Nuovi continenti, nuovi orizzonti, nuove opportunità – Gli studenti internazionali di Relational Design

Cambiare non solo città ma addirittura continente per inseguire i propri sogni e cogliere nuove opportunità: questa è la storia di Mirielle Esther Robles, architetto, volata da Panama a Milano per studiare Relational Design.

What brought you to Italy?
Being honest: my whole life dream, at first! I always wanted to come here just to be able to go around and learn the language. Then, the opportunity to work for an incredible project (999 domande) presented itself and it came with new professional experiences and an incredible team of people to work with, whom I can now call friends!
So far it’s been positively challenging: learning new things about the culture, the city, the people and being able to absorb it has made me a new person somehow. Milan is an amazing city! There is always something happening and as a design capital it keeps you always inspired!


What was your idea of the master before actually attending it and what do you think now that you’re at the end of the path?
At first, you focus yourself on the content or the topics of the workshops and modules but it’s only when you start to relate with the other students – and most importantly with the partners and companies you met in the process – that you discover the real thing: Relational Design is mostly about relationships and the people surrounding you and how much you can learn from them!


If you had to describe Relational Design in one word, what would it be?
It’s amazing how things change even from city to city (or even in between offices and work methodologies) and for me this is the best way to learn.


What was your favorite moment and why?
My favorite workshop in terms of activities was Creative Printing (Editoria Creativa: Analog vs. Digital) with Print Club Torino. And in terms of learning, Design for Urban and Social Innovation with PUSH in Palermo. But the thing I loved the most was being able to travel to a different city every month and to be able to discover it with my pals (and this is also what I miss the most now that it’s over!).


Has the master changed you in any way?
Yes! This experience had been a life-changing one, all of it!
After years of working properly on companies it hasn’t being easy to re-learn how to manage yourself in the way of discipline and time, and even now I’m still working on it which is good! Personally, I’m sure I’ll keep for the rest of my life the friendships that were born during this time, and this is unmeasurable!


Last but not least: what are you doing now or what are planning for the near future?
Thanks to the Master and the Erasmus+ Program I got an internship with Basurama in Madrid so I’m moving there soon! It is very exiting because I will get the opportunity to enlarge my professional experiences on a whole new level and I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t have been possible if I’d stayed back home in Panama.

Da Bangkok a Milano – Gli studenti internazionali di Relational Design

Questa è la storia di Nuphap Aunyanuphap, volato da Bangkok a Milano per seguire il nostro master.  Buona lettura.

Nuphap in three words

Visuals, Machines, Dreams.
My name is Nuphap Aunyanuphap and I’m from Bangkok, Thailand. I’m 26 years old and I was born in a Thai-Chinese family with three brothers. My parents have influenced my life in many ways, but mostly on how to be a good and respectful person.

Passions that I have developed since childhood

Since I was a child I have always been able to spend countless hours drawing robots and assembling legos. I like very much to make and do things.
Growing up, I began to like very much playing video games (I still do). However, I later discovered that this passion strongly influenced me to be engaged with the digital and multimedia realm, something I found quite useful later in my career.

From architecture to communication

The passion to make and do things led me to study architecture at university, where I had a great time learning about design and architectural topics and also doing projects. However, while studying, I also got very much into communication, always trying to find new ways to make and communicate things: I made presentations and diagrams, I joined an end-of-year publication team, I designed posters… Then, after graduating and working for a while in the architecture field, I convinced myself to do what I knew I was passionate about the most: making projects and communication. After that, I’ve practiced infographics and information design for three years, something I found extremely challenging yet super rewarding.

Master Relational Design: an ideal opportunity for design graduates and for people who want to improve their relational and management skills

After three years of doing so, I decided that it was time to go further and explore the boundaries of communication. And with the great advice of my professor back in Thailand, I was introduced to Relational Design, a course that provided me with the great opportunity to take my interests further and to meet a lot of new interesting people and professionals.
I think Relational Design’s online/offline teaching method is a great way to train us to be professional designers in the current working environment. Its strength – which is also a challenge – is that we can manage our time in a way that allows us to follow the online part of the courses while we work.
It is here that we have to learn how to manage our energy in order to acquire new skills and learn new things (specifically, a new topic for each module) and to develop ourselves – a very important discipline required in this ever changing world.

During the master there are funny moments too!

During the visual storytelling course I got the opportunity to analyze a student’s pinterest moodboard and, viceversa, one of my colleagues made my characterization sheet. It was so funny!
I think it partially reflected my personality: some aspects were spot-on, others weren’t. I think the way we see ourselves and the way other people see us are of course different (which is super interesting!). However, she did manage to catch the keywords of “dreams” and “possibilities”, which are things that match very well what I think of myself.

My favorite social network?

Even though Facebook is what I use the most (since everyone is using it for everything), my favorite social network is Instagram. The main reason is that it tells the story of someone/something mainly through photos and visuals. There is not so much else to see, but I think that’s beauty of it. Also, as a visual designer, I like to play (and do research) with its constraints and possibilities. Great fun!