Graduation projects by Petra Dočekalová, Pavel Coufalík and Tomáš Chludil have been selected for the Graduation Projects exhibition.
Graduation Projects is a non-competitive celebration of the best graduate work, chosen by the editors of 2+3D Magazine (Poland) and Typo Magazine (Czech Republic) in collaboration with Cieszyn Castle, Articsók Stúdió (Hungary) and 1977 (Slovakia). In 2009/2000, the event, which was originally only intended for Polish graduates, was widened to include graduates from the other countries of the Visegrad Four – Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
The exhibition – which covers the whole spectrum of graphic and industrial design, including textile, clothes, glass and ceramic design – excludes original works of art. A total of 302 entries applied this year, including 21 from the Czech Republic. Work by three of Prague UMPRUM’s students – Petra Dočekalová from the Type Design and Typography Studio, Pavel Coufalík from the Graphic Design and Visual Communications Studio and Tomáš Chludil from the Industrial Design Studio – were included among the 40 projects selected by the jury.
Petra Dočekalová impressed the jury with her thesis on calligraphy and its rennaisance. Her work presents a comprehensive survey of the history and current state of the field and introduces designs for four new handwritten font models. As well as being recognised by Graduation Projects, her thesis was also the recipient of two prestigious typographic awards in the United States – the Certificate of Typographic Excellence 2017 from the Type Directors Club and the Award of Excellence 2017 at the Annual Communication Arts Typography Competition.
Pavel Coufalík was recognised for his thesis – The Architectural Signs of Socialist Czechoslovakia – which mainly looks at the period of the 1970s and 1980s. A recent UMPRUM graduate, Pavel comprehensively details the different types of information signs that were designed for buildings of various purposes during this period. The project previously won two awards – from the National Student Grand Design Awards 2016 and the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague.
Tomáš Chludil was selected for his bachelor thesis KANONEER – a football table for fun and relaxation designed for households of limited space. His design is elaborate to the last detail – from the metal sheet in the goal area for better sound effects, beverage holders, an integrated water level and its space-saving collapsible legs for easy storage.
UMPRUM’s 3 graduate works along with the 37 other projects will be shown at the exhibition in Cieszyn Castle, Poland from 25th February to 28th March 2017.