ESDi https://esdi.es/en Escuela y estudios de diseño en Barcelona. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:09:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.3 The world of design enters the competition https://esdi.es/en/world-of-design-enters-competition Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:51:36 +0000 https://esdi.es/?p=34319 Marta Renú Bergel, student of the university degree in fashion design, has created a racing suit inspired by the Cupra e-Racer, the first 100% electric racing car from the pioneer brand in this new competition ETCR (Electric Touring Car Racing). The idea came up when...

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Marta Renú Bergel, student of the university degree in fashion design, has created a racing suit inspired by the Cupra e-Racer, the first 100% electric racing car from the pioneer brand in this new competition ETCR (Electric Touring Car Racing).

The idea came up when Marta had to carry out her Final Project for the Higher Degree in Pattern Making and Fashion at the Escola Superior de Disseny (ESDi), in Sabadell. Motorsport has always been her passion. Her parents, Jordi Renú and Núria Bergel, compete in regularity rallies with a BMW 325i and she races in some events as co-pilot. Being surrounded by professionals of the motor world, Marta Renú wanted to redesign the classic concept of the racing suit, studying the market and the competition, as well as the references: “I was clear that I wanted to make a project with which I could change something, that was real and could become commercial. I saw that the racing suits, for both drivers and teams, were almost all monochrome and I decided to create a piece based on a racing car“, he explains.

So she contacted Cesc Ginestà, Key Account Manager of the Barcelona company Marina Racewear, a manufacturer of fireproof clothing with FIA approval and the only brand that uses its own fabrics to make its products. The company gave him the opportunity to practice in their facilities and provided him with the fabrics to carry out his project, as well as having carte blanche to be able to use the technique called sublimation, the latest technology they use to print their designs.

Marta Renú continues: “The next step was to think about who my client could be. I thought that the best way to enter this world was to look for the focus of innovation and I saw that this was offered by electric car racing. Seat had already been world champion in TCR and now it wants to achieve this with the Cupra brand in the electric mode as well. In this way, with my theoretical customer very clear as well as the driver, Jordi Gené, and the Cupra e-Racer vehicle itself as a reference, I focused on a unique and exclusive design. My objective was to design a driver’s suit with the sublimation technique, which would define Cupra’s new style of purely electric competition and which would be totally complementary and loyal to the original design of the car“.

One of the main objectives of the project is that the image of the driver and the rest of the team is integrated and in line with that of the car, making the concept of this new 100% electric championship visible. According to the designer, “it is a very interesting and necessary topic, the sector is evolving a lot in technical matters and, however, the aesthetic has remained stagnant. Looking to the future, my intention is to focus a little more on technical fabrics and be able to contribute to the development of this type of clothing. Just as e-Racer is a precursor to a radical change in competition and marks a before and after, I consider it very important to follow that same pattern in the fashion world“.

This is the first time that a work based on motor racing has been carried out at the ESDi school, which gives the project a plus of originality and quality, which is the merit and the result of uniting a passion with a profession.

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Design in Post-Coronavirus times https://esdi.es/en/design-in-post-coronavirus-times Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:35:58 +0000 https://esdi.es/?p=34315 Article by Dr. Encarna Ruiz Molina, Director of the Department of Design Theory and Analysis. For more than six months, we have been living in a convoluted and complex scenario, typical of those dystopian films that draw contexts provided by science fiction in which Humanity...

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Article by Dr. Encarna Ruiz Molina, Director of the Department of Design Theory and Analysis.

For more than six months, we have been living in a convoluted and complex scenario, typical of those dystopian films that draw contexts provided by science fiction in which Humanity is faced with terrible things. The empty streets, the desolation of the figures, our confinement to our homes and the endless political discourses remind us that we live in a paradoxical, frustrating and unimaginable reality. We have been immersed for days in a kind of war where the enemy is a virus and the battle is fought in hospitals and nursing homes all over the world.

