May 13, 2010
Herman Miller, Inc., is announcing the top three entries from its first video contest for full-time college and university students. The contest, entitled, "Hey, Where Do You Learn Best?", encouraged students to document areas on or off campus that best support their learning.
"The contest entries demonstrate that learning can happen anywhere," says Jeff Vredevoogd, Herman Miller's Director of Education Solutions. "Each video tells a story and not only captures where the student learns best, it also explains why that location was chosen."
View the top three entries from the contest website.
Common themes from the videos include the students' desire for comfort, access to nature, collaboration, inspiration, and accommodation for ever changing technology. Personalization was an overarching theme as students expressed their interest in having options and making their own choices about where, when, and how they learn.
Vredevoogd adds that the results will be of great interest to campus leadership, campus facility planners, faculty, and students. "The student's voice is an important voice on campus. This contest provides an engaging way to capture student insights and promote discussion about the rapidly changing needs of students and how higher education facilities can respond to those needs," he notes.
Representatives from the Herman Miller Education Solutions team selected the top three entries that best represent creativity, originality, and appropriateness to the theme. Visa gift cards were awarded to the students who submitted the selected entries.
The students also will be invited to attend the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) annual international conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 10-14, 2010, to share their videos and meet academic leaders.
About Herman Miller, Inc.
Herman Miller works for a better world around you—with inventive designs, technologies and related services that improve the human experience wherever people work, heal, learn, and live. Its curiosity, ingenuity, and design excellence create award-winning products and services, resulting in more than $1.6 billion in revenue in fiscal 2009. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also established Herman Miller as a recognized global company. In 2010, Herman Miller was again cited by FORTUNE as the "Most Admired" in its industry and among the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America, while Fast Company has named Herman Miller among its 2010 "Innovation All-Stars." Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.