The Visual Communication Design programme at Aalto University (VCD) is an international learn- ing community committed to investigating new modes of action within visual communication. This archive was established in 2020 as a means to document and share the activity and work of the programme.

Local (2020⁣⁣⁣)


Local is a collage of academic poetics examining the theme of localities, particularly in the context of graphic design and visual communication. What do we consider local, here, exactly—either literally or conceptually?


Edited by Arja Karhumaa and Kaisa Lassinaro ⁣⁣⁣


with contributions from Minna Henriksson, Sara de Bondt, Agata Szydlowska, Kiia Beilinson, Amelie Scharffetter, Janne Gammelin, João Emediato, Olli Korpela, Eirunn Kvalnes, Krista Blomqvist, and Amy Gelera. ⁣⁣⁣



Starting from the local⁣⁣⁣

Graphic design and the local⁣⁣⁣

The Finnish local⁣⁣⁣

What about the local⁣⁣⁣

What if knowledge is local⁣⁣⁣

Issues on the local⁣⁣⁣

The endangered local⁣⁣⁣

Imagining a new local⁣⁣⁣

Forget the local⁣⁣⁣

The feminist local⁣⁣⁣

How typography is local⁣⁣⁣

Unfinished thoughts on the local⁣⁣⁣

Who cares about the local⁣⁣⁣

Does language make you local⁣⁣⁣

Weather is local⁣⁣⁣

How to stay local⁣⁣⁣

We are all local⁣⁣⁣

So many questions about the local⁣⁣⁣

Skillful practices are local⁣⁣⁣

The future is local⁣⁣⁣

Support your local⁣⁣⁣

Are you a local⁣⁣⁣

The scholarly local⁣⁣⁣

Are universities local⁣⁣⁣



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ISBN 978-952-60-8902-7