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.
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
- Opening 3 October, at 7 pm
- Exhibition until 6 October
- EINA Barra de Ferro Arts Centre, Barcelona
- Open Monday to Saturday, 4 pm to 8 pm
“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.
- 20 September at 6.30 pm
- EINA Barra de Ferro Arts Centre, 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.
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.
Rocío Belda and Berta Comellas take part in “Latent. Connecting business with the best talent from art and design schools”
- 13 June, from 10 am to 6 pm
- Disseny Hub Barcelona
Rocío Belda and Berta Comelles, alumni of the EINA Bachelor’s Degree in Design, will be taking part in “Latent. Connecting business with the best talent from art and design schools”, an event organised as part of Barcelona Design Week, which features the presence of nearly 60 design, architecture, fashion, audiovisuals and interactives schools that will be presenting themselves to companies and organisations.
“Latent” is an arena in which to discover the talent coming out of the design schools all over Catalonia and a meeting point for graduates, businesses and institutions working in the field of design.
Open to the public, the event will feature multiple simultaneous activities: talks in the form of conversations to get to know the experience of young people who are working for companies; arranged meetings between young people looking for what businesses want and vice versa; group workshops to deploy individual skills where young people, schools and businesses will work together to solve a challenge and get to know each other’s skills and motivations through practice; self-presentation booths; etc.
Monica Toledo, former student on the specialisation course in Illustration for Children's and Teenagers' Publications at EINA, has created the poster for the 2018 Festa Major de Gràcia. Her poster was chosen from among 150 entries.
The end of April saw a workshop led by Mermelada Estudio, as part of the Properties and Uses of New Materials subject, where the 3rd-year graphic design and visual creation students experimented with materials and manipulations with a methacrylate cube measuring 10 x 10 x 10 cm.
The members of Mermelada Estudio, two of them EINA alumni, introduced the students to the exercise with a presentation of how an existing product can be altered and modified just by making changes to its shell. Based on this methacrylate cube, the students were invited to modify it with deformations, cuts, coverings, the application of additions, applied graphics, paint or any other alteration.
Köllen Design, a team whose members are Oriol Campillo, Núria Jané, Adrián Soldado and Paula Terra, students and former students on the EINA Bachelor’s Degree in Design, has won two Silver A’Design Awards in the world’s largest design competition, which rewards the best designs and design concepts, products and services.
The two award-winning pieces are the Köllen Bookshelf, a bookshelf created by repeating pieces that adapt to the size and shape of the objects that it supports, and Köllen Tryk, an interactive wall hanger that enables different compositions to be created depending on their use at a given time.
Köllen Bookshelf (Silver A’Design Award) was presented at NUDE, the 2015 Feria Hábitat Valencia International Furniture Trade Fair, and has taken part in Innovation Room organised by the Renault Group and in the 2017 Barcelona Design Market. In 2018, it was selected to take part in the Milan Design Market.
Köllen Tryk (Silver A’Design Award) was presented at the Salone Satellite, Salone del Mobile Milano 2017, as part of the WAY ON project created by EINA for this trade fair, and in 2018 it was awarded first prize at the 4th edition of the Jordi Amat Design in Wood Competition.
The A’Design Award & Competition awards will be held on 29 June at Tremezzo Sightseeing’s Teatre Sociale on Lake Como (Italy). The winning products will form part of an exhibition that opens on 30 June.
Postgraduate projects in Photography and Editorial Design and Bachelor’s Degree in Design at UtopiaMarkets
- Friday 11 May, from 7 pm to 11 pm
- Saturday 12 May, from 11 am to 10 pm
- Sunday 13 May, from 11 am to 10 pm
- Utopia 216, Barcelona
The 3rd edition of UtopiaMarkets Photo will include the participation of former students on the EINA Postgraduate Diploma in Photography and Editorial Design and students on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design.
This event, which will take place from 11 to 13 May in a very unique venue in the Poblenou district, is an opportunity to talk to and buy the creators’ work, as well as take part in the different activities taking place at UtopiaMarkets Photo (dialogues, workshops, screenings, etc.).
