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 THE PORTFOLIO WEBSITE OF
 COLIN SAMUEL TRECHTER
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 MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
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YET-TO-BE-TITLED TYPEFACE
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WINTER 2008/09
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THIS IS A TYPEFACE I HAVE BEEN WORKING TO DIGITALIZE AFTER HAND DRAWING A SIMILAR STYLE FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

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WHAT DO THE TWINS
MEAN TO MINNESOTA?
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FALL 2008
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I COLLABORATED WITH DYLAN C. LATHROP. THE GOAL WAS TO REPRESENT THE SOCIAL AND SENTIMENTAL SIGNIFICANCE OF MINNESOTA'S PRO
BASEBALL TEAM, THE MINNESOTA TWINS, THROUGH THE WORDS OF THEIR FANS.

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COGNITIVE INVESTIGATION INTO ATMOSPHERIC & SOCIAL ANALYZATION:
DECODING A SNAPSHOT
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FALL 2008
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THE BRIEF FOR THIS PROJECT CALLED FOR AN IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF A PHOTOGRAPH UTILIZING PHOTOSHOP. I HAVE LONG BEEN FASCINATED BY THE WORK OF EDWARD TUFTE. I HAVE ALSO BEEN DRAWN TO THE SUBJECTIVE INFO-GRAPHIC WORK OF ANDREW KUO. IT WAS IN THIS SPIRIT THAT I CREATED THIS ABSURDLY SPECIFIC, PRESUMPTUOUS & (HOPEFULLY) HUMOROUS POSTER.

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ELABORATE
(ISSUES I, 01 & 02)
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FALL 2008
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THIS PUBLICATION FOCUSES ON HOMOGRAPHS IN THE (AMERICAN) ENGLISH LANGUAGE. THERE ARE ROUGHLY 1,300 OF THESE TRICKY WORDS WITH ONE SPELLING, & MULTIPLE MEANINGS (DEPENDING ON PRONUNCIATION OR CONTEXT). THE IDEA OF THIS PUBLICATION WAS AN UPDATING PERIODICAL. THE FIRST ISSUE DEFINES & DESCRIBES HOMOGRAPHS, SUBSEQUENT ISSUES FOCUS ON THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ONE HOMOGRAPH & VARIOUS DEFINITIONS. SHOWN ABOVE ARE 'ROW' & 'WATCH'.

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THE HIGHWAY SYSTEM PROJECT
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FALL 2008
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THIS INFAMOUS PROJECT WAS AN OPEN COLLABORATION AMONGST OUR ENTIRE SYSTEMS DESIGN CLASS. THE PROJECT WAS CONCEIVED AS A 'SYSTEMS PROJECT ABOUT AN EXISTING SYSTEM— WE DECIDED TO EVALUATE THE HIGHWAY SYSTEM BASED ON THE FOLLOWING 5 ASPECTS: STRUCTURE, ENVIRONMENT, HISTORY, OPERATIONS & CULTURE. THESE WERE THEN RELATED BACK TO THE 2007 INTERSTATE 35W BRIDGE COLLAPSE IN MINNEAPOLIS. WE EACH CHOSE ONE OF THESE ASPECTS TO RESEARCH & EXHIBIT. SHOWN ABOVE IS MY EXHIBITION FOCUSING ON THE STRUCTURE OF THE BRIDGE & HIGHWAY.

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MCAD SERVICE BUREAU IDENTITY
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FALL 2008
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IN THIS COLLABORATIVE PROJECT LIZ PLAHN AND I REDESIGNED THE EPHEMERA USED BY THE MCAD SERVICE BUREAU, THE COLLEGE'S PRINT HOUSE. WE WANTED TO KEEP WITH THEIR LIGHT-HEARTED, TONGUE-IN-CHEEK ATTITUDE. THE CONCEPT BEHIND THE SYSTEM IS A SORT OF ANTITHESIS TO PRINTING. UTILIZING HAND-DRAWN TYPOGRAPHY & ROUGH ILLUSTRATION.

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WHAT— ON EARTH IS A
BUNSEN BURNER
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FALL 2008
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THIS ONE-WEEK PROJECT CAME FROM A 1960'S ERA FAMILY ENCYCLOPEDIA. THE QUESTION I DREW OUT OF THE HAT WAS: WHAT IS A BUNSEN BURNER? I WANTED AN OBNOXIOUSLY COMPLETE DEFINITION, SO I INCLUDED VARIOUS SLANG USES OF THE WORD.

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MAKE A ZINE
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FALL 2008
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LOCAL DESIGN HERO MIKE PERRY, AND THE WALKER ART CENTER'S PHOTO GURU, GREG BECKEL, HELPED IN THE CREATION OF THIS CLASS WIDE
COLLABORATION. THE ZINE IS FILLED WITH RANDOM ASSIGNMENTS & SUGGESTIONS FOR AVOIDING MONOTONY.

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HOW & WHY WONDER BOOKS OF...
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FALL 2008
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ANOTHER ONE-WEEK PROJECT, & A REVISIT TO THOSE BELOVED 1960s ENCYCLOPEDIAS. THIS TIME, WE WERE ASKED TO UPDATE THEIR COVER SYSTEMS. THE THREE BOOKS I CHOSE AS AN EXAMPLE WERE: THE HOW & WHY WONDER BOOK OF: BUGS, THE HOW & WHY WONDER BOOK OF: SPACE & INTERPLANETARY TRAVEL AND THE HOW & WHY WONDER BOOK OF: GUNS.

