Recent Graphic Design Graduate Caroline Konarkowska won a Merit Award at the annual International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) in the Student Assessments category. She created a typographic publication, which interpreted a seminal theatre text, The Street Scene by Berthold Brecht.
The annual ISTD Student Assessments “offers students opportunities to engage with challenging design briefs that can synthesise their learning and express their typographic achievement” and that “success in our assessment reflects considerable achievement”.
The ISTD assessors commented on Caroline’s work, “an inventive interpretation of classic theatre text, where the letterforms take on the role of actors throughout the pages. The flow was engaging and the drama escalates as we progress though the book just as a theatre performance would. The inclusion of the perforated posters at the end act as a nod to theatre tradition but summarise the key concepts of the text very well.” Judges went on to say that Caroline’s workbook was thorough and that overall, the entry displayed “a truly inventive and original use of type-only design. An enjoyable and engaging experience to read it.”
Whitecliffe Senior Lecturer Caroline Powley commented on the win stating “this is the first time we have entered design work into this particular competition and it’s an amazing achievement for Caroline to receive a Merit Award for her publication. Caroline created a publication that used formal elements and structures to communicate complex conceptual ideas.
Caroline Konarkowska said of her design submission to ISTD; “The Typographer’s Stage is a new interpretation of the seminal text, The Street Scene, written by Bertolt Brecht in 1950. Written as a philosophy for modern theatre, The Street Scene discusses both the actors’ delivery and audience’s interpretation of theatrical plays. Brecht’s work encouraged the audience’s intellectual engagement with the content. Over half a century later, Brecht’s analogy bears close resemblance to the relationship between contemporary audience and typographer. The Typographer’s Stage is a publication and poster design set which celebrate the mechanics of typographic production. Through the use of the page as a metaphor for the theatrical stage, the viewer is guided through a contemporary take on the historical script—The Street Scene. Just as The Street Scene exemplified: with exposure to the layers of production, a space is created for individual interpretation, comprehension of the demonstrator’s decisions and an understanding of the structural foundations of the performance.”
Being acknowledged by a panel of highly regarded assessors from both industry and educational backgrounds, Caroline Konarkowska says felt “like a huge achievement. Having the opportunity to take part in the ISTD assessment scheme meant that my work was assessed outside of the college. Whitecliffe Senior Lecturer Caroline Powley provided excellent one-on-one training for the project and put me forward for the ISTD assessment scheme. The training and assessment process strengthened both my typographic skills and also opened up my considerations of audience and context, as the project had to hold significance on an international level. The award grants me entry into the International Society of Typographic Designers, comprised of leading educators, industry members and graduates like myself from all over the world.”
We congratulate Caroline on her achievement!