Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Sometimes the common cold or the flu sneaks up on us. In that case, cold medicine can be found at the CVS pharmacy in Dinkytown. Established last year, the CVS pharmacy provides a convenient place for busy students to pick up snacks, buy over-the-counter drugs, and get prescriptions filled just off-campus. Even though it's easy to let things like diet and exercise slide near the end of the semester, these things help keep your immune system strong, which helps keep you healthy. Even if you feel like you don't have enough time for them, remember they could save you lots of stress from being sick during an already-busy time of the year! If you live on-campus while attending, remember to select healthy options like vegetables and fruit from the dining hall.
Pro Tip: Time management is key to a healthy lifestyle. Always remember to get enough sleep, eat right, and have fun!
Architecture, Bachelor of Science
I absolutely LOVE Rapson Hall. I don't get to spend nearly enough time in the building, as I'm a Graphic Design major. If there is one thing I wish McNeal Hall had, though, it's Rapson's courtyard.
It's extremely beneficial to be familiar with Rapson Hall even though most Graphic Design classes are in McNeal Hall. I've spent time in the W.L. Hall Workshop making laser cuts, I've used the computer lab, and now there's even a Digital Fabrication Lab that I'm sure the Graphic Design faculty will find some way for us to take advantage of in the near future.
To top it off, they're working on a virtual reality simulator in the courtyard! How cool is that?
Basically, even though you won't be spending a whole lot of time in Rapson Hall, it's a good idea to go become familiar with it and the services available in it. If you find you really have no reason to go, you could stop by the College of Design Student Services Office and say hi, too.
See you next week!
Graphic Design B.F.A.
P.S. The Gophers won last Saturday XD
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Getting motivated might be easy but keeping it can be difficult, so here are a few fun ways you can prolong your motivation:
1: Get enough sleep!
I cannot tell you how many times I have lost motivation because of how tired I am! Coffee only solves the problem short term and naps sometimes make you even more tired. My suggestion is to go to bed on time and stop wasting time on facebook!
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If you are feeling tired or worn out from studying, go workout! It will get your endorphins pumping and prepare you for a long night of studying!
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3: Have someone hold you accountable!
Grab a friend and hold each other accountable in your studies. There is nothing worse than being called out on your procrastination, so hopefully that will motivate and keep you on track with studying!
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That's all for today! Have a great week!
Sasenka Curic- Retail Merchandising
Its a very informal chance to meet and network with practicing professionals in the area. The idea is that students are able to bring their lunches (hence the term "brown bag") and listen to whichever speaker is scheduled. This allows for a very informal and comfortable setting. The speaker usually talks for about 2/3's of the session and then opens it up to questions from the audience.
Recent "Brown Bags" have been on topics like green roofs, ecological design and sustainable development. Yet another way to connect with professionals while still in school!
- Eric Maass
Bachelor of Environmental Design 2011
Master of Landscape Architecture 2013
Monday, November 28, 2011
After a busy morning on the St. Paul Campus last week, I grabbed the latest Pioneer Press on my way back to Minneapolis. After hopping aboard the Campus Connector and making myself comfortable, I began to skim the front page headlines and my jaw dropped at what I saw. Rottlund Homes, a longtime Twin Cities homebuilding giant, announced that they were going out of business following completion of their existing projects.
I first heard of Rottlund last year when a housing studies grad, now a project manager for the company, came and spoke to our class. I quickly learned that Rottlund is a common name around the Twin Cities area, with an immense local portfolio of residential developments, consisting almost exclusively of single family and low-density homes in the suburbs. They have been in operation for over 35 years.
Claiming to have succumb to the recent economic recession and housing crisis, Rottlund's fall came as a stark reminder of the uncertainty surrounding today's housing markets. So what can we learn from this? In my personal opinion, it really goes to show the importance of the market versatility that today's housing developers must adapt to in order to remain prosperous.
Catering to the overwhelmingly home-owning suburban markets, Rottlund prospered for several decades tapping the growing cultural trend of homeownership. Following the recent mortgage and foreclosure crisis (which had devastating effects on our economy), the rate of home buyers dropped dramatically. Although the majority of our homes remain owner-occupied, there has been little demand for new home construction in the suburbs.
