Inneract Project (IP) launched its very first program for high schoolers, IP Studio, challenging students to solve a need in their communities through design. The program intended to help students create a portfolio piece for launching their design career.
The class came about as many students were looking to dive deeper into what interested them most about design from previous IP design courses. The question became: how do we prepare students for college or career with a robust portfolio and strong design thinking?
The solution was a curriculum designed with students. They ideated on ways to create structured mentorship to help them cross the line from student to designer. Industry professionals and guest speakers empowered students to tackle and address topics that ranged from confident public speaking to crafting visual identities. After spending 6 Saturdays together, students gained the skills to conduct research, make critical design decisions, craft narratives, execute visual directions, and present their work to large groups of people.
The final reception brought parents, students, and design professionals together to view and celebrate the work accomplished. In just six weeks, students blew us away by designing mobile apps, advertising campaigns, logos, a physical book, and more. Their capabilities were validated and skills were sharpened. Here’s to seeing what lies in store for these talented designers!
We asked our students, “How might design solve a need in your community?” Over these 6 weeks, students…
✔︎ Conducted research
✔︎ Ideated on solutions
✔︎ Leveled up in Figma
✔︎ Created a storytelling narrative
✔︎ Worked with design professionals
Below are a few of the projects completed during the program
Bart Digital — App Design
Esoteric — Print Design
Fast Steps — Industrial Design
Mentors & Team