It’s here. Finals week. In two days, it will officially be the last week of my junior year. Where did time go?! I blinked and all of a sudden, this semester is over. I will admit– it’s been a busy one. The amount of work I’ve produced this semester is by far the largest in the past three years I’ve been at Suffolk. But this year was also filled with beautiful people and beautiful places, new and old. I don’t think I say thank you enough to all the incredible people, especially NESAD students and faculty, who have touched my life in the last three years. It’s sad to say goodbye to the graduating seniors, but I’m looking forward to another year of art, friends, and experiences in this beautiful city.
This past Friday, my Conceptual Typography class went to the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) to see famous type designer and artist, Marian Bantjes. It was an amazing experience: if you ever get a chance to see her speak, GO! She spoke a lot about designing with a sense of wonder and joy; that it is her designs that stem from this intuitive and imaginative place that are truly successful. She showed us an incredible amount of her work, including what she was working on now. She was relatable funny, and an endless source of design wisdom. I learned a lot, and I’m sure the whole audience (filled with type extraordinaires- one of my professors was sitting two rows in front of legendary type designer Matthew Carter!) was just as enthralled and inspired as I was.
I bought her book, I Wonder, and she signed the inside page for me. It’s something that I will always appreciate and treasure as I grow as a designer- my first design book in what I’m sure will be a collection of many! If you’re interested in her work, you can visit her website.
Good luck to everyone who has finals this week! We’re almost done!