Advice for Young'uns
|?Designtrepreneur? Joe Gebbia was the USGBC Student Series keynote at NeoCon, though he's just four years out of school himself. (After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, he founded three businesses: rubber seat cushion maker CritBuns, sustainable online materials catalog Ecolect, and couch-surfing service AirBed and Breakfast.) His advice: young design pros need to keep options open but also not be afraid to go out on their own: A designtrepreneur should be someone who solves problems using design and business, not someone who is broke, Joe says.|
After listening to Joe, some young designers had a chance to show what they could do. Madison Area Technical School's Michelle Dineen, Jocelyn Olson and Cynthia Hansen, with help from instructor Tiffany Esser, won the student design competition. They're in a room they designed, which incorporated sustainable materials in bright colors, showing that green doesn't have to only mean earth tones and cork board. May their future in interior design be as bright as the colors and their smiles!