee high boots for a thigh high version, and, much to the delight of your parents, she’s made thick-soled creepers chic again. Her recent appearance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards was no exception, as she graced the stage in four different outfits that all showcased a unique side of her fashion identity.

Industry Snapshot: User-Centered Design (UX/UI)

User-centered design widely refers to the intersection of two related concepts: UX (user-experience) and UI (user-interface) design. While the difference between the two is minimal, the main stress focuses on the former portion of the term: the user

Industry Snapshot: Web Design Certificate

When it comes to building websites, much has changed since the inception of the first web page back in the 90’s. Today, several industries across the spectrum are in need of designers with a new set of tools under their belts. 

Industry Snapshot: Human-Centered Healthcare

The healthcare industry continues to grow at a rapid rate. With this growth, newly developed technologies (analytic and data software, AI, blockchain, etc.) emerge in an effort to innovate key systems and processes. Some of the greatest challenges the industry faces, however, are those impacting day-to-day operations and patient needs. These challenges range across the board, including hospital stays, patient visitation, appointment scheduling, and transportation. However, there are expansive opportunities for improvement. Solutions using human-centered, design-inspired techniques provide innovative new avenues to address these challenges. 

Industry Snapshot: Infographics & Data Visualization

If you are a professional considering a transition into a field that requires an enhanced understanding of data visualization techniques, with opportunities expanding from tech to healthcare, journalism, and even finance and law, your timing couldn’t be better.

Industry Snapshot: Digital Marketing

In today’s business environment, knowledge is power. As digital media and personal device use grows, new insights about consumers, their habits, behaviors, and needs are changing the ways that businesses both gain access to—and wield knowledge about—how best to reach them.

An International View on Human-Centered Healthcare

The New School’s Human-Centered Healthcare certificate is attracting students from around the world. Tiina Hahto, a service designer from Finland, offers her perspective on the importance of this specialized field and how the certificate can make a difference for citizens globally.

Lecturer Emily Chu on the Future of Infographics and Data Visualization

In a relentless 24/7 news cycle, people are looking to infographics even more to make sense of the changing world. Data Visualization and Infographics Lecturer Emily Chu spoke about the necessity of this rapidly growing field.

An Entrepreneurial Eye for Interior Design

If you’re looking to launch an interior design career in this modern era, chances are The New School Interior Design part-time faculty member Jamel Williams can relate. Between running his own design firm to moving his course curriculum online, Williams offered some wisdom for the self-starting interior designer.

New Mannes Prep Assistant Dean Michele Wright on Using Music As a Catalyst for Change

Mannes Prep welcomes a new assistant dean, Michele Wright, a lifelong New Yorker with a long-standing passion for music. Her professional background includes local institutions like the Manhattan School of Music and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Learn how her experience as a student inspired her commitment to music education. 

Parsons Academy Student to Self-Made Fashion Brand

After attending the Parsons Academy program, Dilara Huryasar was inspired to keep pursuing fashion through the Parsons B.F.A. program. This semester she has returned to the Parsons Academy Online Summer Intensive Studies (SIS) program as a teaching assistant, all while developing her own fashion brand, Dilara Yar. Recently she reflected on how her own style and the SIS program have evolved.

COVID Courses Offer A Global Perspective on the Pandemic

Just months after the COVID-19 outbreak, Continuing & Professional Education students are learning to apply lessons from the pandemic to drive change in their communities. Two current summer courses explore how the virus has influenced everything from food systems to city planning, and how society can prevent future disasters.

Mannes Prep From Home: A Virtual Summer Performance

The global pandemic didn’t stop a group of Mannes Prep students from performing their final chamber music piece together. The eight viola, violin and cello students recorded themselves playing the fourth movement from Mendelssohn’s String Octet in E flat major, Op. 20 separately. Graduating senior Benedikt Winzer coordinated, edited and timed his video with the others into one powerful performance he posted on YouTube.

Artists Find a Voice In "Illustration As A Visual Language" Course

From a Bob Marley-inspired children’s book to a posthumous portrait of Maya Angelou, John Jay Cabuay has re-defined the limits of a traditional illustrator. In his new “Illustration as a Visual Language” course at Continuing Education, Cabuay hopes to teach students how to discover their own voice in the illustration industry. 

