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19 February 2019

"In tribute to", Final Degree Project on the Postgraduate in Photography and Editorial Design, by Elena Signorini

Elena Signorini explains "In tribute to", her final degree project on the Postgraduate Diploma in Photography and Editorial Design, a collection of self-portraits in the form of an anthology of all her visual references.

19 February 2019

EINA Bag 2019, designed by Clara Battestini

This year, EINA's bag has been designed by Clara Battestini, student of the fourth year, within the subject Stamping Techniques of the Degree in Design and taught by Miguel Bustos.

The bag was silkscreened at EINA work shop, EINA Barra de Ferro Arts Centre, during the month of January, 2019.

You can get your "must have" EINA bag during the Open Day, the Saló de l'Ensenyament or the Information sessions at EINA.

EINA Bag 2019, designed by Clara Battestini
18 February 2019

Josep Duran, former EINA student, partner at Forma

Josep Duran, a former EINA student, tells us of his experience as a partner at Forma, a graphic design and illustration studio in Barcelona.

What are you working on at the moment in the studio?

Right now, we’re working on some long-term projects that take up a large part of the everyday work, such as the communication for the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya and the icons we’re doing for Simon (we’ve already done over a thousand...). At the same time, we’ve got one-off projects, such as some books for Barcelona City Council, a campaign for the city’s Ciutat Vella district and the identity for a baker's

How did you become a Forma partner?

It was quite a natural process: I began by doing a master’s internship and I then went on to become part of the team. At Forma, there’s not too much of a hierarchical structure, we’re a small studio with three people. Even so, you could say that, in terms of responsibilities, I’ve gone from the classical roles of junior and senior designer to end up being a partner in the studio.

Are the tasks you do now different from the ones you did before in the studio?

The truth is: not that much. I still help on some projects and lead others. I’m slowly getting into the management part of the studio and a client or two, but there’s still a lot to learn. In taking creative decisions, I’ve felt valued from the very first day of the internship, so it’s nothing I’ve gained with the new status.

How do you work as a team and what role does each member have when a project comes in?

Whenever a project comes in, we try to look at it together, think what ways would be interesting to explore it, and from there, work on it a bit. In the end, each project ends up being led by one of the three naturally, depending on work needs and each one’s skills.

When you finished your EINA course, what were your first steps professionally speaking?

I carried on studying for a master’s, and at the same time I began my internship at Forma. Once I joined the team, I was able to take a short sabbatical to go to New York, to the Base Design studio. On returning to Barcelona, I joined the team and here I am.

What do you remember most about your time at EINA?

It’s going to sound very cheesy, but my friends. I still live with two old classmates. It would also be unfair not to talk about such special places as the gardens, the library and Barra de Ferro and about some of the teachers, of whom I have great memories.

What do you think you learned at EINA that you’ve been able to contribute as an added value to your work?

The basic tools to learn to be a designer. When you finish your course, it’s quite a shock and you realise that you’re only just starting to learn to design. Over time, though, I value some lessons without which it would have been very difficult for me to get on in this field.

What are your plans for the future?

I’d like to go back to studying. I’ve always thought I’d like to try a tangential discipline to graphic design. Illustration’s most certainly the most natural route for me, but I don’t rule out typography or product design.

Josep Duran
13 February 2019

Open Week 2019-2020 Master's and Postgraduate Courses

Open week EINA 2019

Between 25 and 29 March, the EINA Barra de Ferro Arts Centre will be hosting the information sessions on the EINA Master's and Postgraduate Courses for the 2019-2020 academic year. All the programmes can be consulted, and on the following dates, you can talk directly to the coordinators:

Monday 25 March, 6 pm:

Product Design

Design of Spaces

Tuesday 26 March, 6 pm:

Graphic Design

Wednesday 27 March, 6 pm:

Photography and Editorial Design


Thursday 28 March, 6 pm:


Research in Art and Design


12 February 2019

European Network FLIC installation

The finalist works of the European Network FLIC Awards can be visited until 9 March at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, in a free show open to the general public.

The selected pieces include the work of students on the EINA Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication Techniques and the EINA Specialisation Course in Illustration for Children's and Teenagers' Publications: Magdalena Arcieri Valdes, Maria de Balanzó, Maria Elisa Cabal Martínez, Francisca Cárcamo, Juan Garzon, Malena Guerrero, Constanza Olea, Marcela Perrone and Maryna Kizilova.

The decision on the prizes will take place on 15 March at the Barcelona Design Museum.

11 February 2019

Design of Ephemeral Spaces goes to the theatre

Throughout the Design of Ephemeral Spaces subject, the students have been able to become involved in the theatre at different stages of its development.

