159 minutes w/ rikke maas

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Hi! Could you briefly introduce yourself?

Rikke Maas,

a 22 year old girl.

I like:

books

letters

illustrations

photography

magazines

How is the whole ‘graduation experience’ doing it for you?

Like a roller coaster: fast and exciting!

Could you tell me something about your research project?

A clock without hands, is a project about the perception of time today. We live on the outside of ourselves, we are ruled by the clock. When do we take time for ourselves, to relax or just do nothing? The book consists of two parts: the first part is a collection of essays by philosopher Joke Hermsen and the second part is empty.. or not?

What were some important influences for the creation of your project the way it’s constructed currently? Was there a certain artwork or designer which inspired you in a certain way?

The basis of my project are the essays of Joke Hermsen. Her essays inspired me tremendously, she makes a plea for a slow future. She tells about the importance of the adjustment of the balance between the time and the inner time. The paintings of Mark Rothko fit very well with the subject, if you are in front of such impressive giant painting, you are drawn into the work, and everything around you just get’s noise.

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

This project is completely Rikke. I feel that this is the icing on the cake, looking at my years at the academy. Of course you can not do everything you like you in one project. But this is a small look at what let’s my heart beat faster in graphic design.

Ok, well let’s go to another topic. You probably already finished it a bit earlier than we did, but could you briefly inform us on the subject of your thesis?

The subject of my thesis is the visuality of text. I discuss three forms: text as image, text and collage and text as meaning. Artists such as Theo van Doesburg, Edward Ruscha and Jenny Holzer are discussed.

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

Not at first sight, but in some small things I see a link. Because in my research assignment I use only text. Of course, this text has substantive meaning but also the shape and length of the text has meaning.

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

I love typography and I love books. But I also take the content of the book with me to the future. I do not want to get into the routine of life, living by the clock. But sometimes search for the silence, take a step back, breath and dream. Then you will get the best inspiration.

Where did you do your internship?

Glamcult Studio based in Amsterdam, Glamcult is a design studio with a lot of tasks in the fashion district, but also does projects for example charities. This combination really appealed to me. Also the magazine they release: Glamcult, I’ve read for many years. I learned a lot by Glamcult Studio (Marline Bakker, Suzie Wempe, Isabelle Vaverka). Practical issues such as contact with a customer, but also the steps that are made in a creative process with a deadline.

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

Deadlines, panicked phone calls, wrong documents, confused printers. Those are not only things at the academy but certainly in practice. I am more aware that you need to get most out of your time. But not to catch up by the time: sometimes take some distance to get your ideas into perspective. The importance of graphic designers is also very large.

Did they serve avocado during lunch?

Yes of course, avocado hüttenkase and watercress.

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

My practical assignment was to design the new stamp for Post NL. The client and contact person at Post NL was Julius Vermeulen.

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

I’m a designer who has big fun designing magazines, books and illustrations.

Any advice for upcoming graduate students, or maybe for new students?

Have fun!! Play with everything you get (letters, colors, content, images)! There is time enough to become serious.

63 minutes w/ dominiek kampman

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Could you introduce yourself?

I am Dominiek Kampman, 22 years old, I live in Arnhem. After de HAVO I immediately started Graphic Design in Arnhem.

How is the whole graduation experience doing it for you?

I like it very much that I was able to make my own planning and therefore I was able to plan the talks whenever I was ready for it. That meant that one week I was experimenting and the other week I was talking about the work I had done the before with the teachers.

Could you tell us something about your research project?

My research started from a fascination for numbers and figures. It might sound a little vague, but I count things, not compulsive though. From this fascination arose a research to classification systems/planning systems/taxonomies. One of those classification systems which particularly fascinates me is the Dewey Decimal System, a system which is used by about 200,000 libraries in over 135 countries. According to the system, all the knowledge can be divided into the numbers 000 and 999. Every numher has it’s own design. Another classification system is the ISBN–number system, in which every book has it’s own registration number. This system consists of 13 figures which are divided into 5 elemnts. You could say that this system is more based on the external of a book. With reference to these two planning systems I have developed a designmethod which can be used to design books/bookcovers.

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

The book ‘The Library of Babel’ by Jorge Luis Borges has been very important to me, a lot of seign choices were made based on this book. Also, the article ‘Anti–Encyclopedia: Fom Poetic Disorder to Political Anti–order (and back again) from Metropolis M. And I found a lot of inspiration in the works of Sol Lewitt, George Widener, On Kawara, Hanne Darboven and Channa Horwitz as they all seem to have the seem fascinatin for systematics, but also an obsession for numbers/figures.

