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Monday, March 28, 2016


I hope everyone had a great spring break and is well rested to get back to the last half of the semester. If you got to leave and go to warmer destinations, I’m a little envious, but I hope you had a safe and fun time. Personally, I thought that I would go all out and travel somewhere for my last spring break, but I stayed home, and relaxed.  I had myself a little “staycation.” I got to sleep in, catch up on some Netflix, and cooked meals that actually take time to make. Of course, even when on break, I can only relax so much. During my time off, I worked on updating my portfolio and started to look for jobs. The thought of graduation and having to look for jobs is becoming more real with every day that goes by. It gives me a little anxiety thinking about it, so if you’re in the same boat, know that you are definitely not alone in this struggle. Updating my portfolio and resume always seems like a daunting task because I never feel like it’s perfect enough, but that could be the designer and perfectionist in me. Wish I had more exciting tales to give you, but sometimes not doing a lot is definitely still enough.

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Apparel Design

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Search Is On

It’s that time of the year—the time to start applying for summer internships. I’ve been polishing my resume, updating my personal website (which you can get a glimpse of on the left), and writing cover letter after cover letter. The process is a bit tedious at times, but it’s actually pretty common for advertising and design firms to include unordinary requirements in their applications. One business asked me what my “spirit animal” was. Another wants me to submit an anti-cover letter, where I use some other medium to let them get to know me, be it a haiku or an interpretive dance. It’s been a fun challenge, thinking creatively about these questions and coming up with solutions that will best represent who I am and what I’m capable of.

I visited with a Career and Internships advisor a couple years ago and left the meeting with a wealth of resources I could use when I was ready to start looking for internships, including some great websites to look for graphic design internships. One such site is the Minnesota Non Profit Job Board. The best way to search for design and marketing jobs is to select “Public Relations and Marketing” as your job category. Another great site is the Minneapolis Egotist, which has a wealth of positions available in some really good local firms.

If you’re looking for an internship in the near future, best of luck! Hopefully you and I have some success in our searches.

Graphic Design

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Designing Studio Spaces

Hello again!

As I've previously mentioned, this semester I've been working with the graphic design department at the U to help them design and visualize their ideal studio spaces.
Seats can be rearranged for different uses. Set up for large group critique.

Adjustable height desks on wheels for standing or sitting work and rearranging.
I've been working hard on some designs and, as promised, here are some renderings as an update of my progress! These spaces are designed to amp up the current classrooms as they are designed for desktop computer use rather than laptops, which are now the main tool used by students.

The department is envisioning spaces in which the furniture is easily movable and mobile, allowing a lot of flexibility within the spaces to accommodate individual-focused work and the option for group and collaborative work. The walls feature track systems that allow for cork boards and whiteboards to be moved and used as pin-up critique spaces and brainstorming spaces.

I've really enjoyed being able to help them visualize their ideal studio spaces - I'd definitely want to be working and learning in these rooms! These designs are still in progress and aren't set in stone. But, for all you perspective students out there, these could potentially be the studios you use and work in!

Until next time!

Interior Design

Monday, March 21, 2016

Landed in Istanbul!

Hey everyone!

The rest of the Rome-Istanbul 2016 crew and I have arrived in Istanbul, Turkey to begin the second part of our study abroad experience!

These past couple of days, we have had a quick orientation of our study center and studio space as well as of the city. The study center is in a great location, with a cafe nearby and only a 10 minute walk to the water. We also have been able to explore and wander the city. Istanbul is such a big city—being in both Europe and Asia—it is filled with wonderful people and spaces to explore.

Our studio space

Sunset over Istanbul
For the studio project, we are focusing on the public space surrounding the ferry station. Since this is on the Asian side of Istanbul, we get to take the ferry over almost everyday to visit the site and do research. The ferry ride is about 15 minutes long and gives you such a great view of the city! Last night, a few of us took the ferry at sunset, and it was beautiful to see the sunset over the water and the mosques begin to light up in the night! This next week we start our classes, beginning with introductory survival Turkish and studio on Monday!

Until next time!
Landscape Design and Planning

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Working Together

The past couple of weeks, I have been working mainly on the big Target project for my Product Development class. Our group was given Merona RTW, so we are utilizing everything that we learned to research the brand and create a product for it, and also to develop all of the merchandising aspects as well. It’s definitely been an interesting time trying to figure this process out and having to work with the rest of my group members. My group members consist of three retail merchandising majors and another designer. We all have different working styles, aesthetics, and ideas, but luckily we all seem to work really well together. We’ve already done our first presentation for Target; it was unbelievably nerve racking, but we got through it. I think our presentation went really well, and it was well received by the Target panel. There are some things that we are going to continue to develop, but I have confidence that we are going to do really well.

