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Friday, January 20, 2017

Ready for Instinct

This past semester the senior class has been working hard on their senior lines. They were required to design and create a line of four-five looks to be shown in a fashion show. The name of this year's show is Instinct. With inspiration ranging from the landscapes of Arizona to retro cityscapes, the designs are truly innovative and the show is sure to be a good one. Inspiration and behind-the-scenes pictures can be seen on the Instinct Instagram page. I've seen some sneak peaks in studio and I'm ready to see everything on the runway.

Before for the main event, looks by the sophomore and junior classes will be shown. I'll be showing a Hawaiian-inspired bathing suit. Being involved in the show as an underclassman is great because you get to see exactly what you’re working toward. It’s particularly cool because this semester I am taking the senior line research class. We get a little bit more insight on how much work the seniors put in.

Make sure to check out Instinct, Feb. 4 at 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. in Rapson Hall.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Back to Campus!

Hello hello!

I can't believe I'm back on campus after a semester abroad in London. The time really flew by! Although I miss London and all the incredible people I met, I'm so happy to be back at the U. The weather kind of sucks, but what can you do.

I've been back on campus for a few days now, and I can tell it's going to be a serious adjustment being back here. My life has been so different for so long. I'm hopeful things will feel normal after a couple weeks, but it's weird feeling like a freshman all over again!

Despite the adjustment, one of the things I'm most looking forward to this semester are my classes, because this is the first time they are all pertaining to my major. Goodbye lib-eds, hello retail merch classes! I'm so excited to actually start delving deeper into my major and learning about things related to my future career.

In addition, I'm looking forward to getting more involved on campus. It's crazy that I'm more than halfway through my undergrad, and I need to make the most of it. After being abroad, I need to work extra hard to keep my life here at the U just as exciting and busy! Check out the list of clubs on our campus here if you're looking to get more involved as well :)

Good luck this semester to you all!

Retail Merchandising

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Relaxation Station

Hello hello!

I'm officially done with my study abroad semester -- can you believe it? The time really flies. Congrats to you all on finishing yet another semester!
A Light Art Gallery/Coffee shop I went to for a relaxing study break!

I always like to take some serious time during break to relax. It's so important for your health to not continuously carry around stress, which seems to always be the case during the semester. An obvious way to do this is to catch up on sleep! However, after taking a health & wellbeing course at the U my first year, I've really come to understand and appreciate the value of meditation.

It's so important to just tune out the world for a little bit and relax. Here is the link to a meditation I did during that class. There are also a ton of different videos on youtube with varying lengths and relaxing sounds. It can be intimidating at first because it's actually really hard to stop your mind from roaming, but it's the effort that matters and it will get easier with time.

Enjoy your relaxing break and happy holidays!

Retail Merchandising

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Senior Thesis Complete!

The semester has come to a close, and so has my book! I finished my design with enough time to spare to have it printed in a hardcover book at Target's Photo Center, rather than binding it myself (which is definitely not my specialty). I was nervous about putting this project I had spent so much time on in someone else’s hands, but the print quality was excellent and I was so relieved that it came out well.

I had been struggling with the book’s design for the past few weeks, but the final design came together piece by piece. My thesis topic is about gender representation in the media and how important it is to have stereotype-breaking characters in popular titles, rather than perpetuating generalized idealizations of men and women. I wanted to focus on the spectrum between “male” and “female,” and how those who fall between those categories are underrepresented in the media, so I wanted to make the color purple—the middle ground between blue and pink—the main element of my design.

I incorporated images from TV shows, video games, and books that I researched while looking for examples of positive representation, and I added spot elements of purple to these images to emphasize that these were the kind of characters that need to be more visible throughout the media. Originally, the purple was only present in the images and in highlighted text, but I felt that using the purple only in these areas was too subtle. The color was meant to be used as a highlight, but when it was used so sparsely in a sea of white, it made these elements of representation feel very small. The point of my thesis is to argue that this representation needs to be more present throughout society, and so I decided to add purple on the outer edge of every page as a way to normalize its presence in my design in the same way that gender representation should be normalized in the media.

That explanation was… a lot longer than I intended it to be! I think that kind of goes to show how much thought and work went into this design. Those two paragraphs only covered the use of color in this book—I didn’t even go into the other elements of design I incorporated! It’s not easy work, but I really like what I’m doing. Graphic design is just… really, really cool.

So long for now! I’ll see you all next semester.


Graphic Design

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Firm Tour

Hey Everyone!

This past week I had the opportunity to visit the firm WSB& Associates through the mentor program that the College of Design offers. My mentor as well as others in the program who work at WSB invited us to their firm. We were able to tour the firm and to take a look at some of their current projects.
WSB headquarters in Minneapolis (US Builders Review)

WSB is a consulting and design firm that focuses on engineering, planning, environmental and construction services. They have a small division of landscape architects that work alongside other divisions within the firm. This was my first tour of a firm, and it was really interesting to see what a day in the life of a landscape architect would be like. Along with the tour, we had the chance to present our final projects to a few of our mentors' colleagues and receive feedback. While slightly intimidating, it was a great experience and their comments were very helpful. This tour was a great way to end the semester and start break!

Hope you all enjoy the time off! See you in a few weeks!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Internship comes to an end

As the semester wrapped up, so did my internship at WSI Sports. By the end, I got to do some pretty important jobs, from cutting, to helping out at a photoshoot. I even got to design a look for a show they have coming up in January, called Icelantic On The Rocks. I’ll be working on creating this look over winter break.
(behind the scenes of the fall '17 photoshoot)

Being at WSI has definitely made me more self-assured in the studio. Knowing how to spread, cut, and knowing what a marker looks like made me a little more comfortable when it came time to do it in class. Because I’d seen this stuff before, it wasn’t so scary trying it out for myself.

The team at WSI trusting me to do so many imperative jobs made me confident in my work ability and in my skills as a designer. I’ve learned a lot of practical things during my internship, but I think confidence is the most important thing I’ve gained. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work at WSI. If you’re interested in finding an internship, visit GoldPass.



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Ideation Sessions

Very often in the product design major, we find ourselves in ideation sessions, thinking creatively about solutions to a problem.  This past week, our program director Barry Kudrowitz and some of us students had the privilege of teaching some nursing students about creative problem solving and idea generation.  Through this quick 4 hour session, the groups of nurses got to come up with a bunch of ideas and narrow it down to one that they eventually were able to prototype using a wide variety of materials. At the end, each group presented their prototype in the form of a skit. One group even had a costume involved in their skit/prototype which was fantastic.  Getting to see a group of nurses grow creatively and help come up with solutions to better the nurse-patient relationship was overwhelmingly amazing.  If you want to learn more about a class that focuses solely on this idea of creativity and idea generation, you can click here for more details!

Thanks ya'll!  I'll see ya designers at home (Rapson).