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Product Design junior lands Nike GLAM internship

Product design sketches in green and purple

Product design sketches, courtesy of Emma Travitz

Emma May Travitz, Product Design ’24, already a thoughtful and passionate designer, will hone her skills further as part of Nike’s Global Apparel Materials (GLAM) Team during a Summer 2023 internship. Originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan, Travitz also studies Sustainability and Soft Goods Design at MIAD.

Travitz, who last summer worked at MillerKnoll (Herman Miller) as a Color, Material, and Finish Intern, says that “material is at the forefront and the driving factor of my practice.” Creating to harness the power of materials to tell a story is her passion. Her products are “designed for interaction, calibrating for use and enjoyment… what I make is an extension of me, more than me,” she explains in her work “More than Me (My Inspirations and Influences).”

Inspired by her friends, faith and heritage, her brother and her individuality, Travitz translates “narrative and history into design through inspirations like memory, association and transformation,” a creative practice galvanized by her understanding and exploration of legacy. “I hope one day I can better the planet and people through… senses and stories. Material is a tangible change, and one I need to be a part of,” she says.

When choosing MIAD, Travitz looked for a college with a competitive program where she could take advantage of one-on-one guidance, “…a place where my individual interests in design are celebrated and fostered in a tight knit, creative product design community.”

Keep up with Emma on her Instagram @emmamayjunejulyaugust or website, and learn more about the Product Design major!


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MIAD Values Recognition Award: Dale Shidler

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Four Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) community members will contribute to the first floor of the new ThriveOn King community hub on North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. They make up part of the 20 Milwaukee artists who will convey the history and heritage of Bronzeville in this collaborative space.

MIAD Board of Trustees welcomes new members

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) Board of Trustees welcomed two new members at their January 2024 meeting. Dr. Daniel A. Schroeder, co-founder and president/CEO of Organization Development Consultants, Inc. (ODC), and Noah Stone, reference librarian and circulation assistant at North Shore Public Library, joined MIAD’s Board.

Lubar Innovation Center students design for Kohler

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