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Francesca Ulivari

MA Communication Design Alumni
Central Saint Martins
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Francesca  Ulivari


Francesca Ulivari

I was born in Firenze (Italy) and after studying Industrial and Communication Design at ISIA I started working as a Graphic and Product designer in Milan.

Soon I realised that I wanted to continue studying so in 2007 I came to London and I completed my MA at Central Saint Martins in 2009.

My main interest is to experiment with interdisciplinary projects and to work with books. I like the book as an object and all its components. I like to think about it as a storage of knowledge and as a way to organise contents. My work is very much based on research, content, and collaboration between different people.

Why did you decide to study at Central Saint Martins?

I always wanted to study at Central Saint Martins but probably in the beginning I was not brave enough to leave my city! As soon as I felt the need to study more, I took this occasion to leave. I wanted to come to London, to experience a different teaching method and to meet new people and ways of thinking.

What has the best bit about living and studying in London?

Meeting new people, every day, from every part of the world. Then, of course, the whole city itself. It's a great discovery every time you walk around, and still it is like that.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

I would suggest they experiment as much as possible! Using the university workshops, exchange opinions with tutors and other students, trying to get the most out of the whole experience. Also, being able to welcome all the inspirations that the environment and the city could offer.

And for students about to graduate?

Don't lose the confidence and always enjoy the work. It would probably be the last occasion to develop a personal project with so much freedom.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

After the graduation I decided to stay a bit more in London. I have done some internship and small collaboration projects with other graduates. I aim to start a small independent publisher and I just bought a small letterpress machine!

How has Central Saint Martins helped in your chosen career path?

I think that Central Saint Martins helped me in the sense of broadening up my aspirations and possible directions. I don't think I had any practical help but I developed a personal and independent approach to projects.

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