In this context, Covid 19 has been the trigger for the fall of the unstable and changing social structures that Bauman defined for us in his work Tiempos Líquidos[1]. In just a few days, like a house of cards, this health crisis that is sweeping the planet has put the world economy, Western political leaders and the models of institutional and international relations that had emerged from the Second World War in check. The West and its hyperglobalised model of management are shaken, and with it the atmosphere of progress and well-being that they offered to citizens who today feel vulnerable and lost.

This Pandemic is presented as a global storm from which no one escapes and from which those who have invested in health and industrial infrastructure seem to emerge best. But it is also a moral hurricane that defines the different ways of understanding solidarity between different territories and sectors of the population.

On the other hand, this situation has led to an acceleration of the changes in the social narratives that had defined the first half of the 21st century. Thus, social, political and economic corporations were moving from the dictates of hyper-consumption as a system and in their way of generating products, services and experiences on a large scale. But these days of confinement and reflection, we are beginning to be more aware of our priorities and the need for change. The planet is exhausted. And we cannot continue to act in the same way. That is why those voices that said we should transform our linear economic model into a circular model are beginning to be of interest to many citizens. Social and environmental sustainability is now beginning to be a primary object, not an alternative.

Spain is experiencing a complicated situation in this atmosphere of global chaos generated by the health crisis. It is the country with the highest number of deaths per number of inhabitants in the world and the place where most health personnel have fallen ill while carrying out their duties. This has exposed our vulnerability to the virus, the unstable political structure we have seen for years and our service sector-based economy that is crippled by the Pandemic. The situation has also highlighted, on the one hand, the low investment in health and research, which are subject to different reductionist policies arising from the economic crisis; and on the other, our industrial fragility. This implies the existence of a fragile and dependent system, with little capacity for self-management and which, in a situation like the one we are experiencing, leads to manifest weakness. Thus, our productive model should be reconfigured and propose a return to local production that will help us guarantee economic subsistence in the medium term and do so, at the same time, in terms of circularity.

In this context, it would not be unreasonable to build our social story around a sustainable and local rationalism in which Design is the backbone.  In this sense, Raúl Belluccia[2] said that societies that do not incorporate Design in their way of generating products, services and experiences will find it difficult to progress coherently. In the post-coronavirus era, this discipline is a key tool that will make it possible to respond to all the needs of that society that seeks to be more efficient from an environmental, economic and relational point of view.

As a discipline defined by action, by doing things and seeking solutions to the certainties of everyday life, design is key. An example of this is the fact that, in the midst of the crisis, it has been a determining factor in seeking solutions to the lack of basic healthcare material and the failure of the State to obtain it immediately on international markets. Companies such as Seat or technological centres such as Leitat have been able to join forces to design respirators that have been manufactured in the same place where cars were produced just a few days ago. 3D manufacturing has also become a key factor in the development of visors and spectacles to protect healthcare personnel and the designs of these products have driven one of the most interesting solidarity actions we have experienced.

These are just examples of the importance of Design as a discipline in the creation of solutions and as a manager of social solidarity. If we combine both concepts, we come closer to the unquestionable social function of Design.  Noberto Chaves[3] said that it is generated because everything that Design produces is directed at and affects society, and seeks to facilitate the integration of people and solve everyday problems.

For this reason, Design must be interpreted as the mediator between a community of individuals and the socio-political system that manages it. It is therefore a discipline that is capable of proposing solutions that allow the recovery of citizen security and credibility in the system, which has been weakened by the various crises that have resulted from the Pandemic.

Design and its transformative capacity are therefore the mechanism that will help the post-coronavirus community to generate new social stories based on the search for products, services and experiences that are more supportive and sustainable. The reindustrialisation of countries like Spain, based on the logic of industry 4.0 and local production, will also have a fundamental ally in Social Design.

Dr. Encarna Ruiz Molina, Director of the Department of Design Theory and Analysis at ESDi.

 

[1] Bauman, Z. (2009): Tiempos líquidos: Vivir en una época de incertidumbre, Barcelona, Ed. Tusquets.

[2] Belluccia, R. (2007). El diseño gráfico y su enseñanza: ilusiones y desengaños. Buenos Aires: Paidós.

