Our big pee race

Myrna Grete

This project is dedicated to children with Spina bifida, to explain their disease and catheterization. It is a first manual to introduce them to self catheterization, a significant step towards independence.

Myrna Grete

Just 22 years old, I am a passionate illustrator, starting in my early childhood with simple paintings. This grew and developed over time, I have learned new techniques and discovered digital painting. What also grew inside myself was the idea to make it a profession, and this brought me to UE to study illustration, giving my talent and my passion a professional foundation and backing and allowing me to broaden my range, perspective and open up for new opportunities.

For my Bachelor's project I was looking for something practical, useful, maybe helpful to get an idea of what illustration can drive in real life. Inspired by my father's profession and some interviews with people who help children with disabilities, I discovered an unmet need in the educational material for children with Spina bifida and their need to learn to use catheters to pee.

This ended up in a real fun project with doing something really reasonable, a very encouraging perspective for my future.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Illustration matters and can make a difference, this is the key learning of my studies and my Bachelor project. I would love to drive this forward and maybe specialize into that direction.

What is a good design for you?

To quote Dieter Rams:

"Good design is innovative
Good design makes a product useful
Good design is aesthetic
Good design makes a product understandable
Good design is unobtrusive
Good design is honest
Good design is long-lasting
Good design is thorough down to the last detail
Good design is environmentally-friendly
Good design is as little design as possible"

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

learning how to draw hands and feet, but I'm really glad we learned all about it.

Who or what inspires you?

Inspiration can be found everywhere, that's what I learned during my studies. However, I've always found my biggest inspiration trough books and music.

How do you approach a new project?

I do a lot of research. It's always fun to find out every little detail, so I can add it into my work. You will often find little "Easter eggs" in my illustrations about fun facts to the content of the project.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Be open minded and do not try to be perfect / learn to practice, without expecting a result.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

I approach my work differently and now see my work in a different context. It doesn't matter that much that I myself finally like my work, it's more about that it has accomplished it's use of design.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

Illustration was always interesting to me and I wanted to get into the theoretical, professional details and learn more about it.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

Entering the S-Bahn at 7 am. it's like being in an unopened can of sardines.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

I hope for a beautiful exhibition along with the other graduates.

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