Mapping Prejudice.

My church is hosting a session about redlining and the role it played in the segregation of Minneapolis, both in the past and its continued effect on the present. I love being part of a community that seeks to address inequalities and educate the wider community about our role in breaking down systemic oppression. I was more than happy to provide design assistance to help advertise this event.

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Weekly Digest vol. 2

Last weekend I was in the wizarding world and for those of you that don’t know, electronics don’t work at Hogwarts so I obviously was unable to post anything. That said, this weekend I’ve got two weeks worth of things with which I’m currently fascinated and obsessed (a lot of which is Harry Potter, let’s be real). So put on some HP soundtracks, grab a chocolate frog, and get cracking on weird articles, videos, and blogs with me!

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"I'm not going home. Not really."

I remember opening up my first Harry Potter book in the backseat of the Corsica, after making my parents drive me to Barnes & Noble just so I could get the book every person in the universe was talking about. I was admittedly skeptical (because I liked to be overly original...a budding hipster even then), but I can still remember the feeling I had reading the first chapter in the car—it was like a whole new world had opened up just for me.

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Weekly Digest vol.1

I constantly read, watch, and obsess over various design media and while I almost always share them on Twitter, I’d also like to have them on my blog as part of the narrative of things I’m looking at, thinking about, and exploring. I think there is some continuity here that I’d like to pay more attention to…

Inspired by some of my favorite newsletter that arrive weekly in my inbox, I’m going to try to post a weekly digest of all the things I’m reading, watching, and obsessed with, rather than post individual links and clutter up the feed.

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You're hand lettered, Harry.

Despite having graduated from school only last month, I’m apparently already craving learning in my life. Or perhaps it’s the fact that as I look toward the next phase of my career, I see places where I want to grow and strengths I want to add to my toolbox. Regardless, lettering and illustration have both been uncomfortable places for me so I decided to take on Jessica Hische’s new Skillshare last weekend.

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Craving criticism.

Tonight, while listening to playlists of design presentations and lectures at conferences I am convinced I will never be able to afford, YouTube autoplayed a video of Khoi Vinh’s presentation at Awwwards in 2017. Titled, “Things We (Don’t) Talk About When We Talk About Design,” he waxes poetic about the bleak reality of criticism (or lack thereof) in our field and it was like a lightbulb went off in my head.

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2019.

Coming on the heels of graduation, I find myself reflecting perhaps a bit more than usual this new year. I mean honestly I feel like all I’m doing is feeling things these days. Gross.

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Master Maren.

I always knew I wanted to get a master’s degree, but for the longest time I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study. I tried a lot of subjects on for size, most of which logically aligned with my previous degrees or career choices, but none of them stuck. It wasn’t until I fell into design and applied to MCAD’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program that I realized “designer” was the piece of myself I had been missing. Looking back, design and design thinking have played a role in almost every job or project I have taken on—I just never knew to call it that. It may have taken years for me to figure that out, and it may have been frustrating and scary to change directions in mid-air, but I did it and it is still one of the bravest things I think I’ve ever done.

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