Showcasing the business of design

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Creative Instore Solutions (CIS) today hosted 35 Year 11 students from Knox Grammar School providing a tour of the Sydney Head Office facilities and showing them through the business side of industrial design. The tour, which has become an annual tradition at CIS guides students interested in laying the foundation for a future in the design industry.

The students were initially addressed by Steve Howell, Managing Director and company founder covering the history of CIS and showcasing projects which have recently hit the market. Then split into two groups, the students undertook a tour of the Head Office facilities followed by educational briefings on all business facets including Finance, Operations, Creative and Production Design.

A key highlight for the boys is seeing the design team in action brainstorming and sketching concepts for live client briefs to fully grasp the creative think tank that is CIS. This initiative, which has been part of the CIS annual calendar since 2008, involves showcasing the impact that good design has, specifically in the POP industry with the aim of giving realistic and relevant direction to students interested in pursuing a career in industrial design.

After seeing the design team in action, the students are then tasked with a client design brief as a take away assessment activity. The CIS team particularly look forward to seeing the assessment output further down the track when the students have completed their designs and prototypes.

“As always, this fantastic initiative by CIS allows students to see design in the real world. The boys get a lot out of the experience and it enables them to get a comprehensive business perspective on commercial design and elements that ensure success. We look forward to this each year on the Knox calendar to showcase to students the effort and teamwork that will be required as they undertake their next design challenge and ultimately a Major Design Project for their HSC,” said Andrew Grattan, Head of Design and Technology, Knox Grammar School, Sydney.

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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