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  • 1.
    Bergkvist, Jennifer
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    Form & Formalia2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In my degree project, I investigate the interplay between content and form, with particular focus on the book, its role in today’s society, and the medium’s historical heritage and limitations. The project aims to illustrate the force and potential in form, materiality, and perception — in short, emotion — in relation to content.

    Today, emotion is often used as an instrument for evoking interest and motivation. We can see it being used in art, film, music, politics, activism, advertising, journalism. We rarely feel it in academic publication and scientific literature, but all the more often through modes of expression such as fiction and poetry.

    Experimental and feminist book design can be applied as a tool for mediating and enhancing emotion in text. Why has emotion and affect so seldom been deployed as methods in book design throughout history? Why have certain text formats been given prominence, ascribed with respect, legitimacy, and authority, while others have not? To problematise the conventional book format, and its lack of emotion, illustrates larger structural tensions in society between emotion and intelligence, affect and rationality, narrative and science.

  • 2.
    Berglund, Amanda
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    The Moving Generation2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    I mitt examensarbete “The Moving Generation” har jag genom illustration arbetat med en känslobaserad gestaltning om den rådande bostadskrisen och hur den påverkar människor i min ålder och generation. Jag har medvetet valt att fokusera på den emotionella aspekten av situationen, framför områden som statistik och politik. Arbetet har därför formats efter frågor om vad det innebär att vara andrahandshyresgäst under många år, såväl fysiskt som psykologiskt, och hur dessa upplevelser påverkar ens vardag och självuppfattning.

  • 3.
    Boodh, Linda
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    Based on a True Story2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 180 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 4.
    Crippa, Benedetta
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    World of Desire2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This project report offers an in-depth, detailed account of my creative process and work during my two-year Master in visual communication at Konstfack, Stockholm.

    My degree project is a celebration of plurality and visual democracy. Starting with identifying different norms pervading the graphic design discipline in the Western world today, both in terms of aesthetic values and systems of thinking, I have worked to propose and visualize alternative possible futures. 

    Drawing has been my main carrier through an intense journey of un-learning and re-learning resulting in an artist’s book in unique copy. 

    With this book, I want to problematize the dominant discourses around objectivity as a utopian ideal with a suppressive agenda, while visualizing a world I can recognize myself in. I have used decoration as a method, emotion and femininity as explorative standpoints, giving space to the metaphorical, the ambiguous and the spiritual to challenge current visual norms. 

    This book emerges as an affirmation of my own quest for visual belonging  as a graphic designer and a woman; a testimony of the practice of drawing as actualized power.

  • 5.
    do Rosário Ribeiro, Rui
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    Visualising the Invisible2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Visualising the Insivible is a project whose final materialization reflects upon our connection with

    information and how it can immediately affect the way we view the world beyond and around us.

    Throughout my research and the development of this project, several “meta-words” relevant to this project

    had to be considered: respect, dignity, integrity and information accuracy, thus redefining a challenge

    within a challenge and, more concretely, the need to contemplate upon a topic of our time that happens to

    influence politics and society alike, locally, but with a global effect and long term impact.

    With this project, the role of the visual communicator is highlighted in a different way. His or her role

    becomes an agent in itself, a curator of information, a journalist, an invisible activist. The role of the

    designer and the purpose of design as it is commercially perceived is questioned, challenged and

    confronted.

  • 6.
    Fuentes Muller, Alejandra
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    On top of the mountain: The ascendant path of success2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

       An analogy between the social idea of success and the concept: on top of the mountain, using as an interactive and participative method, the activity of climbing mountains. What is success? Why do we climb the mountain? Is there enough space at the top? I try to answer these questions, by sharing thoughts and experiences with other mountain climbers, aiming to find an alternative to values like conquest, dominance, competition, independence and painful sacrifice. Do I have to play the hero to go to the top?These values reproduce a hierarchical structure that is deeply rooted in the patriarchal society, starting with our visual conceptualization of the bottom and the top, ideas on status and an oppressive one-way relationship with nature and other human nature. The final result is a short Film, which aims to reproduce a feeling that has to do with sisterhood, togetherness, care, reciprocity, equality, and gratefulness; based on the utopic idea of interdependence and thinking the top as a transitional space.

  • 7.
    Graf, Simon
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, The Department of Design, Crafts and Art (DKK), Graphic Design & Illustration. University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    Out of Order / Into Nowhere2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    How we experience the world is a reflection of the way we use it. With my degree project I want to explore alternative ways of working with technology and play as tools in a creative process. It is also an attempt to broaden my own understanding of my role as a graphic designer and illustrator, seeking new and unknown ways of practicing my craft.

