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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Senior Show Time

We are officially less than a month away from our senior show, which means we’ve entered crunch time both for finishing our individual projects as well as setting up the event! Each of the 50 graduating seniors had a part in creating our senior show, whether they helped with fundraising, organizing the show floor, or creating our awesome website—which you can checkout right here!

I’ve really enjoyed taking ownership of this exhibition along with the rest of my classmates. It’s like we’re working on one last project all together, and the payoff will be so much sweeter than if we had someone else organizing this event. This show is ours from the ground up, and I think that’s the best way we could end our undergraduate career.

You can come see our final projects on Thursday, May 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Rapson Hall courtyard! It’s completely free, and we’ll have fun outer space-themed snacks to go along with our LAUNCH theme. I hope to see you there!

Until next time,


Graphic design

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fresh start to my day

Hey Everyone!

When classes and your schedule get busy, it's good to find something that relieves your stress and refocuses your mind. This semester, I have been going to yoga in the mornings at 6:45 a couple days a week at the rec center. The class allows me the time to relax before my day of classes. While some days it’s hard to get up early in the morning, after the class I always feel energized. One of my favorite parts of the early morning class is being able to watch the sun rise while doing yoga. The big windows let the sun shine in throughout the class.

Since not everyone is a fan of waking up that early, the rec offers classes at a variety of times throughout the day. The different classes include cycling, pilates, total body strength, zumba and cardio kickboxing. To check out the different classes offered and schedule available at the rec center just follow this link!

Until next time,

Journey to the north

The journey ended on the other side of the Bothnian bay, the Republic of Finland.

2017 is the first centennial anniversary of this country, but the past 100 years has been very difficult to them. Three wars, especially the three-year winter war against the Russians, had largely determined the result of the World War II. Although the Finns are not known as the best warriors, the insistence upon the national uniquity is always exceptionally strong—strong enough to become the 7th largest country in Europe now.

Walking in downtown Helsinki, at first you might attempt to think those buildings are similar with Soviet styles or Scandinavian, yet after merely two days you will probably find out that Finland is truly like no other. The Finnish language, for example, together with the Estonian language as the only sibling under the same language family, has a totally different word for meaning like "mother," for which most of other languages in the world would would probably say "mum" or "mama."

Helsinki, the capital, is one of few European capitals where there is no palace. The un-splendid street views make it hard to use a or few simple photographs to represent the city or even the country. Below are my pictures to be shared for this time. Hope you enjoy.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Reminiscing on visiting Hong Kong

Hello Designers!

After being officially admitted into the Product Design program this past Friday, I've had a lot to be thankful for. When I came to the University as a freshman, I had no clue what I wanted to do, but I did know that I liked math, science, building things, and design. I thought I wanted to do Chemical Engineering from these interests that I had. My advisor instantly recommended that I at least take a look at the Product Design minor, and go on the CSE 1002 trip to Hong Kong on Product Development in January over winter break. From school, museum and industry visits, to taking a cable car to see the Tian Tan Buddha, this trip was filled with adventures. The thing that really stuck out to me throughout this trip, though, was how cool everything we saw was. I was fascinated by what I saw from students, what I saw from industries, and I thought to myself, "This is what I want to do with the rest of my life."

That's what drew me to the major I am doing today.  I was simply amazed by everything that I was seeing and I wanted to that everyday of my life. After taking toy design that next Spring, I knew that this was what I should do with my
life. Since Product Design wasn't yet a major, I had decided to just do the minor.  I was fortunate enough to be only a Sophomore when the major was released, so that I was able to turn my minor into a major.  Today, I am so grateful that I have gotten to be a part of such an amazing community, and I am excited to see what this last year of major courses entails for me and my friends.  We are beyond excited to (hopefully) be part of the first graduating class in Product Design at the University!

Thanks for listening,

I'll see you designers at home (Rapson),

Urban Clinic Design

Hi everyone,

The design development phase of my senior thesis is complete! In an effort to avoid making this summary the length of a paper, I'm going to try to make this overview of my design as short as possible. This design was worked on in conjunction with HGA, a local design firm that is completing the project in real life. The project is for HCMC's North Loop Clinic that will be located at 800 Washington Ave. It is a primary care clinic that is looking to attract young professionals who are living and working downtown.

My design was based on a concept derived from the city grid of Minneapolis. From above, the downtown Minneapolis area is identifiable due to its angled grid around the Mississippi. You can see this concept throughout my design in the use of diagonal lines creating intersections and the use of contrast.

Check-in and waiting rendering

This is a rendering of the check-in and waiting area. Here you can see a variety of furniture types — atypical from what is usually seen in a healthcare space. One of the things I wanted to achieve with this project was to stray away from things commonly found in healthcare spaces, like stark white walls and healthcare's typical pale greens and blues, and to create more of a contemporary, corporate atmosphere to fit the neighborhood and attract the target market of young professionals.

Patient hallway rendering

Looking down the hallways, each room is identified by using one of the main colors of the brand and named after a street in the downtown Minneapolis area. Within each exam room, this identity continues, with the use of color and a large graphic that corresponds to the street after which the room is named.

Work area rendering

The staff work area has a similar way of identifying rooms in the hallways. In the work space, there is a large custom ceiling of the Minneapolis city grid. This area follows contemporary corporate design trends, using sit-to-stand desks to support staff, and by accommodating a variety of work styles.

In the next class, we will go on to the construction documents phase where we each put together all the technical drawings for our designs. It's not known as the most exciting part of doing interior design projects, but is VERY important and also provides a nice break from the creative stuff, which is great when you're feeling a little drained of creativity after design development. I'm ready to just go to town on the construction documents and finish this project up! Graduation is one month away... it's crazy to think!

Until next time,
Interior Design

Friday, April 14, 2017

Staying Mindful

If you’re looking for a class to take next semester, I’d highly suggest looking into CSPH 3201—Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. I took this class fall semester and it changed my life. It was really helpful to have a class that allowed me to focus on bettering myself. Mindful breathing and meditation also helped me to manage my heavy course load. In the class, we learned various types of meditation including the body scan, sitting meditation, and sitting and standing yoga. We also learned various ways to incorporate mindfulness into our lives, like mindful walking, eating and communicating.

When you’re finished with the class you aren’t completely on your own. You get access to free downloadable guided meditations. I’m going to get to really put what I’ve learned to the test next fall while I'm working on my senior apparel line. Things are really picking up as we head into the final weeks of classes, and I have to remind myself to take mindful moments. I’m thankful I have these tools under my belt now to better handle all of the stress.

Check out the Center for Spirituality and Healing here.

(photo courtesy of Google)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Making the Most of It


The semester is almost over, which means finals are around the corner, but more importantly so is summer break! Whatever your plans are, I'm sure you're counting down the days until you're free from the stress of classes and extra curricular activities on campus. However, it's so important to live everyday meaningfully and with gratitude, rather than just waiting for the future. If you live like that, the present will just pass you by.

One of the ways I try to live in the moment and spend everyday happily and gratefully is by taking in the environment around me and appreciating how beautiful and alive our campus is. I'll be moving back to Wisconsin this summer, so I have to take in our campus while I still can! It's amazing what you will see and learn to appreciate when you're not staring at your phone as you walk through campus on the way to class.

I took this picture on St. Paul campus as I was leaving one of my classes. The weather isn't always great during this Spring season, but take it upon yourself to spend more time studying outside, going on walks, and in general paying attention to the little things on campus. You won't regret it!

Until next time,
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