[3] Chaves, N. (2008). La función social del diseño: realidades y utopías. Recuperado el 6 de octubre de 2008, http://www.disenoiberoamericano.com/node/95

Image: More than this, Curro Claret. Photo from Juan Lemus.

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12 ESDi students participate in Garage Stories x Docs Barcelona https://esdi.es/en/12-esdi-students-participate-in-garaxe-stories-x-docs-barcelona Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:53:30 +0000 https://esdi.es/?p=34308 From 2 to 4 October 2020, the workshop on emerging narratives was held by Garage Stories. 12 students from ESDi Official Undergraduate Degree in Design participated together with other students from Blanquerna and UPC to design and prototype immersive and interactive narratives. Marta Marcó, Erea...

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From 2 to 4 October 2020, the workshop on emerging narratives was held by Garage Stories. 12 students from ESDi Official Undergraduate Degree in Design participated together with other students from Blanquerna and UPC to design and prototype immersive and interactive narratives. Marta Marcó, Erea Fernández, Anna Rodríguez, Aida Cuevas, Pere Bigorra, María Hernando, Belén Siso, Shirin Rahman, Jairo Mirete, María Blanch, María Martí and Andrea Julve spent 3 days solving different social challenges for local non-profit organisations.

The first day at Impact Hub Barcelona started with a welcome by Marta Ordeig, founder of Garage Stories, who presented the hackathon calendar, and a masterclass by Carles Sora, Director of the CITM (Center for Image and Multimedia Technologies) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Afterwards, it was the turn of the presentation of the social challenges by Fundació LudàliaThe Green City Lab and Abrazo Cultural.

On Saturday, at the Espronceda Institute of Art and Culture, the participating teams took part in a tour of the gardens and orchards with The Green City Lab, a Syrian cooking class with Abrazo Cultural, and a workshop with the children from Fundació Ludàlia. Afterwards, the teams worked hand in hand with mentors Andrea Sacchi, Andy Benyei, Michael Markman, Maja Zavrsnik, Jordi Martos, Montecarlo, Mia Rodríguez-Sarmiento, Lilian Cali and José Carlos Flores to define the idea and build their concept to solve the challenge posed.

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On Sunday the winning groups of the 3 challenges were announced:

Challenge 1 – Abrazo Cultural: Team 3, formed by Marta Marcó, Erea Fernández and Anna Rodríguez from ESDi, and Jan Amor from Docs, Míriam Lara from UPC and Fernando Nuevo from Blanquerna, was the winner of the challenge of Abrazo Cultural “How to change the vision we have of refugees by making their talents and cultures visible” with the proposal “In our shoes”.

Challenge 2 – The Green City Lab: “How to promote and maintain over time an active participation of local communities for the co-creation and self-management of community green spaces” was the challenge launched by The Green City Lab. Team 5, made up of Pere Bigorra from ESDi, Mar Gimeno and David Torner from Blanquerna, Núria Lamonja from UPC and Laura Casadiego from Docs, won with the “Green Window” proposal.

Challenge 3 – Fundació Ludàlia:

Team 9, made up of Maria Blanch from ESDi, Julia Campanyo from Blanquerna, Marc Gálvez from UPC and Natalia Ayala and Hana Gausfair from Docs, won the challenge “How to use entertainment as a means of socialisation between people with intellectual disabilities and those without disabilities” by Ludàlia, with her proposal “Beat the Impact”.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Photo credits: Laia Hinojosa González

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Empowering 4.0 Minds @EAIE 2020: Community Exchange https://esdi.es/en/empowering-minds-4-0 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:25:58 +0000 https://esdi.es/empowering-minds-4-0 Del 14 al 16 de octubre, ESDi estuvo presente por primera vez en EAIE
Community Exchange, un evento destinado a profesionales de la
educación superior internacional en el que participaron más de 1.600
personas de 57 países diferentes.

