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Arja Karhumaa

Assistant professor, head of programme


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    Artistic and research interests

    I am a graphic designer and a text artist, Assistant Professor, and the head of Visual Communication Design MA and BA programmes.

    My ongoing practice based doctoral thesis examines the material aspects of language, the situated knowledge of a text designer, and the politics of legibility. The methodical part of the thesis is Epägenesis : Katalogi, a catalogue/publication of visual and conceptual writing.

    At the heart of my interests in design practice & research & education is expanding the limits of established graphic and communication design. I search for a space for a contemporary academic and critical practice within that field. I am specifically interested in language and typography, publication as art/design practice, and positioning communication design in relation to new materiality, contemporaneity, public sociology, critical pedagogy, and intersectional feminism.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctoral degree, Arts and Design, Aalto University

    Award Date: 18 Jun 2021

    Master's degree, Arts and Design, Helsinki University of Arts and Design

    Award Date: 14 Jun 2007


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