UWE graphic design student wins architecture magazine cover competition

Issue date: 29 May 2014


Winning design for the cover of Mark

UWE Bristol Masters graduate Efisio Nicolò Sabiucciu has just won a prestigious design competition for the cover of the European architecture magazine Mark. The competition was organised by publishers Frame, from Amsterdam, to celebrate the magazine's fiftieth issue.

The winning design will be used for the cover of Mark #50, out on 1 June 2014, and the winner's name will be featured in the colophon. The jury said of the design,

“Efisio Nicolò Sabiucciu won our hearts with his original and meticulously executed concept. He submitted a robust handmade object showing the 'flesh and bones' of a building, a work created specifically for the competition.

“We reflected on the reason for its strong appeal. Were we captured by the material reference? The handcrafted physicality and deconstructed appearance? The anthropomorphic proportions of a figure akin to Wall•E and R2-D2?

“We concluded that it was probably a combination of all those things. Difficult though it was to pinpoint the allure of Sabiucciu's design, we were unanimous in our response. Among the 540 entries, his stood out for all the right reasons and was the obvious winner. A concrete cover. We couldn't have done it better.”

The successful designer, known as Nico, is from Italy. He graduated in Industrial Design at the Second University of Naples, and then studied for an MA in Graphic Arts at UWE.

Programme leader Stephen Monger said, “MA Graphic Arts recruits students from a broad range of countries in Europe and beyond, and it is only natural that much of what we do on the course has an international outlook that mirrors this.

“We are particularly proud of Nico's ambition this year that has seen him collaborating with professionals in London, Berlin and Milan, submitting proposals to the Istanbul Design Biennial, and now winning this prestigious design competition.”

Mark magazine is a platform for the practice and perception of architecture. Since its launch in 2005, the magazine has aimed to be a timely, visual, non-academic publication full of first-hand information from creative people. Mark has an international perspective, spotlighting 'starchitects' and new talent alike. The magazine explores the boundaries of architecture and anticipates the industry's future.

More work from Nico can be seen at: http://cargocollective.com/kinfesius/kinfesius

The UWE Bristol MA Graphic Arts blog is at: http://www.withnoroof.com/

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