Final assignments for the Graphic Arts subject

 

As a final assignment for the Graphic Arts subject each of the students has been working on something, with both a theoretical and an experimental approach, related to the procedures and techniques seen during the sessions. Some of the topics addressed were bindery, screen printing, risography, marbling, printing on silk, or eco-friendly printing.

We made presentations in class, so we could share the conclusions we reached and learn from each other’s experiences. It was truly useful, and very interesting.

Some of the presentations that stood out were:

  • Risography (Happy accidents), by Emily Eldridge.

Emily explores risography visiting workshops and through her own work as an illustrator. She explains what the technique is about, how does the machinery work, what role plays the color in it, and which possibilities it can offer (such as overprinting, or the register errors referred as “happy accidents”).

 

  • Experimentation with the marbling technique, by Laura Magallón.

Laura explains the history behind marbling, a technique for decorating paper in a way that resembles marble, as well as all the steps she goes through to print with this technique. She talks about materials, colors, supports and mediums, and shares the problems and solutions she faced during the process.

 

 

 

– Liquid typography, by Daniel Iglesias.

Daniel experiments with marbling too, but with an intention to use the results to create letters with a liquid effect. He takes examples from Sergi Delgado and Alex Trochut, who work with typography in unconventional ways, and develops his own system, trying different materials to see wich one works best. With the images obtained and some post production he gets impressive results.

 

Lecture with Angel Rocamora, administrator

 

On December 13th, as part of the subject “design project and analysis management”, we had the opportunity to enjoy a lecture by Angel Rocamora, Futbol Club Barcelona’s financial manager and associate professor of tax and financial law at the University of Barcelona (UB).

The lecture consisted in a masterclass on a graphic designer’s fiscal and social obligations. Some of the issues covered were basic concepts (such as direct taxes and indirect taxes, or the functions of the Tax Agency and the Social Security), conditions when you are working for a company, circumstances when you work as a freelancer, and advantages and disadvantages of founding a society.

Angel expressed himself clearly and patiently, and he even answered all of our questions by the end of the session. It was a very useful lecture, contributing to a greater mastery of the topic and a much needed orientation towards our professional future.

 

Typography and IT Resources

 

Salvador Huertas teaches both basic notions of typography and familiarisation with design-related software such as Indesign, Photoshop or Illustrator.

The “Poster” project was about choosing a typography and playing with it, working on hierarchies and on its expressive potential. The elements worked upon were composition, the tension generated by blank spaces, columns and modules, integration of graphic elements, functionality and legibility.

As a result we got the posters you can see below. Not bad at all!

 

Visit to Morillas and TheRoomRooms

 

On November 29th, as part of the “design project and analysis management” subject, we visited two different centres: the Morillas agency and TheRoomRooms’ studio.

Morillas is an international branding agency founded on 1962 in Barcelona by Antoni Morillas. It has offices in Barcelona, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Sao Paulo and Guatemala, and it specializes in big brands’ public image. From its many departments, distributed in five floors, it can solve a business’ naming, identity, commercial strategy or packaging.

Apart from taking a tour around the company’s facilities and seeing how its employees work, we could there learn a little about its founder and appreciate some of his works of art.

TheRoomRooms, on the other hand, is a small communication and graphic design agency with almost 8 years of experience composed of three women, Blanca, Gemma and Elena. They told us about starting an agency in the middle of the financial crisis, about internal organisation, and about the process behind their projects (for example, stop motion animations for Penguin Random House’s audiobooks).

It was interesting to see such different agencies, each one with its own work methods. Thanks a lot for treating us well!

Check out their instagram and behance accounts:

@morillasbranding  /morillasbranding

@theroomrooms   /theroomrooms

 

 

 

Visit to the Vanguard Gràfic printing house

 

In November the students paid a visit to Vanguard Gràfic printing house, one of the most prestigious in the city, with more than 100 years of history.

They had a chance to see the machinery in action, along with offset plates, die cutters and other tools used in this profession. Later they met Josep Amat, who told them about materials, different projects, and tips for being better at solving design-related problems.

It was an opportunity to talk through doubts, to get an idea of how does a printing house work, and to highlight the importance of an understanding between the designer and the printer.

 

 

Visit to the Barra de Ferro workshop

On Monday, 9th October, the students from the Master in Graphic Design visited the printmaking workshop in EINA Barra de Ferro Arts Centre.

Once there Lluc Massaguer, professor of Graphic Arts, and Esther Aguila, the workshop mistress, taught them step by step the process of screen printing. The screens were coated with photosensitive emulsion, then dried and exposed to light, washed out with a pressure washer, and in the end the students had a chance to print the designs on all kinds of mediums: paper, cardboard, fabric, etc.

Screen printing is a technique full of possibilities: you can use it on many different surfaces, getting very interesting results.

