Metaproject challenges RIT Industrial Design students to produce original, innovative solutions to assigned problems in a competition hosted by distinguished industry partners. Josh shares, “I started the project after asking the question, ‘How do we document students’ design work effectively?’ A colleague directed me to The Wallace Center’s photography studio reuniting me with its manager who I had met at orientation.” After the studio team photographs hundreds of student projects, the world-class images are published in a Metaproject book distributed to members of the global design community at the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. As a result, students’ output is placed into an international venue, providing extraordinary exposure in a highly competitive job market. “If TWC ceased to provide this service, we’d be in dire straits. Communicating our students’ achievements in the best possible light is, in fact, student success, and that’s why we come to TWC.”
For Josh Owens, making the right connections has helped him communicate his students’ achievements, build his brand, and even have a little fun!