Questions of Education and Research Within Graphic Design and Visual Communication Design in Nordic-Baltic Institutions

SYMPOSIUM 5–6 JUNE, 2019
AALTO UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ARTS, DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE
ESPOO, FINLAND

About

On 5–6 June 2019, a group of design educators and academics gathered at the Aalto University campus in Espoo, Finland, invited by the Visual Communication Design study programme at Aalto ARTS. This website serves as documentation of that event.

The symposium brought together the Visual Communication and Graphic Design programmes in Nordic and Baltic countries. This was a collegial meeting for discussion – a friendly and relaxed event, arranged however in the hope of significant academic implications. It was about study programmes coming together, learning to know each other, asking questions together—discussing localities, commonalities, differences. The symposium proposed a focus in mapping contemporary questions within graphic design and visual communication higher education and research, and the possibility of forming a network for future collaborations.

For the symposium, the participant institutions were asked to define what might be one of the most urgent questions in their study programmes right now, and to share that question with others. All the questions and summaries of some of their presentations can be found on this website. As anticipated, posing questions created more questions, but it was also very clear that most of the institutions were troubled by similar issues. Many fruitful, engaged discussions ensued, and friends were made. The symposium ended up as the launch of a collegial network for this field in the Nordic, Scandinavian and Baltic countries, for peer discussion and collaboration.

This informal network might create more opportunities, such as exchanging ideas and sharing good practices in teaching, discussing the emerging field of practice-based research and critical making in this field, as well as possible concrete developments such as planning courses/workshops/research projects, joint publishing or exhibitions, etc.

— ARJA KARHUMAA
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, HEAD OF PROGRAMME
VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN (VCD)

Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture

Symposium contributors

ARJA KARHUMAA Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
ÅSE HUUS Bergen Academy of Art and Design
BIRNA GEIRFINNSDÓTTIR Iceland University of the Arts
DANIEL MELSE Art Academy of Latvia
DORA ISLEIFSDOTTIR Bergen Academy of Art and Design
EMMA RENDEL Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts & Design
HARRI HEIKKILÄ Lahti University of Applied Sciences
INDREK SIRKEL Estonian Academy of Arts
JOHANNA LEWENGARD Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts & Design
JULIA OJAPELTO Lahti University of Applied Sciences
LARS HOFF-LUND Design School Kolding
LEAH BURNS Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
LÓA AUÐUNSDÓTTIR Iceland University of the Arts
MAIJA ROZENFELDE Art Academy of Latvia
MARKUS JOUTSELA Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
MARTIN LUNDELL Oslo National Academy of the Arts
NIKOLAJ KNOP Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
OTT KAGOVERE Estonian Academy of Arts
PENNI OSIPOW Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
RASMUS SPANGGAARD TROELSEN Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
ROBYNN MCPHERSON Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
RUPESH VYAS Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
SAMIRA BOUABANA Beckmans College of Design
SARA KAAMAN Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts & Design
SILJA NIKULA University of Lapland
TARJA NIEMINEN Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

[IMAGE: SYMPOSIUM DINNER PARTY ON 5 JUNE 2019 / VILLA SALIN, ESPOO / PHOTO CREDIT: NAME UNKNOWN]

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INSTITUTIONAL HOST / ORGANIZED BY Aalto VCD—Visual Communication Design Programme at Aalto University
WITH SUPPORT FROM Cirrus, Nordic–Baltic Network of Art and Design Education
PRODUCER Minna Ainoa
PHOTOGRAPHER Iiro Immonen
SPECIAL THANKS TO Naisasialiitto Unioni, Design Factory at Aalto University

PUBLISHED ONLINE 2019, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
PUBLICATION EDITOR Arja Karhumaa
READING LIST EDITORS Indrek Sirkel and Ott Kagovere
WEBSITE DESIGN Robynn McPherson
PROGRAMMING Viiksimaisteri / Ville Niemi
TYPEFACES Lyyra by Schick Toikka, Freesans by GNU, Quastic Kaps by Gemfonts

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