About Create Lab
This extra-curricular group is an opportunity for LSU students — in any major — to work together on a digital solution to a client’s real-world problem. Travel to gain creative inspiration and participate in monthly hands-on workshops with industry experts. We accept applications from any LSU student in any major – journalists, advertising geniuses, programmers, designers, math & science gurus – all fields are welcome and encouraged.
What You’ll Do:
- Participate in monthly meetings through both Fall and Spring semesters to develop a digital solution to a real-world client’s problem.
- Travel as a group (destination TBD) to gain inspiration for the project and meet with industry experts to jumpstart the creative process.
- In May 2014, the group will present its work to an audience of digital experts.
Create Lab 2013′s Project: Watson
Create Lab welcomed its first student team in Fall 2012, and shortly after shook hands with its first client — the Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans. The Times-Picayune recently announced it would only publish three days each week (four when it’s football season). With a city the size of New Orleans being without a daily newspaper, Create Lab is working on a digital solution to help all community members have access to the type of information a daily paper provides.
Create Lab 2013 presented their idea, Watson, at TedxLSU. Check out their talk in the video below:
For a behind-the-scenes look at the group at work, check out their video that explains the project, and the teaser that hints at what’s coming in the big reveal. Both videos are below.
Create Lab 2014 Members:
I am a graduate student in landscape architecture with a background in international relations and development work. As a landscape architect, I hope to design public spaces and parks and find ways to integrate data and digital media into the experience of cities and outdoor spaces. I am interested to find creative ways to visualize our data rich environment through 2-D and 3-D design. Originally from Atlanta, I attended Boston University and Lewis and Clark College for my undergraduate education.
Omar El Ghetrify
Rachel Weaver Rachel Weaver is a an advertising major with a journalism background. She was the editor of her high school newspaper and wrote a column for the Times-Picayune in high school. As a junior at LSU, she spent the first two years studying journalism and applied the skills to her job at the college radio station, KLSU. She’s interviewed dozens of artists and written music reviews and features for the website. In her recent switch to advertising, she’s applied her communication skills to being Promotions Director of the station. She coordinates interviews, manages the social media accounts, and oversees web content. With her skills of not only working for media outlets, but also working on the business/advertising side of them as well, she’s thrilled to apply her knowledge to the digital brand of nola.com/Times-Picayune.