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Of the 14 at the 16 of October, ESDi was present for the first time at the EAIE Community Exchange, an event destined at professionals of the international superior nurture at which took part more of 1.600 persons of 57 distinct countries. In addition to being able to connect and establish international accounts with universities of all the world, ESDi had the opportunity to impart an online session at the hall Study in Catalonia of the Generalitat de Catalunya, where the principal Catalan universities were represented.

Like this then, the International Relations Director of ESDi, Eva Garrell, and the Director of the ESDi, Maja Cecuk, presented “Empowering 4.0 Minds”, a session on the adaptation of the methodology of ESDi at a new reality hardened by the crisis of the COVID-19: the of the Industry 4.0.

The aims of the webinar were to show the importance to adapt the mode at what teach, learn and live during the crisis of the COVID-19 and what can learn thereof, the mode at which we are facing at this revolution, and how come is important for the universities, teachers, staff and students adapt his methodology.

The principal ideas that wanted to send Eva and Maja with “Empowering 4.0 Minds” were:

  • How it influences the physical and mental welfare at the University at the hour to achieve a main professional growth.
  • The challenges and learnings of the online and face-to-face education concurrently.
  • The methodology design thinking and design doing at the classroom for: improve the empowerment of the students at critical and analytic thought, teach by means of a methodology concretises the work at online squad and promote new media, and favour academic activities that promote the innovation and mental agility so that the pupils have more tools at the hour to face at the economic and social crises recurrent.
 
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Welcome Day 2020-21 in a nutshel https://esdi.es/en/welcome-day-2020-21-in-a-nutshel Tue, 13 Oct 2020 09:12:22 +0000 https://esdi.es/?p=34082 On September 17th, the welcome day for the new students of the Grado en Diseño and the Undergraduate Degree in Design took place. This year’s event had a special meaning, since it meant the return to the classrooms after so many months without face-to-face classes...

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On September 17th, the welcome day for the new students of the Grado en Diseño and the Undergraduate Degree in Design took place. This year’s event had a special meaning, since it meant the return to the classrooms after so many months without face-to-face classes due to the Covid-19 crisis. A crisis that undoubtedly marked the event, with temperature measurement, safety distances and one-way circuits to avoid crowding.

The Welcome Day began with an institutional welcome by the Deputy Director of the Fundació del Disseny Tèxtil (FUNDIT), Georgina Bombardó, who highlighted the origins of the Foundation and the School, and its trajectory in training designers. Then it was the turn of Dr. Maja Cecuk, Director of ESDi, who recalled some of the measures adopted by the School in the Protocol of Action to face the new stage of Covid-19. The Director of International Relations, Eva Garrell, explained the evolution of the number of international students at ESDi in recent years, and especially in the last year, when 1 out of every 4 students in the Design Degree is international. Finally, the head of the Academic Secretary’s Office, Arola Prat, presented the team and the Career Services.

After the speeches of the Management Team, the Directors of @DissenyHub and @Materfad, Mónica Bonafonte and Valérie Bergeron, sent a video message to the new students of the Degree in Design. At the end of the video, they wrote their purpose for the new course on some paper birds that are now hanging in the ESDi Hall, with a structure designed by the AEAD of Product and Interior Design.

After writing their best wishes for this year, the group divided into different subgroups to tour the school with different teachers. While the tour of the Grado en Diseño students, it was the turn of the institutional welcome for the new students of the Undergraduate Degree in Design. At the end of the speeches of the management team, the two groups met in the Hall to play a game and give a prize to the people who had the most questions about ESDi.

Check out how the ESDi Welcome Day 20-21 went!

The Welcome Day for the new students of the Vocational Training programs in Pattern Making and Fashion and in Tailored Clothing of ESDi-EFPA took place on September 23rd. As with their classmates in the Degree in Design, the event was welcomed by the institutions, but this time it was attended by Marcel·lí Pérez, coordinator of the EFPA CFGS and Núria Monter, secretary of EFPA.

After writing their intentions for the new course on the paper birds, they were also able to tour the ESDi facilities in small groups with several teachers and received a corporate bag and a cloth mask made by their classmates from the Vocational Training programs.

