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In advance of the deadline for Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci, we interview Gabriel Nkansah Bernard, a 2022 graduating student from University of Portsmouth, Graphic Design BA Hons.

Our Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci is open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 and the deadline to apply is August 31 2022.

See Gabriel’s ARTSTHREAD Portfolio



ARTSTHREAD:Where are you from?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: I’m from the UK

ARTSTHREAD: What is the name, theme, concept and final outcome of your graduate project/thesis?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: My project is called Sights and Symbols and it is a two-part fashion photography project which explores the Adinkra Symbols of West Africa, especially from Ghana.

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard Gabriel's final project, Sights and Symbols explores the intricacies of Adinkra; symbols from Ghana which represent individual concepts or aphorisms.



ARTSTHREAD: Can you describe your concept and creative process?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: The overall concept of my project is to celebrate The Adinkra Symbols to a contemporary & young audience through experimentation in photography, branding and graphic design.

ARTSTHREAD: Can you explain the thinking behind the key concepts and outcomes of your project?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: The thinking behind the project was mainly to give a voice and shine a light on pieces of Graphic Design which exist in West Africa that might not get the light of day in Western circles.

ARTSTHREAD: Are you 100% back on campus or are you still working all/partly from home? Please describe your environment?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: As a result of covid restrictions easing within the UK as of the academic year of 2022, I’ve been privileged to have been able to work 100% on campus which has definitely aided me greatly in terms of collaboration, group/peer assessment, and many chances to explore what my university has been able to offer.

ARTSTHREAD: Has being back on campus given you a new perspective on the university/your class colleagues/tutors?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: Being back on campus has aided me tremendously, I’ve been able to get first-hand experience in collaboration with friends from other courses, I’ve had an array of visual inspiration from all kinds of work I’ve come across and finally I’ve had the chance to go to various events which has also greatly inspired me.

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard Gabriel split the project into two phases. Phase one explores the symbols through a series of photographic portraits and phase two showcases the symbols through a collection of printed t-shirts, documented through more 'zine' style photography.



ARTSTHREAD: Has the need for online learning changed your outcomes?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: The need for online learning has most definitely aided me in terms of assisting my learning and development of presentation of outcomes to various online spaces. Having the opportunity in itself to present my work on such a platform such as ARTSTHREAD has definitely supported me greatly in looking at new ways of presenting myself and my work.

ARTSTHREAD: Did you need to innovate when you had to work by yourself at home?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: When it came to working at home, there was a great need for innovating my workflow and adopting methods of developing my work habits such as utilizing the Pomodoro method. This method has various variations; however, my personal adoption of this method is to study or complete a task for 45-50mins straight and then take a 15-minute break to clear my head and gain inspiration from what is around me.

ARTSTHREAD: What's one thing that has helped you get through the last 2 years?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: For me it’s the end results, the fun collaborations I’ve had with friends and the long lasting/meaningful friendships and connections I’ve made every step of the way.

ARTSTHREAD: What are the most positive learning outcomes from this process?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: One huge positive learning outcome I’ve come across is the need for collaboration and experimentation, it’s what has helped shape my project and has personally made it successful in its own right. I don’t see Sights & Symbols as my project but a collective concept which others have helped me bring to life.

ARTSTHREAD: How do you think design can help improve the world?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: This is a really good question, one that I personally can probably write a thesis on, however in short, I believe that Great Design (and I mean such with capitals) in comparison to Good Design has potential to not only challenge norms/perceptions, inspire generations/movements but can literally save one’s life. Great Design leaves legacies, can heal broken hearts/wounds and though it may not last forever, we can see some of the greatest designs ever made; just look up and around you. This world, universe and the creator itself surrounding it all, has the potential to change the world.

ARTSTHREAD: What are your hopes for the future?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: My hopes for the future are to use my personal zeal for Great Design to leave a legacy and similar to this project I hope to continue to do so through collaboration, experimentation and boundless imagination.

ARTSTHREAD: Thank you Gabriel - we wish you all the very best!

See Gabriel’s ARTSTHREAD Portfolio

Images in slider: Gabriel and his work

Our Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci is open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 and the deadline to apply is August 31 2022.

