Communication Design School of Design

Julia Villard (She/Her)

Book design

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.

 

Contact
villardjulia@outlook.com
@jvlld
Works
Memory Theatre
Mon mémoire digital
Hum and Haw
Girl, Woman, Other
Power plant
Banned: A Poster Exhibition
Book design

Memory Theatre

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.

Mon mémoire digital

Data Visualisation of my curatorial rationale, Screenprint.

Collaborative project with Antoine Boutron.

“What we are dealing with here is a proto-computer (…) He wanted to create a machine that would allow for all possible permutations of knowledge in the algebraic form” — Simon Critchley: Memory theatre (2017)

As a computer-based generation, we conserve all our memory externally; we do not need to know much information- we use google- and do not need to remember much of it either- it is stored in our computers. Covid and online learning have accentuated this: what I have left of my last years at the Glasgow School of Art is mainly data, and it is all stored in what we could call my ‘external memory device’.

Through this research project, I played with the clashing time frames of the Renaissance Memory of Frances Yates and my digital memory. These Screenprints are coded data visualisations of my final year curatorial rationale; they are a tactile outcome created by an invisible algorithm.

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.

Penguin Cover Design Award

Penguin Cover Design Award

Photography by Fikayo Adebajo

Power plant

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.

Banned: A Poster Exhibition

In March, we curated Banned: A Poster Exhibition, an exhibition of letterpress posters all made in our university’s caseroom. We worked on the curation of the event and were responsible for assembling, managing and presenting the posters that everyone had made. Using the identity guidelines of the exhibition, we interpreted them through spatial design and designed 3D letterpress rolls, a large vinyl for the window and a manifesto stating the rules we had defined.