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51 minutes w/ styn geurts

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Hey, could you briefly introduce yourself?

I’m Styn, a 26 years old male.

Recognizable: the dude with a black shirt.

Ok, so how is the whole graduation experience doing it for you?

It’s going “great”, love it!

Positive thoughts.

Would you tell us about your research project?

My research project is about the struggle which I have with my smartphone and how it controls me.

Or how I control it and I’m trying to translate it back to a machine.

In the proces its hard to translate it to a form that wouldn’t become really judgemental. I don’t want to tell people “put your phone away!”, I just wanted to slow the dialogue we have with the device and how we revolve around it. Do we control the device or does the device control us?

What were some important influences for the creation of your project the way it’s constructed currently?

The biggest influence was me, that I really did not want to make a book. There is so much cool stuff going on in the whole open source DIY scene. I want my graduation project to be an experiment in that scene.

I can’t control all of the variables of the thing I’m building. Because I don’t know enough about it, but I don’t mind. I like the journey in it. To create a tool that tells my concept in a more or less “original” way.

Does your graduation, to you, feel as like it’s your ‘Mona Lisa’ of work so far?

Oh no. More like a the work of a toddler who’s trying to create the mona lisa, and has fun while doing so. It’s all about the journey. I’m less interested in the total outcome. I want to see where I stand as a designer. It feels like I’m testing myself. What kind of a designer I am *em dash*.

Onto another project: could you briefly inform us on the subject of your thesis?

My thesis is about drawing machines and whether or not a machine that is capable of recreating, has got aura.

So, your thesis has had a certain influence on deciding on the research assignment I guess?

To be honest, not really. I had to write about something I guess.

To what sense would you like this project, and it’s methodology, to correspond to your practice after graduation?

I hope to keep building stuff in the future. I don’t want to become a designer that sits at his desk 24/7.

Where did you do your internship?

My internship was at EDHV in Eindhoven.

In what way has the experience of doing an internship changed you, or your (design)beliefs or (work)habits?

What I learned at EHDV is how important it is to really look at your own work and filter it for what it’s worth, and if you are researching to go as deep as possible, to blow your client away.

But the most important thing I learned by EDHV is how I would not run my business. Don’t get me wrong, I have a massive respect for Remco van de Craats and for how he made EDHV a successful company. But I wouldn’t wanted to do the way he does it. I never felt at ease there.

Did they serve avocado during lunch?

Only if Raw Color was there.

Ok, next project. Could you inform us on your partner, client and type of assigment for the practical assignment?

I am working with Jolinde. Our project is to make a reference book for Facing Pages. Facing Pages is a magazine festival here in Arnhem. It went well, we had a lot of fun. The assignment is nice because you are working with beautiful magazines and we got free tickets to Facing Pages!

Could you perhaps elaborate a little on your whole ‘GDA Experience’ as to how you’ve experienced over all in the last 4 years?

It was ok. It’s a miracle I didn’t die of a caffeine overdose. I wish I started in the first year now, instead of 4 years ago. And maybe then, I would start studying Interaction Design. The lessons they get now seem really awesome with all the programing stuff.

Five years from now, you’ll be doing what?

Designing the new identity for McDonald’s or Burger King.

Last question; any tips for upcoming graduate students, or new students?

A 6 is comparible to a 10. They’re only grades. In the end they are worthless.

73 minutes w/ rianne hulshof

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Hi, could you briefly introduce yourself?

Hi! Yeah, sure. I’m Rianne, 24 years old and I live in Velp. In my sparetime I like all things an art academy like ArtEZ hates.

So Rianne, how is the whole graduation experience doing it for you?

Maybe it’s kind of cliche to say it like this, but it’s pretty much the best time of the entire education. It’s nice to finally do something I want to do and research instead of finding a way in an assignment a teacher gives you.

Would you tell us about your research project?

