My name is Tessa Froling and I was born in Eindhoven in 1997. During high school I followed bilingual education at Stedelijk College Eindhoven on top of the standard course of VWO. After high school I took a gap year and followed the pre education at ArtEZ in Arnhem. I also followed a course at Oxford in creative writing: Getting Started in Creative Writing. During my gap year I decided I wanted to study graphic design at ArtEZ, and thus my journey in graphic design began.

I’ve successfully completed the first three years of my Bachelor Art & Design, Graphic Design Arnhem. I’ve recently completed my internship at Expoplu in Nijmegen and I’m currently working on my thesis and graduation project, with which I hope to graduate this summer.

My interests as a designer

I’ve always been interested in the very grey area between truth and fiction. What do we define as truth? And how do we define fiction? I think this interest stems from my eagerness to explore alternative definitions and perspectives around a topic. I enjoy looking at a problem or topic from different perspectives, they give so much more insight than just designing the view we’re already familiar with.

Throughout my design process I often find I find solutions in the way things are done. I focus more on my methods than on my outcomes. If the method is corresponding within the design process, the outcomes are often very satisfactory. If they’re not, the method often needs to be tweaked in order to create successful outcomes. Either way, the method within the design process holds a lot of value for me as a designer.

Often I find that the method becomes the outcome of the project. For instance my project Expiration Time, which is an installation consisting of a clock, printed outcomes and a video. This project started with two prompts: the expiration date on food packages, and the act of silk-screening. Ultimately, the method (silk-screening time) became the most important part of the installation.

Writing plays a large role in my work. I love to write – mostly poems and short stories, but I also enjoy academic writing. Writing accompanies almost all of my conceptual work because it is also a large part of my design process.

Next to my conceptual work, I also enjoy commercial work. I believe a designer doesn’t have to be either one or the other, but can do (or be) both.