Graphic Days Torino. Visual Design Festival

Graphic Days: from October 3 to 6 the fourth edition of the international festival dedicated to graphic design and visual communication.

Turin is going to be the centre of the international scene of visual design with the fourth edition of the festival dedicated to visual arts.

Turin (Italy) is going to be the European capital of visual communication for four days (3 – 6 Oct.) of workshops, talks, performances and exhibitions that will celebrate the fusion among visual arts.
Graphic Days, the annual international festival that takes place at Toolbox Coworking (via Agostino da Montefeltro, 2, Turin) is going to promote the connection between visual communication and social commitment, choosing integration as the main theme of the new edition. The debate will involve the notion of the cultural melting pot, as well as the fusion of different skills, abilities, and perceptions.

Starting from October, 3rd, the most relevant artists and professionals of the European background of visual communication will be involved as tutors and speakers in the festival programme. A few names of the professionals that will take part in the 7 workshops, 8 talks and 24 live performances are Field (U.K.), the studio specialized in art and technology, Yukiko (DE), the studio operating in the editorial field that deals also with digital media and video, Folch (SP), which is renown for concepts, brands and storytelling, Eye (U.K.), the magazine that deals with visual culture and Dude, the Italian company that made famous campaigns like the last one for Netflix Italia.
Astrid Stavro from Pentagram London will be the protagonist of the opening talk on October, 3: she is going to talk about the experience of running her own studio in Spain and then moving to the internationally renowned design agency Pentagram, showcasing a selection of her most iconic projects. During the Saturday Night Talk the festival will host DesignStudio (UK), which will share some of their weirder and more wonderful work – as well as the world’s reaction to it.

Olivier Kugler is going to be the guest that will represent most the topic “integration”: he will present a selection of illustrations portraying Syrian refugees featured in his book Escaping Wars and Waves, a work that was originally designed for Doctors Without Borders and has developed in a publication.

The fourth edition of Graphic Days will explore the experimentation and innovation fields: methods, approaches and tools that digital innovators have to deal with in the visual design sector. Visitors will dive in a virtual space, in which they can interact with the artworks through audio-visual performances and site-specific installations.

The festival will host the interactive installation Draw to Art by Google Creative Lab, Google Arts & Culture Lab e IYOIYO, under the creative direction of Xavier Barrade, (Google Creative Lab London), which was built with the goal of creating an experience that uses the latest machine learning technology, but offers a very simple and magical experience to everyone and an accessible way to explore the collection. One hundred stories, one face, is the project about integration designed by Marco Oggian and co-curated by Nicola Schwartz: visitors will be able to make digital portraits based on the same icon with different features (details and colors) that make them unique, as a metaphor of the human experience. Besides the installations, more than 30 illustrators and artists will be the protagonists of the digital art live performances.

The festival’s new edition inauguration will take place on October 3rd at 6.30 p.m. with an opening party with artistic and music performances.
The program of the festival is available on

Fabio Guida, Festival Coordinator and Professor of communication design at Politecnico of Torino, declares: “Graphic Days aims at enhancing the excellence of international visual design to show that quality projects have no borders. Fusion among visual arts promotes a democratic approach and also contributes to highlighting the visual design aspects that are in our everyday life.”

The festival is a project by Print Club Torino, Plug, Try Again Lab, Quattrolinee and Mg2 Architetture.

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (