Studio Benedetta Crippa
graphic design
& visual interventions

quantum thinking
Research, lecture and university course on visual sustainability

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Sustainability has become an urgent question for the visual field, where the discourse around it is often blurry and limited to questions of materialisation. This research presents a largely new approach to the theme of “visual sustainability” stemming from my own work in the social and cultural sectors, as well as lead designer at the Stockholm Environment Institute.

Through a feminist, post-colonial approach to form and pedagogy, the research uncovers the multi-layered impact(s) of visuality, as well as strategies for bringing responsibility as integrated approach to visual practice, with a focus on structural changes though the final form. It advocates for a quantum thinking around sustainability (rather than a binary one) approaching it as a matter of delicate interdependencies.

In 2019–2020 I am guest teacher at the BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration at Konstfack University as initiator and coordinator of the first course of its kind on visual sustainability.

In early 2020 the course expands to the BFAs across disciplines at Konstfack, and reiterates at Konstfack in Fall 2020. In February 2020 I am also co-lead of a similar course at the BFA in graphic design at Beckmans College of Design, invited by graphic designer and colleague Brita Lindvall Leitmann.

The opening presentation of the course works well as a comprehensive introduction to holistic visual sustainability across programs and institutions. In 2020 the introductory lecture is hosted by Umeå University and the University of the Arts in Bremen, and is selected for the international design conference Art of Research at Aalto University in Helsinki (Fall 2020), where I will participate as affiliated researcher with the Stockholm Environment Institute, as well as at the international design conference Design as Common Good in Switzerland (March 2021).

In Fall 2020, I presented the research as invited speaker at AIGA Design Conference 2020.

To discuss the lecture or the course for your institution, please get in touch.

Thank you to Sara Kaaman, Catherine Anyango Grünewald, Sara Teleman, Brita Lindvall Leitmann, Lisa Baumgarten, Anja Neidhardt, Inna Zrajaeva, Meg Miller, and the Stockholm Environment Institute

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