Isabelle Swiderski Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design Vancouver Canada – I Used to Be a Design Student

CANADIAN/FRENCH

Isabelle Swiderski

STUDENT YEARS

7

A PIECE OF SOUND ADVICE + A SINGLE WARNING TO A DESIGN STUDENT

Sketch, sketch, sketch + Don’t fall in love with your ideas

FAVOURITE FOOD THEN

Good home-made food

YOUR MOST VALUED POSSESSION THEN

Walkman

YEAR OF PROJECT

1996

STUDENT PROJECT BRIEF

As part of a year-long graduation project, we were meant to identify a need or issue and propose a solution. The brief I set for myself was to shed some light on the reasons behind the impending collapse of wild salmon stocks on the western coast of Canada. Title of work: Spirit in the Water.

COLLEGE

Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver (Canada)

TUTOR(S)

Deborah Shackleton

TECHNOLOGY

Pen and paper, Macromedia Director

TIME SPENT

No idea

TYPEFACE

Officina

WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS PROJECT?

I still think the concept is strong.

WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT IT?

I would design it differently.

OUTCOMES

It is one of the most memorable ‘aha!’ moments of my student life. I would say I learned the meaning of concept while working on that project. What you might call the ‘penny dropping’.

FEEDBACK

Mostly positive due to the use of technology and the ties between native folklore and scientific reality.

PROJECT SIMILARITIES THEN AND NOW

Both display a desire to balance concept/idea and craft/materials. I still believe that strong ideas can be rendered beautifully and that this combination is the most desirable. This is not an original thought, but nevertheless it’s one that fuels my approach to design. When I further develop my processes and technical abilities, the work steadily improves and remains fulfilling.