Ayla's Grand Adventure

Ask Away!   This is my digital journal for Study Abroad. Keep up with what I'm doing and where I'm going (or just look at the pretty pictures). Feel free to ask questions if you want to know more, and if you want to see more of my work checkout my personal blog or visit my portfolio website.

theonesiewonder:

Malmö, Sweden. Hamlet’s Castle, Helsingor, Denmark.
Kodak Tri-X 400, 9 Minutes at 70° in Sprint Developer. 
Mamiya C330, 80mm f2.8. 

theonesiewonder:

Malmö, Sweden. Hamlet’s Castle, Helsingor, Denmark.

Kodak Tri-X 400, 9 Minutes at 70° in Sprint Developer. 

Mamiya C330, 80mm f2.8. 

— 8 months ago with 1 note
#photography  #denmark  #copenhagen  #cph  #travel  #travel blog  #Adventure  #wanderlust 
Nyhavn, Christian 4’s Summer Residence. 
Copenhagen, Denmark.
Kodak Portra 400 (color film - grayscale scans).Mamiya C330, 80mm f2.8. 

Nyhavn, Christian 4’s Summer Residence. 

Copenhagen, Denmark.

Kodak Portra 400 (color film - grayscale scans).
Mamiya C330, 80mm f2.8. 

(Source: theonesiewonder)

— 8 months ago with 4 notes
#nyhavn harbor  #nyhavn  #travel  #travel blog  #adventure  #photography  #portra 
Royal Danish Opera House, Queen’s Residence, and Stork Fountain. Copenhagen, Denmark. 
Kodak Tri-X 400, 9 minutes at 70º in Sprint Developer. Camera: Mamiya C330, 80mm f2.8
Notes: smudges, fingerprints, and dust are left intentionally. 

Royal Danish Opera House, Queen’s Residence, and Stork Fountain. Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Kodak Tri-X 400, 9 minutes at 70º in Sprint Developer. 
Camera: Mamiya C330, 80mm f2.8

Notes: smudges, fingerprints, and dust are left intentionally. 

(Source: theonesiewonder)

— 8 months ago with 3 notes
#photography  #denmark  #copenhagen  #b&w  #travel  #travel blog  #adventure  #wanderlust  #cph  #stork fountain  #opera house 

Some pics from UsTwo’s studio in Malmo, as well as one from the rooftop of my dorm. Gonna miss this place for sure. 

— 10 months ago with 2 notes
#travel blog  #travel  #study abroad  #Copenhagen  #denmark  #cph  #malmo  #sweden 
Day 21: The Last Day.

Went to Malmo, Sweden for the last day. Visited an awesome app development firm called UsTwo. They make apps for a wide variety of companies all over the world from online banking apps to retail and even some of their own. Two that you should definitely check out are Honk, which is a “super chat” app, and Rando which is my new favorite photo sharing app. Both are free on iOS and Android and are definitely worth a look! After UsTwo, we went to Massive Entertainment a division of Ubisoft which is a huge game developer responsible for such games as FarCry 3 and Assassins Creed Revelations. It was pretty cool because very few people outside of the company actually ever get to go into their building. They don’t really do tours or anything like that, and we were actually the first outsiders to go up to the second floor in the last 4 years so that was cool. 

It’s been an incredible trip that went way too fast. I’m honestly a little sad that it’s over, and could probably stay another 3 weeks. Though I do miss my own bed a little. I’m so in love with Copenhagen as a city. It has such a vibrant culture and is constantly in motion. I fully intend on coming back now that I’ve gained an understanding of the city. 

— 10 months ago with 1 note
#travel blog  #travel  #blog  #sad  #sad day  #going home tomorrow  #don't want to leave  #Copenhagen  #denmark  #scandinavia  #malmo  #sweden  #massive entertainment  #ustwo  #rando  #honk 
Problem/Condition Number Three: Rando

The designer of Rando  at UsTwowas sick of usual social media and how instead of sharing pictures and stuff just to share, we do it for the likes and the attention. 

Problem: No social media app that shares imagery just to share. 

Condition: Must be aesthetically pleasing and simple to use. Must be released quickly. Nothing to like or comment. Must send to receive.

Result: The result is the awesome little app Rando! It’s available in iOS app store and the Android Marketplace, and it’s a photo sharing app in real time. You can’t upload photos from your camera roll. To share a photo you must take it in the app. (The photos you send are automatically saved to your roll.) When you send a picture you send it anonymously, and have no text with it. It gets sent out to a user somewhere across the globe randomly, and after a little while you get a photo from someone else in the world. You can’t receive photos preemptively. You must send to receive. There’s no bells and whistles, just a beautiful random feed of images that save to the app, and are there for you to scroll through whenever. The app has done really well; it was launched in late February, and there are already over 8 million photos shared. 