Check out how the ESDi Welcome Day 20-21 went!

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Cova Trujillo and Helena Rabal, 1st and 3rd prize winners at the Apolda European Design Awards https://esdi.es/en/apolda-european-design-award Thu, 14 May 2020 09:55:18 +0000 https://esdi.es/?p=32946 Graduates in Fashion Design from ESDi Covadonga Trujillo and Helena Rabal have been awarded the 1st and 3rd Prize in the German competition for newfashion designers “Apolda European Design Award” (AEDA). Their Final Degree Projects were selected by the university to present themselves to the...

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Graduates in Fashion Design from ESDi Covadonga Trujillo and Helena Rabal have been awarded the 1st and 3rd Prize in the German competition for new
fashion designers “Apolda European Design Award” (AEDA). Their Final Degree Projects were selected by the university to present themselves to the contest due to the topicality of their approaches and the excellent academic curriculum of both. “It was an honor and a privilege that we were chosen to participate in such a contest, at a European level,” emphasizes Cova.

According to Dolors Giró, head of the Fashion Area at ESDi, “innovation in the concept and its subsequent development have been recognized.” For Cova and Helena this recognition was a surprise. “The truth is that I did not expect to win at all, I thought of it to be practically impossible after watching all the spectacular collections that were presented” says Cova. In fact, the contest this year had 29 collections of fashion graduates from 15 universities and 10 countries.

“If I had to choose a word as a conclusion, It would be Grateful”, Cova Trujillo, 1r Prize AEDA

“The fact that 2 out of the 4 awards given went to the same university speaks a lot about the school level,” says Helena. “When you think of the same university, or
even a country, you may think of collections with certain similarities will come out, but ours are totally different. It is what the design of each has”. For both of them,
being able to live this experience together and support each other since day one, without any rivalry has been very important. “It has been a relief throughout the
process and a pride that we have both won an award,” says Cova.

Given the current situation, the contest this year has had to take place online. Cova and Helena were going to travel to Germany, meet the rest of European designers and participate in a fashion show with an award ceremony. With the sanitary crisis, the competition organization decided to present the collections through their social networks and thus communicate the winners. Although in a limited way, this allowed both of them “to see the other collections and realize the different ways of doing and understanding design in Europe”, highlights Helena.

Photography: @angiecouple
Model: @virginia_lobe

The Cova Trujillo collection that won the 1st AEDA Prize, valued at € 12,000, is entitled “(Entre[tu]piel)” and presents a very current reflection on the importance, in the very short future, of communicating with the clothing pieces we buy. As Dolors Giró defines it, “it is about betting on a fashion that is more committed to the planet and with more respect for the entire human process, seeking its values ​​and trying to recover our connection between the entire chain of people who have made it possible, and the use of new technological means such as 3D printing”.

“The challenges of climate change are my main focus and what drives me. The search for innovative materials and ecological dyeing processes are my greatest sources of inspiration”

This is how Covadonga explained the theme of his collection (Entre[tu]piel) in the contest nomination: “The challenges proposed by climate change, particularly for us fashion designers, are my main focus and what drives me. With my collection I want to contribute to the sustainable management of garments. The idea is to connect the clothes to a story that the user falls in love with. I want to start an intimate conversation between the garment and the body and create emotional value. The search for innovative materials and ecological dyeing and finishing processes are my greatest sources of inspiration.”

“If I had to stay with a word as a conclusion, It would be grateful. The truth is that it has been a long process, but it has been worth it. It is a privilege to be linked to the Apolda family, they have been amazing throughout all these months,” says Cova. Although the coronavirus crisis has affected the contest, which should have been held on May 9 (“it would have been a very beautiful and super positive experience to learn from others and get to know each other”), Cova had the opportunity to travel to Apolda in February to participate in the filming of the fashion film for their collection.

Apolda European Design Award has an agreement with the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar school, and for its film, students are responsible for making a video for each collection. “The director of my video made me very participant in the creative process and encouraged me to go with it. The experience was great and being able to meet the entire team was incredible, they are incredible professionals. I’m left with having been able to live that,” explains the winner of the Apolda European Design Awards 2020.

