Cultivating a career path

Regular readers of this blog would know that in an effort to give back to the community it operates in, CIS has annually invites students from Knox Grammar School on a tour of its facilities.  This tour includes presentations to the students from senior industrial designers about the business side of industrial design, sales presentations on how to sell the ‘ideation’ and a finance presentation on the importance of risk management to the success of a business.  CIS aims at educating students who have a desire to learn about potential career pathways and understand a complete business model.


After taking home important lessons and inspirations the students designed a point of sale display for 7-Eleven stores and ultimately used many of the techniques that had seen to create their final design.

Through this process, the students also learnt how to analyse a professional design brief  and develop original but functional solutions from these.  The highly creative final ideas pictured here, were finished in mid August.

“Looking at the finished designs it is clear the students took on board all elements of the CIS tour and applied them to their projects”  said Jeremy Davis, Head of Creative Design on seeing the finished assessment tasks.

“Having the opportunity to visit a design business that manages all stages of the process was of great benefit to the students. From the amazing drawings to the full scale models through manufacturing techniques and finance management they came away with a lot of real world information. Working on an authentic brief was also an exciting and challenging opportunity. The partnership with CIS is invaluable in these ways” said Melinda Valent, Technology and Applied Studies Teacher, Knox Grammar School.

The students are now beginning their HSC year and the CIS team wish them every success in the future, whilst looking forward to next years Knox tour.

About Creative Instore Solutions

Established in 1995, Creative Instore Solutions is a global point of purchase design and manufacturing powerhouse that blends creativity with structural engineering to conceive sustainable designs which drive incremental sales. It’s an award winning combination that sees them work with a blue chip client base. CIS, whose head office is in Sydney, have offices in North America and Europe, managing a global network of design and logistics with manufacturing out of their China industrial centre. CIS’ client base includes PepsiCo, Smiths Snack Food Co, Mars, Schweppes, Woolworths, Microsoft, Lion Nathan, Pernod Ricard, Panasonic, Vodafone, Twinings Tea, Lenovo, Garmin, and Kraft. To date, CIS has won over 70 global and Australian industry Awards, including the Premier’s NSW Export Award, Professional and Business Services category 2013.
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