But the decline in demand in that particular market stood alongside a rise in demand for affordable rental housing, and falling vacancy rates in market rate rentals as well. It may not be wise for me to suggest that Rottlund could have stayed afloat by developing urban apartment complexes, but a change in tide has indeed led to prosperity for several development companies around the Twin Cities. Trying their take at residential development, Doran Companies (native to commercial development) has seemingly struck gold supplying the rental market around the East Bank Campus. Construction is underway on their third apartment complex in the area over a two-year period, following the huge successes of Sydney Hall and 412 Lofts.
The times are a-changin'
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving Break!
Jesse LaMaack, Housing Studies B.S.
photo credit: http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2011/11/17/rottlund-homes-going-out-of-business.html
For Drawing (1311), we're working on figure drawings and we're wrapping up on a few other projects including our McNeal hall drawing and our still lives.
In Interior Design Studio (1601), we're really making some headway on our yoga studio assignments and things are really coming together. I decided to call my studio Twist, and I'm in the process of prototyping differently layouts.
Design Thinking (1101W) has some interesting things going on. Right now we're getting ready to present our redesigned interior space of an existing building on the St. Paul campus, Ruttan Hall. We're also working on papers that describe a memorable place we've visited.
Retail Merch Ethics (1201)is also winding down. We're working on a few papers, but basically the rest of the semester will be spent preparing for our final exam.
It's gunna be a busy couple of weeks ahead, but I am so ready to kick butt during finals week and finish out the semester strong.
Here is a photo of my weekly schedule this semester, color coded for different classes/other obligations:
This semester I am taking four classes, two of which are design related. One is a studio class that I have mentioned before in my posts (From Inspiration to Completion), and one is a trending class where we focus on how trends are determined and communicated through fashion and media.
My other two classes this semester are both general education classes. One of these classes is a writing class: Technical and Professional Writing. This class fulfills a requirement that is needed for graduation for my Apparel Design major, but I was able to choose from a variety of different classes. The other class a geology lecture with a lab, this class gives credit for the "environmental science with a lab" requirement. You will learn more about these requirements and classes through your academic adviser. http://www.design.umn.edu/current_students/advising/advising_services.html
I also work during the week and have my classes and other obligations scheduled in around my work hours. As you can see, the life of design student is very busy, but very fun!
Lucie Mulligan, Apparel Design
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
First of all, I had a lot of fun! It was very entertaining as well as insightful hearing from five different professionals in the interior design industry. They talked about specific chapters from the book "The State of the Interior Design Profession".
Overall, it was very interesting to hear the different stances and opinions of professionals who are all in the same industry. We heard about topics regarding licensure, subcategories of interior design, and the many benefits interior designers bring to society.
After the event, I was able to network with three different individuals and get advice and lots of quality information. I was also able to get a business card and/or email addressed from everyone. One even told me we should get lunch sometime (which I am totally going to take her up on)!
In short, I am super glad I went to this networking and professional development event. It was helpful, educational, and a good time all in all. For future, I am totally keeping my eyes peeled for more opportunities.
Oh yeah, and have a good Thanksgiving!! :)
By the time we finalized the design, we had a week to do all of the assembly and fabrication work. We used the new Digital Fabrication Lab in Rapson Hall to laser-cut the numbers, gears, and swirls around the clock. Then the base was cut in the amazing woodshop in Rapson. If you have toured other schools, you probably realized that the University of Minnesota has great resources for their students. Finally, we spray-painted the clock and assembled it in our third-year studio.
After we dropped the clock off at the bookstore, we attended an advance screening of the movie! HUGO was the perfect movie to the motivate students through finals. I would suggest seeing it in the 3D because of the remarkable graphic rendering. Pro Tip: When working on a project outside of school, remember to make it fun.
Find the time to design and make the clock was difficult with all of the homework we had, but our team and resources made it possible. The College of Design provides a wealth of resources for every student.
