Jada is the Founding Director of Design Orange, a studio designing custom products for museums, individuals, and inspiring organizations. Jada has a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Master of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin. She lectures on color and design nationally and internationally in countries such as El Salvador, Estonia, Italy, Hungary, Korea, and Taiwan. She is an Associate Professor in the Communication Design Department and an instructor at the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies at FIT. She teaches courses on color theory, color forecasting, graphic design, and three-dimensional design.
Professor Schumacher teaches:
HAD110 New York Art Scene
HAD149 Advertising and Graphic Design Portfolio.
I believe in approaching projects and lives with a sense of discovery and joy. I believe that the classroom should be led with honesty and realness, and I create a teaching environment where each student is encouraged at his/her own pace and in his/her direction of interest. I encourage students explore ideas that make a difference in our increasingly complex world.
My advice for future creatives? Really look. Really listen. Be curious. Museum hopping is an exquisite luxury. It’s important to stay current (and to nourish your creative self). See contemporary art and outrageous performances. Go to concerts. Watch movies. Walk through boutiques and touch nice fabrics.
Travel in your own town. Travel somewhere far away. Travel somewhere that smells like curry or anise or dirt or honey.
On Precollege Programs:
The Precollege Programs offer students the luxury of shopping around for careers while building portfolios for entry into college. What an fantastic opportunity! Plus, exploring creative endeavors with seasoned professionals and instructors is an amazing amount of fun.
Design Orange has just finished a collaborative effort with The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, NYC, to launch a scarf inspired by sculptor Isamu Noguchi’s Akari lamps. The studio works with other museums across the country in creating custom products inspired by the museums’ collections.