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

There are always some projects which you are more content about than others, this is certainly one of the porjects which I have had a lot of fun with while doing it and in which I could totally do my own thing. I hope that my Mona Lisa of my work is yet to be made or could be further developed in the future! I don’t feel like I’m already done with this project, so to say, and once you experience making your Mona Lisa, I think that project should be outdone.

Could you tell us something about your thesis?

The title of my thesis is ‘Between Provocation and Engagement’. In three chapters; the scandal artist, the discussion designer and the political activist, I discuss different types of artists and I determine the dividing line between these concepts.

Has your thesis had a certain influence on deciding on the subject of the research assignment?

Not, the projects are not connected at all.

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

I work very systematically (which comes forward in my research project). I want to continue to use rules or methods to come to a certain design. Besides that, I hope to continue to have fun in designing, this is probably my biggest incentive I think.

Where did you do your internship?

Mainstudio in Amsterdam. I liked it very much that you can finally practice what you’ve been taught over the last years. And I feel like ArtEZ has prepared us well for that. Mainstudio works in several design disciplines. For instance, I have worked on an architectural book, a publication for an artist, but also on an identity for a fashion designer. Edwin van Gelder (my attendant) has done a lot of book designs, which he has taught me a lot about.

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

It taught me to talk more about your designs during the process. At school I was very much focust which caused me to stall sometimes. While talking about it with others you get new ideas or views which is a faster working method. You learn from someone elske and the way someone else looks at your work.

Did they serve avocado during lunch?

Oh yes they did! Yummy!

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

I got the assignment to design a publication with the content that the IABR gave us. I worked on it together with Rianne Hulshof. We had barely talked to each other before we got to work on this but I think the collaboration went really well actually.

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

Hopefully I will have completed a master, and for the rest of that; all the options are open.

Any tips or advice for upcoming graduate or new students?

Have fun, plan well, get some sleep, stand behind your work.

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.

328 minutes w/ corine van der wal

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Could you briefly introduce yourself?

So i’am Corine 26, working at te moment in a coffee bar, where there is often also exhibitions. I omschrijf myself a little bit perfectionist, like to work with printed matter and have a passion for my plants. Maybe you should leave the last this out. Before i started graphic design in Arnhem i did a more practical study in photography 4 year. After that i did the pre–study on ArtEZ and started to know graphic design. During the last four year, i got interested in typography, and specially in the detail, micro–typography. I love to work for hours in a indesign book file and zink in the details of all the glyph. I find it really interesting to find a way to make traditional book design modern.

How are you liking graduation so far?

That’s a tricky question, because i got orange whit the frist green light presentation, and i did not see that coming. But i will be honest. The way i am working the last four months are great, i have so much fun, i think it is because the past three year you get a assignment, so there is already a topic for your project, and you have to switch every day to another assignment, almost 6 times a week. And after three years you can develop your own topic. The way you working constantly on one project, works really good, i like it. It almost feels like a real job.

Maybe now would be a good time to introduce your research project?

‘2nd seven year plan program of iran’. It starts with a personal archive from my grandfather. My grandparents moved for 7 years to Teheran (Persia). It was the era of the Sjah at that time (1956–1962). During that time my grandfather kept an amazing archive with photo dia’s, letters, maps, etc. At the end of the 2nd year of mine study i was already thinking to use this archive for my graduation project. I only had to find a way to make not only interesting for me and mine family but also for more people. It was hard to find more information about this period in Persia, that is because it was for the revolution, so i had not so many background information. Will i was going through the photo’s, more then 2000, there was one photo of a road sign. (the one i gave you) that says “PLAN ORGANISATION OF IRAN, WORK ON 2ND SEVEN YEAR PLAN, PLAN ORGANISATION PROJECT”. I found out that there was a book about the project, after help from the openbare bibliotheek, the found one edition in the university library in Rotterdam and the got it for me. Then i found out that these seven year plan where exactly the same years that mine grandparent lives in Tehran. And while i was reading the text there was a lot similarity with the archive of mine grandfather. So the reason the moved to Tehran was that mine grandfather worked on the development of the infrastructure. So plan is to re–publish the book, but also tell a story of a western family by using the archive.

What were some important references during your research project?

http://www.titreprovisoire.de/arbeiten/unfinished–business.html. This is a really important inspiration. There was this problem in the beginning that the project became to personal. So i found this project, and what the did, the made a movie with personal data of people of Germany who also lived and worked in Iran. But the used these data to tell the story how Germany worked on nuclear program in Iran. This was the solution for me, i had to find a another story for the personal archive than the family story. And then i found the book.

