This past weekend was the Carleton Alumni Dinner for all Industrial Designers who took the program in all its 40 years. The event was held at the Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa. Here we were all able to look at the aircraft while eating dinner, meeting new designers, catching up with old friends, and sharing stories of our time in the program.
There was opportunity to see where everyone has gone since their days at Carleton and to learn all of the different places where people have taken their degrees. Some have gone on to work in the corporate world, build their own companies, and, more uniquely, design their own magic tricks to support their dreams. A photo booth was set up for people to take goofy pictures, a podium to tell stories of the past and past professors, there was even areas set up for us designers to do what we do best, sketch and create. Tables covered in brown paper and crayons were spread throughout the room, as well as a variety of origami paper on each table for everyone to decorate their tables with a variety of paper aircraft.
Even though my alumni card is barely one year old I found that this event was a lot of fun. It was great to be in a room full of similar minded people. If you ever get the opportunity to go to an alumni gathering, no matter your field, I would highly recommend it. It is an opportunity to reconnect with your network, expand it some more, and if you want, a chance to brag about all the things you have been doing post graduation. We all know, in the art and design field, connections are everything, so get to those dinners. Keep in touch and keep expanding your bubble.