Julia Villard (She/Her)
As a visual communicator, my practice is concept and research-driven. I seek to shed light on the gap generated by the loss and renewal of meaning that arise from the process of translation. I enjoy spatial design, editorial design and typography and have a great appreciation for collaboration.
Power Plant is an identity proposal for a hypothetical exhibition that puts forward different artists, architects and designers who work with the biomaterial of algae. As we are now in a state of climate urgency, we need to rethink our ways of consuming the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the materials we use.
This identity plays with the idea of change through the typographical treatment of the captions while suggesting a transition from one state to another by means of the split posters.
Girl, Woman, Other
Shortlisted design by The Penguin Cover Design Award 2022.
In my reading of Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo I was intrigued by the diversity of characters, the voices depicted and how strongly their identity is portrayed through their language. I created my cover using letterpress printing, drawing inspiration from various archives looking at protest and theatre posters. Each letter has its own unique features and subsequently, their own flaws, echoing how our identity is mirrored in our individual language and speech.
This design concept reflects the complex composition of Giulio Camillo’s Theatre of Memory. The books act as a map of this theatre as they play with the height and position of the elements on the page. The reader is invited to alter their way of reading by positioning themselves within the space between both books.
Banned: A Poster Exhibition
In March, we curated Banned: A Poster Exhibition, an exhibition showcasing letterpress posters. The designs for this exhibition aimed to showcase the process of production of the work displayed. Inspired by the GSA caseroom, we recreated the letterpress printing rolls and hung the various prints on fishing wire, mimicking how they dry.
Photography by Fin Brannan and Sadie Brookes.
Hum and Haw
Hum and Haw is an identity design for a Scottish Design Radio station. The radio broadcasts artist talks, seminars, design news and DJ sets each morning at 8AM. The design is informed by the negative space created by the modular format of the Herald’s newspaper columns. It plays with the relationship between the printed newspaper and the online website.