Matteo Campostrini is a Graphic Designer from Trento, a small city surroundend by the Alps in Italy. He studied Visual Communication at the UdK Berlin under the guidance of Fons Hickmann, and afterwards joined the team of Studio Mut in Bolzano for over a year and half. He is now happy to be back in Trento where he works as a freelancer, focusing on typography, branding and editorial projects.
Even though he studied and worked in formal and renowned Design contexts, Matteo inherited his artistic approach from the underground culture of punk rock and skateboarding: a rebel and mistake-lover attitude that he bonds with the rigidity, the coherence and the clarity of good Swiss Design.
1. Matteo Campostrini portfolio
Matteo spends a lot of time in a screen-printing laboratory near Trento called Frammenti. The laboratory, opened by two punk friends, is a messy yet friendly place full of stains, inks and colors. Although more equipped to print on textiles rather than on paper, Matteo and Frammenti often take the time to experiment with materials, building the tools needed themselves. From their experimentations came the idea of printing Matteo’s portfolio directly on padded envelopes: ready to be filled with projects, sealed and shipped. The portfolio is accompanied by letter-pressed business cards, all printed manually on cotton paper.
2. The Society of the Spectacle
The Society of the Spectacle is a 1967 philosophy essay written by French thinker Guy Debord. Debord was the subversive leader of a European avant-garde group called Situationist International: a collective of philosophers, writers and artists moved by anti-capitalistic and revolutionary ideals. This book, often considered a modern interpretation of Marx’s The Capital, predicts the advent of a society always more dominated and distracted by images. Matteo’s redesign combines the original text, translated in English by the American Ken Knabb, with still-frames out of Guy Debord’s namesake movie of 1972.
Bachelor Degree at the UdK Berlin, supervised by Fons Hickmann
3. Zug Nach Rathaus Spandau
Zug Nach Rathaus Spandau is a photographic journey in Berlin’s Underground U7. From the first station to the last, Matteo stole a picture at every stop using his iPhone. Passengers became the random protagonists of this story: their provenance is unknown, but for ephemeral moments of their lives, they shared a destination. Photographed without permission.
4. How To Make a Poster
Designers are used to go forward. Going back to where you come from, especially if it is a small city, is no easy challenge. But which better occasion to educate and show your fellow citizens what you’ve learnt so far? “How To Make A Poster” is a series of Graphic Design workshops aimed at illustrators, photographers, architects or Design novices. Through brief theoretical inputs and various Bauhaus exercises, the participants of the workshops confront themselves with the basics of typography, composition, colors and visual hierarchy.
Posters are Matteo’s natural medium. Within any Design process, this is the tool he needs to start from – even if not requested by the client – and in which he spends most of his energies and free time.