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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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Features for Futures

A collaborative speculation around the future of pedagogy.

Features for Futures is a collaborative speculation around the future of pedagogy and an invitation to together imagine new tomorrows to create new todays.

We are living a moment in which the present has been annulled. This cancellation makes people live in the hope of an existing, uncertain future. We think that this uncertainty is necessary for the development of different scenarios and new practices.

We have analyzed the things that were already not working, and those that we want to avoid in the future, and we have developed ten videoconference features to pinpoint dynamics that are relative to both on-site and to virtual education. Our goal is to trigger debates, invite to writing new stories, and together inquire about the current pedagogical system.

Features for Futures is an investigation of the opportunities that the change of paradigm posed by COVID-19 has opened, as well as a platform to jointly build new possibilities.

Zero Volume
Catarina Dias Anushree Agarwal

This is not a usual festival