In the name of design, Kellyann Learns to Cook

Students in Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo's design class blog about their creative process as they develop a new logo and visual identity for the local pasta company, Al Dente.

Hello, Kellyann here. The class’s token redhead.

I am not one to cook, in fact one of my life goals is to use my oven for storage- I am thinking shoes. When Monique gave each of us a bag of pasta I did not know what to do with it. I have gone through my first two years of college at dining halls or ordering food; and I are close friends and I am single handedly supporting the Taco Bells of Ann Arbor. Yes you may conclude not only do I avoid the kitchen but I also tend to avoid the bottom food groups of the food pyramid.

When I saw the three minute cook time I was thinking “Okay Kellyann you got this. Put your big girl pants on and just make the freaking pasta.” True to my nature I had to go out for a special trip and buy some alfredo sauce since the only content of my mini fridge are small coffee drinks and freeze pops.

I put water in a pot, put it on the stove, selected high, turned the fan on (I did not water the fire alarm to go off) and dumped half the bag of pasta into the still cold water. Apparently I did this wrong for when I told this story to my mom I got an eye roll and a sigh. The second time I did it I let the water boil first and then added some salt and I didn’t watch it (Get the pun here? A watched pot never boils…okay I tried). It took three minutes! Even my roomies, whose diets consist of mac n’ cheese, pasta, and eggs, were amazed. They were all like “Kel there is no way you did that right. That was too fast. Let me try it.” Turns out I did do it right, and they kept asking for more bites of my pasta… hmm, interesting. In conclusion, I have finished my first package of al dente pasta (fiesta colors, very pretty) and it will not be my last; however I will definitely be making it when I am alone otherwise most of my scavenger life roomies tend to consume most of my delish meal.

Heres a pic! I sent it to my mom. Her response? “DID YOU MAKE THAT BY YOURSELF???”

* she always texts in capital letters, my sister and I have tried to explain that in text language that translates as yelling, yet she refuses to change her ways. Regardless she was impressed and asked me to make it for them. We will see about that…


Read more from Team Two's blog here.



It looks delicious. The pasta also looks good on the plate..artfully presented.

Posted by thalia avila on October 06, 2010





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