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Monday, January 30, 2017

My Final Semester Begins!

Hi again, everybody!

Happy 2017! It's crazy to think the year is finally here... the year of my college graduation!!

Hopefully everyone had a great winter break. I spent mine both in Minneapolis and back home in Plymouth with family and friends who were home for the holidays. I worked a bit, continuing my internship at Miller Dunwiddie Architecture over break as well. We are now one week into the semester. My only course right now is my senior studio and we are now getting into the design portion of the thesis that we did the research portion for in the fall.

As previously mentioned, the design will be for a primary care clinic located in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. We will be working on the project with HGA and I will soon be assigned a mentor for the project, who will be a professional from the area that has expertise in healthcare design. This mentor will be super helpful in helping me make sure that I'm designing correctly for the strict regulations and standards that exist within healthcare design. We are kicking off with the concept ideation phase for this project. On the right is a photo I posted on the UMN Design Instagram page, which shows me searching for concept inspiration anywhere I can find it. You never know when something great will come up, or what random thing will spark an idea — you just always have to be searching, keeping your eyes open!

The semester is off to a quick start and I'm sure it will fly by. I'm excited to share my final semester and graduation experience with you all and will be sure to keep you posted on all the exciting things!

Until next time,

Interior Design

Friday, January 27, 2017

Finding Inspiration

It’s good to be back to class! This winter break was a nice respite from my thesis, but after a couple of weeks I was itching to get back to work on my final project. While I was on break, though, I took some time to relax and enjoy some of the cool attractions that Minneapolis has to offer.

My family and I went to see A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie, and I cannot even begin to describe the production value of that show! The set design was incredible… as was the acting, of course. But if anything was going to win over my nerdy heart, it was going to be the props and backdrops. There were so many thoughtful details added to the interior of Scrooge’s home that made it feel so real, and the perspective of the backdrop made the stage look like it continued on for miles down an old English road in the city. I wish I’d thought to take a picture of it all before the show started!

I also went to visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to see its exhibit on the life of Martin Luther, and, man, were there a LOT of awesome old books. The paintings were great, sure, and the clothes they had on display were cool, but the books were by far my favorite. The amount of effort that went into each of these books, whether they were handwritten, typeset or illustrated, just blows my mind. I can’t imagine a world in which books were such a luxury, you know? Now we could probably print out a pdf of most of these books if we wanted to. It makes you wonder how much further book design and technology will advance in the next 500 years.

I could go on and on about these awesome experiences, but I think it’s time to focus on what I need to do to get my thesis project ready for exhibition at the end of the semester. Thankfully, after seeing such cool design over the break, I’m feeling more inspired than ever to create something that people will love. And who knows? Maybe what I make will inspire someone else, too.

Until next time!


Graphic Design

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

New advanture to continue

Hi, everyone. This is Andrew posting from Copenhagen, Denmark.
This semester I am going to spend most of my time in Denmark studying urban design. It's just the first week I am here and of course there is more for me to keep exploring, but many things have deeply impressed me, like the language and the people here. Here are two shots around the neighborhood where I go to school everyday. Isn't it gorgeous to always be immersed in this kind of picturesque surrounding? Every single breath tastes like a thousand-year-old history.
And I would definitely want to talk about my host family, Mr. Per and Mrs. Helle. By now, everyday they have cooked for me and my roommate, and they have shown us around the Copenhagen and some towns around the area. Especially every match day, Mr. Per watches football with me, which makes weekends more Hygge!
Here is an interesting Danish website, basically like Americans' e-Bay. Check it out if you want the basic vocabularies in online shopping. It means the blue newspaper in Danish,

Monday, January 23, 2017

Design Across the World

Hello Designers and Welcome back to Campus!

I hope that you all had a wonderful and rejuvenating break. Over break I had the amazing opportunity of traveling around Madrid, London and Rome, and luckily got to see tons of design around the world.  From the articulate details in a lot of Spanish buildings to the architecture that makes Big Ben so iconic — and the simply astounding Vatican City.  Pictured to the right is an ancient piece that was in one of the Vatican museums. It appears to have some sort of meaning that has been unfortunately lost throughout the years.  However, that doesn't mean that it wasn't absolutely awesome to get to see beautifully designed pieces that at one point meant a lot to people.  At the museums, we also luckily got to see some of the most interesting pieces of art and culture from Rome and other places around the world.  Nevertheless, the Sistine Chapel was also an amazing thing to see, with the endless amount of detail put into the ceiling and surrounding walls. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures since they were forbidden, but I guess that just means you'll have to go to Rome yourself and check it out :).  Overall the experience was one I will never forget, and you can learn more about what the Vatican City looks like here.  I hope you all have an amazing start to your semester!

Until next time,
I'll see all you designers at home (Rapson).


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!

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