Teaching designers in the world’s design capital.

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Berlin is a chaotic city that mashes together the world’s most eccentric creatives in a beautiful mess of music, art, and expression. What better place to teach budding designers about how to conceptualize and contextualize their work?
This past summer, I had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for a Northeastern University design course taught abroad in Berlin, Germany. I was a former graduate on the same course just a year prior, and was my first experience teaching when I still felt very much like a student myself.
The month-long course focused on each student selecting an area of interest and comparing its qualities in Berlin to another location in an attempt to craft more efficient solutions: for either improvement in Berlin, or their chosen comparative city. This was crafted in a way to get each student to explore the city and think critically about a particular subject while remaining open to additional discovery. It’s intentionally both broad and niche.
Once students selected their topics, I helped them represent them visually through the medium of a poster and a book. In an update from the previous section of the class, I created book templates for them to organize their research so they could focus on cataloging their design research without spending too much time wrestling with the layout.
The students in the course came from a diverse background of experiences, class years, and majors. Since the course was focused more on the theoretical application of the design process, I led workshops after class that covered the principles of visual design and typography.
I am currently producing a digital archive of my student's work, and will be added when it is available.
Another primary apect of my jobs included logistical coordination. Through networking and outreach, I was able to secure each of my 12 students with tickets to attend Monotype’s design conference being hosted in Berlin at the time: TYPO. I also organized several studio tours with prominent German studios, including Monotype, La Loma, and TRIAD.
Another fun project I worked on included teeshirt designs for all of the students. The typefaces chosen were gifted from the TYPO conference director — freshly released from FontShop and used in Monotype's conference branding.
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