Category Archives: Graphic Design

Defence of dissertation in the field of Visual Communication Design, MA Arja Karhumaa

Cover image of EPÄGENESIS: Tekstin muotoilu uusmateriaalisena kirjoitta/umisena. Tutkielma Y by Arja Karhumaa.

Cover of Arja Karhumaa's Dissertation second book Epägenesis: Katalogi X.

The audience is kindly asked to join at no later than 12:00. The defence will be recorded.

Zoom Quick Guide

Event language: Finnish 

Event page: In English In Finnish 

The dissertation is publicly displayed online 10 days before the defence here.

TITLE OF DISSERTATION

EPä/iGENESIS: Tekstin muotoilu uusmateriaalisena kirjoitta/umisena. Tutkielma Y

ABSTRACT

This is an artistic research into the materiality of typographic text. In everyday settings, the conventions of ordinary text documents render their writing almost transparent for their reader. However, at the same time, those conventions are so visual in nature that texts often become recognised even before reading, just by looking. As a designer and researcher, I expose these conventions in Epägenesis, an experimental writing project which is set in motion by appropriating found text from ordinary text documents.

In Epägenesis (eng. “Ungenesis”), the persuasive power of form is illuminated by my entangled gestures of writing, designing and reading, calling into question the established categories of ”form” and “content”. What is subsequently exposed is the situated knowledge and skilled practice of a text designer.

The dissertation consists of two books (X and Y), where X marks the practice-based part, and Y is this study which sheds light on the project. Together, X and Y define a space where practice and theory make new diffractive patterns, producing new knowledge where those two are inseparable.

The book Epägenesis: Katalogi X is a compilation of my experimental texts in four series: Alfa, Beeta, Delta and Gem. In writing these texts, I borrow methods and constraints from conceptual and procedural writing.

In this study, I reread my experimental writing in Epägenesis through theories and concepts which have been used in examining the visual and material aspects of typography. Linguistic and literary studies, art history, and visual and media studies have previously shown interest mainly towards textual artifacts that are recognisably material, i.e. unconventional. Multimodal research also recognises how texts are produced through various practices. In my research, I read typography through new materialist concepts, which suggest that text is always material-discursive regardless of whether its form is conventional or unconventional, transparent or prominent to its reader. New materialist thinking provides a frame where typographic writing is entangled with language and matter, with impact from both human and nonhuman. In my research, I am particularly interested in how this impact gets entangled with the notion of the public.

The history of typography is the history of printing, which carries with it many preconceived ideas about origin, author-ship, and value. The entanglements of writing, printing and typography deserve to be examined carefully in this exact moment when typographic practices and conventions migrate onto digital environments, where they emerge and transform in networks devoid of subjective authorship or discernable origin. This might be a turning point which will reveal that us humans never did our writing on our own. Not only do we write, but through material-discoursive agents something is always also epigenetically written into the world.

Showing evidence of the extensive impact of typography on the lives of publics is not easy, however my thesis begins to propose a certain “sociology of texts”. This is a space where categories of language and image, form and content, convention and invention, collapse. Instead, new differential, entangled relationships are recognised in how typographic choices impact our shared world and its patterns of variation and change. With multiple shifts in perspective, scale, and method, this thesis points to how the smallest punctuation marks are entangled with the vast phenomena of knowledge and power.

 

Image of Arja Karhumaa's work 'Nocturne'.

‘Nocturne’ by Arja Karhumaa.

THE DOCTORAND

Image of the doctorand Arja Karhumaa.

MA Arja Karhumaa.

Arja Karhumaa is a graphic designer who works at the intersection of writing, education, and research. Karhumaa has a history of design practice both in agencies and as an independent entrepreneur. Since 2010, she has focused not only on developing education in visual communication, but also on publication design, and writing that spans the territories of poetry, design, and scholarship. Karhumaa has been awarded with prizes and honorable mentions as well as prestigious jury positions both in Finland and in international competitions. She has worked at Aalto University since 2011 as a Lecturer and Assistant Professor.

