Joey Raiton of Ahwatukee led a team of 50 graphic design students from Arizona State University on a spring break trip to Seattle to visit cutting-edge design studios.
For ASU’s Graphic Design Students Association (GDSA), the trip was an annual rite of passage that whisks students into professional design studios in a different major city every year. This academic year, the group also undertook an enthusiastic and highly successful effort to crowd fund the trip so that a larger number of students would be able to go.
The GDSA officers, all juniors, spearheaded the fundraising effort called “Send Design Students to Seattle” on behalf of their members — all of them enrolled in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. To raise the money, GDSA partnered with ASU Foundation via its new charitable online PitchFunder program.
Mookesh Patel, associate professor of visual communications design in The Design School at Herberger, has been advising GDSA officers for nearly two decades. He noted that the considerable cost of airfare, hotel, local transportation and other expenses often puts the annual trip out of reach for many students. He credits good planning by this year’s officers for making the Seattle dream trip come true for a record number of future design professionals.
The goal is to visit a variety of firms recognized for cutting-edge design — ranging from small, boutique shops to larger and more established design studios.