Bachelor of Science- Architecture
The reason why I am telling you this is not to scare you, but rather to share the reality of Minnesota winter. Yes, it's cold. Yes, it snows. Yes, it gets icy. All you need is a good winter coat and a pair of snow boots, and you'll survive the winter just like everyone else in the state has for the last hundred or so years.
You might be used to the concept of snow days. Not so here! Last year when the Snowpocalypse hit and we got about ten inches of snow in five hours, the U ended up canceling a hockey game. Granted, it was a Saturday, and nothing happens on Sunday. Business as usual on Monday! Sometimes, the running joke on campus is that it takes the thumb of God to close the U--but I have had cancelled classes due to snow in my four years of studying here.
Fact of the matter is, the snow is pretty, and campus is gorgeous and a lot of fun seeing it all lay around.
Graphic Design BFA
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
After I go to my "extra credit" Business Stats class, I will head home to North Dakota. It's about a five-hour drive from Minneapolis; it's the perfect distance away, not too close yet not too far. I typically don't drive when I go visit home; I usually take the Amtrak train. I really enjoy taking the train because it's very spacious and because the route to North Dakota takes place during the nighttime, which means I get to sleep through the travel time, and before I know it, I'm home!
(photo credit: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_LvPwIC2dBvQ/TMgyIYrrsaI/AAAAAAAAAUc/G2fRowftab0/s1600/news-AmtrakTrain.jpg)
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Sasenka Curic: Retail Merchandising
We've then taken these ideas and created construction documents. These construction documents (if we were out in the real world and not students) would be legally binding documents meaning no little detail can go overlooked. These documents cover everything from overall site plan/design to specifics about the way a tree should be planted or a slab of pervious pavers should be installed.
Explored with our Guthrie Street project was the inclusion of on-site urban water management. We were required to include street scaled rain gardens to capture run off and allow that water to infiltrate into the water table rather than sending that water into the storm sewer. It was nice to have this included in a project because it applied so well to my summer internship at the Ramsey Conservation District. You'll often find that a lot of the coursework completed in the Bachelor of Environmental Design and the Masters of Landscape Architecture applies very well to real world issues in our profession. The skills you learn in these classes will in fact be used out in the "real world".
Hope you all have a happy thanksgiving!
- Eric Maass
Bachelor of Environmental Design 2011
Master of Landscape Architecture 2013
For example, take into consideration the complex processes of an average multifamily housing development project. The most basic existence of the three Ps can be found when examining the finished structure as a whole - designed to fit the needs of the people who choose to live in that particular place within the community, and adhering to specific policies enacted to maximize the site's relationship to the surrounding community and built environment. But that barely scratches the surface. People, place, and policy play a guiding role in every stage of real estate development, from site selection and project financing to building materials and design aesthetics. This goes to show that the three Ps can be applied to housing studies at almost any scale, whether it be the placement of your home on its lot or the layout of the streets in your community.
Hope you all have a great week!
- Jesse LaMaack, Housing Studies
Monday, November 21, 2011
An important part of a final project is the final pattern. The patterns you use during the construction process usually get marked on, cut up, added on to, etc. and aren't the best looking when the garment is finished. The final thing you have to do when turning in a finished project is finalize and draft out your final pattern. You will learn about this process in your first studio class. The pattern is usually color coded with labels and names for each piece, to keep everything organized and easy to understand.
The main point of a final pattern is that a person proficient in sewing would be able to create the same garment as you did, using the final pattern you created and turned in. Precision and neatness is very important.
A final illustration is also often needed when finishing up a project. The professionalism of each sketch needed will vary from class to class. Sometimes a very technical type of illustration is required, while other times a simple sketch showing the garment is acceptable. Below is my final sketch for this project.