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DEAR PRESIDENT______________,
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FALL 2008
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THIS NOTORIOUS SCHOOL-WIDE PROJECT WAS MET WITH QUITE A LOT OF OPPOSITION. HOWEVER, WHERE THERE IS OPPOSITION, THERE IS DISCUSSION. REGARDLESS OF HOW RELEVANT THE DISCUSSION WAS, I WAS FLATTERED TO SEE THAT MY PROJECT PLAYED HOST TO SOME OF IT.

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LEFT TO WRITE
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SPRING 2007
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GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO CURATE AN (IMAGINED) EXHIBITION & CREATE THE EPHEMERA/CATALOGUE FOR IT, I TURNED TO ONE OF MY FAVORITE TOPICS: LINGUISTICS. THE SHOW "FEATURED" ARTISTS WHOSE WORK UTILIZES MANIPULATIONS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. THE EPHEMERA UTILIZED THIS TYPE OF (ANTI)LANGUAGE AS WELL.

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PHAIDON BOOK SERIES
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FALL 2008
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A PROPOSED SYSTEM FOR PHAIDON'S BOOK SERIES FEATURING ARTISTS & DESIGNERS IN MULTIPLES
OF TEN.

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TWENTY FIVE
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FALL 2007
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A BOOK IN THE SPIRIT OF McSWEENEY'S, FOCUSING ON TWENTY FIVE FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES SHARING THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE SONG THEY HAVE PLAYED THE MOST TIMES ON THEIR COMPUTER.

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2006 AIGA GOLD
MEDALISTS CATALOGUE
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SPRING 2007
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A COMMEMORATIVE CATALOGUE HONORING THE 2006 RECIPIENTS OF THE PRESTIGIOUS AIGA GOLD MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE AND CONTRIBUTION TO THE GRAPHIC ARTS COMMUNITY. THE RECIPIENTS WERE: MICHAEL BIERUT, RICK VALICENTI AND LORRAINE WILD.

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ANDREW BIRD HAND TYPE
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SPRING 2006
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HAND-RENDERED TYPE, CREATED FOR A POSTER ADVERTISING ANDREW BIRD'S MAY 11TH,
2007 SHOW IN FIRST AVENUE'S
MAIN ROOM, DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS MINNESOTA.

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DOUBLE INDEMNITY POSTER
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SPRING 2008
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A TWO COLOR SCREEN PRINT (GLOSSY RED & SILVER) ON BLACK PAPER. THE IMAGE STEMS FROM THE FILM'S CLASSIC NOIR OPENING WHICH FEATURES A MAN ON CRUTCHES SLOWLY ADVANCING ON THE CAMERA.

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EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY POSTER
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SPRING 2007
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A PROPOSED TWO-COLOR SCREEN PRINTED POSTER FOR THE MARCH 29TH, 2007 EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY SHOW, AGAIN IN FIRST AVENUE'S MAIN ROOM, MINNEAPOLIS MINNESOTA.

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"...EAVES DROPPING AROUND HERE IS POINTLESS, THESE PEOPLE ARE BORING..."
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SPRING 2007
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THIS PROJECT INVOLVED ME WRITING DOWN EVERY INTERESTING THING I OVERHEARD DURING MY DAILY ROUTINES, THE TITLE COMES FROM AN OVERHEARD CONVERSATION TOWARDS THE END OF THE PROJECT. THE POSTER IS A SORT OF INTERACTIVE MAP, GIVING PERTINENT SPECS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE FLAP & THE QUOTE ON THE INSIDE.

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MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
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FALL 2007
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A POSTER & PROCESS BOOK REPRESENTING ONE OF THE MORE SIMPLE, YET OVERWHELMING ASPECTS OF THE STATE
FAIR: COLOR.

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THE MAN WITH NO NAME TRILOGY
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SPRING 2007
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A POSTER PROPOSED TO ADVERTISE THE OAK STREET CINEMA'S SCREENING OF
CLINT EASTWOOD'S CLASSIC WESTERN SAGA: THE MAN WITH NO NAME TRILOGY

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THE MCAD MASCOT
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FALL 2007
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THIS WAS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN: ROB MATTHEWS, KEVIN WADE SHAW, DYLAN C. LATHROP, ABI CHASE, RYAN FOGARTY, JENNY TONDERA & ME. WE PROPOSED THIS AS A SCHOOL NEWS PAPER, SOMETHING MCAD HAS GONE WITHOUT FOR OVER
TWO DECADES.

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GALLIVANTING ZINE
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FALL 2007
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GALLIVANTING, A ZINE ABOUT WHATEVER WORDS I DRAW OUT OF A HAT, IN THIS ISSUE, THE WORDS ARE: SUCKER, MILITA & CONTROL ROOM, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS FROM MICAH LIDBERG, AURELIA LANGE & KEVIN WADE SHAW. THE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE PAIRED WITH A QUESTIONNAIRE COMPRISED OF MANY OF MY FAVORITE ANSWERS REGARDING THE WORDS.