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Monday, May 18, 2015

That's a Wrap!

Hello everyone!

I have officially finished my fourth year of college (my third year at the U of M) and am looking forward to finishing up my degree next fall.

Since finishing finals last week, I have been working hard on moving out of my house to go back to my parents house in Golden Valley. I have about one more week before I'm off to New York for the rest of the summer.

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Although I am not spending my summer in the Twin Cities this year, Minneapolis summers are my absolute favorite. Here are a few of my favorite summertime activities in Minnesota:

-- Minnesota Twins games (I've already been to two this season!)
-- Going to the beach and rollerblading around Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun
-- Getting ice cream at Sebastian Joe's
-- Attending the Stone Arch Bridge Festival
-- Going to local farmer's markets
-- Enjoying sunshine, friends, and french fries along the Mississippi River on Tugg's Tavern's deck

Have a fantastic summer, everyone!

Leah
Graphic Design


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Summertime

Hi everyone!

This past week has been filled with studying, Starbucks, projects, and more Starbucks. All the hard work and late nights have paid off, and we have all made it through finals week. I can now say I am officially half way done with college! Now all that stands between us and summer is the posting of our grades. Once they are posted, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief and truly enjoy the sunshine and warm weather.

Summer is the best time to explore and enjoy the city. Minneapolis has so many great parks and sights to see. One of my favorite summer spots is Minnehaha Falls. The park was designed by landscape architect Horace Cleveland as a part of the Grand Rounds.

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Although Minnehaha Falls is beautiful all year round, I especially like to visit in the summer when the water is rushing and surrounded by greenery. It's a great place to spend the day with friends where you can enjoy the beautiful landscape and stop by the restaurant for a refreshing ice cream cone.

Have a great summer!

Cameron
Landscape Design and Planning

Happy Summer!

Finals are over and summer is finally here! I am now officially halfway through college. I spent my first night of summer vacation having nightmares about forgetting to submit papers, but it feels great to know that I don't have any more assignments due.

I will be spending part of my summer as an intern at Martha O'Hara Interiors, a small residential firm just outside of Minneapolis. I'm excited to learn more about residential design! Based on our conversations so far, it sounds like I will be sitting in on client meetings, working with design teams, managing the library, and tagging along on site visits and photo shoots. It sounds like a really great learning experience.

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I hope everyone else is as excited about summer vacation as I am! Hopefully the nightmares will subside once it sets in that it's finally summer.

Megan
Interior Design

Education, Passion, & Design

Hello future designers of the world!

I can officially say I only have one year left at the University of Minnesota! That is until I go to graduate school, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. As I mentioned previously, I started out at a different college, but I have spent the last three years at the U of M. The past four years have flown by and it is so incredible and heart warming to see photographs of all my friends in their caps and gowns graduating college. It truly is a big accomplishment, and I imagine sometimes graduates get lost in the crowd of their peers and forget to applaud themselves.

Attending college is almost expected of us these days, but I think it is incredibly important that students approach college with passion and curiosity. Design school is a mental and physical challenge that will require you to think in ways you never have before. This challenge can be overwhelming, but brings truly magical achievements. You learn so much about the way the world works, from small things in Design Fundamentals 1, to social design issues in Environmental Design & the Sociocultural Context.

Exploring all the courses and topics available to you in college is so critical. Everyone should make his or her college experience unique, and you can only get out of it what you put in to it. I am going to make my last year a very memorable one filled with intriguing intellectual conversations about design, architecture, and life with my peers and professors. I plan to work hard in studios and other courses so my portfolio is impressive enough to send to potential employers around the world. I hope to meet a few of you readers around Rapson Hall next year!

This is my sister and I at her graduation from the College of Design at the U of M. I'm next!

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Margo
Architecture

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Congratulations Class of 2015

I hope you all survived your finals and are enjoying the beautiful day today. Many of you will be packing up and moving back home for the summer. Others will be enjoying having nothing to do and no deadlines to be concerned with. For some, today was your commencement for the College of Design Class of 2015. I've had the honor of working at commencement for the past three years, so I get to see all my friends walk across the stage. The class of 2015 is pretty special to me because I spent the majority of my college career with them. I couldn't be prouder of them and I will truly miss seeing them next year. All their hard work over the past four years has finally paid off.