The final garment! Undeniably the most important part of the project! I am very pelased with how my design turned out. I got a lot of good feedback in critique, which is a kind of professional review of your work with the professor and classmates. These kinds of critiques prepare you as a designer for more important events like portfolio review, which happens at the end of your freshman year. http://apparel.design.umn.edu/review.html
--Lucie Mulligan, Apparel Design
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Getting downtown from Rapson Hall was rather easy because Marvin Windows sponsored a shuttle to and from the convention on Tuesday and Thursday. The price of the convention is typically around $200 for professionals but students only needed to pay $10/day or $25/week. What a deal! CDes and the AIA want you to succeed in life!
Attending a professional event can sometimes be stressful. Pro Tip: Don't be drawn into bringing your friends because that can deter you from networking with professionals. You want to make sure you have the right attitude and outfit. Consider dressing like an architect, which would consist of black stylish clothes and interesting glasses. (Not this). First impressions are everything!
Holly Engle, Architecture major
Basically, what I'm trying to illustrate is the fact that we seldom ever hit that one big idea on the first swing. In my copywriting course, my instructor always told us "If you need one headline, write 100. And then write more."
When I was in high school art classes, it was really easy just to get an idea and start to create it. Maybe the teacher came by and had some input on where to amp up the contrast in a value drawing to make something a little clearer, but they generally didn't tell you your idea needed more work or refinement once you had started.
Not so in design. It's definitely something that I think a lot of young designers struggle with, myself included. We just have an idea and we just want to do it, whether it's clear to other people or not. Well, depending on what the outcome of your design is, it might need to be able to talk to people without you being there. More often than not, it will need to talk without you being there.
So, to summarize, start thinking your ideas through early. Start asking people what they think of what you're doing more than you're used to. You'll gain a valuable skill and comfort level that will help you immensely come your first critique.
Graphic Design BFA
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
This is an authentic Chinese restaurant with a great assortment of food to choose from. My personal favorite items from the menu are the wontons and sweet and sour chicken!
Loring Pasta Bar
This is a beautiful Italian restaurant that offers more than just great food. Its very romantic atmosphere is complimented by some wonderful live music; it's a great place to go on a date! Also on Friday and Saturday nights, this restaurant transforms its dining area into a salsa dance floor!
This frozen yogurt shop just opened half a year ago; and its already become a staple among students here on campus. It offers a great selection of yogurts as well as toppings. The awesome thing about Chilly Billy's is that you pay by the ounce, so you can get however much you want!
The Purple Onion
This café has great coffee and food; anything from a white chocolate mocha to a delicious grilled cheese sandwich. It's also a great place to place to hang out and get some studying done.
This is a signature restaurant for UofM students and it's known for their malts and burgers. They have so many malt flavors that it's sometimes hard to pick just one; but that's the wonderful thing about Annie's you can combine flavors! My favorite is 'hot-fudge banana'.
The list above is only a handful of my favorite restaurants. If you would like to find out what other food options you have on or near campus, check out these links:
University Dining Services
Until Next Time,
Sasenka Curic- Retail Merchandising
Although it can get stressful at times, the increased brain activity tends to get my creative juices flowing and I feel pretty proud of the work I've done so far this semester. In the past few days I have been working on a variety of different projects such a grant proposal, a research matrix, and a preliminary image of a 3-D paper model that I'll eventually end up constructing (a representation of Frank Gehry's Nationale-Nederlanden Building in Prague). Frank Gehry is by far my favorite designer and I feel so proud to have a piece of his work right on campus!
Along with the schoolwork pileup, despite my best efforts, also came a fair bit of procrastination. This time, however, I did my best to make it what I like to call productive procrastination. While procrastinating in the design computer labs in McNeal earlier this week, I found out how fun the spiral line tool on Adobe Illustrator can be. I had such a great time making a typographic shape of Minnesota, I decided that I would make a few different states each day. Depending on my procrastination impulses, I should have a complete 60-inch wide United States typographic map within two weeks. It'll be awesome! I'll post a picture of it when I finish.
Have a great week!
Jesse LaMaack, Housing Studies
While taking on the responsibilities of a graduate student can be a bit daunting let me be the first to tell you they are SO worth it. First, the financial benefit is quite staggering as it saves one years graduate tuition which comes to about $24,000 in tuition and fees. Tack on housing for the year, food and transportation and you're looking at a savings of probably about $34,000! Second, as a graduate student you will begin working on more complex design projects, traveling to see various sites (like my trip to Seattle, Washington), and be given your very own desk (showed you all a picture of mine in a previous post) in a secured studio.
