Publish Date: 01.03.2018

Category: News from the University

This year the students of University of Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and Design (UL ALUO) received awards again in one of the largest design competitions, the NEW TALENT ANNUAL of the renowned Graphis publishers. This time for two “Pop-up Book” projects, designed for last year's centenary of Russian Constructivism.

At the NEW TALENT ANNUAL 2017 competition, the students of UL ALUO received an award for Creating Shakespeare. This year the winners in the category of BOOK DESIGN were two groups of students from the 2nd cycle of different programmes In the elective course Graphic Design, under the mentorship of Prof Eduard Čehovin, they created the “Pop-up Book” project. This was supported by the model maker Vasja Stojanovski and photographer Damjan Kocijančič.

For their projects one group received the SILVER AWARD, while the second group received the MERIT AWARD.

Both winning projects will also be published in the book GRAPHIS NEW TALENT ANNUAL 2018. The achievement carries even more weight, because among the 49 awarded schools from around the world there are only two others from Europe, namely the Miami AD School Europe from Germany, and the Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology from Norway.

Recipients of the Silver Award:

Anna Rosa Tomšič Jacobs – Painting
Petra Kostevc – Industrial Design
Metka Kladnik – Illustration
Sara Arko Strojan – Illustration

Recipients of the Merit Award:

Erik Emeršič – Photography
Jure Grom – Photography
Anže Grabeljšek – Photography
Daria Kisenko – Photography

Congratulations to all the winners.

Description of the project


During the 2016/2017 academic year, students of Photography, Product Design, Illustration, Video and Painting, , worked on the Pop-up Books project as part of the Graphic Design elective course . As 2017 commemorates the centenary of the Russian Revolution and the start of Russian Constructivism, the assignment was to mark this anniversary.


In addition to all the ideas and long periods working with computers, the outcome was to complete the project by hand. That is why students spent part of the semester constructing, cutting, hand colouring, and combining many different materials, which resulted in a creative design process integrated with adapted technical solutions.


The design of a pop-up book is a comprehensive project, where technical solutions are one of the decisive factors, with which the majority of students first came into contact and applied to their work. Utilising old, traditional knowledge and craft skills that are unfortunately being slowly forgotten, was an excellent experience for the students and the mentor. The students had enough time to develop the idea and the conceptual solution. The final result of their design process was a great inspiration and it sparked their motivation for future designs.

Photographs by Damjan Kocijančič