On the other hand, Helena Rabal’s “BNT_DNT” (Been There, Done That) collection convinced the jury with a theme based on the fields of architecture and tourism. It draws a possible reflection on the individual in the globalized society and the way of relating to it. According to Andrea Karg, a member of the jury that proclaimed the 3rd Prize, valued at € 5,000, “the current situation has given the collection an explosive effect”. 

This is how Helena presented her candidacy for the competition: “Besides fashion, architecture is another field that really fascinates me because it combines creativity and technology. I am inspired by designers who work with functional materials and combine sportswear and urban clothing to create a new look. Graphic design is another important source of inspiration, since you cannot have sportswear and urban clothing without it. My collection takes a critical look at modern forms of tourism”.

“I am inspired by designers who work with functional materials and combine sports and urban clothing to create a new look”

Dolors Giró, head of the Fashion Area at ESDi, highlights from the collection “the study of careful furnishings (closures, brooches …), as well as typographic work at the level of prints and labeling on the garments”.

For Helena, “winning the third prize was a really very rewarding surprise on a personal and professional level. To see how your concept and design is not only understood and liked, but is also recognized, is incredible”.

Both Helena and Cova are now waiting for the publication of the fashion clips made by the students of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar university with the looks of their collections. “You can see how the concept of your collection takes shape from the eyes of a filmmaker. Seeing the whole process of filming, although in a virtual way, was very gratifying and seeing the result is amazing”, highlights Helena. They also hope to be able to travel to Apolda soon with the rest of the finalist designers to be able to see these videos together with the film students who have made them possible.

Congratulations Cova and Helena! We are very proud of you

Fotografía: Jorge Botella
Modelos: Jasmin Fuchs y Adrià Martínez

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How much important can be innovation at the fashion industry?, webinar by Anna Moragas https://esdi.es/en/innovation-fashion-industry Mon, 27 Apr 2020 16:25:13 +0000 https://esdi.es/?p=32747 We will take a look through the main concepts of innovation and how can be the future competence to adapt us at the changes of what’s coming next. Then we’ll practice some creative techniques to solve a challenge about a famous brand of the fashion...

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We will take a look through the main concepts of innovation and how can be the future competence to adapt us at the changes of what’s coming next. Then we’ll practice some creative techniques to solve a challenge about a famous brand of the fashion industry … Let’s all have fun together, and especially, let’s innovate all together!

Anna Moragas, Innovation Director at SDLI & Innovation Teacher at UOC University, Elisava University and ESDi University. Passionate about using user centric design methodologies to detect and solve organization’s challenges.

Register in the calendar and you’ll receive on your email the link to join the webinar,

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Footwear Design Masterclass by Ivan Merino and Marce de Medeiros https://esdi.es/en/footwear-design-masterclas Fri, 03 Apr 2020 15:40:59 +0000 https://esdi.es/?p=32650 “De la caja al zapato” is the títle of the Online Masterclass on Footwear Design that Ivan Merino and Marce de Medeiros, coordinators of the Postgraduate in Advanced Footwear Design, will give on April 7. From diverse and / or recycled materials (shoe boxes, biscuit...

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“De la caja al zapato” is the títle of the Online Masterclass on Footwear Design that Ivan Merino and Marce de Medeiros, coordinators of the Postgraduate in Advanced Footwear Design, will give on April 7.

From diverse and / or recycled materials (shoe boxes, biscuit boxes, quarantine waste, fabrics, etc.) we are going to reproduce 5 iconic models of shoes. The parts of a sneaker will be learned, customizing them and mounting the volume by gluing the elements.

Register here and you’ll receive an email with the link to join the webinar.

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Webinar ‘This is UX: a first date’ by @jorgemarquezm https://esdi.es/en/this-is-ux Tue, 31 Mar 2020 17:11:56 +0000 https://esdi.es/?p=32566 Let’s meet User Experience. Reclesses, new, complex, thorough, creative, unique. This is all you can expect from this design branch. Get dress well for the occasion you’ll never know if it will be a real match. Jorge Márquez, Head of Experience Design EU at Everis,...

