Recently, my school has been going through some major structural changes. Some part of me is glad I am graduating because I won't have to be the test dummy for their new systems. Among many other changes I am not sure I agree with, the school decided to relocate the design faculty offices. They used to be conveniently located in a social area in the middle of the floor where all of the design departments core classes are located. As they were moving, I was provided the chance to do some design office shopping. Mind you this office has been in use by our faculty for quite some time now and they had accumulated a serious amount of stuff us young designers crave. During this shopping trip I came up on some serious gems. Books, posters, stock paper, some old graph paper sketch books, Communication Arts magazines, and most importantly an old school Pantone chip book and a typography journal from my freshman year. Oh how in love I was! I haven't found an alternative use for the Pantone color specifier other than what it is intended for, but my love for color and repurposing of materials has my imagination overflowing with ideas. The type journal, of course wasn't so pretty, and frankly I am embarrassed of some of my selections. It simply reminds me of the pile of National Geographic magazines from the 1970's I used to make it. This was refreshing. Earlier the same day, I had been talking to my friend Leah about her collage and encaustic work and how I was looking to get my hands dirty with some collage pieces. I truly can't wait until I can dive into some personal design and art, sounds like the perfect getaway for me.