Contact: Arja Karhumaa

 

 

Visual Communication Design Doctoral Seminar FEB 15

DOM-L0001 Visual Communication Design Doctoral Seminar
Aalto ARTS, Department of Media
Prof. Masood Masoodian

15 February 2018, 3 PM
Harald Herlin Learning Centre
Room 116 (Johanna meeting room)

Visiting lecture by:

Helena Gabrijelčič, University of Ljubljana

The use of 3D technologies in cultural heritage interpretation, colour reproduction and material prototyping

Abstract: In the presentation 3D technologies are the connecting line in-between
three researching areas, i.e. cultural heritage, image and colour
reproduction and prototyping of new material. In the first part, the
methodology for the visualisation of folk costume’s porosity, 3D tactile
interpretation of ancient castle and the challenges of virtual
preservation of modern art are shown. In the second part, the workflow
for analysing colorimetric accuracy in 3D rendered colour reproductions
and the possible correlations between rendered colour and Monte Carlo
noise are discussed. In the third part, the development of a
bio-degradable materials for prototyping of a sustainable 3D printed
products are presented.

Helena Gabrijelčič Tomc is an associate professor, a lecturer and
researcher at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences
and Engineering. Her research work involves processing and reproduction
of data in media, accuracy of colour reproduction in visualizations and
digital interpretation processes of cultural heritage. Her lectures
cover the foundations and novelties in 2D and 3D computer graphic and
animation and strategies of planning and productions of digital media.

Welcome!

Two Doctoral Candidate positions in Department of Media

The Department of Media has positions for

Two Doctoral Candidates

The positions are fixed-term and will be filled for 12 months. The starting date is 1st March 2018.

These positions are for doctoral students who study within the Department of Media, Aalto-ARTS, to support the final stages of their dissertation preparation, for pre-examination. The position duties are working full-time on the DA dissertation, so that within, but not later than, the end of the 12 month work period, the Head of Research in the Department of Media will make a proposal to the Doctoral Programme Committee confirming that the dissertation is ready to be submitted for pre-examination.

Salary 

The salary for these positions is 2500-2700€ per month. Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities.

How to apply

Applications for the position require:

1.      A written statement from the applicant that includes overview of the research, schedule and time-line for completion. This must include a written statement declaring that the applicant understands their dissertation will be ready to be submitted for pre-examination at the end of the work period.

2.      Full CV from applicant

3.      Recent academic transcript from Aalto University (digitally signed is accepted)

4.      Letter of Support from the Supervising Professor including a statement confirming their confidence that full-time work on the dissertation will allow the applicant to be ready to submit the dissertation for pre-examination at the end of the work period.

5.      Letter(s) of Support from the Advisor or Advisors including a statement confirming their confidence that full-time work on the dissertation will allow the applicant to be ready to submit the dissertation for pre-examination at the end of the work period.

6.      The applications for the positions should be submitted through the eRecruitment system no later than on Monday February 5th, 2018.

Apply for this job: https://www.saimanet.com/aaltohome/open_job_view.html?did=5900&lang=fi&id=00001703&jc=6

Ilan Manouach’s Shapereader at Hippolyte

Between the 3rd and 19th of November Hippolyte will show Shapereader, an exhibition by Ilan Manouach (DA candidate in Aalto Visual Communication Design).

Ilan Manouach has developed a repertoire of shapes and forms that transform images and meaning into touchable, tactile formations. Shapereader is an experimental approach to comics and one of its aims has been to provide the visually impaired with a possibility to experience and enjoy graphic novels. Ilan Manouach worked at the Saari residence in 2013 and in 2014 he published the first graphic novel Arctic Circle employing Shapereader, with funding from the Kone Foundation.

The exhibition at Hippolyte will show Ilan Manouach’s continuing work with Shapereader. In connection to it Hippolyte will organize workshops aimed at a varied audience and encourage discussions around the related topics.

See more: http://www.hippolyte.fi/ilan-manouachs-shapereader/?lang=en 

Designing Knowledge

Aalto University, Department of Media and ACM SIGGRAPH would like to invite you and your community to take part in Designing Knowledge online exhibition.

We encourage unique submissions that present different ways of ‘thinking and doing things in knowledge production and design’.

We welcome works describing how digital archives are used in activities that involve the creation, dissemination, transformation, and sharing of knowledge on a wide variety of topics such as:

• Digital Arts and Computer Graphics
• Digital Humanities
• Sciences

Submissions must include at least 10 keywords that accurately describe the work and areas of knowledge and activity.

