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.

 

 

Buy Yourself

The subject of Web Projects, taught by Anna Fuster, addresses the development of a web project, its approach and the obtaining of a functional prototype, graphic proposals, layout and server installation. Within the framework of this course, the students of the master’s degree have been visited by two representatives of Buy Yourself, an innovative app that allows you to buy without queuing. The two representatives, designer and programmer of this start-up, have explained to us the operation of their project, the development process they carried out both at the level of user-based design and organization and management of the business system.

Along the talk, they have evidenced the importance of understanding the user’s context and adjusting the project to their needs, based on UX / UI techniques and processes. In their case, they have sought to solve the problem of queues when buying in a clothing store and make this experience more practical for the user. By the moment, they have focused on small clothing stores, since the app is in a first phase of launch and implementation in this type of commerce is simpler.

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Screenshots from APP Buy Yourself
  1. Enter to the store, choose the products and scan with the APP their bar codes.
  2. You can automatically discover the features of the product, such as when you buy online.
  3. The purchase is made without queuing to pay. Simply by pressing a buy button.

The talk has had several moments where members of the Buy Yourself team advised students about the role differentiation within a company, the role of the designer, their interaction and understanding with other professionals and also about models of financing and promotion within the economic framework of a start-up.

Coffee with Adrià Sánchez

On May 8th we had a coffee with Adrià Sánchez, Chief Design Officer of Wallapop. The conference, titled Wallapop: Chronicles of a Designer, has dealt with the trajectory of Wallapop. The success of the application has made him suddenly seen with the situation of designing screens that receive 20 million visits a day.

Adrià is from Barcelona, a bar-tracted to absurd ideas and leads the design department of Wallapop. Formed in Elisava, he previously worked in bars and design studios such as Zulinema. He spent a period of time working in agencies, but basically his work was focused on freelances of design and projects of his own. It was then when he began to make his own apps as in the case of “To Beer”, a personal project to find beer around you that failed. Finally, his next project was Wallapop.

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This has been the last conference of Coffee with …a speech cycle focused on EINA’s Master of Graphic Design. Basing on different professional perspectives and points of view, they deal with topics related to the field of graphic design. These are a series of one-hour monthly meetings open to the public.

Coffee with Pau Masiá

On April 3rd, we had a coffee with Pau Masiá, a former student of EINA, while he talked about how he has been Designing the experiences of the future, title of this edition. Pau spoke about the role he currently plays in Telefónica I+D, in user experience design, and has made a brief review of the projects he has been through (Firefox OS, Firefox Hello, Tuenti), explaining how the role of the designer changes in each of them and what skills are needed for each type of project. You can listen to the conference by following this link.

Pau Masiá finished graphic design studies at EINA in 2013. In January 2014 he joined Telefónica I+D in the Firefox OS project as a visual designer. Since then he has participated in projects of global scope, working with professionals from all over the world. In 3 years it has been able to collaborate with companies such as Mozilla, the creators of the Firefox browser, and he currently works in the design department of Tuenti, creating the new Telefónica project to bring data management closer to users.

This is the sixth edition of “Coffee with…”, a speech cycle focused on EINA’s Master of Graphic Design where, basing on different professional points of view, they deal with topics related to the field of graphic design. “Coffee with …” is a series of one-hour monthly meetings open to the public.

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Coffee with Rosa Medina

On March 6th, the conference of “Cafè amb Rosa Medina” titled UX and Viking life was done. Rosa Medina finished her graphic design studies at EINA in 2010. She continued at EINA doing a Web Design postgraduate and Web 2.0 at UPF, combining studies and freelance work in UX / UI and front-end development in several projects. In 2013, after participating in the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (IDRC) summer course, she decided to move to Denmark and study a Master’s Degree in Service Design at the AAU. Since 2015 she has worked for several Danish companies with the roles of usability tester and UX designer. She currently works as a UX designer for Momondo. You can listen the recording of this conference in this link.

“Cafè amb…” is a speech cycle focused on EINA’s Master of Graphic Design where, basing on different professional points of view, some subjects related with the design field are dealt. This is a series of one hour length monthly meetings, free and open to public.

Coffee with Carles Murillo

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On February 20th we had a coffee with Carles Murillo, a former student of EINA. The title of this edition was Truths and varietés and it dealt with the role of the designer beyond the standard definition or more immediate of graphic design, as it can be the one of the designer-publisher, the designer-enabler or the designer-illustrator. You can listen to the recording of the conference by accessing this link.

Carles Murillo is a graphic designer, art director and independent illustrator specialized in the cultural sector who lives and works in Barcelona. For 13 years he has been project manager and the leader designer of the Barcelona headquarters of Bisdixit, where he was awarded several times at the Laus Awards, the Daniel Gil Awards (Visual), the Art Directors Club of New York, the Tokyo Type Director’s Club and the ADCE.

He is, among other things, a professor at IDEP, co-creator of artzine Papermind, father of the illustrated satirical newspaper Pescao Fresco and collaborating editor, art director and graphic designer of the Colombian magazine Yuca. He believes above all in ideas, in intelligent solutions, work, in culture, in self-publishing, in the marginal, in the role and in doing things with absolute passion and dedication; Does not believe, among others, in the star-system, nor in the mainstream, nor in the class difference, nor in the politicians, nor in the “official versions.”

“Cafè amb…” is a speech cycle focused on EINA’s Master of Graphic Design where, basing on different professional points of view, some subjects related with the design field are dealt. This is a series of one hour length monthly meetings, free and open to public.

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Coffee with Marcel Juan

Last January 30th we had a Coffee with Marcel Juan, former student of Superior Grade Design Course and ex professor of EINA’s Graphic Design Master. This new edition of “Coffee with…” has been taken under the title Make a living as a designer without designing. You can listen the recording of this conference in this link.

Marcel Juan is director and photographer. He studied graphic design in EINA but his interest in photography and moving image led his professional activity to focus on these areas. After 10 years working in the studio Porcuatro, He’s working now on his own in his studio. His audiovisuals and images owe a lot to his first career years graphic influences and they are marked by a particular sense of tempo, framing, esthetic and light. His work is emphasized by a taste for poetry, the human and sometimes certain details of humor and surrealism. He directed advertising spots, video clips, fashion films, mini TV series, curtains for several channels and short films.

“Cafè amb…” is a speech cycle focused on EINA’s Master of Graphic Design where, basing on different professional points of view, some subjects related with the design field are dealt. This is a series of one hour length monthly meetings, free and open to public.

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Vanguard Gràfic

Last 21th and 28th of november, pupils of the master could visit the printer Vanguard Gràfic and have an extended explanation about the different print process of a publication, packaging, etc. This activity was part of the subject Graphic Production given by the professor Lluc Massaguer.

2016_vanguardgrafic2This visit, divided in two days, has been highly fruitful and teaching, thanks of the students participative attitude and the explanations of Josep Amat, who guided both sessions and went with the group along the printer installations.

Among other things, the students have been in touch with different materials, supports and inks; they have learnt about the different print processes, watching in live all the operating machinery and they have thought about what we have to bear in mind when developing a print project, the importance of production tracking and the synergy with the different professionals.