My name is Johanna Burai and I run my own design practice in Stockholm. I graduated in 2015 from Beckmans College of Design with a BA in Visual Communication and I just started my Masters in Visual Communication at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design. My practice is very varied and I create concepts through a wide range of disciplines such as graphic design, art direction, ceramics and illustration. Common to my work is that I often work with clients and collaborators across the fields of art, culture, music and fashion.
1. Don’t compromise too much with your work. You must be happy with what you have done. When it comes to design you know best not the client.
There have been many highlights, the first one must have been when I was accepted into Beckmans College of Design, that is where it all started. Another memorable part happened recently when I held a lecture in Media Activism at the University that I once was suspended from. That was a real “in your face” —highlight. But the biggest this year is probably that my World White Web project is going to be exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm. That is a really big deal for me.
If you are studying graphic design it is probably because you love it and think it is fun.
That joy is very important not to forget when you start to work. Because it is very easy to get lost in the work as a designer—it could be too much work, or working with bad clients, or just working on projects that you don’t like. But if you use that joy as a compass through out your work and approach the process in a playful way then it doesn’t matter if the client is bad or the project is boring.
*Who are your top five design crushes right now? * - Isabel Seiffert
1. Ways of Seeing by John Berger is a very important book. Everybody (in the world) should read that. John Berger was an art critic, an author, a painter, a poet and a feminist. The book criticise traditional Western cultural aesthetics by raising questions about hidden ideologies in visual images.
1. is a very important book. Everybody (in the world) should read that. John Berger was an art critic, an author, a painter, a poet and a feminist. The book criticise traditional Western cultural aesthetics by raising questions about hidden ideologies in visual images.
Ways of Seeing is also made as a 4 part series on BBC, watch it