Posts tagged: Veronica Romano

Kiosk at GlobalShop displays student portfolios

By , April 29, 2013 3:09 pm

Veronica Romano is known for solving just about any quandary with a spectacular design solution. The Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design professor is also known for her ability to champion student work.

Romano was intent on finding a way to better showcase this year’s student portfolios at  GlobalShop, a leading convention for the retail and brand environment industry. She put her foot to the design pedal and brainstormed with her department chair Craig Berger. Soon they were searching their phones for sponsors.

Kiosk loaded with student portfolios from around the world

This year on the GlobalShop exhibition floor stood an enormous, show-stopping, orange-topped interactive kiosk with a 47” monitor, tended to by FIT students. It was loaded with student portfolios from around the world.

Double-sided screen allowed for increased viewing

“The energy of the students working the kiosk made industry pros want to connect with them,” says Romano. “They landed great job leads. It was the hot thing. Industry leaders were literally telling me that it was one of the most innovative experiences at GlobalShop.”

“Veronica is the biggest cheerleader of student work,” says VPED professor Anne Kong. The kiosk isn’t just about FIT, it’s about design students globally.”

FIT students interacting with industry

 “GlobalShop is a rare one-time event for FIT students to show their work to high-level industry professionals,” says Berger. “The kiosk was a unique way to accomplish this in a very public space.”

The kiosk’s inception: Last summer Romano had planned to incorporate interactive technology into her portfolio class. Wouldn’t it be a great idea, mused Romano, to exhibit all the portfolios in a traveling kiosk? A challenge was sent out to students around the globe to create digital portfolios to load into a kiosk.

Romano worked with Mona Lisa Tan, a previous winner of the PAVE [Planning and Visual Education Partnership] Student Design Competition to design the kiosk.

Digital rendering by Mona Lisa Tan

Visitors to the kiosk were able to touch a region of the world on the screen to locate design schools and select individual student’s bios and portfolio pieces. The interactive kiosk was loaded with portfolios representing 14 schools from 5 countries.

“I put together the group of sponsors who helped build and program the interactive kiosk,” said Berger. Each had an individual role and donated in various ways: Fresh Juice Global provided the technology; Panasonic the screens; PAVE helped coordinate; GlobalShop the space for the kiosk; B+N Idustries built the kiosk structure from Romano’s and Tan’s designs; and FIT kicked in for some expenses.

Ready to ship to next student porfolio launch

The student digital portfolios are available for viewing online at PAVE’s web site, The kiosk is coming to FIT to be adapted by students and faculty to feature future FIT student work.

“My passion is to enable students to create their own unique ‘visual presentation,’ get industry to engage with them, and to promote their talents effectively,” says Romano. “The kiosk accomplished all of this.”

The take-away from “the worst moments of your life”

By , October 10, 2012 5:53 pm

Debbie Millman, former FIT professor of packaging design and current president of Sterling Brands’ design group, was a commanding presence at the seminar “Overcoming Failure: How the worst moments of your life can turn out to be the best (and visa-versa).” Millman’s talk held at Pratt Institute on September 29, was sponsored by the Graphic Artists Guild.

Ms. Millman has worked on the redesign of over 200 global brands and  authored five books on design including: “Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits,” “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” and “How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer.”

Visual presentation and exhibition design professor Veronica Romano attended the event with three of her  students.

“An objective of my professional practices class is to inform students about the realities of the industry,” says Romano. “Debbie’s presentation was so honest and the take-away incredibly inspirational. The students seemed to hold on to every word. They got it! — her whole career and so much valuable knowledge in just a short two hours!” 

l-r: FIT students Tess Wieloszynski, Robyn Williamson & Vivian Warman; Debbie Millman, Prof. Veronica Romano


Robyn Williamson’s notes from the event:

“Overcoming Failure” notes

“Debbie Millman was a great speaker who definitely had a lot of insightful messages to share and a great way with words,” says VPED student Vivian Warman.  “She was very inspiring.  I think it had to do with her honesty and vulnerability with how she shared her own personal failures.”


Tempting us with Temptress Truffle Popcorn

By , December 19, 2011 4:53 pm

For Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design Professor Veronica Romano, “presentation and packaging is everything.”   Except that Romano has a discernible palate, and an herb garden in her backyard, so what’s inside has to taste great too.

Veronica Romano with Temptress Truffle Popcorn

The excellently packaged and deliciously tasting Temptress Truffle Popcorn is a product right out of Professor Romano’s kitchen and garden.

“Just making popcorn one night for friends, loving truffle oil, and wanting to create a popcorn that was healthy and not full of fat,” is how Romano describes the origins of Temptress Truffle Popcorn.

Temptress Truffling

“I brought it to the PAVE board meeting and we served it with Godiva truffles. We had a truffle party!” says Romano who also treats her students and the Art & Design staff to her gourmet popcorn.
























From garden to kitchen to presentation











“I get inspired by materials I have around,” says the wonderfully obsessed Romano describing her cone-shaped, snowflake-designed, parchment paper packaging. Romano put to use a snowflake stamp she and her students received at the Martha Stewart Show as well as her corporate holiday gift stamp. “I like working with available resources that I have at hand, and things from nature. There’s so much around us that we can use.”

photos by Rachel Ellner w/ photo styling help from Anne Kong

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