— 10 months ago
#Scandinavian design  #ustwo  #interactive design  #app  #iphone  #photography  #awesome  #study abroad 
Day 20:

Went to a design group called Index. They are a Danish Non Profit that has gotten itself around the globe. They don’t really look at design, but instead look at projects happening around the world, and pick the best designs out of a few different categories like home, health, community, etc and award the winners with an Index award. The idea though is that it’s design that improves life. So none of the award winners are useless, they are all revolutionary and have the potential to make the world a better place. In the afternoon we went to the Danish film school and the Danish Academy of Digital Interactive Entertainment and met with Gunner Wille who is the head of the department and learned about the school and what they do. 

— 10 months ago
Day 18 & 19:

Day 18 was a Sunday. Pretty much slept and kept shmearing lotion and stuff on the tattoo all day. And watched a lot of Netflix. 

Day 19 was cool even if I can’t really talk about most of it. Went to Unity, which is a game development platform developer. Which made no sense. Basically they have this crazy program called Unity, which is used to build games for all major gaming platforms as well as iOS and Android and is also used for making motion graphics and 3D renders and all sorts of cool stuff. We helped them with a little bit of market research. Kind of. Can’t really talk about it because we had to sign a non disclosure. Which is cool. Oh and they fed us all day, and it was AMAZING food. I would seriously work there just for the food. And the super high tech coffee machine. 

After Unity we went to another cool interaction design firm called YOKE. They do interactive pieces for art exhibits and actually for a lot of museums. Really cool stuff. Hard to explain, but check out the website for examples!

— 10 months ago
#study abroad  #adventure  #travel  #travel blog  #denmark  #copenhagen  #cph  #design firm  #Scandinavian design 
Day 17: Saturday

I GOT A TATTOO TODAY! I got a shortened version of John Keats quote “Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced.” Except mine is in Danish. It’s on the inside of my left arm and I’m in love. 

Before it was a stencil:

And after I took the plastic off. So much love.

also went to Christiania afterwards and snapped some sneaky pics.

— 10 months ago with 1 note
#study abroad  #tattoo  #first time  #joined the cool kids club  #so happy  #adventure  #christiania  #denmark  #Copenhagen 

pics from Sweden, Kollor, and Hamlet’s Castle

— 10 months ago
#Sweden  #Denmark  #Copenhagen  #travel  #travel blog  #adventure  #study abroad 
Day 17: SWEDEN

Went to Helsinborg, Sweden today! Was really cool because we took a ferry, but it kind of sucks because they don’t look at or stamp your passport, and it honestly looks like Copenhagen but the people aren’t as nice and they don’t drink really so meh. Went to a firm called Kollor. They are a branding company that focuses on printed materials, web design, and packaging. They were really nice and basically set up a table with samples of print work and packaging they’ve designed and basically let us walk around a pick stuff up and ask questions. They let us go through their bookshelves and magazine collections, and this one guy even let me open his mail from a paper company containing paper sample books, and even a cool book of photos. Also got to see Hamlet’s castle. Kinda cool. Fredericksborg was way more interesting. 

— 10 months ago with 1 note
#study abroad  #travel  #travel blog  #adventure  #sweden  #denmark  #copenhagen  #ferry rides  #design  #scandindavian by design 
Day 16

Went to a super cool design and motion graphics firm called Thank-You. They are really well known for breathing life into old brands through branding and package redesign. One of their most well known clients is the Swiss watch company Swatch. Once the epitome of cool, Swatch had dropped out of popular culture, and was struggling to maintain its cool status. With different branding from one country to the next, the company had no true identity and couldn’t make anything work. Basically Thank-You came in and reverted the entire company back to its original logo, and decided that they should re do the original watch in every color with a solid color face instead of white. They worked on ad campaigns and used Thank-You’s connections with MTV to run commercials to push the brand back into cool culture, with motion graphics and new font types and the like. 

After Thank-You we went to the Danish Film institute to listen to Simon Løvind who is the editor of Games Scheme, which is an organization through the institute that supports games that support children. They provide funds and grants to many game developers in Copenhagen, including Knapnok which we visited earlier in the trip. Simon himself has worked on multiple games as well as other interactive media and art installations.

— 10 months ago
#travel  #travel blog  #study abroad  #denmark  #copenhagen  #thank you studio  #swatch 
Problem/Condition Number Two:

I’m choosing to write about the Green Footsteps project by iNudgeYou.

Problem: Copenhagen, as beautiful as it is, has a trash problem. Like most major cities in the world it’s pretty dirty, and theres often a lot of stuff on the ground. Often this happens due to people’s lack of pride and care for the environment, but sometimes it’s just hard to find a trash can when you’re in a rush. 

Condition: Adding more trashcans by themselves isn’t going to help. People still won’t hunt them out, because we are creatures with a short attention span, and human nature is to seek out that which is noticeable and right in front of us. 

Result: The green footsteps were born. Basically the Municipality of Copenhagen paid iNudgeYou and Pelle Guldborg Hansen to research the areas with the most problems, and ask people why they thought there was so much litter. What they came up with is all these little green trashcans all over, with anywhere from 3 to 6 green footprints leading up to them. The idea is that the green footsteps catch your attention before you even see the trashcan, so they in effect lead you to the trashcan, and remind you to throw something away before you see the can. It’s worked too. Hansen’s research has since revealed a 46% decrease in littering since the foot prints were painted. 

— 10 months ago