 

 

Does this project also feel like it’s your mona lisa of work so far?

No. I made in the third year a book about hacked passwords of Yahoo and transferred into a medical plants encyclopaedia. I found it interesting how you can make actually boring data in something news

Could you maybe talk a little on the topic of your thesis?

I love printed matter. Now we are living in a digital revolution. newspapers are slowly disappearing, and most of the novel you can read on a device. My question was, how printed matter changed in design trough the digitalisation.

Did writing your thesis in any way influence the way you think about design?

Ofcourse, in my thesis i am trying to explain how important is, not only for our history, but also the way how people read. Designing a text for a printed book, get must more attention the for a digital design. But because people read more en more digital i found it really interesting to see also how design of text changed trough digital media.

Would you like to continue working like you did now, in the future?

Yes, maybe in the way of thinking about digital design, to improve it. But also working with printed matter, how you have to think in practice, how you have to design in a way that people will read it.

Where did you do your internship, and could you introduce the studio?

at e o t Berlin (essays on typograhic), a small studio founded by Lilla Hinrichs and Anna Sartorius. They are primarily concerned with book and exhibition design and collaborate with museums, publishers, curators, artists, authors and scientists.

Could you tell me a little how this experience of doing an internship in your case abroad changed the way you view design?

So there they are working a lot with book typography, which is good for me. The German have so many more rules in typography the we dutch designers, so i learned a lot. also the printing part, like how you have to manage your PMS colours for the off set printer. Also the way how the develop a concept, and sketch, it takes time to work with clients and try to convince them with your design, because some of these people don’t have a idea about design. It is really different then how it works at the academy.

Did they serve avocado during lunch?

No. Keine Advocado. Most of the time we had patatos for lunch, germans.

So, tell me about your practical assignment?

Yes the practical assignment, me and suzanne are working on a system how you can publish in a digital environment. Valiz is a publishing house based in Amsterdam. The are doing already research on digital publishing trough ePub. Know had to task to also think and develop a digital distribution method for the ‘Antennae serie’ books. After the research on distribution method we are designing the books for a digital platform.

Five years from now you’ll be doing what?

maybe the plan is to work at the TAPE and meanwhile starting a own studio. But i also want to start a little shop, where you can buy, advocate trees and cacti. maybe sell small publications, and meanwhile have a desk in the shop to work.

I just hope to have my own studio, but it would be also great to work for a bigger graphic design studio. I am hoping that i get to know people from different disciplines so we can help each other.

Do you have any tips, or strokes of wisdom for upcoming graduate students?

Stick with your own in interests, do not try to make develop something you don’t know the technical specifications of.

106 minutes w/ thomas michaël van der lee

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Could you introduce yourself?

My name is Thomas Michaël van der Lee. I’m 25 years old. I’m a graphic designer now.

Well, at least I have my certificate.

Its been a while, but how did you experience the whole ‘GDA graduation’ thing?

At the start you have to come up with a good subject. There isn’t any assignment so the opportunities are endless. I’ve tried many different subjects for my graduation project, it was not immediately going well… It made me feel a bit desperate at some point, but when I finally found my subject I did the project in just a few weeks. When you have a good idea, it will make you confident, and than you can work very hard.

Could you tell me a little bit about your research project?

It started with a very large collection of photo’s, about 3000 pieces, all made by my grandfather on all his travells he did after his retirement. He traveled for about 20 years, to France, Jordan, South Africa and many more other places. I’ve got the photos after he died and it was a strange collection, because all the portraits were taken out by my family. They thought they had to keep the family pictures and all the other pictures, like buildings and nature, were not interesting to store. But I couldn’t throw them away.

What were some important influences for the creation of your project the way it’s constructed currently? Did you take any inspiration out of certain designers or artworks?

Most of the decisions I’ve made, where inspired by my grandfather. I didn’t wanted to make it too personal, but I have made some decisions that have a clear connection to my grandfather. For example, there are a lot of ways to presents the photos, but I choose to make a book. My grandfather had his own book store and printing office. He actually was a bookmaker too.

Does this project, to you, feel as like it’s the ‘Mona Lisa’ of all of your work so far?

I’m very happy with the result. But is Mona Lisa the best of Leonardo da Vinci? I think it is a bit overrated…

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

My thesis is about colors. I talk about colors in public space. About what we know about colors and also how colors are used by artists and designers. For me color is very interesting, and very mysterious too. That’s what I lika about it. We give them some names, but it is very difficult to describe a color. What is the difference between red and green, for example?

