on visual sustainability
Research on sustainability through visual form

Sustainability has become an urgent question for the visual field, where the discourse around it is often blurry and limited to questions of materials or process. This research presents a largely new approach to the theme of sustainability, bringing the focus on the visual qualities of a design. The research stems from Benedetta’s engagement with the social equity sector and as graphic design lead at the Stockholm Environment Institute.

Through a feminist, post-colonial approach to form, the research uncovers the role that visuality can play toward sustainable futures,  with a focus on structural changes though the aesthetics.


In 2019–2022 Benedetta is guest teacher at the BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration at Konstfack University as initiator and director of the first course of its kind on visual sustainability, currently at its 4th installment.

The talk “On Visual Sustainability” works well as a comprehensive introduction to the theme. 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).

In Fall 2020, Benedetta presents the research as invited speaker at AIGA Design Conference 2020. A transcript of her interview is published on AIGA Eye on Design. In early 2021 she brings the research again to Umeå University and the MFA in Visual Communication at Aalto University, and in 2022 at the MFA Design at Oslo School of Architecture and Design and at the Stockholm School of Economics.

In November 2021, she presents the research as invited speaker at Design (Re)Thinkers, the largest graphic design conference of Canada, arranged by the Canadian national association of graphic designers RGD.

To discuss the lecture or the course for your institution, get in touch at info@studiobenedettacrippa.com

Thank you to Sara Kaaman and Catherine Anyango Grünewald at Konstfack, Sara Teleman, Brita Lindvall Leitmann, Lisa Baumgarten, Anja Neidhardt, Johanna Lewengard, Inna Zrajaeva and the Climate Group at Umeå University, Meg Miller, AIGA, AIGA Eye on Design, Arja Karhumaa, Kunsthall Stavanger, Adam Nathaniel Furman, Alison Place, KATE Design Studio, the Swiss Design Network, the Canadian Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), Riccardo Masiero, Parco design studio, Felicia Nilsson, and the Stockholm Environment Institute for their support of the research

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