Barra de Ferro is not only a workshop but also an exhibition hall. You can find it in Barra de Ferro Street 2, open Monday – Saturday from 4pm to 8pm.

 

 

 

 

Start of the school year and Rai Llopart’s visit

On September 26th started a new school year in Eina’s Master in Graphic Design, made up of 26 participants this time.

Shortly after, the students receive a visitor as part of the program of the Graphic Arts subject: it’s no other than Rai Llopart, from the Atlantis company, who came to teach a masterclass on types of paper and printing systems.

Rai talks about both basic concepts of the sector and very specialized procedures. Some of the topics commented are the differences between coated, uncoated and fine papers; the properties of dry and liquid toner; UV inks and varnishes; or techniques like embossing or stamping.

The lecture was filled with examples, some of them being screened and some others being touched thanks to numerous paper samples. The students have now a lot of new options to consider for their forthcoming projects.

If you are interested in Antalis (specialists in paper distribution, packaging solutions and visual communication aid) you can visit their website here.

 

 

Graphic Identity Projects

The subject taught by Xavier Alamany raises the conception of corporate identity projects as a communication phenomenon, which affects all the message formats that a company or institution issues. In this edition the demand has been the development of a project that will generate the local identity of the district of Montbau in Barcelona, using the tools of graphic design in a social and non-commercial way.

 

Irati Antia

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Considering the modular aspect of the neighborhood and the architectural importance of this, Irati creates a set of construction parts to make a miniature replica of Montbau buildings. It is a collaborative game between different generations in which they can know the neighborhood with another look.

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In each box of the game there will be missing a piece that a player has hidden somewhere in the neighborhood singular for it. In order to finish the game, players must find the missing piece.

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The design of the game focuses on the value of the absence, this one will be the thread of the game. The main goal is not setting up the neighborhood, but to discover where the other player has hidden the missing piece, because that will be an important place for the person.

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In all the elements of the design we want to teach that something is missing. The mirror is the resource used for this.

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Jose Navarro
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Due to the constructivist nature architecture of the neighborhood that has its origins in the Russian avant-garde, Jose proposes a Biennial of experimental art in Montbau, linking that historical avant-garde with the current ones.

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Observing the empty and free content of the rationalist architecture there is a modular pattern of organization, simplified in a mesh of pictures.

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L-shaped volumes are displayed in the neighborhood, imitating the shape of the Montbau buildings. There is information on the use of the neighborhood for the upcoming biennial, times, galleries, premises and open spaces that are available for the exhibition of works of art.

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Mengdi Li

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Mengdi uses the graphic elements of this logo to create a graphic system and thus maintain the same style in future designs.

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The proposal is to take advantage of as many green areas and public spaces of the Montbau district as possible, and thus encourage the residents of Montbau to change the lawn through gardens or small orchards.

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The original concept of neighborhood construction is used as a community, based on equality for all inhabitants where each would receive an equal section of “arable land” and the advice of crop professionals. In this way the inhabitants of the neighborhood can plant their own fruits or vegetables more naturally and make the most of the green areas.

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The objective is that people return to establish contact with the land as a support to a new social and micro-economic model of the crop and strengthen the coexistence of the inhabitants of the neighborhood.


Monika Proniewska

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Monika uses the postcard format to create the proportions of the logo. Classical 10×15 postcard format gives the 3×2 proportion. She adds the geometric forms of the rationalist architecture of Montbau that also symbolize the nature that surrounds the neighborhood. The Helvetica typography is simple and friendly, A sans serif font to embody the idea of modernity.

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The module served to construct architecture of Montbau. Simple geometrical forms are inspired by ideas of functionalism and architectural drawings.

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The important part of Montbau is its greenery. The green areas create their spirit and identity. It is also part of an architect’s idea.

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Typography

Professor Salvador Huertas‘ subject aims to make an introduction to the architecture of the letter, typographical composition and analysis and critical evaluation of typographic letters. The final delivery of this subject has been a publication where the theme and format were free and essentially consisted in the treatment of typography and its composition.

Irati Antia

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Anna Cabrera

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Laia Faiges

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Laia Gabriel

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Beatriz Gómez

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Marc Juanola

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Mengdi Li

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Yolanda López

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Rubén Mecaliff

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Sarah Ortega

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Monika Proniewska

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Paula Serrano

Anna Trillas

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Júlia Valldolitx

Design project analysis and management

In the subject of Analysis and management of graphic design projects, from professor Anna Llàcer, students work in the conditions of creation, production, organization and management of projects and processes of graphic design, from its inception to its final delivery. The evaluating task of the subject consisted in the creation of a corporate manual with its applications based on a project arisen in class.

Júlia Valldolitx

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Anna Trillas

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Mengdi Li
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