Graduate Directory 2020: Visual Communication

Graduate Directory 2020: Visual Communication

We’re championing the talented graduates that transform clever concepts into visual reality. Check out our selection of the best communications, combining typography, graphic elements, and page layout techniques

Micah Barrett
Yale School of Art, US

Micah Barrett

Barrett’s variable font experiments explore text’s relationship to imagery, in an attempt ‘to infuse graphic design’s legacy of “text as image” into a contemporary digital environment’.

Dream collaborators: Dan Deacon, Nam June Paik. ‘I would also love to work on signage for a municipal transit system.’
micahbarrett.work

Hugo Dumont and Anthony Vernerey
ENSAD, France

Hugo Dumont and Anthony Vernerey

The French duo devoted their joint project to the world of Instagram, using graphic design to imagine alternative futures. ‘We questioned the fact that this social network could create a fake world where appearance takes over from content.’

Dream collaborator: Frank Ocean
hugodumont.co@anthony_vernerey

Aurelia Peter
Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland

Aurelia Peter

‘My interest in ritual masks was the starting point of this project,’ says Peter of her work, Through the Mask, which embraces graphic and textile design. It includes a scarf that is designed to swathe and conceal or open up the wearer to the world in a ‘graphic transition’.

Dream collaborator: Craig Green
aureliapeter.ch

Maximilian Haslauer
ABK Stuttgart, Germany

Maximilian Haslauer

Haslauer’s vibrant poster designs splice the aesthetics and sensibilities of pop and jazz using only typography. ‘Niklaus Troxler is definitely an inspiration; he taught at ABK and is the number one poster designer when you think about jazz,’ he says.

Dream collaborator: Artist and odour researcher Sissel Tolaas
haseaufderlauer.com

Sapir Ziv
Central Saint Martins, UK

Sapir Ziv

Ziv’s ‘Dynamic Grid’ uses random forms to change typography and layouts. ‘I was prompted to think about systems to manipulate and defamiliarise existing letterforms.’ Ziv’s 26 booklets take you through the alphabet, with each letter altered by a machine-generated code.

Dream collaborator: Kenneth Goldsmith
sapirziv.com

Dávid Molnár
ÉCAL, Switzerland

DÁVID MOLNÁR

Molnár’s typographic work explores an early family of serif typefaces named Didot, after French printer and type pioneer Firmin Didot. Molnár’s own take on Didot reinterprets the history for modern mediums and needs.

Dream collaborator: Dutch designer Erik van Blokland
davidmolnar89@icloud.com

Tania Alvarez Zaldivar
Yale School of Art, US

Tania Alvarez Zaldivar

Focusing on the Japanese philosopher Kitarō Nishida’s aesthetics of nothingness, this compilation includes texts by the likes of Kengo Kuma and Richard Neutra. Alvarez Zaldivar illustrated the essays with dense drawings of interpolated lines that evolve through the book.

Dream collaborators: Isamu Noguchi, Patricia Urquiola
zaldivartania.com

Vitek Skop
UMPRUM, Czech Republic

Vitek Skop

Written, illustrated and typeset by Skop, Madame Monsieur is a limited-edition novella set in Lyon and focusing on the ‘changing roles of men and women in society’. The Czech designer, who has owed text around the bold graphic illustrations, ‘wanted to create a graphic novel’.

Dream collaborator: Nicholas Negroponte
vitekvitek.com

Laura Csocsan
Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Hungary

Laura Csocsan

Csocsan describes Zorn as ‘a typeface that I had not planned to design’. The letterforms were shaped by the desire to capture the dynamic feel and contrast of sketches. ‘The contrast is not always consistent, so the letters have this somewhat odd feel to them,’ she says.

Dream collaborators: Hassan Rahim, Kasper-Florio
lauracsocsan.com

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