Workshop with Tarja Nieminen. 2019
In May, Tarja Nieminen, a lecturer in Media department at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture of the Aalto University visited the Academy and co-tutoring a project led by Ausra Lisauskiene, the Head of Graphic Design. The project, titled "Immersed in Electricity" will be executed during the Culture Night at the Museum of Energy and Technology in Vilnius.
The Graphic Design Department participates this project for the second time. The 3rd-year students work in groups to create five interactive sensors based projects.The main goal of the project is to create simple interactive conceptual installations related to the museum, its activity during the Culture Night.
Workshop with Joshua Trees. 2019
From 8th till 19th of April Graphic design department students had international creative workshop "Theory workshop" with Joshua Trees, tutor of Royal College of Art (London, UK).
CHALLENGE You are asked to produce and publish a limited (or unlimited) edition ‘theory object’ to be experienced, sold or freely distributed to the public. A theory object is a self-replicating open-source manifestation (event, action or thing). Similar to a meme (an idea, behaviour or style that spreads from person to person), a theory object is designed to both inspire and facilitate the spread of an idea. Accordingly, a theory object often travels across different media platforms (e.g. word of mouth > hashtag > downloadable tools > user participation via modification and sharing). At the same time, a theory object is an ambiguous concept inviting exploration and examination. Bruce Sterling has used the term to describe “shareable concepts” such as ‘Spime’ and ‘The New Aesthetic’. All theory objects must be ‘redistributable’, i.e. designed to be duplicated or disseminated. Such items could be material (publications, posters, furniture, souvenirs...) or immaterial (downloads, workshops, rumours, performances, videos, fonts, memes...)
CONTEXT “The term theory object is itself a kind of theory object.” —Bruce Sterling This is a practical investigation into theoretical objects. Through continuous dialogue and prototyping we will explore and test the question: How can the concept of a ‘theory object’ be used to rethink the functions of pubishing in contemporary culture?
Conceptual design workshop with prof. Xiao Yong. 2018
From 19th of November Graphic design department students had international creative conceptual design workshop “Man and woman” with famous graphic designer prof. Xiao Yong.
Professor Xiao Yong is very well know figure in visual communication design field of the word. Professor works in Central Academy of Fine Arts CAFA in Beijing, China and takes care of strategy of visual communication design field politics and tendencies of all the world.
Workshop with prof. Joost Bottema. 2018
From 22nd of October Visual Communication Design master degree students had international creative workshop “Mini project” with famous graphic designer Joost Bottema. Professor Joost Bottema is very well know figure in visual communication design field of the word. Joost Bottema works in Merz Academie in Stuttgard and takes care of strategy of visual communication design field politics and tendencies of West and Centre Europe regions.
Workshop delves into the experience, moment by moment, of creating a project. Each of the given exercises will bring students closer to what their project should both communicate and how it will be visualized. Structural patterns, both in meaning and in visible shapes, will be learned to recognize, transform and create. Design will be used to discover and define content, content will be used to define design. The result will be a blueprint of a potentially larger project. The process however can be adopted to conceptualize any other future project.
Workshop with Julia Ojapelto. 2018
During 2nd - 5th of October, we had a guest in Graphic design department – graphic designer Julia Ojapelto (Lahti design institute, Finland). Julia conducted very interesting "Electronic Publishing Workshop" for our students.
Workshop with Ceren Caliskan. 2018
International creative workshop - summer practice "ENVIRONMENTAL GRAPHIC DESIGN: LOCAL CONTEXT" in Nida Art Colony, September 18-27, 2018
Creative Workshop was led by: prof. Aušra Lisauskiene (Graphic Design Department), Assoc. prof. Robertas Jucaitis (Graphic Design Department), dr. Ceren Caliskan (Istanbul Arel University)
Migration is one of the most social movements in human history. People have changed places in which they live because of many reasons. Through this process, they have carried their cultures, languages, lifestyles, and so on. They have met so many different cultures, and they have an interaction and create new ones. People, as transporter, have a significant effect on society. They build and change the culture all the time. The workshop aimed to show the importance of understanding and integrating the social, political and cultural references of migrants and wishes to advance on the conceptual framework of intercultural dialogue and enhance the role of public art and environmental graphic design in the promotion of collective action.The students will work on the topic of migration during their stay at NAC in 10 days. The findings of the research will be further used in the project by the participants.
