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GAH! design block.

April 10, 2009

frustratedHaven’t showered properly in a week. There is a severe need to do laundry. I want to relax… but I keep thinking.

Grrr Ahh Ugh. What a frustrating and familiar feeling. The more I think the worse ideas I come up with. Total design blockage happening right now. I just got back from traveling for a week in Kiruna (northern Sweden) and a week in mid-Sweden (Stockholm and the west coast). I keep trying to brainstorm but all I end up doing it watching old Seinfeld episodes (still the best show ever made). I am trying to think of ways to commercialize and make Closed Loop a little more concrete and tangible. I’ve got a few ideas cooking… I’ll post it the ideas all together tomorrow.

It just hit me that is already April. Wow, only two more months in Sweden. My bank account is draining because I have been going on so many trips, so I am probably going to be on a pasta and potato diet from now on. I was surfing the web looking for some internship opportunities and it seems harder than ever this year. Plus hardly any design/environmental internships pay at all. Its frustrating. A high salary has never been at the top of my list, but I am going to have to accept that if I am going to go for a non-profit or a grass roots environmental design career I am going to be financially struggling for a while after I graduate from Tech. How did people like that survive? Freelance jobs on the side? A totally different gig at the same time, like an office job? I cannot imagine working in a office in front of a computer being an Alias monkey designing kitchen appliances or something. That is definitely not a goal of mine. Does anyone else feel the pressure? In the end it is all completely worth it or at least I hope. I think it is.

I am all set to register for some fall classes at Georgia Tech tomorrow. Reality check that I can’t live in Sweden forever. I am going to try to take some environmental policy classes, hopefully I can override it and get in.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2009 17:45

    I hear ya. there dont seem to be many internships around these days…

  2. phil permalink
    April 10, 2009 18:21

    talented designers like you will always come through! its sad that you’re struggling to find an internship, in germany you would be hired immediately 😉
    cu back in lund

  3. Debs permalink
    April 11, 2009 18:24


    Cute pic! Alias monkey designing kitchen appliances? LOL. I personally appreciate a well designed toaster. Although, the economy is caustic right now, I know that you will be an asset to any organization. Enjoy your time in Sweden! Miss you!

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