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22 January 2019

Interview in Graffica with Raquel Fabrellas

The latest issue of the Graffica magazine (number 12), devoted to self-commissions and customer-less projects, features an interview with Raquel Fabrellas, where she talks of her Final Degree Project "Sofia", and of her training and how she sees the future.

Entrevista de Graffica a Raquel Fabrellas
21 January 2019

Letterpress - Alumni Training Capsule

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

Letterpress

Practical typographic printing course with moveable wooden letters (letterpress). We will be looking back at old-fashioned printing, with its printing blocks and traditional manual techniques, to explore the large-format text printing process. A creative experience that will allow you to control the creative process, developing a physical relationship with the typeface and the space.

Arcangela Regis studied photography at the Institut d'Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya (1998) parallel to her Graphic Design course at EINA (2000). She specialised in manual typographic composition and printing at the Conservatori de les Arts del Llibre de l'Escola Llotja (2007). In 2015 she studied on the postgraduate course in Ephemera: history, analysis and cataloguing of ephemeral printed materials, and The Old Book: history and analysis of bibliographic heritage, at the Faculty of Library Science and Documentation at Barcelona University. She is the founder of Laurenpress, a printing press devoted to craft typographic composition and printing, where she undertakes design and print commissions and her own personal projects.

Letterpress with Arcangela Regis

More information: alumni@eina.cat



The Training Capsules

The aim of the Training Capsules is to offer EINA Alumni members active learning, both to refresh and improve their design-related professional skills and to look more deeply into the fields related to art and the humanities, in workshop, seminar or lecture format.

Places will be limited and registrations will be accepted strictly by order of application. Courses will require a minimum of 6 persons enrolled.

The duration of these sessions will normally be 4 hours and they will cost € 20 for EINA Alumni members and € 80 for non-members, per person and course.

If after reserving a place you are unable to attend the activity, you must cancel your reservation by sending an email to alumni@eina.cat so that someone else can take up your place.

Cancellation should be no later than 24 hours before the day of the activity. If you don’t attend the activity and you haven’t cancelled within this period, a non-attendance penalty will be applied (you won’t be able to enrol on any other training capsule for 2 months after the date of the course in question). If the cancellation is on medical grounds and you cancel less than 24 hours before the capsule, you will need to show a doctor’s letter for the penalty not to be applied.

8 January 2019

Alumni Training Capsules 2018/2019 course

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

Digital Photography Processing

  • Mariana Castel
  • Friday 25 January 2019, 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.

Practical digital photography course using Lightroom. Participants will learn how to organise, select and edit RAW negatives using Adobe software. Working with RAW files enables professional post-production as the file contains much more information than a .jpg. Students will work on each of the editing modules of the programme and create a series of pre-established presets so that they have their own presets library. Finally, students will export their selected photographs with the suitable resolution for posting on the internet and to be able to print them. To take the course, students must have a basis of technical knowledge of photography and a digital camera with the option of creating RAW files.

Mariana Castel is a graphic designer and photographer. She studied design at EINA and in 2015, she specialised in editorial design and photography, studying for the Postgraduate Programme in Photography and Editorial Design at EINA. She currently works freelance after having worked for a number of agencies.

Digital Photography Processing with Mariana Castel

Letterpress

Practical typographic printing course with moveable wooden letters (letterpress). We will be looking back at old-fashioned printing, with its printing blocks and traditional manual techniques, to explore the large-format text printing process. A creative experience that will allow you to control the creative process, developing a physical relationship with the typeface and the space.

Arcangela Regis studied photography at the Institut d'Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya (1998) parallel to her Graphic Design course at EINA (2000). She specialised in manual typographic composition and printing at the Conservatori de les Arts del Llibre de l'Escola Llotja (2007). In 2015 she studied on the postgraduate course in Ephemera: history, analysis and cataloguing of ephemeral printed materials, and The Old Book: history and analysis of bibliographic heritage, at the Faculty of Library Science and Documentation at Barcelona University. She is the founder of Laurenpress, a printing press devoted to craft typographic composition and printing, where she undertakes design and print commissions and her own personal projects.

Letterpress with Arcangela Regis


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.

Course with Gemma Terol


Design and creation of accessible websites for people with functional diversity

  • Rubén Alcaraz
  • Friday 26 April 2019, 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.