My plans for the summer will be in the great state of New York. I recently accepted an internship with J. Mendel as a pattern maker. I'll be leaving in less than two weeks, so the next time you hear from me, I'll be in New York!

To end my post, I just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2015!

Here is a photo of the ADes Class of 2015 and some of the speakers during commencement.

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Visit http://design.umn.edu/images/blogs/studentblog_convert/ to view my blog and follow my journey. Also, be sure to check out the UMNDesign Instagram to see more of my photos.

Lee
Apparel Design

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sommer af lykke

Hej!

School is out and summer is here! I'm lucky enough to be able to continue my time in Copenhagen throughout the summer. I just love it so much and could not say bye quite yet. As the semester was coming to an end, I had to begin saying "vi ses" to all my friends I have made throughout the semester as they were headed back to the States. It was a bit sad, but its great to know that I will see them again, and now I have a few new travel destinations in the U.S.!

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Unfortunately this will be my last blog post from Denmark, however I will be sure to fill you in about my summer in Copenhagen come September! Vi ses, designers :)

Margo
Architecture


Friday, May 8, 2015

Post-Semester Thoughts.

Hello!

Now that my semester learning abroad has come to a close, it is time to revisit my pre-departure thoughts. As you may have read in my blogs from this semester, I have had a fabulous time in Copenhagen and with my study abroad program, but I'll try not to be too biased :)

-"It is so expensive." Again, yes it can be. I've even chosen to study in one of the most expensive cities. However, I feel that being here has really changed my spending habits, for the better. Food is quite costly, therefore I went out to eat so much less than I did at home. I really hope this is a habit I can keep, especially since I've gained a lot of cooking skills here! I've also done a fair amount of traveling, but staying in hostels (with kitchens), cheap airlines, and splitting costs with friends has made it possible and affordable.

-"It just doesn't fit into my schedule." As I mentioned last time, just speak to your advisers and I'm sure something will fall into place! If they don't fall perfectly, perhaps a semester here or there will be a bit full, but it will definitely be worth it.

-"I don't know another language." I heard Danes were good at English, but they are actually perfect at English! They can have complete conversations filled with puns and intelligent words, it's amazing. Although not every place in the world can be as fluent in English as the Danes, I've noticed that the English capabilities have improved even since my last visit two years ago. Its very apparent that English is becoming the "international language" which makes traveling even easier for us.

IMG_3441-1.jpg -Last but not least, a bit of my advice. I might be biased, but my time here has been so amazing, I want everyone to have the opportunity to study abroad! Start thinking about it before its too late, and before you know it you will be living in another country having the time of your life!

I hope you've enjoyed reading about my semester abroad and have begun looking into your study abroad options at the Learning Abroad Center!


Margo
Architecture


Monday, May 4, 2015

Proud Mama

Hi everyone!

The semester is coming to an end, which means everyone is finishing up their final projects and getting ready for finals week. Finals season brings on a lot of stress, but with that stress comes much needed relief when you're finally done with the semester. My advice to everyone is to prioritize your time, get enough sleep, and try to study in advance rather than the the night before your exams.

The last two weeks of the semester should go smoothly for me. For my final project in my photography class, I wanted to take a series of pictures and portraits in a fashion spread style. Luckily for me, FAB had its annual fashion show, RISE, on Sunday, so I decided to attend the show and take some pictures. The show presented work from many of our apparel design students at the U of M, as well as collections from local stores and designers.

The show went really well overall, and the student collections were very high quality. I was extremely impressed by everyone. The show was also a competition for the students where three freshman and sophomore students won for the best collections. I felt like a proud mama seeing them up there. I couldn't have been more impressed and proud of the caliber of work they submitted, especially for being so early in the apparel design program. Seeing talent like that from the freshman and sophomore class makes me excited for the program's future.

Here are the winners from the RISE fashion show:

Evan Ihde, Ka Ying Lee, and Sinéad Kelly

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Here are pieces from each of their collections:

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Follow my blog to keep up with what's happening in my life and follow my apparel design journey. Also, make sure to check out the UMNDesign Instagram to see more of my photos.

Lee
Apparel Design


Sunday, May 3, 2015

I'm a Published Author!

Hello everyone!

Since finals are upon us, I thought I would share a little bit about the final projects I've been working on.

My final project for photography was left fairly open-ended, so I decided to combine my love of typography and photography by photographing typography I've made out of various objects.

