UID Alumni Interview
Name: Kimberley Beauprez
Studied: IDI - Industrial Design Intensive
(one year course), 2014-2015
Tell us about your final project at IDI!
The final IDI project of the year is a service design project. All
throughout the year, we have been able to design in a wide range of
media, going from product design, to ergonomics, interaction and
even transportation, and now we have arrived to service design. We
set out to find an opportunity for a service in the forestry
industry here in Sweden - a very broad topic that led us to a lot
of research and interviewing all actors involved.
Working in a team of 4, we decided to try and improve the
communication between private forest owners and all other
stakeholders from the industry.
What were your expectations before coming to Umeå Institute
As many others, I had heard of the school through its
worldwide fame; it is known as one of the best design schools in
the world. When I was in Umea on Erasmus in 2012, at Umea School of
Architecture, I met some people from UID. Soon, I would discover a
network of very skilled people that have worked hard and have been
stimulated by the school to perform their best. Once I started
here, I set myself the same goal: to perform my best, and soak up
all I can learn from this place.
I found most my expectations correct, to no surprise, as I had
been there before. But what I really learned was that you cannot
come to UID, attend the classes and expect the formidable education
you were promised. It is all about what you give it. You only get,
what you give. In retrospect, I think I have learned more than I
could ever have anticipated.
Would you recommend a friend to apply to UID?
I would, if they are willing to give it more than they think. It
is also a very different kind of education than what most people
would expect, I think.
Umeå and UID is a perfect place to make special memories; a
bunch of crazy people, put together in a creative environment, of
course you will have memorable times!