If you have any lingering questions about the Accelerated track you can email Brad Agee the current Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Landscape Architecture.
Have a good week!
In many, if not all of your classes in the College of Design, you will have to create drafts/test garments of your designs. This allows for editing and mirrors what happens in the real world. The biggest part that I am wrestling with right now in my test garments is the proper fit. Knits are a difficult type of material to work with, and this is our first studio dealing with them. Here is a shot of my test garment being fit properly.
As you can see, fitting is an integral process in the design world, and it involves quite a few steps. But don't worry, your professors will help you through every process and are always there to answer questions regarding your garments. They ever are available to meet one on one outside of class if you have specific questions not addressed in class time.
Next week I will show you my final garments and talk a bit about using the variety of machines available to you in your studios!
Lucie Mulligan, Apparel Design
Monday, November 14, 2011
Tomorrow night I'm going to The State of the Interior Design Profession that is being held downtown and I'm way stoked! This event is a book signing and we will also be hearing from the author as well as others in the field (even the U's very own Dr. Guerin who co-authored!) Being a first year interior design student myself, I think an event like this will be of great help to me when it comes to figuring out what I want to do after graduation. With a degree like interior design (or any of the other design degrees for that matter) the opportunities, options, and possibilities are endless. There are various career paths people take post graduation. Going to an event like the one I'll be attending tomorrow will be very beneficial for me because step one is actually knowing what my options will be.
I'll be sure to let you know how it goes!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Like I already mentioned last week, it's so important to take advantage of career services. They helped me fine tune my resume so much my sophomore year, and they helped me learn the skills I needed to create a better resume without having to stop in every time I changed something.
It's never too early to start networking. Every year, the College of Design puts on some great College to Career programming, including Dirty Laundry (which I put the marketing materials for myself) and Design in 7. There are plenty of firm events every year too. Check out the College to Career portion of the CDes website at design.umn.edu/current_students/career/college_to_career.html.
Once you have access to it, you'll want to start using GoldPASS early. It's our campus jobs site where employers will post full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities for students to apply to. It's how I found the company that I interviewed at this week. Put a note in the back of your mind to check out goldpass.umn.edu when you're thinking about starting your job search.
Also, take DES 3201: Career and Internship Preparation for Design either your junior (that's when I took it) or senior year. It's a course that will give you so much knowledge about your job search that you might not have thought of on your own, and you gain credit for doing it.
That's it for this week!
Graphic Design BFA
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Also very important is to purchase an external hard drive to back your work up with. The last thing you want to have happen is to work day in and day out on a project just to have your hard drive crash the day before your set to present (knock on wood i've avoided this but I know a handful of friends who haven't.) So take the advice up front, you may just be really glad you did one day.
Take advantage of the College of Design computer labs in your first few years here at the U of M as all of their computers are updated each year with the newest versions of the programs you need saving you a lot of money in purchasing program licenses. When the time does come where you deem it necessary to purchase the program for yourself be sure to buy the program from the U of M Bookstore as they have student rates resulting in GREATLY REDUCED software prices. Also, AutoCAD is free as long as your a student from the AutoDesk website.
- Accelerated Bachelor of Environmental Design 2011
- Masters of Landscape Architecture Candidate 2013
This is a rough example of our project layout:
The Adobe Suites are really fun and very useful. However, they are not required for any of the Retail Merchandising classes I have taken thus far, even the one where I learned how to use them. But, if you ever need or want access to these programs, there are computer labs all over campus that will provide you with the option. Nevertheless, if you decide that you do want to purchase the Adobe Suites, you will be able to do so through the Office of Information Technology for a wonderfully discounted price.
Have a great day!
