Nahuel Gerth: Curiosity and play are important for my work.
Nahuel Gerth graduated in 2022 from the Graphic Design and Visual Communication Studio as part of the follow-up Visual Arts Master's program in English. His design work is driven by curiosity and experimental play.
During my three years of intensive study at UMPRUM, I immersed myself in graphic design in all its variations and aspects. I explored traditional manual techniques such as letterpress, bookbinding, and linocut, as well as digital possibilities of coding, and augmented reality. The result is a diverse mix of experiments, prototypes, trials, and (un)finished projects. I wanted to explore what possibilities graphic design can offer and open new doors and paths for further multi-year exploration.
I completed my studies with the diploma thesis titled Tellerand. It is a teaching tool designed for teaching at home and in the classrooms. Augmented reality allows not only learning but also the ability to explore new issues. With the help of playful cardboard modules, it focuses on visualizing the history of the universe. The puzzle pieces can be combined in an exploratory way, and each one triggers augmented reality content with an interactive narrative.
WHAT DID UMPRUM GIVE ME?
UMPRUM has a unique mix of interdisciplinary studios. I enjoyed the enriching exchange between all these different disciplines. Each studio has a very limited number of students and all years meet in one class. This allows for a very intimate and individual learning experience. Also, the strong theoretical input and deep dive into Czech design culture was enlivening and refreshing.
UMPRUM gave me the opportunity to explore a new direction in graphic design - making knowledge accessible through visual communication. My goal is to apply this approach on a larger scale for museums, and scientific institutions.
Nahuel Gerth is an interdisciplinary graphic designer and creative coder currently based in Prague. He approaches design as a testing ground and a medium for exploring new ideas. He is also a father of two children (2 and 7), a musician, and a student of life. He completed his studies in visual communication as a Bachelor of Arts in Hanover and a Master of Arts in Prague.
The article was created as part of the project Priorities of the Czech Presidency, supported by the Centralized Development Projects of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Czech Republic.