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In advance of the deadline for Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci, we interview Gabriel Nkansah Bernard, a 2022 graduating student from University of Portsmouth, Graphic Design BA Hons.

Our Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci is open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 and the deadline to apply is August 31 2022.

See Gabriel’s ARTSTHREAD Portfolio



ARTSTHREAD:Where are you from?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: I’m from the UK

ARTSTHREAD: What is the name, theme, concept and final outcome of your graduate project/thesis?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: My project is called Sights and Symbols and it is a two-part fashion photography project which explores the Adinkra Symbols of West Africa, especially from Ghana.

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard Gabriel's final project, Sights and Symbols explores the intricacies of Adinkra; symbols from Ghana which represent individual concepts or aphorisms.



ARTSTHREAD: Can you describe your concept and creative process?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: The overall concept of my project is to celebrate The Adinkra Symbols to a contemporary & young audience through experimentation in photography, branding and graphic design.

ARTSTHREAD: Can you explain the thinking behind the key concepts and outcomes of your project?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: The thinking behind the project was mainly to give a voice and shine a light on pieces of Graphic Design which exist in West Africa that might not get the light of day in Western circles.

ARTSTHREAD: Are you 100% back on campus or are you still working all/partly from home? Please describe your environment?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: As a result of covid restrictions easing within the UK as of the academic year of 2022, I’ve been privileged to have been able to work 100% on campus which has definitely aided me greatly in terms of collaboration, group/peer assessment, and many chances to explore what my university has been able to offer.

ARTSTHREAD: Has being back on campus given you a new perspective on the university/your class colleagues/tutors?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: Being back on campus has aided me tremendously, I’ve been able to get first-hand experience in collaboration with friends from other courses, I’ve had an array of visual inspiration from all kinds of work I’ve come across and finally I’ve had the chance to go to various events which has also greatly inspired me.

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard Gabriel split the project into two phases. Phase one explores the symbols through a series of photographic portraits and phase two showcases the symbols through a collection of printed t-shirts, documented through more 'zine' style photography.



ARTSTHREAD: Has the need for online learning changed your outcomes?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: The need for online learning has most definitely aided me in terms of assisting my learning and development of presentation of outcomes to various online spaces. Having the opportunity in itself to present my work on such a platform such as ARTSTHREAD has definitely supported me greatly in looking at new ways of presenting myself and my work.

ARTSTHREAD: Did you need to innovate when you had to work by yourself at home?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: When it came to working at home, there was a great need for innovating my workflow and adopting methods of developing my work habits such as utilizing the Pomodoro method. This method has various variations; however, my personal adoption of this method is to study or complete a task for 45-50mins straight and then take a 15-minute break to clear my head and gain inspiration from what is around me.

ARTSTHREAD: What's one thing that has helped you get through the last 2 years?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: For me it’s the end results, the fun collaborations I’ve had with friends and the long lasting/meaningful friendships and connections I’ve made every step of the way.

ARTSTHREAD: What are the most positive learning outcomes from this process?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: One huge positive learning outcome I’ve come across is the need for collaboration and experimentation, it’s what has helped shape my project and has personally made it successful in its own right. I don’t see Sights & Symbols as my project but a collective concept which others have helped me bring to life.

ARTSTHREAD: How do you think design can help improve the world?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: This is a really good question, one that I personally can probably write a thesis on, however in short, I believe that Great Design (and I mean such with capitals) in comparison to Good Design has potential to not only challenge norms/perceptions, inspire generations/movements but can literally save one’s life. Great Design leaves legacies, can heal broken hearts/wounds and though it may not last forever, we can see some of the greatest designs ever made; just look up and around you. This world, universe and the creator itself surrounding it all, has the potential to change the world.

ARTSTHREAD: What are your hopes for the future?

Gabriel Nkansah Bernard: My hopes for the future are to use my personal zeal for Great Design to leave a legacy and similar to this project I hope to continue to do so through collaboration, experimentation and boundless imagination.

ARTSTHREAD: Thank you Gabriel - we wish you all the very best!

See Gabriel’s ARTSTHREAD Portfolio

Images in slider: Gabriel and his work

Our Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci is open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 and the deadline to apply is August 31 2022.

ARTS THREAD Newsletter

Of
Interest