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Third SHiFT Design Camp to Kick Into High Gear

May 15 2015 - 3:33pm

“Coming together with all of these different designers and getting the experience … has really opened my mind and made me meet people that I wouldn't have come in contact with if I hadn’t come to SHiFT.” —Sydney Fowler, Savannah College of Art and Design student

Registration is now open for the third annual SHiFT Design Camp, set for June 7-13 in Tuscumbia, AL.  Dozens of university and high school students; high school and middle school teachers; and industry professionals from across the United States will meet at the Seven Springs Lodge in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.

Director and Co-founder Owen Foster, IDSA, and Director and Co-Founder John McCabe, IDSA, of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD),  see it as a great chance for the next generation to leave the wired indoors behind, for the great outdoors. “Designers look at things; they are observers. But if you only see the four walls and the computer screen, or the four walls and you only talk to a handful of people, you are not engaging the world,” says Foster.

The SHiFT staff includes another IDSA member, Facilitator John Gray Parker, IDSA, of ismDESIGN. IDSA members who are guest speakers include Tom Gattis, IDSA, dean of the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) and Gregory R. Thune, IDSA, chair of CCAD's Department of Industrial Design.

Each day of camp, there will be events, workshops and discussions focusing on an aspect of the design process. Topics such as community, reflection, craft and grit are explored through challenges in a more than 3,000-acre forest with trails, caves and creeks. “Explore the land… build relationships… lead a team… and rejuvenate your mind,” encourage organizers. "The Heart of Dixie is alive with social innovation, amazing craftspeople and design education. We are proud to be the culmination of that passion and perseverance. Not to mention we are in a place that has lots of southern charm and a natural beauty that will stop a mule."

This year’s major industry sponsors include Dell, Eastman Chemical and KeyShot.