They attended the last rehearsals of El percebeiro y otros relatos sobre la filosofía del no me voy a caer, which was staged last month in the La Gleva theatre, where they became objects. They also attended one of the rehearsals of the first stage in the creation process of Suite TOC número 6, which will be performed at the Sala Beckett in March, to understand the relationship of languages on stage, and finally some of them attended the preview of Pocahontas o la verdadera historia de una traviesa to observe the occupation of the physical and mental space of the story. This last piece can be seen until 17 February, also at the Sala Beckett.

All three projects feature the stage design of Judit Colomer, teacher of the subject.

11 February 2019

Participation in the Design Futures. New Practices and Meanings conference

The ADG-FAD is organising the Design Futures. New Practices and Meanings conference, an arena for reflection on the future of graphic design, in which EINA teachers and alumni will be taking part.

  • Pràctica - Javier Arizu, Anna Berbiela, alumni + Carlos Bermúdez and Guillem Casasús, alumni and teachers on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design.
  • Typography and Multilingualism. Two Case Studies - Andreu Balius, teacher on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design.
  • Professional opportunities beyond the studio-client model - Pau de Riba, alumnus of the Bachelor’s Degree in Design and the MURAD.
  • Predicted academic and professional profile of the graphic designer in the near future - Lluc Massaguer, alumna of the Bachelor’s Degree in Design, teacher and coordinator of the Master's in Graphic Design.
Jornadas Futuros del Diseño. Nuevas prácticas y significados
8 February 2019

"Photography in Transit; between technique and gaze", session by Martí Llorens

Photographer Martí Llorens has taken part in a session on the Postgraduate in Photography and Editorial Design, invited by Manel Esclusa, where he spoke of his work and about how technique is at the disposition of the photographer to reinforce conceptual aspects that enrich the image. Selecting the photographic reproduction process is an important choice as, for him, enjoying the journey is more important than the final destination.

Martí Llorens (Barcelona, 1962), a graduate in Fine Arts in the Image speciality from Barcelona University (1987) and with a Master’s in the Theory and History of Architecture from the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura in Barcelona (ETSAB) (2016), has worked as a photographer specialising in the documentation of Architecture and Engineering projects

His personal work about time and region include the projects Poblenou (1987-1989) and Strata (2013). In other projects, it is history and memory that occur between the real and the imaginary, as in Revolutionary Memories (1996) and Aeronautical Memories (1999). His photographs can be found in the photography collection of the MNAC in Barcelona and in the INAH National Photograph Library of Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. He has received grants from Photo Press, (1999), Artes Plásticas Fundación Endesa (2002), Arte y Derecho (2008) and Recerca i Creació CONCA (2010), and second prize in the European Photography Award held in Berlin in 1991 for a series of photographs in the Poblenou project.

His interest in the origins and history of photography led to his being one of the founders of the AtelieRetaguardia. Heliografía Contemporània (2007–2012) cultural association, a group devoted to artistic research and practice using historical photographic procedures. In 2015, he co-directed the project for the restoration and research of the Daguerre-Giroux photographic equipment, with which the first photograph in Spain was taken, in 1839. This and other projects can be seen on the Factoria Heliogràfica cultural association’s website.

7 February 2019

Presentation of the "NYAM" project at Greenhouse, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair

Students from the various mentions and years of the Bachelor’s Degree in Design gave a group presentation of the NYAM project at Greenhouse, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.

During months of interdisciplinary work, both inside and outside the classroom, with the support of various teachers, the group of students designed from scratch not just the products but also the stand, the graphics and the communication strategy.

On 5 February, they gave the talk entitled “Mediterranean Lifestyle Revisited through Design”, where they presented their project, explaining the details both about the construction and about the process.

6 February 2019

Designer or chameleon? - Alumni Training Capsule

Alumni EINA is organising the following training capsule session for the next semester:

Designer or chameleon?

  • Gemma Terol
  • Friday 15 March 20198, from 4 pm to 8 pm
  • EINA
  • Registration
    You will need a university identification number (NIU/NIA) and a password. If you are not an EINA student yet, you can obtain them here.

Starting a business from scratch, and having your own business, has parts that are gratifying and others that are tough. In “Designer or chameleon?”, Gemma will share some tips and some "that I wouldn’t do again". She will look at the importance of being versatile and being ready for anything that might come along, because one day "your life’s dream” will come calling, and the next day it’s a customer who won’t pay. One night, you go out for a few drinks with your partners, and a week later, one of them doesn’t believe in this new focus you want to give the studio.

The content of the capsule will be based on the following aspects:

  • Types of companies that exist, advantages and disadvantages of each one.
  • Team structure and roles.
  • How to find clients. Methods, contacts, cold calling.
  • Types of documents that help manage numbers.
  • The role of the management agent. Online or in person?
  • Billing programs.
  • Time-saving programs.
  • "Romantic" mistakes to avoid.
  • The advantages of working for yourself.
  • The disadvantages of working for yourself.