My research project is about the North Pacific Garbage Patch, which is an area in the Pacific Ocean where all the plastic in the world ends up and defragments into smaller and smaller particles. The media often describe the Garbage Patch as a ‘soup’ or an island and that’s what got me. Of course it isn’t really an island as such, but what if it was? So out of an entire ocean of reports I picked the most reliable information and created a scenario of circumstances out of it, under which I designed an island. That island is —due to wind and sea currents— floating to the Economic Zone of Hawaii, where, after crossing that border, the plastic becomes America’s problem. Of course America doesn’t want the plastic, because it’s expensive to clean, etc and not all of it is coming from America. Then I found an article about a Dutch company who developed a machine that can produce oil out of plastic. And that’s really interesting, because that would mean that the plastic isle would become some sort of floating oil field.

What where some important influences for the creation of your project the way it’s constructed currently?

I studied a lot of nautical charts and a book called ‘The Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands’.

Other books that inspired me where ‘Hyperobjects’ and ‘Moby Duck’. And what also really helped me was talking to as many people as possible, varying from teachers and classmates to my family and friends.

Does your graduation, to you, feel as like it’s your Mona Lisa of work so far?

Haha, ehm, well I haven’t thought of it like that, but yeah in some way it does.

Well, let’s move over to another project. Could you briefly inform us on the subject of your thesis?

The subject of my thesis is collective authorship and the way your role as author, either as a designer or an artist, shifts when you let your audience participate in your work.

Has your thesis had a certain influence on deciding on the research assignment? If yes, in what way?

No not at all. I think the projects couldn’t be more different.

To what sense would you like your this project, and it’s methodology, to correspond to your practice after graduation?

Well, I would like to specialize more in making maps and continue researching the subject
of my thesis.

Another subject: Where did you do your internship?

My internship was at Atelier van Wageningen and their typefoundry Novo Typo in Amsterdam.

In what way has the experience of doing an internship changed you, or, your (design) beliefs or (work)habits?

I learned to not be afraid to stay closer to myself.

Did they serve avocado during lunch?

Hahahaha, no.

But Mark did offer to serve avocado though, because he didn’t want me to miss out on my classmates.

Could you inform us on your partner, client and type of assigment for the practical assignment?

My partner for the practical assignment is Dominiek Kampman, our client was the IABR (International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam) and we had to design a publication on Carbon Added Tax.

Carbon Added Tax is an interesting subject and I have some sort of scientific background, so I enjoyed combining ‘science’ with graphic design.

What will you be doing in 5 years from now?

Work as a graphic designer, I hope.

Ok. Last question: Any tips for upcoming graduate, or new students?

Pick a subject that’s close to yourself, because you’ll get a lot of comments from a lot of people and then you still have to stay enthusiastic about your project. Train yourself to stay awake all night, haha!

207 minutes w/ maartje de goede

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Hi! Could you briefly introduce yourself?

Hi! I’m Maartje, I’m 21 and live in Utrecht. I think you can call me a graphic designer even though
I still don’t know what that means. Through my work I try to make the world a nicer place.

So Maartje, how is the whole ‘graduation experience’ doing it
for you?

It’s less stressful than expected! I haven’t even done an allnighter yet and only had the occasional ‘oh my god, what will i do with my future!’–panic attack. It’s fun. And I really like the free printer in our own classroom. Also the plant.

Would you tell us about your research project?

I’ve researched the impacts that our society would suffer if we’d go from being a welfare state to
a participation society, as our current government would like. As a response to the things that would deteriorate, I’ve come up with inventions. They’re products that help people participate in society, Dutch citizens can build them themselves with the manuals I produced. The collection of inventions is shown on a website* and will keep growing with suggestion that people can submit themselves. During the graduation expo I’ll show all the products that have been invented till then.

*departicipatiepraktijk.nl

What were some important influences for the creation of your project the way it’s constructed currently?

I think ArtEZ itself was a big influence. I have never really found my way in graphic design… aaand… the school has shown me that as well. I’m not just that into typography and ‘contemporary design culture’. I’d decided I wanted to make something fun and I didn’t think school was fun last year, so I took a big leap and made my most non–graphic design project ever and that really worked. It’s what I want to do. My internship** has been another big influence, over there I learned how to make art projects real and get the public to participate in them.

