Arja Karhumaa

Associate Professor
Associate Professor
A806 Department of Art and Media

I am a graphic designer and a text artist, Assistant Professor, and the head of Visual Communication Design MA and BA programmes.

My ongoing practice based doctoral thesis examines the material aspects of language, the situated knowledge of a text designer, and the politics of legibility. The methodical part of the thesis is Epägenesis : Katalogi, a catalogue/publication of visual and conceptual writing.

At the heart of my interests in design practice & research & education is expanding the limits of established graphic and communication design. I search for a space for a contemporary academic and critical practice within that field. I am specifically interested in language and typography, publication as art/design practice, and positioning communication design in relation to new materiality, contemporaneity, public sociology, critical pedagogy, and intersectional feminism.

Full researcher profile
https://research.aalto.fi/...

Contact information

Phone number
+358405707777

Honors and awards

Honorary mention in Art Book category, The Most Beautiful Books in Finland

Invitation or ranking in competition Department of Media Jan 2017

The Poet Debutant of the year: Nuoren Voiman Liitto

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Media Jan 2015

Silver award in Poster design category; Vuoden huiput / Grafia Best Finnish Creative Design

Invitation or ranking in competition Department of Media Jan 2014

Teacher of the Year, Aalto ARTS 2019

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Media Dec 2019

Vuoden Huiput Gold Award in Young Creatives category: 'Searching for Zen'

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Media Apr 2019

Vuoden Huiput Silver award in Design Category: ”Snapshot” for Flow Festival & Aalto University

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Media Apr 2019

Publications

Säihkyvät utopiat

Arja Karhumaa 2022

Local

Arja Karhumaa, Kaisa Lassinaro 2020

Waves Rising

Arja Karhumaa, Päivi Häikiö, Sabina Friman, Ayano Honda, Olena Mohylna, Fanni Perälä, Sara Urbanski 2020

Travelling Letters : Uroboras

Arja Karhumaa 2019