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61 minutes w/ hilde peters

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Hi, could you introduce yourself?

I am Hilde Peters, 29 years old, living in Cuijk.

How is the whole graduation experience doing it for you?

It’s great after 3 years to be allowed to choose my own design projects and still have simultaneously the conversations about it with the teachers. This was the year in which I learned the most, have discovered what suits me as a designer. I’ve also enjoyed writing my thesis.

Could you tell us about your research project?

My research was focused on unintentional language. I’ve listened to sentences on the street and noticed how poetic some of them were. I gave them a ‘stage’ in the public space, on public grids.

What was the urgency for you to start this project?

Text in our public space that is not intended to persuade, entice of inform is exeptional. I like the unintentional aspect of communication, because it is pure. Instead of the million written things you can find online, these sentences would have been lost forever if I hadn’t used them. The sentences did not receive an online ‘like’, but many offline thumbs up and smiling faces.

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

In our modern communication via social media, we are constantly creating an ‘image’ of ourselves. I want to show the value of the spontaneity in our reality.

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

Yes, I guess so. In the previous years, my work also shows my identity as a designer in aspects, but never was a project so refined and finalized as now.

Could you briefly inform us on the subject of your thesis?

My thesis is about our rationalized society and how (nature, experience and technology in) art can provide us wonderment to get us for a moment out of the everyday life. In today’s society we can understand almost everything. I think it sometimes is important not to understand anything.

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

Yes, absolutely. In my research I have felt the same urge for ‘offline surprises’. I saw people passing my work, looking two times, because it was different than what they saw everyday in their street. That is exactly what I was aiming for in my thesis. I want us to stay away from a life on autopilot.

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

What I like the most about this project is that the project translates what I think. It is a ‘performance’ in the middle of society, but it wouldn’t really match my character if I had to stand over there…Now the spotlight is on the work and I can communicate through my work.

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

My client was ‘Actieradius’ – an organization dedicated to mediation in supply and demand in volunteering – I developed a low–budget volunteer recruitment drive that can be performed by volunteers themselves.

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

I was completely new to the world of graphic design. I knew I had an affinity with it, but I had no background or previous classes in this sector. I’ve learned a lot, these four years. I have absorbed information and experience like a sponge. It was a great time, in which I’ve fully committed to the academy, to get the best out of myself. It was incredibly intense, but I fully enjoyed it.

What will you be doing in 5 years from now?

I hope to be an independent designer that accomplishes every project with the same enthusiasm there is now.

Any advice or tips for upcoming graduate students or new students?

This is the year in which you can freely explore what kind of designer you are and want to become. Enjoy it.