The first ever Be Design Rally was held in Full Sail Live on Tuesday afternoon – the pep rally-style event brought all campus students in the Digital Arts & Design, Graphic Design, and Web Design & Development programs together for an afternoon of guest speakers, game shows, and lots of free T-shirts.
“We’re all here because we love the industry that we’re in,” said Digital Arts & Design Program Director Eric Rosenfeld as he kicked off the afternoon’s events, which were also live-streamed for online students. In between the guest speaker presentations, faculty members Henry Nophsker and Todd Walker hosted the “This or That” game show, which gave students in the crowd several chances to win prizes, including paint supplies, sketchpads, and more.
“The Design Rally was planned so that all of the students could attend and see a series of great speakers that would celebrate the industry they will be entering,” said Eric. “We have a great time teaching in the classroom, so we wanted to bring that fun into a larger setting. I think it went really well.”
The afternoon’s speakers included: SPARK Production Team Manager Jackie Gardner, Digital Arts & Design Course Directors Dionne Aiken and Suzy Johnson, former faculty member (and founder of local image creation studio Post) John Flynn, Design and Technology Education Director Bill Galbreath, Media Design MFA Program Director Don Larson, grad Alyssa Nichols, members of Career Development, and Full Sail Online designer Gustavo Hernando. The rally ended with keynote speaker Chase Heavener – a Digital Media grad and the Founder/Creative Director at local video production company Fiction – who talked to students about his company’s work and design influences.
The department’s goal is to hold these Be Design Rallies for students twice a year.