Retail Environments News
PAVE’s latest round of Helping Hand Fund grants
will enable FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design &
Merchandising and the Savannah College of Art and
Design-Atlanta to enhance their programs with technology. Created in 2008, the Helping Hand Fund provides grants to accredited educational institutions to enhance the quality of programs and services for students entering into careers
in the retail design and planning, visual merchandising, and interior design industries.
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising was awarded $10,000 to add a
Workroom Technology Station to its newly acquired Visual Communications Studio on the
San Francisco campus. “Currently, it’s necessary for students to go to another floor of the
building to complete any digital research or printing they need for a project,” notes Lyn
Tobman, department chair. “With the grant, we will be able to improve the efficiency of
the students’ design process, follow-through, and overall learning experience by housing
technology in the department studio. This will greatly increase the students’ ability to
meet their goals.”
Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta was awarded $5,000 to create an iPad
lab that will benefit 145 students each year. The lab will be available for professors for
studio classes, and faculty and students will use the devices throughout the creative
design process to conduct research as well as for diagramming, sketching, and creating
presentations. “Providing students with mobile access to research sites on the web, tools
to help them express their knowledge, and an opportunity to improve their skills using
educational software and design apps is important to keep students current with technology and industry expectations,” says Rebekah Adkins, professor of interior design.
Professors will also have access to the devices in order to create lectures and other
dynamic course content.
Award decisions were made by a PAVE Board task force. Grant applicants were required
to have had at least three students participate in PAVE’s 2011 Student Design Competition
or 2011-12 PAVE the Way 3D Design Challenge.
PAVE Awards $15,000 in
Helping Hand Fund Grants to Schools
Helping Hand Fund
grant, FIDM will add
a new Workroom
(above) to its
College of Art will
create an iPad lab
(right) to benefit
The Best of the Retail & Design Center
If you haven’t visited A.R.E.’s Retail & Design Center recently, you may have missed these
recent additions to this online trends resource for retailers and designers. The web site
includes projects, product highlights, trends influencing the retail environment, and
information on the people shaping retail today. Here are a few of the best:
YEAR IN REVIEW. This slideshow of more than 30 images includes a wide range
of projects from 2011, ranging from fixture installations to full store designs.
Take a few minutes to look back on the best of the past year.
TECH TRENDS. Featuring info and video representing many ways that technology
is changing the retail environment, from augmented reality to interactive
windows and digital personal shoppers.
MATERIAL TRENDS: 3D printing. The future lies in rapid prototyping and
production; here are several links and video about how the process works.
DESIGN TRENDS: Bringing the outside in. The influence of LOHAS consumers
is pervasive, from urbanites raising chickens to carrotmob pressure on retailers
to green up. While the popularity of natural and organic shapes and textures
continues, designers are finding new ways to bring the outside indoors.
For more on these and other Retail & Design Center items, visit www.retailenvironments.org
and click on the Retail/Design tab. And for trends, discussions, and projects delivered weekly
to your inbox, sign up for A.R.E.’s weekly Retail Trend Bulletin at www.retailenvironments.org/