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My Greatest Degree on Earth

06 January 2016

​I'm Matt. Me and my camera explored what the Greatest Degree on Earth might look like, visiting 5 continents in 12 days. Read about my journey meeting brilliant minds, going behind-the-scenes at some of the world's coolest brands and discovering some amazing places to study.

Here is one of my highlights from Day 3.

MILAN, ITALY

In Milan we visited dotdotdot – a well known Milano design studio. We were met by the friendly face of Marina, an Interior Designer with the company. She welcomed us into their work space and introduced us to the team. There were about 12 people working that day on various types of design, from CAD drawing, to laser cutting, to wooden furniture design and software design.

Their studio was like a theme park for creative people, with tools and machines everywhere, coupled with cool artwork, a vintage jukebox, an industrial kitchen and mirror ball hanging from the ceiling. I was just about ready to move in!

Marina took us to the back workshop where there were two team members preparing a wooden table which would also double as a lightbox for an exhibition that was running the next day. Another man was slicing large pieces of wood with a drop-saw that would later be used as the sides of the table.

Inside, a young design graduate from NABA (another Laureate Institution and sister campus to Domus) was using the laser cutting machine to cut wooden stamps in very fine detail. He explained how he had designed the wooden shapes and intricate engravings with the CAD design program, and then programmed the laser machine to cut the stencils required to build the stamps. I then helped to glue the wooden pieces together to create the stamps into their final unique shapes.

Marina showed us a tiny handmade bicycle that they had created in a limited series for a children's program. They had been cut from a solid piece of wood and engraved with the child's name. It was awesome! She then showed us the CAD drawings that were used for the creation of the bicycles. The team were so awesome, they took loads of time explaining to us the different machines and the techniques that were being used in their studio.

What I loved most about this studio, besides the cool toys and vintage artwork, was the industrial kitchen right in the middle of it all. Marina explained that they had installed the kitchen when they moved into the space because it creates a great culture and family feel. It is not uncommon for Laura to whip up a feast and the whole team sit down to lunch together. Sounds like the best workplace hey!?

Want to read more about my awesome journey? Jump onto the blog of Torrens University, also part of the Laureate Network of International Universities.

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