Typography – Final Projects

In the subject of Typography taught by Nikita Bashmakov –and also, partially, by Enric Jardí and Albert Corbeto– the students learn about the history of typography and the semantic traits of the letter in order to exploit its visual potential, taking into account the choice of typography, composition and format to be able to create complex typographical systems.

We started by learning and practicing the beginnings of calligraphy, in order to learn firsthand why letters have the shape they do.

Once we had understood all the typographic variables and what to take into account when choosing a letter and not another, we did an experimental typography exercise to put everything into practice. Thus, using only typography, the assignment was to freely illustrate the show that Montserrat Caballé and Freddie Mercury starred in Montjuïc in 1988 singing “Barcelona”. These are some of the resulting projects:

 

Ander Zanguitu

Carla Barrenetxea

Marta Font

Paula Soler

Sonia Recuenco

 

The final project of the subject consisted in conceptualizing and designing a magazine from scratch, taking into account all the typographical choices, the hierarchy of information, organization, legibility, composition, sequence and format of the publication. Here are some of the resulting projects:

subalterna – Ander Zanguitu

Multisound – Kenzie Yoshimura

Momento – Nele Kempenaers 

Ciclismo Urbano – Raquel Palomar

A visit from Carles Murillo and Lluís Serra

The students of Graphic Identity Projects –a subject run by Xavier Alamany– are working individually in the conceptualization of an event that would take place in Montbau –a neighbourhood of Barcelona– and the design of its graphic identity.

A few days ago the students had the opportunity to show their projects to Carles Murillo and Lluís Serra, both professional graphic designers. They tutored them individually and gave them some tips, advices and references that could be useful to make the projects grow.

An approach to space design

Last week, within the framework of the subject “Graphic Applications Projects”, the students had class with Anna Alcubierre, space designer. They began the session with some exercises that helped them conceptualize an exhibition space related to the object that needs to be exhibited, learning how to generate emotional experiences in the viewer. At the end, they had to design a space that expressed the values ​​of the city that each one of them has been working on as a final project throughout the course. Below are some of the models that were proposed.

 

 

Graphic Production – Final Projects

In the subject of Graphic Production taught by Lluc Massaguer the students learn about the supports, the processes and printing techniques in graphic arts, as well as the correct preparation of final arts in order to be reproduced. They work with the basic techniques to be able to self-manage the design and printing process. Some of the final works of the subject are presented below.

 

Natural Screen Print Stencils – Cecelia Wood

The objective of this project was to explore the graphic possibilities of natural stencils in screen printing, to discover what effects can be created using non-paper stencils: leaves, plants and natural fabrics such as cotton and jute, and to investigate the different effects created when these same stencils are used both with and without emulsion, in order to multiply the number of graphic possibilities. This theme was chosen because outside of creating designs in Photoshop or Illustrator to be reproduced in screen printing, there is a wealth of manual image-creation possibilities. Almost anything flat can be exposed or used as a stencil, and these more manual methods allow for more unexpected outcomes, which is one of the principal strengths of screen printing.

 

Zer dio suak? – Ander Zanguitu

This project was based on the production of inks from burned materials and the experimentation with these inks through screen printing. The reason why the burned materials were chosen was the situation that was lived in Barcelona the days after the judgment of catalan political prisoners (“El Procés”). ¿What does the fire mean? ¿What is the message implied behind it? ¿Is it possible to talk about the metaphoric, social or historical strength of fire through the resulting ink from the ashes? The title of the project, “Zer dio suak?” (“¿What does the fire say?”) aims to throw into the air all these questions, implying the critical aspects of fire through graphic design.

 

Eco-publishing – Nele Kempenaers

How can the decisions made by graphic designers influence the environmental impact of their design? That was the question behind this final work about eco-publishing. The work explains what graphic designers should know about eco-publishing and how they can find the right printer and paper to work with. It also contains an analysis of the ecological practices of the printers Cevagraf and Vanguard Grafic. Although sustainability can be very complex, it is the responsibility of the designer to overcome the challenges and to always remain critical.

An introduction to the prototypes workshop

The students of Graphic applications projects, a subject run by Martí Ferré, had the opportunity to learn first-hand how the prototypes workshop of the school work. The workshop’s teachers, Abel Vallhonesta and Verónica González, sculptor and designer, showed them which materials can be used and how to work with each of them to create a project, whether that’s molding, sanding or generating textures. The students learned how to work with molds and how to use the machines that are available at the workshop, such as the laser cutting machine or the thermoforming machine.
Once introduced to the materials, each student must work on their personal project, which consists of choosing a city and portraying its personality using materials and form.

“Convex. Sobre drogues”, en of year project by Paula Terra

Convex is an editorial publication centered around the world of drugs. This publication is characterized by the approach and perspective from which it communicates content; always treating tabu subjects with absolute transparency. Each publication addresses a different drug and presents information openly and without judgement. Convex’s aim is to develop a bold graphic treatment that will trigger an emotional response from its readers and invite them to reflect on the consumption of drugs and its negative effects.

In addition to the series of publications, a series of graphic material for «En la nada» workshops has been conceptualized and executed. These workshops also treat the subject with an informative yet reflective tone like the publications.

“Unplugged”, Treball Final de Màster de Rosa María De los Heros

Unplugged is a series of weekend retreats where analog and creativity-inducing activities take place. The Unplugged community strongly believes that in a digitally powered world, analog breaks are absolutely necessary and essential to our well-being as humans.

Taking this in consideration, the main objective for this project was to write a ten point manifesto for Unplugged and, subsequently, design a series of publications that thoroughly illustrate and communicate these statements.

Since manifestos are known to be a strong call to action, it was fundamental to incorporate interaction in the conception of the design in order to provide a platform for a potential response or intervention. Furthermore, it was key to directly come in contact with these analog approaches and transmit them daringly and inventively through a potent graphic design treatment.

Duedate, end of year project by Paula Lavergne

“Duedate” is the end of year project by Paula Lavergne tutored by Diego Fernández and consist of an application which connects users and supermarkets in order to avoid massive food waste. It arises from the urgency to revise our role as consumers, the way we have to buy and consume food and to be aware of our responsibility as individuals in the face of this huge problem which is hunger in the world.