From a Military-Trained Electrical Engineer to Design Director

Patrick Davis’s background (so far) has included military training, electrical engineering, consulting, and an attempted political run. It may not seem obvious to the outsider, but design became the tool to pull it all together. During his time in the Global Executive MS in Strategic Design and Management (GEMS) program he continued to build on his leadership skills, growing far more than he ever imagined possible. We chatted with Patrick to hear more about his diverse trajectory.

Cultivating Success From a Creative Career Change

Making a career change isn’t always easy, but this Manhattan mom reminds us of the reward for following your passion. 

Drawing Inspiration From Everyday Experience as an Aspiring Graphic Designer

For student Mei-Ling Mirow, design inspiration finds her at every turn. From childhood influences to the motivations from peers and professors in the Parsons Summer Intensive Studies program, Mei is collecting wisdom to adapt to her graphic design goals and bring her career to fruition. Want to hear more about Mei, her practices and experience in our Parsons SIS Graphic Design three-week course? Read on to learn more!

"Parsons, In My Own Words" - Poppy

From Pre-College student to B.F.A. graduate, Poppy Xuefei Wang recently finished her senior year in Parsons' Fashion Design program. She began her Parsons journey in 2014 during the Summer Intensive Studies program, where she took her first course in Fashion: Sewing & Construction. Her first professor, Jennifer Belton, would also be her Thesis instructor in her last course before graduation. Learn more about how Poppy’s education came full circle, and what she has to say about her overall experience at Parsons. 

Mentorship 101

As you look to make moves in your career, good advice might be difficult to come by. However, if you’ve taken advantage of networking opportunities at various points throughout your life, it’s likely you’ve made some connections with the right people. Mentors are experienced and trusted advisers who can offer the guidance you’re looking for. Learn more about how you can grow your network and career through mentorship.

Inside Summer At Parsons Paris

Lead an exciting summer of adventure, exploration, and opportunity in our summer abroad programs at Parsons Paris. Small class sizes, immersion into new cities, and portfolio-building coursework are some of the benefits of choosing an abroad program to continue your education.

SIS Fashion Student Liam Ellmann Designs With Inspiration from Within and Around

Looking to break into a new career in the fashion world, Parsons Summer Intensive Studies student Liam Ellmann shares his personal experience as a designer, from his creative influences, involvement in the program, and advice for others looking to pursue a similar path.

The New School Joins Forces With Universities Across the Country to Assist Endangered Scholars

In 2016, Cem Özatalay, a professor of sociology at Galatasaray University in Istanbul, added his name to a petition condemning state violence against the Kurds in Turkey’s southeastern region.

This Certificate Could Change the Way You Approach Your Career

At Parsons, we have a longstanding tradition of being at the forefront of interior design education, offering the first program of its kind in the U.S. As a new option this fall, our flexible certificate in Interior Design is offered entirely online. So what does that mean for you?

Parsons Academy Certificate Student Inspires Younger Generations to Have Confidence in their Career Goals

Creativity and youthful idealism are the driving forces behind 16-year-old Maya Aristimuno’s many successful career pursuits. With the experience she is gaining through the Parsons Academy Certificate Program, Maya is working toward building her portfolio and upping her confidence to take on the future of creative entrepreneurship.

Author & Alumna Joanna Cantor Meditates on Grieving with New Novel

After exploring a brief, early career in journalism, Joanna Cantor couldn’t ignore the pull she felt toward a career focused around creative writing—her first love. Following her gut brought her to an introductory fiction course in the continuing education department at The New School. Cantor tells us about her time in the course, how it helped her to follow her passion, and how it led to the writing of her new novel, Alternative Remedies for Loss, where she was able to explore the stages of her own grieving process through a fictional tale of inner strength and exploration.

Parsons Named the Best Art and Design School in the Country in 2018

Parsons School of Design at The New School has been ranked the best art and design school in the country.

From the Courtroom to the Classroom: How Whitney Madueke Is Fashioning a Different Future for Herself

After studying and practicing law, Whitney Madueke decided to trade in her corporate career for a creative alternative with the Fashion Design Certificate from Parsons in New York City. Today, Whitney works full time as a YouTube personality, model, and public speaker while she pursues her studies in fashion design. Her online presence and personality delve into everything from fashion to personal care tips and techniques. Despite her busy schedule, Whitney caught up with us to discuss her experience with the certificate program and her future as a fashion designer. 

Parsons Named One of the Best Design Schools in the World in 2017

For the third year running, Parsons School of Design at The New School has been named one of the best art and design schools in the world.