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By the time I'm done, I should have 20 of these!

My surface design/screen printing final project was also left up to us, so I decided to create a set of personal stationary that I can use during my job search once I graduate. By the time I'm done, I will have made business cards, thank you notes, envelopes, letterhead and even a pencil case I sewed out of fabric I printed on.

Finally, and perhaps the most exciting final project of the semester is for my thesis class. I have written papers about my thesis topic throughout the semester, and for the final project, we turned the papers into a book that we designed and self-published. I got the hard copy in the mail this week, and I have to say, I'm really proud of the final product.

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My final project is about the Minnesotan Identity, and I proposed a rebrand of our state and its image. While writing, I was inspired by a discussion at the Walker Art Center last November.

I still have a bit of work to do, but I'm so close to being done!

Until next time,

Leah
Graphic Design

Final Project Time

Hi everyone!

I'm in the midst of final projects, and it's a busy time! Every time finals season pops up, I seem to learn how much I can really accomplish in a short amount of time and never fail to amaze myself. As I've shared before, I'm currently working on a group project for a Fraser Clinic that will be located in Woodbury, MN. The project is due this coming week and its a crunch! The key to final projects is to not get behind. It's always my goal to finish my projects early to avoid all-nighters in the studio or computer lab. I haven't had any yet this semester, so its definitely still possible. I have had to spend some full days in the computer lab though to get to this point. Below I've included a rendering my group created for our project. This is the developed design of the reception area I previously shared with you, and I'm really proud of it!

Reception.jpg I've also been doing internship interviews throughout the past few weeks. I'm now waiting to hear back, so I'm crossing my fingers and hoping to land an internship for the summer. I'm looking at some small residential firms near where I live to learn a little more about residential interior design since our projects lately have been commercial projects. This way I can see if residential design is what I'm interested in or if I would rather go the commercial direction.

I hope everyone is having a great finals week and finishing off the semester strong. I think we're all ready for summer!

Megan
Interior Design

Designed Landscape Project

Hey Everyone!

Finals are officially here! It seems like each semester goes by faster than the last. It is hard to believe that after a few more projects and papers, I'll be half-way done with college. Last week I presented my final project for LA 2302. In this class, we learned about computer representation for environmental design and became familiar with programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Sketchup. Although I'm not great with computers, I learned so much from this class that will help me in future courses and jobs.

For the final project, we were asked to combine everything we learned in a representation of a designed landscape. I decided to continue working on a riverfront park that I designed in a course last semester. Using mostly Illustrator and Photoshop, I created a rendered plan and section view of the space as well as an exploded axon. We built a 3D model of the park in Sketchup for a previous assignment, so I was able to further render graphics from this in Photoshop to create two perspective views. I think using Photoshop is really fun, and I enjoy depicting how people can experience spaces.

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I mentioned earlier that I don't have the best luck with computers, so naturally I experienced a minor complication while working on my project. As I was finishing up my perspective views, my computer froze and started flashing. After a few hours at the bookstore and a new hard drive cable, I was able to continue working. Thankfully the tech people at the bookstore were very helpful and all my files were saved in time for my presentation.

Cameron Zuck
Landscape Design and Planning

Cisterns, Project 03

Happy May, everyone!

In just a few short days, I will be finished with my second architecture studio! Much like Studio 01 at the U of M, the last project of the semester was quite long, as we spent over eight weeks working on the project. This semester, project three is about creating performance spaces, such as dance, theatre, or music, in existing cisterns within a park in central Copenhagen. I had never seen a cistern prior to this project, so it was really fascinating to research them and learn about their history. The cisterns are incredibly large, dark, and cold, so creating a performance space within the cisterns is very unique.

I have an interest in historical preservation, so I find this project insightful and relevant to what I hope to do in my future career. For my project, I decided to work directly with the cisterns and a number of the programmatic elements within them. Other students in my studio find the cisterns difficult to work with and are planning their structures near or on top of the cisterns. Once I experienced the cisterns, I thought it was a very cool place, but I thought it could perhaps be used for something more unique than its current exhibition space. The cisterns are part of Copenhagen's history and I believe they should be a place for people to freely visit, which is why I chose to work within the cisterns.

I am not completely finished with all of my renderings, so here is an image of how the cisterns currently look.

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Margo
Architecture