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Let’s meet User Experience. Reclesses, new, complex, thorough, creative, unique. This is all you can expect from this design branch. Get dress well for the occasion you’ll never know if it will be a real match.

Jorge Márquez, Head of Experience Design EU at Everis, will be giving the webinar “This is UX: a first date” on Friday, April 3, at 12:30pm.

Jorge is also professor of our Master’s Degree in UI/UX Design. Carles Cabezón, coordinator of the programme, will be present at the end of the session to answer questions about the next edition of the Master.

Register in the calendar and you’ll receive on your email the link to join the webinar,

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How to psychologically deal with confinement? https://esdi.es/en/coping-covid-isolation Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:38:45 +0000 https://esdi.es/?p=32504 Today the whole world is in a very difficult situation to have imagined a few months ago. Millions of people confined at home trying to contain this virus that we barely know, as we long for our old routines and so many things that seemed...

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Today the whole world is in a very difficult situation to have imagined a few months ago. Millions of people confined at home trying to contain this virus that we barely know, as we long for our old routines and so many things that seemed guaranteed but now we look forward to live again.

We are all together but separated in this, and what sounds as easy as staying at home, seems to be way more complicated than it seems, but that we have to learn to accept because it is not a scenario chosen by anyone.

The psychologist Miquel Ángel Manzano, an expert in Psychotherapy based on Acceptance, personal accompaniment, crisis and life dissatisfaction, tells us about the greatest challenges we face during this confinement and shares tips for coping with it in the best possible way.

loquesoy@miguelangelmanzano.es

How do we cope with the desire to leave home?

For most people it will be enough to remember how important our role is durign this crisis, and that our mission during these times is to stay home, for their own well-being and for everyone´s sake.

It is a good opportunity to observe the urgency and immediacy that we live in. And in most cases, with a slower pace, your nervous system understands the message that you have to slow down.

If this is not the case, you should ask yourself, what prevents you from pausing? What is the danger of going slowly? What valuable loss do I think I will have if I slow down?

These days we will spend much more time at home, with more sedentary activities. Thus, it might be worth thinking about reducing the consumption of stimulants.

How to manage our routine in a space that is always the same and often small?

It is a whole challenge that we are not used to, we are used to change our environment or leave when we get tired of a place and a space, but things have changed now.

The first recommendation is to keep as much order as possible, that is, when we finish a task we arrange the space before starting another one, if the space we inhabit is neat, it provides a sense of well-being to our nervous system. It is also advisable, to occupy different spaces for different tasks. A corner for writing or reading, another for watching TV, some other space for physical activity, etc. Somehow we have a feeling of change.

Although in the long run the routine is boring for us, it generally makes us feel good and calm down, so a good recommendation is to set up a varied daily schedule with a little physical activity.

How to handle the need for intimacy at home when living with your family?

Obviously with the confinement we all lose freedom and privacy, it is the price we pay for the social commitment to stop the coronavirus. We will all have moments of saturation, of needing to be alone, etc.

Remember that feelings will be the same in every person, so try to be kind and respectful at all times with others.

In order to have a sense of intimacy and a time of voluntary solitude, we have some resources, like requesting or limiting the access of others to some space of the house, but not for a while. Another possibility when the above is not possible, is to use headphones or that would move us away and allow us to breathe in the constant coexistence. Listen to your own music, watch movies on your own, etc.

How to overcome the obsession with hygiene and cleanliness?

We are at a time where it seems that the most prepared people are the ones suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder. That is, that person who spends his or her day cleaning everything and washing their hands.

It is normal for us all to be more concerned about hygiene, and it is safe for all of us to spend more time on this. Over time, everything will return to its place. At the moment, it is important to note if I am being excessive, that is, I have hygiene and cleanliness behaviours beyond the recommendations. For example, when I hear or read a news  about the virus do I feel the need to wash? If so, it is important to identify excesses of protection and ask for help to stop acting this way if I am not capable by my own. The sooner you regulate it, the less likely it is to become chronic and become a major problem.

