This year, UMSL Design’s 5th group of students returned to Amsterdam for two blissful weeks in my favorite “Design Mecca” city. This year was full of firsts: First visit to a type design studio, where we learned about the amazing work of Daniel Maarleveld, it was also our first visit to a dutch man-made island, Zeeburgereiland, one of many islands built to the solve overpopulation problems that plague the city, and our first visit to Eindhoven to catch up with friends at TU/e who are doing some very interesting work for design for dementia. No visit would be complete without visits to a few favorite haunts including the museums: this year we caught the tail end of the Rembrandt exhibit at the Rijksmuseum, where we also caught a glimpse of a shylight. We caught up with friends at Kapitaal print space in Utrecht. We also returned to Brouwerij ‘t IJ, Amsterdam’s iconic windmill Brewery, and spent time at Albert Heijn admiring the new packaging and picking up a few necessities.
All these were amazing to see. If you are heading to Amsterdam, another large change you may want to consider is that the city’s tickets are largely online now: if you want to go the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House, be aware that you may want to book your tickets months before you arrive. It was interesting to see how increasing expectations of access to the web, and greater tourist traffic has affected the city, and design has sought to address these problems.
We have a very interesting show opening this Friday Night with our findings from the trip this year at Kranzberg Gallery Suite 300 in Grand Center. Come down for the First Friday Gallery Crawl and see the show!