Final deadline on the 30th of September

For more information please visit: https://designing-knowledge.siggraph.org/wp

6th International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology and Design

www.cmdconf.net

October 06 – 08, 2017 – Famagusta – North Cyprus

Abstract Submissions Deadline: August 31, 2017

This conference aims for the exchange of information on research, development, and applications are categorized under main headings as Communication Technologies, Social Media, Visual Communication and Design, Integrated Marketing Communication, Communication Education, Film Studies, Communication Barriers, Health Communication, Media Management and Economics, Political Communication, Discourse Analysis, Communication in Education, and Communication and Media Studies in General.

We invite you to attend The International Conference on Communication, Media Studies and Design and submit proposals for papers.

Accepted papers will be included in the Conference Proceedings (Soft Copy) and published in the conference website. Besides, all papers will be published in one of the following supporting journals.

– Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies (OJCMT)

– Contemporary Educational Technology (CEDTECH)

– Online Journal of Art and Design (OJAD)

– The Online Journal of Communication and Media (TOJCAM)

CALL FOR PAPERS Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture and Society

Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture and Society is an international, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal concerned with research on the cultural, social, political and technological histories of the internet and associated digital cultures. The journal embraces empirical as well as theoretical and methodological studies within the field of the history of the internet broadly conceived — from early computer networks, usenet and Bulletin Board Systems, to everyday Internet with the web through the emergence of new forms of internet with mobile phones and tablet computers, social media, and the internet of things. The journal will also provide the premier outlet for cutting-edge research in the closely related area of histories of digital cultures.

A hallmark of the journal is its desire to publish and catalyse research and scholarly debate on the development, forms, and histories of the internet internationally, across the full global range of countries, regions, cultures, and communities. Importantly, the journal draws on a wide range of disciplines within the humanities and the social sciences. Internet Histories will also be open to interdisciplinary studies of history of internet and digital cultures, from computer, information, engineering, and other science and technology researchers.

Contributions might include but not be limited to:

  • History of the internet and the web
  • Web histories
  • History of networks
  • Alternative, marginal, or subcultural histories
  • Feminist, queer, and disability histories
  • Local and regional internet histories
  • Gender and race studies of digital cultures
  • Histories of digital recording, production, distribution, file formats and sharing
  • Internet and digital music and sound histories
  • Infrastructure studies
  • National paths to digitalization
  • Telecommunications and computing convergence
  • History of code, protocols, services, interfaces, graphical representation and interactivity
  • History of online communities
  • History of digital uses, users and cultures
  • Internet governance, regulation and policy history
  • Historical cross-media studies
  • Pedagogy and teaching of internet histories
  • Methodological approaches to study digital and network histories
  • Histories of internet policy, law, and regulation

Submission Guidelines

A typical original article for this journal should be more than 6000 and no more than 8000 words; this limit includes tables; references; figure captions; endnotes. For advice on preparing a manuscript to submit to the Journal, please refer to the Instructions for Authors here.

This journal uses Editorial Manager to manage the peer-review process. If you haven’t submitted a paper to this journal before, you will need to create an account in the submission centre. Submit your paper here.

Editorial Information

Managing Editor
Niels Brügger
 – Aarhus University, Denmark

Editors
Megan Ankerson
 – University of Michigan, USA 
Gerard Goggin – University of Sydney, Australia 
Valérie Schafer – National Center for Scientific Research, France 
Ian Milligan – University of Waterloo, Canada 

Reviews Editor
Ian Milligan
 – University of Waterloo, Canada 

 

 

http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/ah/internet-histories

Dept. Media: Doctoral Candidate Positions announcement

Department of Media has positions for four Doctoral Candidates
 
The positions are fixed-term and will be filled for 6 months (2 positions) and 12 months (2 positions). The starting date for the new positions is open to negotiation but shall be no later than 1st September 2017.  
These positions are for doctoral students who study within the Department of Media, Aalto-ARTS, to support the final stages of their dissertation preparation, for pre-examination. The main position duties are working full-time on the DA dissertation so that, at the end of the 6 month/12 month work period, the Head of Research in the Department of Media will make a proposal to the Doctoral Programme Committee confirming that the dissertation is ready to be submitted for pre-examination.
 
Salary 
The salary for these positions is 2500-2700€ per month. Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities.
 
