Designer in Residence group – Otis College of Art and Design – July 2017
From left to right, top to bottom:
Mike Jakab (Google), Vit Ruler (The Rodina), Santiago Piedrafita (NY Pratt Insitute), Stefan Thorsteinsson (Atlant), Jan Wouter Hespeel (Jan en Randoald), Cecilie Nellemann (Atlant), James McKinnon, Luna Maurer (Studio Moniker), Nic Sanchez (Dad Jokes), Davis James Ngarupe (Actual Source), Stephanie Specht, Leon Butler (Bold), Allison Ball (Dad Jokes), JP Haynie (Actual Source), Anja Groten (Hackers and Designers), Tereza Ruller (The Rodina) and Elisabeth Prescott.
Last November, I posted a submission form on my website as a way for people to offer their personal accounts in the Half Hart book. Since then, many people have contributed beautiful stories and images.
As a Designer in Residence at @otiscollege, I finally started working on a first draft of the book. During the residency, I lead a workshop with a group of students (@vousmechantez @castlepillar @mmmeow44 and @xiaoxsmile). Each student who signed up for my workshop could add their story to the book with an image. On Tuesday (19 July 2017) I took Miao He, Congxiao Liu, Pilar Castillo and Kimmy Bartle on a Half Hart trip in Los Angeles. Each student was instructed to choose a location in LA to visit. Once we reached a student's selected destination, we photographed them with a Half Hart poster in their chosen colors. After the photograph was taken, we’d sit down as a group and listen to their Half Hart story. We talked about the differences between our countries (Belize, Peru, China and Belgium). We talked about how our individual life paths have influenced our ways of thinking and designing. It was a very special day. We laughed and cried. This project is connecting me with so many sweet people.
Not sure if I want a deadline for this book. Maybe this should become a lifetime project?
You can still submit your story here: stephaniespecht.com/half-hart-book
I just finished a book with another overview of my work, designed in 2016 and 2017. Soon available!
For the first time in 10 years I painted something.
We (Piera Wolf and I) didn't win the job for developing and designing the new identity for the 'Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp' – but are honored to have been in competition with great designers like Joris Kritis, Mirror Mirror – and Pentagram who will do the job finally. Very much looking forward to the design result!
A while ago I designed some stuff (paper + products) for LA based Ban.do. To announce the design I made for Ban.do I had to create a 10' video presenting myself. This is what I came up with. They will edit it and have different sound (I guess and hope). :)
I’m super excited to be a ‘Designer in Residence’ at the Los Angeles based Otis College of Art and Design – for their #otismfagd 2017 session, in July this year! Thank you so much @knikitas and looking forward to be sharing this experience with:
- Agency Collective (San Francisco)
- All the way to Paris (Copenhagen)
- Jan en Randoald (Ghent)
- Leon Butler (Galway)
- Nico Tomo (New York)
- Actual Source and Number04 (Provo)
and The Rodina (Amsterdam)
To mark the release of their Warriors edition, The Word magazine teamed up with thisisantwerp to bring 100 Antwerp Warriors, a 100-strong selection of local movers and shakers setting the tone for the neighbourhood of tomorrow. From design and architecture to contemporary art and politics, these are the creatives shaping the narrative of the future.
I'm part of those 100 (thanks The Word magazine and Dorien Schelfhout).
Read the interview here. Photo by Thomas Ost.