Small is beautiful
Estonian design education enjoys a culture of innovation and experimentation thanks to the country’s tiny population, says Kristjan Mändmaa, Dean of Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts
Estonia is one of Europe’s tiniest countries. The climate is not exactly sunny. Apart from forest, it lacks in natural resources. The population is so small (1.3 million) that you can drive for miles without seeing anyone travelling in the opposite direction. Sometimes the only comforting thought is: ‘Look at Iceland, they are even smaller’.
Re-design of the visual identity for the Tallinn City Transport Authority, which began as an Estonian Academy of Arts student project.
Top: Students at the international graphic design summer school ‘Asterisk’ in 2014, led by artist Giacomo Porfiri and graphic designer Samuel Nyholm.
Kristjan Mändmaa, Dean of Design, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn
Read the full version in Eye no. 96 vol. 24, 2018
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