** Circus Engelbregt

Does your graduation, to you, feel as like it’s your ‘Mona Lisa’ of work so far?

Nope, very much not the Mona Lisa in terms of aesthetics. It is my most real and accesible work so far though, and since that’s what I aspire I guess you could say it feels like my best project.

Ok, well let’s go to another topic. Could you briefly inform us on the subject of your thesis?

I could! My thesis is about aesthetics in grapheme synesthesia–visualisation, which probably makes most people none the wiser. Grapheme–synesthesia is a condition which I have that makes people read in colour: all digits are connected to a specific colour in the mind of a synesthete. For example, in my mind I see the letter A as a forest green, and the number 3 as orange.

This has helped me a lot with learning languages and could help people that have trouble with reading and learning languages, because it adds another factor to help remember words. People have tried to visualise this experience in both science and art for ages, but it’s never exactly right. In my thesis I look for a way to visualise this form of synesthesia on the border of art and science. The thesis is a source book for typographers who wish to make a coloured typeface that can visualise synesthesia and in that way help people with readingproblems.

So yeah, it has absolutely nothing to do with my research project.

Has your thesis had a certain influence on deciding on the research assignment?if yes, in what way?

It hasn’t had any influence. I briefly thought about making a synesthesia–font as my research assignment but then I remembered that I don’t really like typography and that there are people around that are way better than me at that, that’s why it’s a sourcebook.

To what sense would you like your this project, and the methodology used, to correspond to your practice after graduation?

Oh dear, here come the future–questions, I’ve been trying to avoid them for weeks. I do think about them, there’s just so much I want to do!

I would like to make more projects like this one. I’d like to work together with people who care about the same things as I do, and create things in which people can participate, and projects that get their own life after they’ve been introduced to the world.

Where did you do your internship?

At Circus Engelbregt, former EGBG, the studio of Martijn Engelbregt in Amsterdam.

In what way has the experience of doing an internship changed you, or, your (design) beliefs or (work)habits?

I have learned so much during my internship! It was an amazing experience. I’ve come to realise that a lot is possible if you just act like it’s a normal thing to ask, do or make. I still have the same ‘designbeliefs’ but they’re expanded to the belief that I can do whatever the hell I want if the story’s good enough. Spoken and unspoken design rules are very breakable if you break them consciously.

Also: yoga and holistic worldviews!

Did they serve avocado during lunch?

Hahahaha. Yes, all the time. I’ve come to appreciate avocado very much.It’s the ultimate designerfood.

Onto another one of the projects of graduation: could you inform us on your partner, client and type of assigment for the practical assignment?

I worked together with Vincent Hammingh for the IABR (via Catalogtree), we made a publication about Carbon Added Tax, a great solution for climate change problems.

The corporation went really well, I think we complement eachother well in our work! (Fortunately, Vincent is very good in typography and I in turn can handle lots of data) The assignment went great and smoothly. Besides that, it was about saving the world, or at least the climate, so that’s great anyhow.

We had a lot of fun (Oh! And if I can I’d like to thank Walter from the printing work place here for his patience with all our weird printing technique–wishes).

Five years from now, you’ll be doing what?

OH DEAR LORD REALLY?

Okay… I’ll either be singing in a traveling folkband in Scandinavia, or be chained to a tree somehwere, or be making extremely succesful art projects or I’ll have written ten books and will live in a castle with all my friends and adopted pets and actually I have no clue whatsoever, but I hope I’ll be saving the world in some way.

And last but not least: any tips or advice for upcoming graduate students, or new students?

Run away, run away! Or the all–time favourite: be yourself, or at least try to find out who you are and what you want and don’t let anyone tell you that that’s not enough. And be healthy, sleep and sanity are more important than good grades. If anyone says otherwise: screw ‘em.