How do we deal with anxiety and out of control cravings?

Each one of us has the habit of trying to feel better or less ill, some people, when nervous, calm down eating.

If you realize that you are eating more than usual, it is worthwhile to analyze  why you are upset about and compare it to other moments in your life that have made you feel the same. Again try to share your concerns with people you trust. And if you know any type of exercise or practice that can help you reduce your stress level, practice it more than usual, we are talking about physical exercise like, yoga, meditation, painting, etc. or anything else that has helped you before.

How to deal with the addiction of being constantly connected, the influence of fake news…

We already come from an inertia of always being connected, and now the feeling of loneliness and anguish can increase it.

See what you do while you’re connected, do I do it to feel accompanied? If so, you probably spend your time on social media for this reason.

Do I do it because I am worried? In this case, you are probably looking for news and information about COVID-19.

Anyways, you can take this observation to ask yourself if you need to spend that much time connected, and ask yourself what would you be doing if you were offline.

News must be contrasted, especially if we notice that some information is affecting us.

We need to keep in mind that no information is too credible, except statistics at this time. No one, healthcare workers, scientists and politicians has never faced this situation before, which is why we don’t really know much about it and information is been updated in a matter of hours.

Do you take online classes at the university, with all the problems that this entail, is it useful?

Certainly we are not in the scenario desired by anyone, but keeping the classes is highly recommended beyond the academic question. If you enjoy what you are studying, and I wish you really do, it is a great entertainment to be able to continue exploring, learning, and sharing it. In addition, with the extra time available, no one knows where your creativity can go, both to continue with your tasks and to solve the difficulties and limitations that confinement entails for the normal course development.

Recommendations for overcoming the fear and loneliness of foreign students?

The most important thing is to be able to feel accompanied. Fortunately, we live in the technological age and can make video calls anywhere in the world. This is a good time to break our emotional protections and open up to others. This means that as long as we have confidence  with the other, it is advisable to share our emotions, not as a complaint or as a problem, but as your reality. In addition, we can take the opportunity to convey to people far and near what they really mean to us.

Many times, in order not to hurt other people, we show a false facade of well-being or security that prevents us from connecting fluently. If you trust that your partner can handle your emotions, you will be able to turn your conversations into an exchange of what you are really experiencing. Shared emotions weight less.

How do we deal with the sense of helplessness in the case of those who have grandparents, elderly parents or family members?

Once again communication with the people involved is the most important thing. Being honest with what we are feeling and sharing the love is a great resource.

It is important to talk about these emotions with the person that worries us, but also with other family and friends to see how they are carrying it and perhaps we find in their words, or even in the fact of sharing, a little peace of mind and calm. On the other hand, it is very important to show interest and love for the people we care about, but we must be careful that we do not create a sense of fear in them. If I already showed interest in them today, I will not stress them with my concerns again and will share it with someone else who will trust me and who will know how to listen to me.

In the event of losing a loved one, how to deal with it?

This is a rare situation. It is highly advisable to do some type of individual ceremony if we are confined, and when possible make a group one that serves as a farewell.

An individual ceremony is the typical farewell letter that psychologists recommend and that we see in movies. While we can conduct a group dismissal ceremony, such as a symbolic burial, there is once again a great deal of communication with our trusted ones about how those affected by the loss are feeling. I emphasize the importance of social support on emotional digestion, what I live in solitude is more likely to be unresolved whereas what I share is metabolized in the course of a conversation. Let us give ourselves permission to express our emotions.

How do we deal with the return to normal?

When we realize that our head is spinning around with what we are going to do after the quarantine, we can stop, take a few deep breaths, and remind our minds, that at this point we can’t do anything to make it easier to go back. We thank you for your interest (to our mind), for your protective intention, for trying to evaluate different future scenarios and for trying to prepare, but we assure you that this is not the time, it is not helpful, and we tell the mind to trust us, and when the time comes, we will take care of what happens.

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