LISA GUEDEL-DOLLE — Interview
Lisa Guedel-Dolle is a French graphic designer based in Paris.
Hello Lisa how are you?
Well thank you. Enjoying the last day of my holidays.
Can you introduce yourself?
I’m 27 years old, from south of France. I studied at ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne) where I graduated in 2014 in graphic design. After a short internship in London, I was sent by ECAL to Hong Kong for a 6 months design residency at HKDI (Hong Kong Design Institute) where I worked as an assistant teacher. I settled up in Paris in 2015 where I now work as an independent graphic designer.
Where does your interest in graphic design come from?
I started ECAL in fine art, but after a few weeks I felt the need to discover a more technical and professionally oriented field. From a corner of the classroom I observed the graphic design courses and it appeared to me as a wide and mysterious world to explore.
Can you tell us more about one of your project?
When I was in Hong Kong I had the chance to work in collaboration with Parallel Lab (a Swiss architecture practice based in Hong Kong) on a newspaper called “The people of Duckling Hill”. I have not only contributed to the project as a graphic designer but was also deeply involved in the project orientation and the content choices.
The publication is about a growing group of hikers and elderly people who have chosen the site of Duckling Hill in Hong Kong as their preferred zone for early morning exercise, gatherings or silent contemplation. The group has gradually implemented a series of informal installations including shelters, gardens, stairs, etc. Since 2006 however, the Government has been clearing the people’s “illegal” infrastructures and heritage.
This project raised the issue of the public space appropriation in big cities and hopes to raise the government and public’s awareness of the value of this unique place.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
It’s not very original but I like timeless and basics fonts. I think the challenge is bigger when you can’t hide under an overdesigned typeface.
A designer that you admire?
Ludovic Balland was one of the most important figures in my education. He did more than teaching design techniques and rules, he taught me how to approach a subject with rigor, accuracy and intelligence.
Is there a book which opened your eyes about design?
For each project there is a book that opens my eyes. The idea of my diploma project “The blind corner” comes, for example, from the Japanese weekly manga magazines. They helped me to take a strong position on the status of the book and create an original object.
The last word…
Pictures & projects by Lisa Guedel-Dolle.
Interview: Dennis Moya and Tiffany Bähler, 09.16