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The Final Presentation

The day has finally come, the groups are ready to present to the many guest that have been invited. With the nerves tense each group was ready to present to the audience. We all gathered in the 7th floor boardroom

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The Final Presentation

The day has finally come, the groups are ready to present to the many guest that have been invited. With the nerves tense each group was ready to present to the audience. We all gathered in the 7th floor boardroom

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Preparation for Final

Counting the days left until the final, the groups are trying to push to get everything done in time for the Berlin presentation. Like most designers, everyone works up to the last minute trying to create a presentation. Without high powered

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Preparation for Final

Counting the days left until the final, the groups are trying to push to get everything done in time for the Berlin presentation. Like most designers, everyone works up to the last minute trying to create a presentation. Without high powered

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Skype call back home

Last night, all of the teams had a Skype call with Nicole Jacek, Art Center faculty member, and Noreen Morioka from AdamsMorioka in Los Angeles. The projects were still in process, but each group shared the work to date. The critique

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Skype call back home

Last night, all of the teams had a Skype call with Nicole Jacek, Art Center faculty member, and Noreen Morioka from AdamsMorioka in Los Angeles. The projects were still in process, but each group shared the work to date. The critique

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Berlin Presentation

Nik flew into Berlin to work with everyone during the week of the presentation. The day of the Berlin presentation started with each team scrambling to finish and practice. The audio-visual systems were tested and are ready to run. Guests

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Berlin Presentation

Nik flew into Berlin to work with everyone during the week of the presentation. The day of the Berlin presentation started with each team scrambling to finish and practice. The audio-visual systems were tested and are ready to run. Guests

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Movie Making

Working 8000 miles from home pushes everyone outside of his or her comfort zone. In addition to learning how to live in a different country and all of the challenges from that, the students are forced to improvise with equipment.

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Movie Making

Working 8000 miles from home pushes everyone outside of his or her comfort zone. In addition to learning how to live in a different country and all of the challenges from that, the students are forced to improvise with equipment.

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Stasi-prison Hohenschönhausen

Today, we took a tour of The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial. Hohenschönhausen Prison was used during the Soviet Occupation and the German Democratic Republic (GDR) from 1945 until 1989 for political prisoners. It’s cold and grey here in Berlin. So the combination of grim weather and

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Stasi-prison Hohenschönhausen

Today, we took a tour of The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial. Hohenschönhausen Prison was used during the Soviet Occupation and the German Democratic Republic (GDR) from 1945 until 1989 for political prisoners. It’s cold and grey here in Berlin. So the combination of grim weather and

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Full steam ahead

As the groups get closer towards the final presentation the time is crucial in the production of their work. They have all started to produce the content of their project and really are pushing the direction of where they want

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Full steam ahead

As the groups get closer towards the final presentation the time is crucial in the production of their work. They have all started to produce the content of their project and really are pushing the direction of where they want

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Model working

Murphy and Paolo from the Entertainment group are really putting in some extra hours. Murphy is modeling up a life size hand for a part of his project and Paola is illustrating many different locations around Berlin.  

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Model working

Murphy and Paolo from the Entertainment group are really putting in some extra hours. Murphy is modeling up a life size hand for a part of his project and Paola is illustrating many different locations around Berlin.  

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Midterm Presentation

The midterm presentation last week went really well and the groups received great feedback from our guests. This will help all the teams continue to push in the coming weeks for the final. 

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Midterm Presentation

The midterm presentation last week went really well and the groups received great feedback from our guests. This will help all the teams continue to push in the coming weeks for the final. 

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Ming Tai arrives!

Art Center motion design chair Ming Tai has arrived to help guide the students in forming a proper structure for their narratives of their brand. The teams will be creating dynamic stories of their brand to help push them in a

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Ming Tai arrives!

Art Center motion design chair Ming Tai has arrived to help guide the students in forming a proper structure for their narratives of their brand. The teams will be creating dynamic stories of their brand to help push them in a

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Bikini Berlin Tour

Having our studio next to a very historical location in Berlin and with the constant construction happening the group was given a very nice tour of the new Bikini Berlin retail space. The retail concept centres around an urban market square

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Bikini Berlin Tour

Having our studio next to a very historical location in Berlin and with the constant construction happening the group was given a very nice tour of the new Bikini Berlin retail space. The retail concept centres around an urban market square

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Prep for Midterm

The Midterms are on Wednesday and all the groups are really working hard to put together their presentations for the visiting guests. We had one rough presentation over the weekend to look over where the groups were at and to

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Prep for Midterm

The Midterms are on Wednesday and all the groups are really working hard to put together their presentations for the visiting guests. We had one rough presentation over the weekend to look over where the groups were at and to

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Work Progress

The upcoming midterm presentations are pushing all the groups to make lots of progress with their projects. There has been many iterations and changes along the way but they are now starting to take some really nice form. It is

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Work Progress

The upcoming midterm presentations are pushing all the groups to make lots of progress with their projects. There has been many iterations and changes along the way but they are now starting to take some really nice form. It is

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Arrival of Brad Bartlett

With the arrival of faculty member Brad Bartlett, all the teams were anxious to get some feedback on the progress of their work. The first day in the studio with everyone was tough but every one had a lot to

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Arrival of Brad Bartlett

With the arrival of faculty member Brad Bartlett, all the teams were anxious to get some feedback on the progress of their work. The first day in the studio with everyone was tough but every one had a lot to

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Week 4 presentations

After a very heavy work week the groups had yet another presentation. Moving forward with their concepts and now starting to make graphic explorations the teams really were pushing where and how a brand can live. These were not refined

