79 minutes w/ vincent hammingh

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Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I am Vincent.

24 years old.

(more?)

That’s it I guess.

How is the whole graduation experience doing it for you?

Well my practical assignment and thesis were going really fast, really straight forward. Only with my research project it was a bumpy road. I wasn’t really sure where I wanted to go with this project, but eventually I got back to one of my first ideas.

Could you tell us a little more about you research project?

The project is about internet media taking more and more place into our daily lives. So I’ve made an installation of a supermarket (which I visit daily) where the packs are reacting on my online behaviour, as if you are walking around in this supermarket wearing an Oculus Rift or the Google Glass.

What were some important influences for the creation of your project the way it’s constructed currently? where or from who did you get your inspiration?

Well I noticed that I’m spending a lot of time online and on Facebook I saw a lot of articles on blogs I’m following about the Oculus Rift and articles about Facebook being these kinds of technologies and apps to keep track of us.. I guess..And of course a lot of talking with teachers and other people. I think the last one is maybe the most important one.

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

More like a sketch for a Mona Lisa. I can explore many more roads of this project and that’s what I like about it.

Could you tell us a little about your thesis?

My thesis is about the issues of copyright in art and design, and how we could use this as subject of our work. I’m writing about the issues but also about solutions like crowdsourcing and open source.

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

I think so. Most of the issues of copyright are because of the internet culture. Copyright was made for printing books and publicing in a physical environment, it doesn’t work that well in a digital environment. So it’s also about the combination of physical culture and internet culture.

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

Well in order to show the effect of packaging that can be projected with different content, I made a monitor that you can slide from left to right and back in front of a physical shelf with products. On this monitor I can project anything I want on those products/packaging. But there are many more things that I can do with this moving monitor and I really like to explore this furter in the future, could be visuals or whole streets projected with different content.

 

 

onto Another subject: where did you do your internship?

I did my internship at Machine in Amsterdam. They design a lot for the music business. Record sleeves, festival promotion.

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

Well I did a lot of animation work at their studio. And I was always convinced that as a graphic designer you should be busy with printed matter as much as you can. But a lot of graphic design will move to the screen, apps and websites getting more popular, so it could be a good thing I learned a lot about animation and design for digital media.

Did they serve avocado during lunch?

YES! hahaha!

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

I did my practical assignment together with Maartje de Goede. Our client was IABR in Rotterdam. We were asked to design the report they wrote on a concept called Carbon Added Taks Tax.

The collaboration went really well, we are two really different kind of designers. The choices we individually usually make on design and concept came together perfectly and this has brought us to a place where we never would have ended up without each other. Very interesting experience.

What will you be doing in 5 years from now?

Pfhiew difficult one. Whatever the fuck I want I guess.

Any advice or tips for upcoming or new students?

Eehhmmm… Well maybe something that was written on the wall at my internship; BECOME WHAT YOU ARE.

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.