  • 8.
    Hjälmrud Hansén, Channa Bianca
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    DEEPER. DEEPER, CLOSER, CLOSER: Between a language of inwardness and that of pure surface2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The image of the female figure is present, yet she is in constant need of being produced in order to persist. Images of women are everywhere, but simultaneously she is nowhere near, caught up in hyper-(in)visibility.

    In these drawings Channa explores the motions and emotions of looking closer and going deeper, in order to demonstrate that the woman is only a copy of a copy without an original. The act of re-claiming, re-inventing and re-signifying the concept of womanhood is doomed to be both exclusive and inclusive. By centering the unsettling, yet liberating insight that resistance is never in a position of exteriority in relation to power, Channa questions the act of intervening; how the intervention itself must construct the image it wants to deconstruct.

  • 9.
    Jertfelt, Tova
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    Vi kan bättre: Hur fungerar illustration för att väcka och driva en fråga?2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This paper is about the communication of bullying, and its aim is to shift the focus from the individual’s problem to the collective mind. Scientists have concluded that bullying is the result of a group behaviour, where the individual aims to be a part of the group, or control its peers. Despite this, it is mainly the image of the individual that is communicated as a representation of the subject. This leads to the people that aren’t directly involved with the subject to become distansed and uninterested in any real change. This project has taken inspiration from the people rights movements, where the individual problem (alcoholism, unemployment, etcetera) became a problem of society. What would happen if bullying became as urgent? With illustration as a tool, the project aims to involve and engage the audience at Konstfack Spring Degree Exhibition 2016 towards a larger movement that is anti-bullying. This paper will first deal with the topic of bullying, and then move towards how bullying is presented and communicated, and then end up with an artistic piece that aims to change the traditional way of speaking of bullying.

  • 10.
    Johnson, Markus
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    Vår fana är röd: Bärs av händer med brinnande glöd2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 180 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Personal essay and documentation of my work regarding flags and union organizing in the late 19th - early 20th centrury swedish workers movement.

  • 11.
    Kirtley, Erik
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    Typopa: En presentationsapp för grundskolan2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Grafisk design och illustration är en viktig del av grundskoleundervisningen, utan att en kanske tänker på det. Skolbarn är omgivna av bokstäver, typsnitt, färger, foton, illustrationer och får ofta arbeta med att komponera bild och text.

    Digitaliseringen i grundskolan har till största del gått ut på att ge varje skolbarn tillgång till en egen dator eller läsplatta. Men det är otydligt hur och med vilka program och appar som teknologin faktiskt ska användas. Lärare får på egen hand leta efter digitala läromedel som kan passa undervisningen. Detta leder till att de digitala läromedel och verktyg som används i grundskolor ofta kan vara på engelska, innehålla reklam, eller vara utvecklade för andra syften än undervisning.

    Typopa är en presentationsapp för läsplattor som skapats med just grundskolan i åtanke. Med appen ska skolbarn och lärare i grundskolan enkelt kunna samla ihop och komponera bild och text till presentationer som sedan kan projiceras på vägg eller skriva ut. Appens metodik och gränssnitt utgår ifrån grafisk design och typografi, men utan att använda sig av strikta regler eller avancerade termer.

  • 12.
    Klinthage, Hanna
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    En flugskit på kartan2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    En fiktiv plats, en by någonstans i Sverige. I byn bor det bybor och i serieformat följer man denna samling med människor. Med hjälp av en tillhörande karta över byn kan läsaren följa med berättelsen och se distansen mellan allt och alla.

    Hur ser relationen mellan landsbygd och storstad ut idag?

    Jag har fördjupat mig i tema landsbygd, med hjälp av andras och min egen bild har jag skapat en fiktiv värld. Detta resulterade i en 32 sidig satirisk serietidning med runt 11 olika karaktärer.

  • 13.
    Larsmo, Sebastian
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    Mellan text och bild2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    An essay about my graduation project Hotel - four illuminated short stories, concerning the different ways of telling a story through text or through pictures, and what happens when you combine them.

  • 14.
    Laurin, Oskar
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    Searching for possibilities in the gaps of what is known2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    What I do is about finding solutions and escaping limitations. I am looking for possibilities in the gaps of what is known. My name is Oskar. I am an illustrator gone graphic designer gone somewhere else. I work with form, I work with tools. Through this report I will tell you the story of how form takes form. Of how the tools and processes we work with influence the visual language we produce, and reproduce.This will be a journey through the possibilities and impossibilities of design. I will tell you about my attempts to escape. To de-learn and relearn. I will share my tactics and my process.

    For the last year I have been looking for ways to surprise myself. To ask questions that give unexpected answers. I have focused on the production of form. The dialogue between me, my material and my tools. A dialogue I want to share with you through this report.

