Stir Copenhagen: design, culture + your senses June 15–22, 2020
Whether you are a professional, faculty, or student, if you love design, this extraordinary tour is for you.
Invigorate your creative process in Copenhagen, Denmark and participate in an 8-day, sensory-based design tour of the city. Immerse yourself in Danish design, history and culture and discover how a passion for creating exceptional communication, products, fashion, textiles, systems, architecture, and more, is woven into the fabric that forms Denmark.
You will meet with notable Danish designers, gain insight into their thought processes, tour design studios, visit modern and historic architectural sites, get a glimpse of Danish Royal life, bike through the cobbled city streets as the natives do, travel to a scenic part of the country to see the remarkable collection at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, and much, much more.
Your point of view is found through your senses as you focus on taste, texture, smell,sight and sound as a means to connect with your surroundings. Sensory-based design activities will guide you as you record the happenings of the city and the nuances of the culture.
We aim to expand your personal awareness, as well as to help broaden and strengthen your views on design so you may return prepared to invite the full spectrum of senses into your creative work. Each participant will keep a journal which may serve as a tangible method of creating and collecting as you follow your curiosity through the streets of Copenhagen.
Participants: All those with an interest in design-related thinking and making are welcome to apply. Designers, artists, educators, engineers, students, professionals, architects, fashionistas, and farmers who love design and are interested in looking at the design process from a new point of view. We have something for everyone. We believe that a diverse mix of people, sharing unique content and experiences will inspire ten days of rich and interesting conversation.
Guides: This trip is being led by two experienced and enthusiastic graphic designers and design educators, Stephanie Grey and Christine Gallagher.
The trip includes:
airfare (unless you wish to purchase this on your own)
hotel accommodations (in the center of the city)
travel insurance (you never know…)
breakfast every day, three lunches, a welcome dinner, a farewell dinner, and a superb gourmet dinner at one of Copenhagen’s finest restaurants
local train and bus pass (when you’re not walking or riding a bike, you can get around the city during the entire trip)
activity entrance fees to all that is included on the trip
city bike tour
getting lost in the art and design at the famous Louisiana Modern Art Museum
workshops with acclaimed Danish designers
a private historic Castle tour and delicious traditional Danish lunch
personal design studio tours and activities in Denmark and Sweden (with top Danish and Swedish designers)
a modern architecture tour of one of Copenhagen’s newest neighborhoods, professional guide included
an interior design tour of Danish homes
a full-time tour guide (she’s amazing!)
thought-provoking discussions, writing, making work in journals, a new network of design friends and connections, and memories for a lifetime (and fun!)
Course Credit: If you are interested in earning course credit, please contact us for details. An additional fee may apply.
Supplies to bring with you (only if you have them):
a travel journal/sketchbook to collect your materials while in Copenhagen (you can make one)
tracing paper (small pieces that are the size of your journal)
pencils, markers, colored pencils (your choice of drawing tools)