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COLLECTIVE HOPE

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COLLECTIVE HOPE

Collaboration No. 26

In Conversation With

x Thomas Jacobs

Giacomo Dal Prà

February 15, 2021

Taking inspiration from traditional board games, Thomas and Giacomo’s design points to the ways in which people have had fun and kept themselves ticking over during this challenging year. They played a game of Scrabble, taking it in turns to add words that relate to the pandemic and to collective hope. Choosing words in their own native tongues, English and Italian, highlights the collaborative and geographically distanced nature of this project.

© Giacomo Dal Prà
CH

Hi Giacomo and Thomas. Thanks for chatting with us! How are you both?


GDP 

I’m actually fine right now, thank you guys :)


TJ

I’m doing well thanks!

CH

Could you tell us a bit about your creative practice?


GDP 

I’m a graphic designer focused on editorial design. I love to design books, posters, logos and corporate images. But I am also a great lover of photography, cinema and art!

TJ

I’m a graphic designer and art director with a focus on branding, packaging design and creative strategy. My aim is to craft meaningful projects that have purpose and vitality.

CH

How has COVID-19, or 2020 in general, impacted your creativity and mental wellbeing? 

GDP 

It was obviously a great shock for everyone, and also for me. But I just kept on designing – in my head and on my laptop!


TJ

To tell you the truth, slowing down has been really valuable to me and I’ve gained more clarity about what I want from life. Of course, it’s been challenging at times but giving the day some structure, exercising outside and plugging away on self-initiated projects has definitely helped keep me ticking over. 

© Thomas Jacobs
© Giacomo Dal Prà
© Thomas Jacobs
CH

What have you changed in your life lately to make it more enjoyable?

GDP 

I really tried to understand what is really important for me: friends, family, things that I care for. The lockdown due to COVID helped me with this.


TJ

I’ve recently decided to go freelance, to take more control over my time and the type of projects I work on. It’s early days still but I’m really liking this lifestyle, it’s given me the time and space to hone my skills, learn new things and play with design.

CH

As an industry, how do you think we can better support creatives and their mental health? How do we bring about collective hope?


GDP 

I think we got the power and the chance to rethink the images, first of all. In hard times like this, everything changes. We must change also our point of view.


TJ

This year has definitely highlighted how well creatives can work remotely and how we all benefit from greater flexibility in our working lives. I think many people have found more balance in their lives which helps to keep mentally healthy. I hope that some of the positives of this year, such as flexible working, can be taken forward into the future.

CH

Lastly, what has working on this project meant to you?


GDP 

This was such a fun and interesting project. I had the chance to meet you and Thomas and it was an honour for me. It meant collaboration, conversation and creativity. Thank you so much guys! Keep this up :)


TJ

Yeah It’s been a cool experience collaborating with Giacomo and the Google Sheets format was an interesting constraint to design within. I’m really grateful to have been asked to get involved with this project, it’s definitely made me feel more connected to like-minded people. Cheers!

Giacomo Dal Prà

Thomas Jacobs

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