Photo from the photoshoot.
Photographer: Alex Butterfield
Model: Lucy Mulligan
Hair and Makeup: Olivia Mishan
Outside of the Target project, I was able to do an amazing photo shoot with the awesome photographer, Alex Butterfield. I’m very fortunate to have had that opportunity. My friend, Lucy, who is also an alum of the apparel design program, was working on a project with Alex, and she needed clothes to wear for the shoot. She forwarded my collection to Alex and he really liked it, so we put it all together to do the photoshoot. We had me, the designer, Alex, the photographer, Lucy, the model, and Olivia, the hair and makeup. This was such an amazing experience working with other creatives, utilizing all of our different talents to create beautiful work.

It’s interesting to think about all of the interactions we have in our lives and how we end up working with people for many different things. These people can be similar to you and also very different from you,  yet you all have the same goal in common. This project for Target and all of the group projects I’ve had to work on during my time at the U have actually taught me how I fit in with other people and how I work with them. It also shows that you have to be aware of everyone that you work with because you never know how you may reconnect with them again in the future.

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Apparel Design

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Boldest Midterm of Them All

Hey everyone,

Spring break is just next week, and that can only mean one thing... Midterms! Usually midterms can be a pretty stressful time with plenty of exams and project deadlines. Luckily this semester, I'm only looking at a studio midterm, and a rough draft for a history paper.

Having more time to focus and devote to my studio midterm, I've been able to explore a few things, which has been interesting, especially when our only guideline is "be bold." Our project this semester is looking at a proposed Riverview Corridor  in St. Paul that provides a transportation system or redevelopment of the urban fabric. What is really exciting about this project is the stakeholders, the city, and organizations we are able to work with throughout the project. Plenty of research and studies have been completed about this region as they work towards developing a future plan. We are coming in at a unique time when a lot with the project can still change. Being students, some of our work can be really eccentric, which will spark new ideas for the project. My professor's advice to "be bold" was an exceptional path to direct us onto for our midterm work.

Watch the CDes Instagram to see my project develop for Wednesday's review :)


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Class Connection.

Hey everyone,

Sometimes you there are classes you are required to take that you'll put off until the last minute; for me, this is history. So. here I am in my last semester, finally fitting in my architectural history course. I chose this course because it fit into my schedule best, and to my surprise, I am really enjoying the course!

The topic is architectural history in Berlin, and it looks at how the city has recreated itself after the destruction from the wars. It has been really neat learning about specific buildings, but also looking at the city at a larger scale. Berlin is really unique because its history is so extreme. However, I have still found ways to tie what I have learned in this class to the work I've been doing in the studio.

My studio is looking at a large site along West 7th in St. Paul. Having to work with large scale urban fabric is different than any project we've done before, so it is all new. We are looking at what things within the neighborhood are necessary to keep, what we can change, and what some of the landmarks are, as well as trying to understand the people within the neighborhood and learning how they would or would not like their neighborhood to change. 

Finding classes that can connect or overlap is really exciting because I think it provides the opportunity to see architecture come full circle. You can take knowledge from one class and use it in another, and that's what education is all about. :) 

Start seeing what classes might be included in your college education here, as well as what type of work you might be doing from the image below.


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Learning About Logos

In my Identity and Symbols class, we’ve all been learning about the logo development process for the past several weeks. I’ve never done any logo exploration before so this was a whole new world for me! It seems intimidating, trying to condense a brand into a single image, but it’s a fun challenge at the same time.

One thing I’ve never known about creating a logo is that it has to work in black and white as well as in color. It sounds obvious when you put it like that, but I’ve never really considered just how important the form of the logo is to its strength as a symbol. If you need different colors to differentiate between different aspects of your logo, then you’re not making it properly. A logo needs to have a strong silhouette at its foundation, and once you have that, then you can add color!

I’ve been working on developing a logo these past few weeks, and I’ve only just finalized the black and white version. This is a logo for a children’s dentistry organization called Bright Minds, Bright Smiles, which you can learn more about by clicking on this link! It’s a volunteer project that aims to teach inner-city children how to properly take care of their teeth. I wanted to design a logo that was kid-friendly and approachable yet still professional, and after going through several different versions I’ve settled on this for my logo! Now comes the next challenge: adding color. Do I keep it simple with elementary reds, blues, and yellows? Or should I go for something more complementary for heightened contrast? I’m still not sure, but I’m looking forward to trying things out!

Graphic Design