    In my project I want to use practice to reveal and avoid the limitations I find in the tools that I use. These limitations are not general and applicable to the whole field of graphic design, but are based on my practice and experience. By using doing as a way of thinking I look for and think about what I experience as limiting and how these limitations can be escaped. I believe that to look closely at the tools and processes used to make form can be a way to understand how ways of working and choices of tools influence visual language. In order to do this I have chosen to look at the tools I use the most. I want to investigate the inherit possibilities of the tools and processes that I use in my practice by questioning their methods and uses. In the process of finding new entry points to parts of my practice I hope to, in a hopeful and constructive way, produce new ideas and visual expressions instead of reproducing old ones.

    It can be problematic to use few tools, especially when these tools are not consciouslychosen by the designer but by the field and the market, as the values they representare reproduced in our design. I want to discuss the importance of defining one’s tools, their uses and what they are used for. I feel that a field so heavily dependant on so few, almost compulsory tools, needs discussion and a width of perspective. No tools should be removed from the toolbox, however I think we need a wider spectrum of tools and an understanding of how they influence how we think about, think with, understand and learn through the practice of design.

  • 15.
    Libert, Maria
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    Första snön2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    My master project has resulted in an 80 page graphic novel. The graphic novel is about a dream, ”the first snow”, that is created in the heart of an animal during a dark month of December in Stockholm. The dream awakens in the animal when she gets inspiration from different commercials around the city and in her smart phone. The final version of the graphic novel was printed into a book and could be read on the spring exhibition. I also painted a wallpainting with motifs from the graphic novel at the exhibtion.

  • 16.
    Rotsman, Emmy
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    Eva och jag 1983-19862017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 17.
    Ruejas Jonson, Nathalie
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    Jag har tänkt på allt2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    By owning our language and being confident in how we communicate we create our identity. But are all forms of communication equal? My degree project examines and exposes the feeling of being limited by your verbal ability.

    By using visual storytelling I want to share my experiences on what it can be like to be perceived as quiet and how obstructive it can be. Society expects introverted people to practice being more assertive, but my work just creates a place for them to be. Not wanting to talk does not mean that one has nothing to say.

  • 18.
    seittu, elin
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    Interlude2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 180 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 19.
    Stage Laursen, Agga Anne Mette
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    The White and Bright Aesthetics of Selling Clean: Body Soap in a Hyper-Commercial Context2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This paper explores how body soap is sold on a massive scale on the basis of 180 body soap packages collected on the hyper commericail marked in Scandinavia. 

    Advertisement and branding influence our way of relating to products. We are constantly exposed to notions that shape our mindset and attitude towards products and how to feel when consuming them.

    Today most body soap advertisement and design operate on the principle of hedonism rather than practicality. It is no longer a necessity but an indulgence. This hedonism is the most dominant trope, but not the only one, when selling body soap hyper commercially today.

  • 20.
    Vaicenaviciene, Monika
    University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV), Graphic Design & Illustration.
    What Is a River?: A report about a picture book on rivers2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The thesis consist of two parts - a creative part and a written report.The creative part is a picture book about rivers and the plentiful connections they have with

    The creative part is a picture book about rivers and the plentiful connections they have with us humans. It follows a child and her grandma as they look for answers to a question – what is a river? In their imaginary expedition, they discover rivers flowing in the sky and in living organisms; meet pilgrims and conquistadores, magical shape-shifting river dolphins and older-than-dinosaurs species of sturgeons; fish and bathe; gathering all the stories they participate in into their own story about the river.

    The book combines factual infor­mation, various stories from riverine environments as well as more loose associations and metaphors. The themes I touch upon include folklore, myths, daily needs of people rivers cater to, cultural metaphors, environmental problems, peculiarities of plants and animals, history, language etc.

    Every spread of the book is like a different chapter about different meanings rivers might have in different contexts. The book tells about a river as a journey, home, a refreshment, a name, a meeting place, a riddle, memory, depth, energy, a reflection, a path, the ocean; and as a thread that connects stories of different times and places.

    To make my book, I used a variety of materials, including pencils, watercolours, gouache, digital drawing; and a collection of geographical, historical, mythological references I have gathered as well as my own memories of growing up close to a river. I have tried to balance both factually accurate and poetic storytelling to create a story of interconnectedness and wonder.

    The key questions I worked with were: how to tell a story about natural environment in an engaging way; how to find a narrative structure that would communicate my story effectively and would have its inner logic; how to deal with issues of historical consciousness, ecological awareness, management of natural resources in a context of children’s books; how to encourage readers to think about relations of their physical and emotional environemnts.

    The title of the book is What Is a River? . It is supposed to be for children, but also for adults who would find the subject interesting.

    The report analyses the background, processes, and results of making the book.

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