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Ornament of the young, a disgrace of the old

Ornament of the Young, a Disgrace of the Old is an editorial publication created from writings on shame which aims to highlight the different ways in which people experience this feeling, as well as to encourage future readers to embrace this feeling that is as human to feel as the rest.
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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Ornament of the young, a disgrace of the old

An editorial publication that showcases how we feel and express shame

Shame is something that affects all people at all times. It is a feeling from which we have no escape and which generates discomfort.

“In youth, particularly, shame is attractive, since young people are expected because of their inexperience to make mistakes, and responding to these mistakes with appropriate shame is admirable. In adults, though, who presumably have had opportunities to learn their lessons already, shame is not praiseworthy.”

The Nicomachean – Aristotle

The book is divided into three sections that go from the most personal and raw exploration of shame to a more analytical and academic point of view.

Glad Rags
Alejandra Moncada Aramis León Albert Perez

Observing and investigating the stories surrounding the garments, all of them.