Design Students Gain Real-World Experience at Downing

Professor Dave Szalay of The University of Akron’s Myers School of Art brought a group of 14 students from the Environmental Graphic Design class to Downing Exhibits again this year. This has been the fifth year Downing and UA have met to discuss design trends, processes and presentations in the trade show industry. Graphic Design Director Bridgett Shearer and Senior Designer Tim Rasicci presented case studies and discussed future trends in trade show, marketing and advertising.

Mr. Szalay said, “My students really appreciate the opportunity to meet exhibit design professionals and learn how they solve unique design issues first hand. It is also very helpful for them to see exhibit materials, fixtures, and structures in person at Downing. This experience brings the topic to life.”

Downing is committed to continuing our on-going partnership with design education in our community.