The Discover New York study tour
Dr. Jim Watson, Professor of Design, has conducted 11 study tours to New York City since 1981 with over 140 students participating, in groups ranging from 6 to 20. The study tour included famous design firms, showrooms, unique stores, historical neighborhoods, outstanding museums and galleries, and superb live entertainment.
Some evaluations from past participants
• "Loved Wicked so much that I'm taking my mom to see it. The visit with Massimo Vignelli was the best visit ever! Central Park is my new favorite place. I was ready to go home by the end of the trip but was ready to go back after being in OK one weekend."
• "Every minute of the trip was a highlight. I couldn't do without any of it!"
• "The hospitality. New York pizza and bagels. Good balance overall between seeing things and free time. Don't change that. Best trip ever!"
• "This was the best trip I've ever taken."
• "I want to thank you for an amazing trip. It was a life changing, spiritual experience. I will never be the same."
• "The NY trip still has a daily impact on my design decisions. It was fantastic. I don't think a graphic designer should be introduced to NYC in any other way."
Designers/design firms visited
C&G Partners Steff Geissbuhler
Chermayeff & Geismar
Icon Nicholson new media design
PushPin Studios Seymour Chwast
Ross Culbert & Lavery
TeleZign computer graphics
Museums and Galleries
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum: The Smithsonian Institution's museum dedicated to design
Museum of Modern Art: The best design collection in the USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Tiffany, Sullivan, Wright, Medieval, design gallery
Cooper Union Gallery
Museum of American Illustration
Parson's School of Design Gallery
School of Visual Arts Gallery
Whitney Museum of American Art
Alegria, Cirque du Soleil
Blue Man Group
Corteo, Cirque du Soleil
The Fifth of July
The Lion King
Phantom of the Opera
Varekai, Cirque du Soleil
Downtown: WTC site, Wall Street, Trinity Church, Bowling Green, Battery Park, South Street Seaport
Chinatown: Little Italy, NoLiTa
Greenwich Village & SoHo: Washington Square, Prada, Moss, Longchamp, UniQlo, MoMA Design Store
Union Square & Madison Square: AIGA, Parson's, Art Director's Club, School of Visual Arts
Midtown: Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, NY Public Library
Rockefeller Center: St.Patrick's Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall, Museum of Modern Art, Fifth Ave, Apple Store
Times Square: Theater District, Letterman's Theater, Hard Rock Cafe, Planet Hollywood
Central Park: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Guggenheim Museum