On Friday, January 31, ten students and two professors travelled to Sarasota, Florida to attend a tour of the Ringling campus, with a specific focus on the inner workings of the gift shop.
The students of the Studio 3 course have taken a pause in the semester office project to investigate retail design. The 40 students in the two sections of the course have been divided into teams of 4 and 5 to come up with new designs for the current Ringling gift shop.
Mark Morgan, David Barry, Rachel Allen, and Brooke Noesen hosted the students and two professors, Jim Dawkins and Steven Webber.
The goal of the visit was to orient the student team representatives to the retail needs of the shop, Ringling campus as a whole, and the story behind the Ringling success.
The 10 students then returned to their team members in Tallahassee and began work based on this new wealth of information and understanding regarding the Ringling gift shop as their client.
Update: The student work was presented to the Ringling group, CVATD Dean Peter Weishar and Interior Design faculty on Monday February 17. To see a summary of the Ringling Visitors Center Retail Store Presentations CLICK HERE.