Sasenka Curic - Retail Merchandising
The College of Design has one of the largest mentoring programs on campus, even though it is one of the smallest colleges in the university. Students and mentors apply during the summer. The mentoring program then pairs them up based on their interests. Pro Tip: If you can't find a program to match you up with a mentor, seek out an older student or professional and ask them. The worst they can do is say no.
On Wednesday, I met my mentor, a designer that works at AECOM, at the Mentor kick-off in McNamara Alumni Center. Since there are more students than mentors who apply, my mentor has two students. The three of us share a lot of interests, including historic preservation, sustainability, and design. The kick-off event facilitated our conversation (similar to speed dating) by providing a list of topics. All of us had already read Cradle to Cradle, which allowed us to discuss certain topics. Now that we've met, it will be easier to meet at future events in the Twin Cities.
My mentor also offered to critique my portfolio and studio work. We've scheduled our next meeting at AECOM where he will give us a tour. It will be nice to have a one-on-one informational tour instead of being in a large group.
That's all for now.
Bachelor of Science - Architecture
As housing studies majors, all students are required to eventually choose one of five different areas of emphasis related to housing. These are community development and policy, housing technology, management and finance, selected populations, and sustainability. The different concentrations allow us to explore other academic departments of our own interest and give us a lot of flexibility when choosing a minor, which most housing students end up earning by graduation. It's really interesting to see how the areas of concentration have led housing grads in a variety of different directions - from city planners to commercial bankers.
My particular area of focus is housing technology with a minor in architecture. Emerging technology has not only increased the overall efficiency of our homes, but also (in the last decade or so) spawned a wave of real-time home technologies used in a variety of ways including living assistance, safety, entertainment, security, and social empowerment. It's a project within itself trying to keep up with the latest gadgets and techy things related to housing technology, and I think it would be great to one day help implement these into new housing developments.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Here is a photo of my patterning process:
The photo above shows me patterning using drafting and block pattern manipulation methods. As you can see, it involves a lot of trial and error, with many measurements and lines to draw, but it is very worth it in the end.
The next step is to cut out your patterns and use draping techniques to check your garment is the correct size and shape. Here is me checking my knit project!
The next step for me, which will be documented next week, is to start sewing samples to figure out the best way to construct my garment. Sewing samples before starting on the actual garment assures that you will be confident when it really matters! The professors in the Apparel Design program (http://apparel.design.umn.edu/faculty.html) all are wonderful and help you through all these processes until you are confident working on your own.
More next week!
Lucie Mulligan, Apparel Design
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Luckily, right on campus we have Boynton Health Services. Basically, this is a health facility/clinic offered to students, staff, faculty etc. on campus. They have locations on the East Bank as well as St. Paul. Since pretty much all of my classes as well as my job are over in St. Paul, I stopped there on Thursday.
The doctors there were all super nice and caring as well as very knowledgeable and informed. I hardly had to wait 5 minutes to see a doctor, and overall, the examination only took about 45 minutes total. Turns out it was just a weird bug, but I got prescribed an anti-biotic and I was able to pick them up at the Pharmacy located inside of the East Bank Boynton.
Thank goodness Boynton exists, because getting home would have been a major hassle! Since my visit, I've been doing what the doctor instructed, and I'm feeling so much better!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Today friends, I'm going to walk you through a typical Monday and show you all what a normal day in my shoes looks like. My first class of the day, Business Statistics (OMS 2550), starts at 10:10; this is nice because it gives me a little time to sleep in, and I do love to sleep! The class typically lasts till 11:50, but sometimes we are let out early. After business stats, I have a fairly long break till my next class, about 4 hours. I usually use this time to study, work on my online class, exercise, and sometimes, even nap. When 4 o'clock rolls around, I start getting ready to head out to St. Paul for my Fashion: Trends and Communication class (ADES 3217); this class starts at 4:30 and goes until 5:45. After the class is done, I usually hop on the campus connector bus and head to my favorite coffee shop on campus, Espresso Expose. This coffee shop is open till midnight, which is very convenient because it gives me an opportunity to meet and catch up with friends as well as get some extra studying done; it's the perfect way to end a day!
Until Next Time!
Studying at Espresso Expose