The course will focus on the analysis of international web accessibility guidelines, adopted as ISO and UNE standards, and on the conformity criteria that websites must meet to certify the minimum level of accessibility required. These criteria include both aspects related to the design of interfaces and their usability, and technical criteria related to their coding and programming.

Aims

  • To understand and get to know how people with different disability types access websites.
  • To get to know the accessibility criteria that a website must fulfil for it to be considered accessible.
  • To learn technical and design solutions to traditional problems of accessibility.
  • To get to know the main tools and methodologies for the creation and auditing of accessible websites.

Programme

  • What is web accessibility?
  • Types of disability and forms of interaction and access on the web.
  • Applicable legislation and regulations.
  • Accessibility of content, browsing, interaction and design.
  • SEO and accessibility: common aspects.
  • Tools and methodologies for the creation and evaluation of accessible websites.

Recommendations
We recommend that participants should have a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS.

Rubén Alcaraz is a Senior Technician in Web Applications Development, a Diploma-holder in Library Science and Documentation (Barcelona University), with a Master’s Degree in Digital Content Management (Barcelona University/Pompeu Fabra University) with work on the accessibility of interactive digital maps. He is currently studying for a doctorate on the doctoral programme in Information Engineering and Technology at Lleida University, with a thesis on the accessibility of statistical graphs. He is an associate lecturer at Barcelona University (Bachelor’s Degree in Information and Documentation and Master’s Degree in Digital Content Management), Pompeu Fabra University (Master’s Degree in Digital Documentation, Master’s Degree in Search Engines and Master’s Degree in UX: usability and user experience), and at EINA (Postgraduate Programme in Web Design and MURAD). Member of the Adaptabit Research Group at Barcelona University, working on research into digital accessibility in teaching, research and teaching innovation. He has done consultancy work related to web accessibility for various public administrations.

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Curso webs accessibles Rubén Alcaraz


From concept to material. The design-print tandem

  • Josep Amat and Lluc Massaguer
  • Friday 10 May 2019, from 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Vanguard Gràfic (Joan Miró, 17 - 08930 Sant Adrià del Besòs, Barcelona)
  • 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.

Knowing the production process of the graphic elements that we generate not only offers security and reliability in the results, but by generating good dialogue between designer and printer, we can reinforce the conceptual part of a project, as well as give it added value.

The capsule combines, on the one hand, a display of examples of design projects that are outstanding for their good technical work, choice of materials or combination of print systems, and on the other hand, a space for looking, touching and smelling physical examples of unusual and interesting solutions. It ends with a small workshop where participants will be able to put into practice a choice of material based on a fictitious briefing. It will be held at the facilities of Vanguard Gràfic, to have the material and print machinery close to hand.

Josep Amat specialises in process management, and has worked for some 25 years as production manager with a family print business. In 2013, he created the Print School, a CSR initiative aimed at helping schools with economic problems. He is currently in charge of digitisation at Vanguard Gràfic and teaches at a number of design training centres.

Lluc Massaguer is a graphic designer and graduate in Design from EINA. She worked for three years in the pre-print department of the family print business. From 2005 to 2015, she was Publications Manager at EINA, and since 2015 she has been Online Contents and Alumni Manager. Since 2006, she has taught Graphic Arts, Properties and Uses of New Materials and Graphic Production on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design and on the Master's in Graphic Design at EINA, of which she is the coordinator.

Curso diseño-imprenta Josep Amat y Lluc Massaguer


The Training Capsules

The aim of the Training Capsules is to offer EINA Alumni members active learning, both to refresh and improve their design-related professional skills and to look more deeply into the fields related to art and the humanities, in workshop, seminar or lecture format.

Places will be limited and registrations will be accepted strictly by order of application. Courses will require a minimum of 6 persons enrolled.

The duration of these sessions will normally be 4 hours and they will cost € 20 for EINA Alumni members and € 80 for non-members, per person and course.

If after reserving a place you are unable to attend the activity, you must cancel your reservation by sending an email to alumni@eina.cat so that someone else can take up your place.

Cancellation should be no later than 24 hours before the day of the activity. If you don’t attend the activity and you haven’t cancelled within this period, a non-attendance penalty will be applied (you won’t be able to enrol on any other training capsule for 2 months after the date of the course in question). If the cancellation is on medical grounds and you cancel less than 24 hours before the capsule, you will need to show a doctor’s letter for the penalty not to be applied.