Gemma Terol graduated in Graphic Design in 2001. Since then, she has worked as a designer, almost half her life; Publications Manager at EINA, freelance designer for the Carme Vives Studio, Art Director with a small publishing house and in the advertising division of the BPMO communication group. In 2010, she began her first personal project alongside two partners, the theroomrooms studio. Today, eight years later, she is setting out on a new solo professional project, a studio that is emerging from her professional maturity, with a more experimental and personal focus.

More information: alumni@eina.cat

Designer or chameleon? - Alumni Training Capsule
© Gemma Terol
6 February 2019

EINA presents “Noctulica” at Llum Bcn Poblenou

Second-year students on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design, in the Design of Ephemeral Spaces subject, have created the “Noctulica” project, which can be seen at the Simon Showroom in the second edition of Llum Bcn Poblenou, a light festival that will be held from 15 to 17 February.

The “Noctulica” project explores the perception of light and looks at bioluminescence, a phenomenon that occurs when an external element interacts with a living organism, such as the Noctiluca scintillans, a species of bioluminescent plankton. The light emitted by Noctiluca scintillans is inoffensive: it illuminates the shapes of water and creates a light composition in constant movement that plays with our perceptions and with visual experience.

The students taking part in this project, tutored by Judit Colomer, are: Vicente Akira, Mercè Boncompte, Pol Capdevila, Núria Carrascal, Ana Habash, Anaïs Llop, Oriol Pinell and Maria Vicente.

“Noctulica” features the collaboration of Joan Pomés, sound engineer.

“Noctulica” - Llum Bcn Poblenou
6 February 2019

NOTAVANDAL, exhibition of photography by Carla Ballester

Carla Ballester, a fourth-year student on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design, presents NOTAVANDAL, a collection of portraits and landscape photographs that she has created over the last two years, where the photographer journeys through her growth from the first photograph, created on 3 August 2017 in Llavaneres, Catalonia, up to her last piece, produced on 30 January 2019, in Varanasi, India. A collection of images in which the viewer can see a year of evolution and learning, in which the photographer has begun a metamorphosis that continues to evolve.

A combination of perfectly landscapes and portraits that are perfectly combined but that also give rise to freely-interpreted introspection.

The images were taken from a moving car, on an ordinary beach, in the sea, in family homes and in trendy bars in Barcelona, capturing the landscape of the Mediterranean coastline and photographs of everyday life. They are fleeting images, that escape from view and that are also scratched by the artist, intensifying this momentary aspect.

NOTAVANDAL by Carla Ballester
© Carla Ballester
5 February 2019

Talk by Flavio Morais, illustrator

Flavio Morais will share his career, his work and his creative strategies in an open talk as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication Techniques.

The Brazilian illustrator will offer a summary of his illustrations, focusing primarily on the ones made from volume constructions, small sculptures and found objects.

Flavio Morais
Illustrator born in São Paolo, and trained in Design in London, he moved to Barcelona at the start of his career, where he still works today. He has enjoyed an extensive career and has worked with a wide range of companies and brands, especially in the national and international publishing industry. Morais is also outstanding for producing part of his work in mural format.

Flavio Morais
© Flavio Morais
4 February 2019

Open call: research in design and art residency

IDENSITAT, the E Space at Fabra i Coats and the EINA University Master's in Research in Art and Design (MURAD) are offering the possibility of taking part in a research in design and art residency called ASYMMETRIES.

ASYMMETRIES proposes an exploration of urban spaces with problems of inequality and precariousness.

The work done in the residency will be exhibited in the first week in October at Fabra i Coats.

The call is open until 20 February.

1 February 2019

Guinovart - Transformed Reality

Jordi Fulla, alumnus, former teacher and current member of the EINA Board of Trustees, is taking part in Guinovart - Transformed Reality, as part of the Dialogues to discover Guinovart’s work (I). 'Involvements with the Artist', together with Rafael Tous and Joan de Muga, where they will discuss their relationship with Guinovart.

The event seeks to offer an idea of the artist’s personality based on the involvements he creates with the people who, on the one hand, help him channel his work, and on the other, those who are his end recipients. We will see how the role of the gallerist evolves, over time becoming not just that of a professional who manages the artist’s career in relation to the market, but also that of a friend and confidant. The collector who is committed to the art of their time, who directly lives and is passionate about creation, is the custodian of his works and now enables us to read the economic and social environment of the artist at the moment of creation. A third approach is that of those who learn with and from him. What is the bond that Guinovart establishes with his students and the legacy for subsequent generations?

Guinovart - La realitat transformada