Did the subject of your thesis had an influence on deciding on the subject of your research assignment? or are they not connected at all?

They are not really connected, no.

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

For the research project I did a lot of work by myself. All the pages are cut out by hand and I also printed everything at home. It is really a hand made book and that’s also very visible. That’s what makes it special and I certainly want to keep that hand made aspect in my work. If possible…

Where did you do your internship?

I did an internship at EGBG, the studio of Martijn Engelbregt.

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

Martijn works very independently. He is doing his own projects or he is trying at least to have a lot of space for his ideas when he is asked by someone else to do a project. One of the things I’ve learned, is that if you have an idea or you want to do something, you just have to go for it. Just give it a try. Sometimes an idea have not the results you were expecting, but sometimes it ends up with a very cool project.

Did they serve avocado during lunch? :)

Yes! …from the organic shop!

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

I was asked to design a new stamp for PostNL. It had to be a new design for the ‘zakenzegel’. This meant it should become an interesting, but kind of neutral stamp for use by companies. The shapes I used in the design are based on the shape of an envelop.

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

Five years, I actually never look that far ahead. For now I have some ideas to make an other book, this time I have a collection of thousands of postcards from France. And… I think I’m going to register at KvK, and try to find some things I can do to earn some money. Then focus on my own projects and just see how far I can get.

Any tips for upcoming graduate students? Or for new students?

Never trust no teachers. (But of course try to learn from them!)

78 minutes w/ desiree staarman

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Could you introduce yourself please?

My name is Desiree Staarman and I’m 27 years old. This is my second study so I do it part time. In between studys I travelled ove the world for eight months.

How is the whole graduation experience doing it for you?

It’s a great and heavy experience. You really have to work hard and be focused on what you are doing and why. It is fun that you can work with things that you really like in design and life but you also have three teachers who has opinions what can be difficult some times. But I have learned a lot the past school year!

Could you tell us something about your research project?

The research project is about time and it is bundled in a book. The book is called Momentum. I would like to show the beauty of everyday things to see what you’re passing through in the hectic experience of time. In this project I take the time and you can see my graphic fascination wat has given me in that moment.

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

I noticed that I was always working and running and I was never enjoying little things in life or living in the moment. As a result, I got inspired by different types of time. After my research I wanted a method where I had to stop at that moment and really look around me. What do I see and what fascinates me? I had given seven persons a card with the message that they had to contact me on a certain day. Each person was chosen for a day of the week and they gave me a STOP message. When I received that message I had to stop doing what I was doing en look around me. These seven moments (each day of the week) inspired me to take the time for that fascination. So the book has seven outcomes bundled together.

Does this project, to you, feel as like it’s the ‘Mona Lisa’ of all of your work so far?

[Certainly. The large book containing all the graphic surprises is really something that suits me. You can really see my love for patterns and organizing. The book is very personal because the outcomes of the moments are my fascinations. Somebody else would see something else in that moment. So you really see my personality in it and it is the biggest project I have worked on so far.

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

My thesis is about patterns. The question of my thesis is: Are patterns forms of meaningless decoration? I talk about patterns in nature, culture and religion, and patterns in art.

So, the subject of your thesis has probably had a certain influence on deciding what to do for your research project I guess?

Yes indeed. It is the way I show the everyday things in my Momentum book. You can see my love for patterns in the research project but it isn’t about patterns. If you put chaos and time together you will always find patterns.

To what sense would you like these projects, and their methodology, to correspond to your practice after graduation?

I would love to work with the stop method I used for the research project because then you never know what the outcome will be. And after graduation you have to make money so this method would makes sure that I will be living in the now. I am sure that after graduation I will make more patterns!

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

For my practical assignment I made a theater brochure. I made this for a theater in Amersfoort. But they are not going to use it so I hope they will in the future! I want to pitch it for them.

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

It was always intens and hard work because I did the study part time but it was worth it. I learned so much about typography, design, illustrations and concepts. There were great teachers who really learned me to draw outsides the lines and gave me allot of knowledge about good design in the world.

What do you see yourself doing in about 5 years from now?

I want to be the owner of my own design studio. Working with different kinds of people on many projects. I want to make great and beautiful things what makes me and others happy.

Any advice for upcoming braduate students or new students?

If you are going to graduate you must ensure that your framework is clear and your method otherwise you can get lost in your interests.