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Life as a design student...


Because I get a ton of questions about my creative journey on my instagram, I wanted to address some of them in todays blogpost. So let's hop right in. I didn't order the questions in any particular way. That is just the order I received them in.


Which camera do you use?

For my insta pics, I usually use my iphone5s. I find it works alright and is just an easy option to snap some pics on the go. If you want to pimp your smartphone pics a little, you can buy some external lenses to stick on your camera and create different effects with it. I personally own a "macro-lens" (for close-ups), a "fisheye-lens" and a "wideangle-lens".

For more professional fotos I use my PENTAX K50. It isn't the best camera, but it totally does it's job and is super durable. But once I have a bit more money, I want to invest in a high end camera for sure. 

And last but not least I own 2 polaroid cameras. First of all the very traditional polaroid camera (but the film is just freaking expensive) and second the instax-mini. I love polaroids for partys or special events. But it is definitely an investment. 

How do you apply for art-school?

It really depends from school to school. Normally you have to send in a portfolio though. Sometimes they will give you a task to build your work around, sometimes it's totally free and up to you to choose a topic. My recommendation is to pick a storyline though and create a concept for your work, so that everything kind of matches. Feel free to also show pieces, that aren't amazing. Normally the teachers want to see, that you have potential and not that you are already perfect. 
The second step is usually a test at the school. You will have to answer questions, finish tasks or just present yourself. This is super nerve-wracking, but with a little bit of confidence you will make it through. 

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from everyday-life situations. Friends, family or random people on the street. Maybe someone said something inspiring, maybe I read an awesome quote or poem, maybe I spot an amazing color-combo somewhere...it is always different. I live by the motto: "Give everyday the chance to be the best of your life" and this really helps me to also notice little things around me, that may inspire me to create something new.

What do you do, if you are uninspired. Are you ever not inspired?

Ou yes. There are some phases, where I am totally uninspired and just frustrated. But from my own experience, it doesn't really help to focus on your problems the whole time. When you focus on problems, you’ll have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you’ll have more opportunities. So I try as hard as I can to just let it go and distract myself. And maybe this distraction can already be my new inspiration.

Do you have an online-portfolio?

I am currently working on one. For now I have some pieces on my tumblr. Go check it out HERE, if you want.

What do you love or hate about studying design?

I don't hate anything about it. I absolutely LOVE IT SO MUCH! It is such a blessing to study what I love. Being creative and mostly free in my work and creations means so much to me. We don't have normal tests, like any other student. We do projects, which we create ourselves and then present them at the end of each semester. That doesn't mean it's not stressful. It can be fucking stressful when you have to finish all your projects and you don't have enough time. But it brings me so much joy, that I don't mind at all.

What exactly do you study?

I study in Berlin and my studies are called: "Kommunikationsdesign". A really long german word, which basically concludes all types of design based on communication. That could be print work, or websites or products. We learn about typo, illustration, fotography and much more.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me and I will do a part 2 to this post.

Namaste,
Hannah


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