18 December 2018

Víctor García Tur wins the Mercè Rodoreda short story prize, awarded at the Festival of Catalan Arts

Víctor García Tur, alumnus and teacher of Latest Design Trends in the third year of the Bachelor’s Degree in Design, has won the 21st Mercè Rodoreda short story and narrative prize for The Country of the Blind. The prizes at the Festival of Catalan Arts were presented at the 68th Santa Llúcia’s Eve.

Tur’s work is a reflection on the idea of falsehood and plagiarism, where the author pays “homage to the heritage of authors such as Borges, Kipling and Ursula K. Le Guin”. With The Country of the Blind, Tur says he has gone for a literary karaoke and has sung songs that motivated him from the stories of great authors that he has remade and turned on their heads.

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12 December 2018

The project design of the Acompanya’m centre, by Rai Pinto and Dani Rubio, wins Best of Year Prize by Interior Design Magazine

Rai Pinto and Dani Rubio, alumni and teachers on the EINA Bachelor’s Degree in Design, have won one of the Best of Year Prizes organised for the last 13 years by Interior Design Magazine, for the interior design and applied graphics project for the Acompanya’m Therapy Unit, a residential centre at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona for children with high-complexity mental disorders.

Around 2,000 projects from all over the world were submitted for the prizes, of which 586 were finalists in the 133 categories called between space projects and products. The interior design and applied graphics project for the Acompanya’m centre won in the Greater Good category.

The awards ceremony was held on Friday 30 November at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

Acompanya’m by Rai Pinto and Dani Rubio
10 December 2018

Digital Photography Processing - Alumni Training Capsule

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

Digital Photography Processing

Digital Photography Processing - Mariana Castel

Practical digital photography course using Lightroom. Participants will learn how to organise, select and edit RAW negatives using Adobe software. Working with RAW files enables professional post-production as the file contains much more information than a .jpg. Students will work on each of the editing modules of the programme and create a series of pre-established presets so that they have their own presets library. Finally, students will export their selected photographs with the suitable resolution for posting on the internet and to be able to print them. To take the course, students must have a basis of technical knowledge of photography and a digital camera with the option of creating RAW files.

Mariana Castel is a graphic designer and photographer. She studied design at EINA and in 2015, she specialised in editorial design and photography, studying for the Postgraduate Programme in Photography and Editorial Design at EINA. She currently works freelance after having worked for a number of agencies.



The Training Capsules

The aim of the Training Capsules is to offer EINA Alumni members active learning, both to refresh and improve their design-related professional skills and to look more deeply into the fields related to art and the humanities, in workshop, seminar or lecture format.

Places will be limited and registrations will be accepted strictly by order of application. Courses will require a minimum of 6 persons enrolled.

The duration of these sessions will normally be 4 hours and they will cost € 20 for EINA Alumni members and € 80 for non-members, per person and course.

If after reserving a place you are unable to attend the activity, you must cancel your reservation by sending an email to alumni@eina.cat so that someone else can take up your place.

Cancellation should be no later than 24 hours before the day of the activity. If you don’t attend the activity and you haven’t cancelled within this period, a non-attendance penalty will be applied (you won’t be able to enrol on any other training capsule for 2 months after the date of the course in question). If the cancellation is on medical grounds and you cancel less than 24 hours before the capsule, you will need to show a doctor’s letter for the penalty not to be applied.

Digital Photography Processing - Alumni Training Capsule - Mariana Castel
4 December 2018

"Outsiders: The Webseries" in Basic Drawing

Ainhoa Bolaños, Laia Palacios, directors of "Outsiders: The Webseries”, and Louise Good, EINA alumna and lead actress in the series, took part in a Basic Drawing session, with Mar Saiz, to talk to the students about their creative process, from the initial idea to the pilot episode.

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26 November 2018

"¡Tris, tras!", book by Julia Abalde and Clara Sáez

Julia Abalde, alumna on the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication Techniques, and Clara Sáez, former student on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design and the Specialisation Course in Illustration for Children's and Teenagers' Publications, form Pin Tam Pon and have just published "¡Tris, Tras!", a book of activities, stories and games for children aged between 6 and 12, published by Gustavo Gili.