Making A Change: How Jennifer Levy Successfully Went from A Commercial Photographer to Interior Designer

After a seasoned career as a commercial photographer, Jennifer Levy decided on a career shift and enrolled in the Interior Design Certificate at Parsons to gain necessary interior design skills. Levy went on to create CAVdesign—an interior design company helping people solve their design problems by combining the practical with the imaginative. She has since published two design books and has had her work featured in magazines like Dwell Magazine and Apartment Therapy. She chats with us about her decision to change careers later in life, what excites her about interior design today, and why a tape measure can be the key to your (interior design) success.    

5 Tips For Finding and Crafting Your Ultimate Online Voice

You want your online brand to stand apart from the competition—and that is where your brand voice is crucial. Your online voice is what you present to your audience (shall we say: your first, second, and tenth impression), and what they will associate with your brand. Whether it’s for your company or personal use, maintaining a unique voice is part of creating a killer online brand. So get out a pen and paper (read: iPhone, tablet) and get started!

Back to Basics: How Britt Bivens Set Out to Strengthen Her Current Role As a Trend Forecaster, With A Certificate In Fashion Design

With a background in trend forecasting, marketing, and retail operations, Britt Bivens is the expert at the helm of Ace of Swords, a consulting company offering trend forecasting and brand strategy to businesses. With more than 20 years of experience working in the fashion and jewelry industries, Bivens sought to broaden her skillset with the Parsons’s Fashion Design Certificate—giving her a much greater understanding of the industry she works in, and allowing her to not only predict trends but to understand the fundamentals of design, and create garments herself. Bivens gives us a peek into her not-so-typical days, her experience in the program, and the invaluable advice she has for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Creating a New Path: How Design Thinking Inspired a New School Alum Stuck at a Career Crossroads

Zoë Skinner’s commitment to others and belief in helping her community can be traced back to her freshman days on the women’s college lacrosse team; she recalls the relationship she built with her coach and teammates as having a strong impact on her life even several years later.

Creatives Are Rethinking Healthcare As You Know It. Here’s How.

When was the last time you thought about how your visit to the doctor was designed? What if you could shape a more empathetic healthcare experience for patients, staff, clinicians, and caregivers? 

Graphic and Digital Designer Kristin Jaworowski Is Telling Visual Stories—One Brand At A Time.

Getting her start in photography, Kristin Jaworowski soon transitioned into graphic design and art direction, leading her to her true passionvisual storytelling. As a Graphic & Digital Design Certificate alumna, Kristin now collaborates with small businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, and larger companies to help build their brand identities. Fusing color, typography, photography, and technology into her work, Kristin expertly brings her clients' visions to life. Drawing inspiration from the city’s streets, Kristin gives us a glimpse into her job, her creative process, and why teaching is next on her radar. 

One Student’s Filmmaking Success After Completing the Film Production Certificate Program

Angelo Vasta has been paving his career in dance filmmaking since moving to New York City from Milan over six years ago, and finishing the Film Production Certificate Program in 2014. Read about what launched his success.

Mannes School of Music Celebrates Centennial at Carnegie Hall

When the New York City Orchestra concertmaster David Mannes and his wife, Clara Damrosch, founded the David Mannes Music School 100 years ago, it was a small community music school with just a handful of students. Their mission: to nurture a love of music.

Meet Sarah Beazley, Interior Design Certificate Student

Sarah is a student in the Interior Design certificate program offered through Parsons.

New Fashion Sustainability Certificate Focuses on the Process Behind the Garment

With growing jobs and climate action in the news, fashion sustainability is a field that designers can no longer ignore. The practice of making quality clothes while preserving the planet is the mission behind the new Fashion Sustainability certificate at Parsons.

Fashion Alumna Shares Local Artistry

A small craft community in India is at the heart of Nidhi Garg’s fashion brand.

"These days designers and brands are more conscious about how they are making their product. They want to make more meaningful products which have a story, which have people behind them, and that’s where Parsons helped me. It made me think like a designer." - Nidhi Garg, Fashion Design certificate '18

GEMS Takes on Climate Action and Gender Equality at the UN

This year’s Parsons Global Executive Master of Science (GEMS) cohort took on a unique project: designing and promoting the United Nations’ Decade of Action. The competitive GEMS program, known for its international travel and intimate student group, also faced the added challenge of COVID-19.

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