Tirza Hutagalung
Furniture Designer

Tirza is a furniture designer and trained architect. She is passionate about designing adaptable, multi-purpose, sustainable furniture that can respond flexibly to space limitations and the needs of different users and situations.

For her master’s project, Tirza researched classroom furnishings and contemporary teaching practices and came to the realization that old, existing furniture does not support the different kinds of teaching and learning styles.

In response, Tirza designed Magnet, a multi-purpose, adaptable, and affordable one-person table suitable for even the smallest classrooms. Magnet can be easily moved, stored, and adjusted to accommodate lectures, small-group work, large-group discussions, and individual work. Magnet uses durable, inexpensive, traditional joinery—and a few magnets!—to make flexibility affordable.

Em Karimifar
Multidisciplinary Visual Designer

Em Karimifar is a visual designer who works in both two and three dimensions. He earned an undergraduate degree in architecture in Iran, and as an MFA student worked on projects as diverse as a parametrically designed table leg, 3D-printed anamorphic letterforms, and interactive learning tools for students in introductory typography classes.

For his master’s project, Em developed a multi-script Perso-Arabic and Latin type family called Marfa. It responds to the fact that very few multi-script typefaces look visually consistent, and that most shoehorn non-Latin characters into Latin typographic norms. Marfa, in contrast, respects the calligraphic origins of both Perso-Arabic and Latin letters, providing a visually cohesive and culturally sensitive alternative to existing multi-script typefaces.

Nevena Peeva
Visual Designer

Nevena is a visual desiger who came to The Univesity of Texas at Austin to pursue a graduate degree in Design. She is passionate about branding and print, and also works in web/interaction design.

In her master’s project, Nevena addresses the over consumption of clothing—especially the phenomenon of “fast fashion”—and its negative environmental and social impacts.Her magazine Bloomer takes a positive approach by featuring real people wearing their own clothes, sharing their stories of sustainable consumption, and promoting local thrift shops and sources of high-quality “slow fashion.”