How to apply
Applications for the position require:
1.    A written statement from the applicant that includes overview of the research, schedule and time-line for completion. This must include a written statement declaring that the applicant understands their dissertation will be ready to be submitted for pre-examination at the end of the work period.
2.    Full CV from applicant
3.    Most recent academic transcript from Aalto University
4.    Letter of Support from the Supervising Professor including a statement confirming their confidence that full-time work on the dissertation will allow the applicant to be ready to submit the dissertation for pre– examination at the end of the work period.
5.    Letter(s) of Support from the Advisor or Advisors including a statement confirming their confidence that full-time work on the dissertation will allow the applicant to be ready to submit the dissertation for pre-examination at the end of the work period
6.   The applications for the positions should be submitted through the eRecruitment system https://www.saimanet.com/aaltohome/aew.html?did=5900&lang=fi&job_id=1354&jc=6  
 no later than June 15th, 2017.
Note:
Please ask your advisor(s) to send their statements/letters of support directly to Philip Dean.
Please inform your official supervisor that you are applying for a position but they do not need to send their statements directly as Philip shall be contacting them personally. Therefore please include the name/e-mail of your supervisor in your application.

Väitös graafisen suunnittelun alalta: VTM Harri Heikkilä, torstaina 13.4.

Aalto-yliopiston Median laitokselle tehty tutkimus pohtii kirjan sähköistymiseen ja sähkökirjan valtavirtaistumiseen liittyviä ongelmia ja luo niihin ratkaisuja.

VTM Harri Heikkilä esittää tarkastettavaksi väitöskirjansa Tämä ei ole kirja – Sähkökirjan valtavirtaistumisen haasteet torstaina 13. huhtikuuta 2017.

Vastaväittäjä: FT, prof. Jaakko Suominen, Turun yliopisto
Kustos: professori Teemu Leinonen, Aalto-yliopiston median laitos

Paikka: Sampo-sali, Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu, Hämeentie 135 C, 00560, Helsinki, FI
Aika: 13. huhtikuuta 2017 kello 12:00 – 14:00

Keskustelu käydään suomeksi. The discussion will be in Finnish.

TIETOA VÄITÖKSESTÄ:

Teknologian valtavirtaistuminen edellyttää innovaation vakiintumista johonkin muotoon. Tällä hetkellä keskustelu siitä, millä tavalla painetun kirjan perinne kohtaa internetin on vielä kesken. Valtavirtaistumisen muistakin edellytyksistä on toteutunut vain osia ja nekin paikallisesti.

Heikkilä uskoo, että teknologiakritiikki on tärkeä osa tietotekniikan kehitystä. Teknologian luo ihminen ihmiselle, ja sen kehittyminen tapahtuu dialogissa. Palaute ei vain aina löydä perille, sillä tarpeettoman usein käyttäjä syyttää itseään teknologian toimimattomuudesta. Teknologian on muokkauduttava ihmisten tarpeisiin, ei päinvastoin.

Tutkimukseen sisältyy ensimmäinen laajamittainen sähkö- kirjatutkimuksen katsaus suomeksi ja sähkökirjan kehityksen analyysi. Tätä analyysia tukevat asiantuntijoiden haastattelut.

Sähkökirjan käyttäjäryhmien muuttumiseen ei ole aikaisemmin kiinnitetty tarpeeksi huomiota, vaikka tämä on olennainen osa teknologian muokkautumista, koska eri käyttäjäryhmät omaavat erilaiset tarpeet. Väitöksen mukaan sähkökirjaa on hyödyllistä tarkastella kokonaisena alustana, jonka tule vastata varhaisen enemmistön tarpeisiin, mutta samalla täyttää yhteiskunnallisia tarpeita ja löytää onnistunut keino integroitua kirjan perinteeseen.

Tuloksena tutkimus esittää myös mahdollisen ratkaisumallin, löydösten perusteella mallinnetun kokeellisen sähkökirjakonseptin, joka on samalla osa keskustelua sähkökirjan tulevasta muodosta.

TERVETULOA!

Väitöskirja on esillä Aalto-yliopiston Learning Hub Arabiassa, Hämeentie 135 C, 5. krs, huone 570 viimeistään 10 päivää ennen väitöstilaisuutta.

http://www.aalto.fi/fi/current/events/2017-04-04-004/

see in English: http://www.aalto.fi/en/current/events/2017-04-04-004/