- Thursday 3 May, 7 pm
- Cadàver Exquisit, Gràcia, Barcelona
Thursday 3 May sees the presentation, accompanied by live music and silk-screen printing, of the second edition of the specialist publication, "Yes We Print", from "Yes We Printers", an initiative by Andrea Bilbao and Javi Fernández, alumni and student, respectively, of the EINA Bachelor’s Degree in Design that emerged from the need to create a non-digital publishing project, the aim of which is to recover manual processes and provide a publishing, production and graphic work publication platform.
The second edition takes an in-depth look at silk-screen printing technique throughout its history using it as an excuse to serve as a window display for young artists, creating their entire production using this technique in the workshop of the EINA Barra de Ferro Arts Centre. Students, former students and teachers such as Miguel Bustos, Oriol Cabarrocas, Andrea Cea de Vega, Carla Cimino, Maria Fallada and Miquel Vila took part in the presentation.
Designed for 3rd- and 4th-year students on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design, D'EINA A LA FEINA (FROM EINA TO WORK), Professional Guidance Conference was held on Tuesday 27 February and looked at employment opportunities, continuing studies and the professional guidance tools available to the students with a view to employment.
The conference featured a round table with Jordi Esteve, Carla Hausmann + Pablo Gàrate and Carles Rodrigo, former students who spoke of their own experience regarding their professional and academic careers since leaving EINA.
The name D'EINA A LA FEINA (FROM EINA TO WORK) has been recovered from the subject started by Lluís Pau in the 1994-1995 academic year, which he later shared with Antoni Arola.
- 9 and 10 March 2018
- Barcelona Design Museum
- Free admission
Former students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication Techniques and the Specialisation Course in Illustration for Children's and Teenagers' Publications have been selected to be part of the Illustration Fair organised by the FLIC Festival.
You can find the following illustrators there, all former EINA students:
Gisela Navarro Fuster, former student on the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication Techniques
Simona Galizia, former student on the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication Techniques
federica pavan, former student on the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication Techniques and the Specialisation Course in Illustration for Children's and Teenagers' Publications
Laia Arqueros, former student on the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication Techniques
Isabel Aniel, former student on the Specialisation Course in Illustration for Children's and Teenagers' Publications
On 12 January, the students on the University Master's Degree in Research in Art and Design (MURAD) at EINA took part at La Escocesa in an artistic research activity into the difficulties and demands posed by the language and style of writing in producing academic texts.
These reflections linked to empty language or the empty word were made as part of the “Putting Your Body Into It” project that Maria Alcaide and Juliana Guerrero, former students on the master’s degree, are carrying out in collaboration with dancer Sara Gómez, theatre group Els Malnascuts de la Sala Beckett and the MURAD itself.
À LA RECHERCHE… summary of the day of reunion and contribution of documents to the EINA historical archive
On 15 and 16 December, À la recherche... was held, an activity that is part of the 50th anniversary of EINA, the aim of which included the contribution of documentary material to extend and complete the collection of the EINA historical archive. Basically, the aim was to collect work by former students or other documents relating to the school’s learning, teaching or activities.
As well as the documentary aim, the day had a festive air of reunion. The success of the participation in it was made evident with the presence of dozens of teachers and former students, 37 of whom contributed documents.
Among the materials loaned, currently being digitised, there are 918 photographs in different formats (paper, negatives and slides), as well as another block relating to course work, class notes or academic administration documents (course plans, subject programmes, student cards, etc.), comprised of an approximate total of 3,000 images. It is predicted that the process to digitise all of this material will be completed by the end of February.
Check the pictures in the Flickr gallery
We must thank everyone who came along for their participation in the event and remind you all that the possibility of making contributions remains open. We would also like to make special mention of Anna Maio and Mercè Valeri, former manager and administrative secretary respectively, who acted as hosts for the day, as well as the whole team who made it possible:
- Coordination of the event Rubén Alcaraz, Silvia Brenes, Judit Colomer, Lluc Massaguer, Oriol Pibernat, Arantxa Rodrigo
- Montage Xavier Olivé with the collaboration of Judit Colomer
- Archive Rubén Alcaraz with the collaboration of Axel Legares
- Graphic design Irene Sierra with the collaboration of Carlos Álvarez
- Illustrations Miguel Bustos
- Projections Ferran Gesa
- Support and photographs of the event Ona Orozo, Gerard Sierra