Dates: 14-18/11/2016

Your design is only as good as your ability to understand and communicate it, which is why setting up a compelling portfolio or presentation matters! If your design is misrepresented or presented ineffectively, key insights and understanding are lost, which hurts both your message and your ability to design. How many times were you in the position to have an interesting concept and at the same time you were unable to communicate it through your working panels? If you feel that you lack the appropriate tools and techniques to be more communicative, more productive and more successful in your work production then this is your opportunity!

This catalyst proposal seeks to strengthen students’ ability to express their thinking process effectively, to emphasize on identifying their strongest skills and to support them to discover the strong points of their design proposals. It builds upon a one-week of intense exercises in which students will  learn the ability to organize and prioritize their concepts, process and final designs of a project/or design task. Through an integration of theoretical and hands-on techniques, students will develop the ability of hierarchy and organization.

The point of departure will be based on the theory of visual communication and data visualization in order to emphasize on presentation techniques, layout, diagrams,. Students will be exposed to a variety of successful and unsuccessful examples of portfolio/presentation set-ups that will strengthen their ability to critically filter their own work. Then, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign software will be introduced as means to produce and organize design work more effectively. Attention will be also given to   one-to-one feedback sessions, in order for everyone to get the appropriate help they need.

What you’ll learn:

  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of diverse design processes and design research methods.
  • Develop knowledge and cognitive skills to critically review, analyze, consolidate (apply) and synthesize information in relation to the principles of communication design.
  • To develop the ability to structure, synthesis and express their thoughts through visual representation techniques. This Knowledge and creative skills can exercise their grounded judgment in design thinking: identifying and solving communication problems collaboratively and/or independently, in diverse contexts
  • To utilize digital tools which can enhance their portfolio production
  • Develop organizational and leadership skills, and the ability to plan and execute a project and/or piece of research ( planning, problem solving and decision making).

• This workshop was under the premises of Catalyst course, in collaboration with the University of Nicosia. Registration was only eligible for the students of interior/architecture of the University


Department of Architecture, University of Nicosia