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Disagio Festival

Disagio, [noun, masculine] discomfort, uneasiness, uncomfortableness in Italian.
If you have a feeling of unease, you feel rather anxious or afraid, because you think that something is wrong.
Graphic Elisava 2020

Lots of things tend to happen during a graphic.elisava master’s program. Mountains of research. Maybe one or two existential crises. Designing so much that you have nightmares about mismatched hex codes.

In some weird twist of fate, this year’s biggest ‘thing’ ended up being a global pandemic. We were forced to embrace digitalism over presentialism, do more with less, and channel disillusionment into positivity. In school, the lesson comes before the test, but life often takes the opposite approach. We think we’re better for it.


For this year’s degree show we decided to continue the digitalist lifestyle that we’ve come to know. Pills replace name tags, thumbnails replace handshakes, and ingenuity replaces normality in order to illustrate how we view topics like “design ethics”, “comfort”, “manifestos”, and “freedom”.


This is graphic.elisava’s digital Degree Show. Find out more about the program at


Many thanks to this year’s students in the Graphic Design and the Editorial Design master’s degrees. The 2020 graphic.elisava Degree Show – both the platform and the campaign that precedes it – wouldn’t have been possible without the indefatigable work of a group of design students making time for it in the middle of their end-of-year presentations.

On the typeface

Thanks to Non Foundry for letting us use their Non®Natural Grotesk throughout the website and campaign of this digital Degree Show.

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Disagio Festival

we want you to feel uncomfortable

A new and eccentric festival about “disagio”: a deep feeling of uncomfortableness and awkwardness

Disagio Festival is the first disruptive, weird, confusing, provocative, gross and inconsistent festival in the world. Not only for the proposed activities, but also for its whole visual identity.

The graphic system is based on rotation, sliding or inversion of parts of images and texts, in order to change the message of the communication or just to annoy the most perfectionist observer.

The idea behind this system takes inspiration from one of the most annoying thing ever:
a floor where one tile is different from the others.

Thank you for watching!

Inés Piñeiro Aramis León Ana Badia Alzuria

Towards a
new standard.