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‘Always curious’: UGA graphic design professor chronicles journey of self-discovery through yoga, design – Red and Black

Summary

As an immigrant from a small German village, a certified yoga instructor and a graphic design professor at the University of Georgia, Annika Kappenstein stands out.

In August 2020, Kappenstein joined the graphic design program at UGA. Since then, Kappenstein has benefitted and added her own designs to the community with her unique experiences and vast knowledge that she gained during her immigration from Germany to the United States.

Growing up in…….

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As an immigrant from a small German village, a certified yoga instructor and a graphic design professor at the University of Georgia, Annika Kappenstein stands out.

In August 2020, Kappenstein joined the graphic design program at UGA. Since then, Kappenstein has benefitted and added her own designs to the community with her unique experiences and vast knowledge that she gained during her immigration from Germany to the United States.

Growing up in Germany

Kappenstein grew up in Baddeckenstedt, a little village in the western part of Germany. Kappenstein remembers it being somewhat fun to be in western Germany when the Berlin Wall fell because of her proximity to an influential part of history.

Childhoods in Germany are different from those in the United States, Kappenstein said. She said the German school system prioritizes development of problem solving and critical thinking skills instead of simple recitation and memorization.

Kappenstein got her first camera when she was six years old. She always played with her father’s camera, so he gifted her with one of her own.

“I was always curious and figuring things out,” Kappenstein said.

After Kappenstein graduated high school, Germany had a draft. Since this was before she realized she was a trans-feminine person, she was expected to participate — but instead, she wrote an essay saying that her conscience forbade her from being on the front lines.

Instead, Kappenstein did required civil service for two years, serving with CJD Salzgitter, a social services organization in a little village for people with developmental disabilities who are unable to work in the general labor market.

“That really opened my eyes to all the different people out there and … basically everybody wants to be loved. It was a heart-opening experience, and I’m really glad I did that instead of crawling through the mud with a machine gun,” Kappenstein said.

After Kappenstein was done serving, she decided she wanted to study graphic design. She said it was a good compromise of her love for photography while also being compensated. After doing an apprenticeship in a design studio, she was accepted into the Braunschweig University of Art.


“I allow my students to explore. My job is to kindle the flame of curiosity. It has nothing to do with graphic design, and it has everything to do with art. It’s that curiosity.”

— Annika Kappenstein, graphic design professor


Falling in love with typography, Kappenstein convinced the university to let her use computers to create a typeface, teaching herself design on a Macintosh Plus. Kappenstein said that this is when she fell in love with the design process.

Kappenstein said she got to work in a design studio as a student because she wanted to learn, not because she wanted to make money.

“This is what real education should be. You are at a place …….

Source: https://www.redandblack.com/culture/always-curious-uga-graphic-design-professor-chronicles-journey-of-self-discovery-through-yoga-design/article_2157d93a-32e9-11ec-8a0a-9b2e0e6a9b48.html