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Welcome to the 4355 Blog

Hello Everyone,

I have started this Blog to use as a group resource for sharing ideas and questions this semester. You should all be able to post comments to the entries that I post and start your own discussions from these comments. These comments are public...so be sensitive to privacy and do not post anything you wouldn’t want others to see or read. Lets keep the topics and subjects relevant to design, the design community, portfolio and our course 4355. I hope you all can use this as a reference this semester. I will start a thred in each of the main catagories...events, questions, resources and general. I will add catagories and new discussion areas as needed...all you need to do is add comments. I will also add you all to a list for notifications of new postings. If for any reason you would like this email notification sent to a different address or you want to be removed from the list...please let me know.

I look forward to sharing links, comments and questions with you all.

Good luck this semester,


P.S. I have added links to my Tyro3 site as well as AIGA at the right just to start your research


Hey everyone-

Someone sent me this URL and I found it helpful. It's got some solid portfolio advice and tips on job seraching. Enjoy!


so, I sent this out earlier under the reply comments, I don't really know how to blog, so I hope this works, anyway, james emailed me back and here are the two emails/ re-posting of the letter

Hi Natalie,
Yes, let's meet. The best time for me would be Sunday evening (though this is
not ideal---aren't there any other times during the week that we could meet?)
since I teach an evening class in Minneapolis at 6 on Tuesdays and am a student
in a class on Thursdays from 6pm.

It sounds as if you're all in agreement about the title: Last Call. As I said in
a recent e-mail to Heather (Iselin), you should all be thinking about how you
want to handle the design of the invitation/logo of the show---has anyone
stepped forward to take this on? What's usually happened in the past is that
several people have come up with ideas anf then everyone's got around and voted
on the ideas they like the best, and then gone on from there.

I have four students doing a directed study with me---it's specifically to help
with the senior show. Would you like to give them each an area of
responsibility? One of them, for example, is a clothing design senior--she could
be responsible for coordinating all the clothing design in the show--do the
installation, manage the clothing design seniors, etc. What do you think?

If Sunday is the only day that works for you and the others let's meet this
Sunday (Feb 26th) so that everyone can get a clearer idea of what to do and we
can forge ahead.

THank you!

James Boyd-Brent MFA
Design, Housing, and Apparel
University of Minnesota
240 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108
612 624 1731
>>> "natalie miller" 02/23/06 2:14 PM >>>
Greetings Sr.’s, James, and Grant,

As unofficial class representative (dubbed so by pickman) it has been
brought to my attention that we need to get started on our sr. design show.
Now, from what I’ve gathered the Sr.’s seem to think that James was going to
email us, and from what Grant says it seems like James has been waiting for
us to contact him. Either way, we should get started*

So, I’m starting it by proposing we find a time that we can all meet. I’m
thinking either the hour before class on Tuesday (5-6p), or Thursday’s
during our portfolio class time (6-8), or perhaps Sunday evenings*I think we
should start as soon as possible, and use this blog to help us figure
everything out. As Meenal said, “we are a co-op?, so lets get started --
Our show’s only two months away!

Peace out*
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