Inside The New School’s Parsons School for Design’s New State-of-the-Art Computer Lab

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Today’s growing and shifting design industry—combined with a boom in digital innovation—has resulted in a burgeoning market for technology tailored to the needs of creative professionals. It can be a challenge, however, for schools to acquire the latest tech to empower its students to do their best work.

Parsons Making Center 3D Lab

Larger, higher-performance monitors, for example, can improve designers’ productivity and multitasking capabilities. According to a study by the University of Utah, using a larger monitor helped participants complete tasks up to 52% faster, saving an average 2.5 hours each day.

“The monitor is basically the new drawing board, the color correction and what you see on screen should exactly be what you printed,” said Joe, an illustrator who graduated from The New School’s Parsons School for Design in New York City. “And if you’re video editing, then there should be no lag whatsoever.”

That’s why Parsons partnered with LG to create a state-of-the-art computer lab decked out with a set of new LG 34” Class 21:9 UltraWide Monitors.

Parsons student experiences LG UltraWide Monitor

The monitors have been a hit among students. According to a survey of Parsons students, over 70 percent felt the UltraWide’s expansive display made multitasking easier and improved productivity.

“It’s very wide and makes it easy to 3D model things or use Adobe Creative Suite, as the screen’s big enough to accommodate all the panels.” said Lorraine, a Product Design student.

The computer lab is part of LG’s UltraWide Academy Sponsorship Program, which will provide a range different specialized schools—including institutes for photography, film and design—with the new monitors throughout 2017.

Parsons Making Center Graphic Lab

Parsons Making Center 3D Lab

According to LG, the expansive, UltraWide curved screen makes long hours working at a computer much less strenuous, allowing for seamless multitasking and more comfort, and its accurate color representation makes it particularly suited to creative professionals and design students.

Samuel, who is studying illustration at Parsons, said, “I think the 21:9 monitor is the future of screens putting yourself inside the screen as it curves around you. It’s user-oriented. It’s ergonomic. This brings full immersion, the future of virtual reality.”

Learn more about the Parson’s lab and the sponsorship program here, and check out LG’s lineup of UltraWide monitors here.