"¡Tris, tras!", book by Julia Abalde and Clara Sáez
23 November 2018

Néstor Rives on the Postgraduate Diploma in Photography and Editorial Design

Néstor Rives, photographer and alumnus on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design, talks of his recent projects on the Postgraduate Diploma in Photography and Editorial Design, of which he is also a former student.

The bond constructed with the characters photographed, the process of taking their photographs, how he managed night-time visits to industrial estates, fear, friendship, death and loneliness are some of the subjects that emerged in the debate with the students.


Néstor Rives (Sant Just, Barcelona 1988) is a graphic designer and photographer. He has worked on photographic projects since 2013. In the majority of his work, he uses a hard and dark look aimed at documenting everyday subjects we don’t normally pay attention to but that, whether we like it or not, make up what we are as persons and as a society.

Selected for Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña 2016, Scan PhotoBook Tarragona 2016 and 2018, Biennal Art Contemporain JCE 2017, PhotoAlicante 2018, PA-TA-TA Festival 2017 and 2018, and others.

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15 November 2018

Illustrators, EINA alumni, work on a charity calendar about women’s rights

A number of EINA alumni are part of the group of illustrators who have worked together on the calendar ‘A year of rights, a year of women’, an initiative of the Catalan Association for Peace, which aims to raise the profile of the human rights breaches that women around the world suffer.

It includes illustrations by Marta Bellvehí and Clara Sáez, former students on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design, Martina Tarabal, from the Master’s in Graphic Design, Lola Abenza and Lara Costafreda, from the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication Techniques and Nadine Feghaly, from the Specialisation Course in Illustration for Children's and Teenagers' Publications.

"Un any de drets, un any de dones" 2019 calendar
4 October 2018

Gold Colibrí 2018 for the album book by illustrator Joceline Pérez Gallardo

The album book "The Girl Who Hid Too Much", published by Muñeca de Trapo Ediciones and written by Joceline Pérez Gallardo, alumni on the Specialisation Course in Illustration for Children's and Teenagers' Publications, has been awarded the Gold Colibrí 2018 medal. These awards are organised by IBBY Chile.

"La niña que se escondía demasiado", by Joceline Pérez Gallardo
21 September 2018

Participation of EINA teachers and alumni in the BLANC Festival

On 18, 19 and 20 October, Barcelona is hosting the BLANC Festival, in which teachers and alumni from EINA are taking part:

  • Carlos Álvarez, as part of the White Campus, with his Final Bachelor’s Degree Project "Linear"
  • Jordi Duró, alumni and teacher on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design
  • Javier Pereda and Anna Solsona (Esiete), alumni
  • Noe Blanco, teacher on the course in Advanced Font Development
  • Marc Català and Tilman Solé (Mucho), alumni and former teachers
  • Mario Eskenazi, former teacher and current member of the EINA Board of Trustees
BLANC Festival 2018
BLANC Festival 2018
13 September 2018

Exhibition: “6 Dialects, 1 World” at the EINA Barra de Ferro Arts Centre

“6 Dialects, 1 World” is an exhibition of jewellery as part of Joya Barcelona Art Jewelry Fair 2018, where abstract creations will be varied in both form and material, as each artist works in their own style to contribute to a discussion group. This is a reference to how people find different ways of expressing the same thing. What does being free mean? People have an idea of what freedom is, but can people really understand what is not freedom? Questions about freedom can be difficult subjects filled with grey areas based on everyone’s viewpoint. As we can see, there are many subjects that need to be debated with regard to freedom.

Taking part in the show are Clara Niubò, former student on the EINA Bachelor’s Degree in Design, together with Jordi Aparicio, Ignasi Cavaller, Carla Garcia Durlan, Sandra Llusà and William Rudolph Faulkner.

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7 September 2018

TypeThursday comes to Barcelona

TypeThursday Barcelona, which is staged thanks to Álvaro Franca, Elena Peralta, Elisa Pérez, Ferran Riera, Edu Vidiella, Daniel Colmenares and Ramón Lozano, former students on the EINA Master's in Advanced Typography, with Ricard Garcia, is a monthly meeting aimed at designers who see letters when they close their eyes.

Taking part will be local lovers of letter design in all its disciplines, regardless of their level of experience. The main event is the Type Crit, a group correction of up to four current projects in letter design or the use of typography, where constructive critiques are offered.


