Ligature is a weekend-long design symposium run entirely by students and features talks and workshops with highly recognized guest designers. The exhibition and accompanying events are intended to motivate, inspire, and create greater design awareness throughout our community.

Ligature 22 focuses on graphic design as a meeting point. Design communicates, challenges, educates and enlightens. These aspects act as a catalyst for ideas. Design isn’t static; it’s dynamic. From maker to audience, design truly captures a process that highlights the playfulness of the human spirit and allows all to exchange and share stories. Ligature 22 celebrates these ideas and their makers.

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Matteo Bologna

Matteo Bologna

Matteo Bologna is the founding partner and Principal of Mucca Design, where he also serves as Creative Director.

Under his direction, the Mucca Design team has solved numerous design challenges and created uniquely successful work for a wide variety of companies like Victoria’s Secret, André Balazs Properties, Barnes & Noble, Rizzoli, Starr Restaurants, Patina Restaurant Group, Adobe Systems and Target.

The work produced by the Mucca Design team has been widely recognized by industry publications, competitions and exhibitions, including AIGA, Communication Arts, Eye, Graphis, HOW, PRINT, STEP, the Type Directors Club, the Art Directors Club, and the James Beard Foundation.

Matteo is the Vice President of the Type Directors Club. He frequently lectures about branding and typography around the world.

Lotta Nieminen

Lotta Nieminen

Lotta Nieminen is an illustrator, graphic designer and art director from Helsinki, Finland. She has studied graphic design and illustration at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and the Rhode Island School of Design, and has worked as a freelancer in both fields since 2006. After working for fashion magazine Trendi, Pentagram Design and RoAndCo Studio, Lotta is now a full-time freelancer based in New York City.

In 2010, Lotta received the Art Directors Club Young Guns award and was selected by Print magazine for its annual New Visual Artists review, highlighting 20 international rising designers under the age of 30. In early 2012 she received the esteemed Junior Award at the Best of the Year advertising and design competition in Finland. Lotta has given talks at the Apple Store in New York, the Rhode Island School of Design and La Cambre University in Brussels, Belgium. She has illustrated for the likes of clients such as Hermès, New York Times, Volkswagen, United Airlines, International Herald Tribune, Monocle, Newsweek, Wired UK and Bloomberg Businessweek.


February 8th

Gallery Opening
Focus Gallery

Lecture: Matteo Bologna
FAB 103

February 9th

Lecture: Lotta Nieminen
FAB 105



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