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58 minutes w/ karlijn rasing

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Could you briefly introduce yourself?

Hi, my name is Karlijn Rasing and I recently graduated in graphic design at ArtEZ in Arnhem and I hope to become very busy with my own graphic design studio which I am starting right now.

How is the whole graduation experience doing it for you?

Challenging, and in the end it gave a lot of satisfaction, especially when i finally saw the end result before me.

Could you tell us about your research project?

I designed a book in which I described the apple by the five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. By describing the senses and characteristics of an apple – on which the consumer bases his opinion / taste – and then to reconstruct en represent that in a book, you get aware of that the apple is reconstructed by influence of the consumers.

My book consists of different parts where you can experience the senses one by one, by example an eatable chapter of the book where I used eatable apple ink and paper.

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

I was very inspired by the project ‘Pig 05049’ by Christien Meindertsma in which she researched all the products made from one single pig.

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

No, it feels more like the very beginning of a larger project with food–related subjects.

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

It’s about the designer as an activist.

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

It absolutely has. I love the combination of graphic design & social issues. Researching different designers and artists for writing the thesis inspired me a lot.

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

I hope to keep designing social inspired work because I get the most fun and satisfaction out of it.

Where did you do your internship?

At Studio Duel in The Hague

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

The guys of Studio Duel are both very social– and environmentally involved and take that with them in there design process. They showed me that you can combine that attitude with more commercial work.

Did they serve avocado during lunch?

Haha, yes! The organic ones.

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

Design, design, design..

Any tips for upcoming graduate students?

I don’t have any tips because you have to make all the famous mistakes for yourself and be happy about the experience you get in the end.