More information and registration

TypeThursday Barcelona
24 July 2018

Javier Arizu, a former student at EINA, associate partner on Pentagram New York

Javier Arizu, a former student at EINA, explains his experience as Associate Partner on Pentagram Nueva York, one of the most prestigious design studios worldwide.


What do you remember most from your time at EINA?


Mornings between classes, the library, Laureano, but the best thing about EINA is its location, the park. It's a special place. When I say where I studied, people from here can't believe it.


When you finished your studies at EINA, what were your first steps professionally?

Before finishing my degree, during the third year, I did an internship at Mucho. It was interesting because they were also the mentors for the Final Project in my last year. When I was doing the Final Project, they offered me the possibility of working with them for a few months with the possibility of staying there. In the end, a spot opened up and I was there from April 2012 until August 2015.

After this period, I decided to make a change. Among my options was the possibility to go to another studio in Barcelona, but they all have a similar structure, so it didn't seem like there was a chance to grow too much. Another option was to start on my own, but I was only 24 and I thought I was too young. So, I decided to go abroad. My first idea was to go to London, because I thought going to the United States would be complicated in terms of visas. In the end I made up my mind and started contacting people.

My plan was to go to New York and go to interviews, but I only had one scheduled when it was time to leave Mucho. Just then, Guillem Casasús, who had been with Sagmeister, told me that they were looking for a designer for three months and asked me to send them my portfolio. I thought there was no chance they'd hire me, but they liked it and they wanted me there three weeks later. I had to leave Mucho early to go to Sagmeister for three months. It was a good test to see if I liked the city, the type of work, and the structure there, which is very different from what I experienced at Mucho. It was a huge learning process, but a month and a half later I decided I didn't want to stay with them, so I reconnected with the studios I had already contacted in New York. One of those studios was Pentagram, Natasha Jen is one of their partners.

I'd already returned to Barcelona when they told me they wanted me at Pentagram. That's where I've been ever since!


How did you become an Associate Partner at Pentagram?

Pentagram's structure is very horizontal. It has partners around the world (there are eight in New York), each with their own team, which might have between five and ten permanent designers and a few interns. Among the six designers on Natasha's team, the structure is like this: Intern, Junior Designer, Middle-Weight Designer, Senior Designer, then Associate Partner and Partner.


Are the tasks you're doing now different from what you did before?

It's what happens based on what you've been doing over time when you've shown that you're capable of taking on this position and that's how it has evolved, as I'll explain. I came on as a Senior Designer and catching on was hard, mentally most of all - their way of thinking, working, their tastes, because it's your client in the end, you know? It wasn't easy to adapt after having only one other experience and one other boss. The work dynamics are quite different, especially in terms of the creative process. Natasha is always more like the creative director and she lets us design.


What's the teamwork like and what role does each person have when starting on a project?

For a project, the Project Manager is in charge of logistics development. The Associate leads and submits proposals to the Partner, especially at the beginning of a project, then backs off and you continue with the project, meetings, and so on.

In terms of the process, there are initial phases for any project such as strategy, naming, and so on, and you have to be aware of what's going on to understand the direction the project is heading. When you start designing, two or three designers make design proposals and one person leads the project.


What are your plans for the future?

When I came here my plan was to stay for four or five years, to experience new things. But I don't know. I'm really happy here. I see it as a great opportunity to grow and to continue developing both professionally and personally. Meanwhile, Anna Berbiela, Guillem Casasús, Carlos Bermúdez (all EINA alumni), Albert Porta, and I created the Pràctica studio this year (www.practica.design). So, the next step is to "go all out" with our studio.


What do you think you learned at EINA that you were able to contribute as added value to your work?

Well, I think that initially, when I started working, what I remember appreciating most about EINA was being prepared in the field, having resources for the real world, doing final projects, or knowing how to do things right. Even though there's more to learn when we finish, we're constantly learning and improving. I think that the foundations you get from EINA are really solid and realistic, which gives you a great advantage when starting out. Here, for example, some of the schools set up the last year so you can go out into the world with a good portfolio that will allow you to find a job. That's fine, but it's another mentality that I think might make adaptation more complicated at first.

Looking back, I wouldn't have ever thought I'd end up here. I thought I didn't have the ability to come, but New York is full of foreigners. Actually, there are tons of people here who love the studios in Barcelona. At times, we tend to glorify things from abroad and think we're not able to work here.


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