graphic design
& visual interventions

on visual sustainability
Research and university course on sustainability through visual form

Read an introduction here on AIGA Eye on Design:
What Is “Visual Sustainability,” and How Can Designers Challenge Power Through Form?

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 graphic design Lead at the Stockholm Environment Institute.

Through a feminist, post-colonial approach to form, 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, to approach it as a matter of delicate interdependencies.

In 2019–2021 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, today at its fourth installment. The opening presentation of the course works well as a comprehensive introduction to holistic visual sustainability across programs and institutions.

In early 2020 I am also co-lead of a similar course at the BFA in graphic design at Beckmans College of Design, invited by colleague Brita Lindvall Leitmann.

In 2020–2021 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), as well as the international design conference Design as Common Good in Switzerland (March 2021) where I participate as affiliated researcher with the Stockholm Environment Institute.

In Fall 2020, I presented the research as invited speaker at AIGA Design Conference 2020. A transcript of my interview is published on AIGA Eye on Design. In early 2021 I am bringing the research again to Umeå University and the MFA in Visual Communication at Aalto University. In November 2021, I will present the research as speaker at the international conference Design (Re)Thinkers, on invitation by the Canadian national association of graphic designers, RGD.

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, Johanna Lewengard, Inna Zrajaeva, Meg Miller, AIGA, Karhumaa Arja, the Canadian Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) and the Stockholm Environment Institute for their support of the research

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