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Week 4 presentations

After a very heavy work week the groups had yet another presentation. Moving forward with their concepts and now starting to make graphic explorations the teams really were pushing where and how a brand can live. These were not refined

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German Reunification

On October 3, 1990 Germany was reunited. The process in which the German Democratic Republic (GDR/East Germany) joined the Republic of Germany (FRG/West Germany), and when Berlin reunited into a single city, as provided by its then Grundgesetz constitution. The end of the

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German Reunification

On October 3, 1990 Germany was reunited. The process in which the German Democratic Republic (GDR/East Germany) joined the Republic of Germany (FRG/West Germany), and when Berlin reunited into a single city, as provided by its then Grundgesetz constitution. The end of the

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Lab Life

The life in the Test Lab can be very stressful and intense at times. The groups have been busy out on the streets researching and documenting every aspect of Berlin, but now it is time to MAKE! This past week the

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Lab Life

The life in the Test Lab can be very stressful and intense at times. The groups have been busy out on the streets researching and documenting every aspect of Berlin, but now it is time to MAKE! This past week the

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Working Hard

The studio life at the Test Lab is not always easy, but the group does fine time to make light of the work load. Felix has set up his editing work station right away to start on the groups motion

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Working Hard

The studio life at the Test Lab is not always easy, but the group does fine time to make light of the work load. Felix has set up his editing work station right away to start on the groups motion

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Art Hack Berlin

A few members of the group visited an event called Art Hack Berlin. The event of fifty artists and hackers will inhabit the LEAP space in Berlin to create new collaborative projects on the theme of “Going Dark”. Though none of

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Art Hack Berlin

A few members of the group visited an event called Art Hack Berlin. The event of fifty artists and hackers will inhabit the LEAP space in Berlin to create new collaborative projects on the theme of “Going Dark”. Though none of

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Team Work

Four teams: Entertainment, Fashion, Art and Architecture, and Travel presented their approach to the project on Friday. Entertainment is exploring the American idiom of Speakeasies and hidden cultural signifiers from sub-cultures who needed to maintain secrecy: Jazz and prohibition in

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Team Work

Four teams: Entertainment, Fashion, Art and Architecture, and Travel presented their approach to the project on Friday. Entertainment is exploring the American idiom of Speakeasies and hidden cultural signifiers from sub-cultures who needed to maintain secrecy: Jazz and prohibition in

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Jewish Museums

Today the students learned about some very important things that happened in the history of Europe during WWII. They visited both the Jewish history and Memorial Museums.

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Jewish Museums

Today the students learned about some very important things that happened in the history of Europe during WWII. They visited both the Jewish history and Memorial Museums.

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Presentation one

After finalizing their first round of research the teams took what they found out on the streets and had the first round of presentations. Discussing their work over a nice cold pilsner the teams presented their concepts  all gathered around

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Presentation one

After finalizing their first round of research the teams took what they found out on the streets and had the first round of presentations. Discussing their work over a nice cold pilsner the teams presented their concepts  all gathered around

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Initial Research

In the first week the groups discussed the vast amount of research they have been collecting out on the streets. Through observations, interviews, and brainstorming the groups started to narrow down initial their initial concepts. Each team discussed with Sean

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Initial Research

In the first week the groups discussed the vast amount of research they have been collecting out on the streets. Through observations, interviews, and brainstorming the groups started to narrow down initial their initial concepts. Each team discussed with Sean

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The Bauhaus

Last week we took a journey to Dessau in the south of Germany to visit the legendary design school Bauhaus. There we were able to channel some of our Art Center design roots and really understand why we do what

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The Bauhaus

Last week we took a journey to Dessau in the south of Germany to visit the legendary design school Bauhaus. There we were able to channel some of our Art Center design roots and really understand why we do what

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Getting to work

Once given their topics the groups went straight to work. Starting the research in and outside the studio each group decided which direction they wanted to pursue and which methods would work best.

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Getting to work

Once given their topics the groups went straight to work. Starting the research in and outside the studio each group decided which direction they wanted to pursue and which methods would work best.

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First Beer garden

The first few days were about getting lost and learning the most about the city of Berlin. The beer garden experience for everyone was much needed after getting the studio all set up and organized.

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First Beer garden

The first few days were about getting lost and learning the most about the city of Berlin. The beer garden experience for everyone was much needed after getting the studio all set up and organized.

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Off to see the streets

Our first bicycle tour of the city with Michael Sans was an exciting and eye opening to what Berlin has to offer. We left our studio punctually at 9:00am and headed towards the Tiergarten. Once in the large garden we

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Off to see the streets

Our first bicycle tour of the city with Michael Sans was an exciting and eye opening to what Berlin has to offer. We left our studio punctually at 9:00am and headed towards the Tiergarten. Once in the large garden we

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Getting the studio ready

Once the students got comfortable in their spaces they started to make them their own. Finding posters on the street and decorating the space with whatever they could find, their studios started to form.  

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Getting the studio ready

Once the students got comfortable in their spaces they started to make them their own. Finding posters on the street and decorating the space with whatever they could find, their studios started to form.  

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First day in studio

The students arrived eager and ready to work and start their research. The studio which was previously occupied by another test lab group needed some refreshing. They quickly went to working to design and get comfortable in their new spaces.

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First day in studio

The students arrived eager and ready to work and start their research. The studio which was previously occupied by another test lab group needed some refreshing. They quickly went to working to design and get comfortable in their new spaces.