In 1998, I finished my studies at Konstfack – University of Art, Craft and Design in Stockholm with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design. Konstfack’s vision at that time was based on Bauhaus design principles and the notion of simplicity, minimalism and form follow function etc. Bauhaus being the Art & Design School placed in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin in Germany from 1919 to 1933, and which has influenced art and design communities all over the world ever since.
In 1998, Konstfack had education programmes in design areas; such as Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Product Design and Textile Design. Today, with the fast digital change and development in our society, the traditional design professions has expanded with new design professions; such as UX Designer, Interaction Designer, Service Designer etc., all of them working with different areas and expertise. See the image below for an idea of some of the design terms in the digital artifact context – placed on Apple’s start screen of the graphical user interface on iOS.
On the 20th of June 2016, I am happy to have finished my studies at IT-University in Copenhagen with a Master in IT, Interaction Design, and with lots of new updated knowledge. Today, I am not only a Graphic Designer, but also an Interaction Designer and User Experience Designer.
Note: The vision from Bauhaus can still be used successfully in the digital ubiquities world – working within the field of device complexity and design simplicity.
An example of this is Microsoft’s graphical user interface on the operating system Windows. Microsoft here claims that they are influenced by the School of Bauhaus, but also International Typographic Style (also called ‘Swiss Style’) and motion graphic designer Saul Bass.
Design terms in iOS context