“Our future rests in the hands of today’s youth and CCS, for more than 100 years, has been nurturing the talents of many of the region’s most promising, creative youth,” explained Peter Karmanos, Jr. “I can’t wait to see what emerges from the efforts of these students as they stretch the bounds of industrial design within their new studio space.”
CCS is an economic engine and leading supplier of creative talent in Michigan. The gift from CCS Board of Trustee Member Danialle Karmanos and Executive Chairman of Compuware, Peter Karmanos, Jr. has been used to establish the Danialle and Peter Karmanos, Jr. Graphic Design Studios.
“In order to provide the best opportunities for students and produce the best graduates, it is imperative that we have great facilities. The Karmanos studios provide the best possible resources for our Graphic Design students,” said Richard L. Rogers, president of the College for Creative Studies. “It is equally important that we have robust relationships with the industries that hire our graduates and support art and design-based commerce and practice. This new space expands the department’s capacity to collaborate with industry.”
Karmanos’ commitment to CCS extends to Compuware, the company that he co-founded nearly 40 years ago. This past fall, CCS students and faculty partnered with Compuware teams to explore software design processes and evaluate how customers really use it. This semester, CCS students are collaborating with the company on enhancements in work environment, organizational structure, design and more. These Corporate Sponsored Research Programs at CCS allow students the opportunity to gain real-life work experience by working with industry to solve art and design challenges.
The new studio is located within the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, a $145-million integrated educational and creative facility focused on art and design that extends from middle school through graduate school and into professional development. The Danialle and Peter Karmanos, Jr. Graphic Design Studios allow the College to more fully realize its goals by providing students with state-of-the-art facilities.
More than 75 area dignitaries, community member and students attended the private ceremony held in January to dedicate the space and recognize Danialle and Peter Karmanos, Jr. for their contributions to the College and the Detroit community at-large.