Workshop with Thomas Castro. 2018
Graphic Design Department was organizing a workshop Design Heuristics with Graphic design star Thomas Castro (The Netherlands).
Heuristic methodologies in design focus on developing the vocabulary of a project (iterations), as opposed to focusing on just on a singular form. Design versioning, if you will. In this scenario, graphic design can be seen as a set of visual, linguistic, social, philosophical, and political tools implemented to a textual or visual dataset. Therefore the same dataset can manifest itself in any format or medium the designer, or even user, sees fit, often times taking on multiple iterations. This necessitates a set of research tools which help with academic inquiry. We borrow these tools and methodologies from related fields of research (eg. forensics or anthropology) and reinvent them for our own discipline. What sets us apart from the traditional sciences is the methodology of ‘making an image’. The concept of ‘agency’ has always been important in design research, but giving that agency form is just as important. We are both thinkers and makers.
International workshop "Urban space gaming". 2018
During 2018 February 05–10 united group of our students, Aalto university (Finland) and Iceland Art academy students had a creative conceptual design workshop Urban Space Gaming. The workshop theme – communication and intervention in public space by means of participatory games and act of playing. In a broad sense, the whole city can be seen as a game setting – the workshop encourages students to see also physical, social and political aspects of the urban playground.
The workshop funded by CIRRUS (Nordic-Baltic Network of Art and Design Education), the tutors are Tarja Nieminen (Aalto University, Finland / workshop coordinator), Samuel Rees (Iceland Academy of the Arts), Lode Coen (Belgium) and Ausra Lisauskiene (VDA, Lithuania).
Workshop with Gediminas Šiaulys. 2018
Creative workshop "Visual Narrative" by the designer, director and visual communications specialist GEDIMINAS ŠIAULYS was held during November 20-24 for Graphic Design Department students. Participants of the workshop created short stories during the week and illustrated them.
Workshop with Esa Ojala. 2017
During 20th - 23r of November we will have famous graphic designer from Finland - Esa Ojala. he will conduct Poster design workshop for our students.
Workshop with Jean - Baptiste Levee. 2017
During 6 th – 10 th of November we had guest in Graphic design department – graphic designer Jean-Baptiste Levee (Paris, France). He will conduct font design workshop for our students.
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Creative workshop - summer practice "Immanuel Kant at the beach" with prof. Klaus Hesse. 2017
On May 27th - June 5th at the Art Colony in Nida creative workshop - summer practice "Immanuel Kant at the beach". Participants of the creative workshop – students from the Vilnius Academy of Arts and the University of the Arts of Offenbach Graphic Design Departament‘s.The workshop was led by two professors - Audrius Klimas (Vilnius Academy of Arts) and Klaus Hesse (Offenbach Art University / Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main).
Thirty young graphic designers from Lithuania and Germany, working in mixed groups, created experimental typographic posters, based on Immanuel Kant's philosophy, inspired by the philosopher‘s way of life and his philosophical mindset (I. Kant lived only 80 km. away from Nida).
Workshop with prof. Andrzej Kalina. 2017
On 5th-9th of June GDD students had creative workshop with prof. Andrzej Kalina (Polish - Japanese Academy of Information Technology, Warsaw, Poland). During the workshop students learned to connect different technologies using plaster, linoleum, graphic cutters, paper and ink.
Poster design workshop with Lahav Halevy. 2017
Workshop with mocap.lt. 2017
During the April we are had an interesting 3D animation creative workshop using MAYA program. For this opportunity the we are thankful to the mocap.lt company.
Workshop with Tarja Nieminen. 2017
During 2017 February 27 – March 3rd GDD 4th year students had a creative conceptual design workshop "Ritual" with one of the best-known contemporary Finnish graphic designers TARJA NIEMINEN. Tarja Nieminen teaches in the Media Department at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture of the Aalto University.
Workshop with Stasys Eidrigevičius. 2017
During 2017 February 17-22 Graphic Design Department undergraduate 2-year students had a workshop by Maestro Stasys Eidrigevičius - one of the most famous all time Lithuanian painters, graphic artists, writers and illustrators. Stasys Eidrigevičius will share creative experiences with students, who will create posters according to Mr. Almodovar movie "High Heels" as well as Julius Dautartas and Skirmantas Pabedinskas documentary "Sidewalk".