Claudia Konopko is a visual communicator and creative problem solver. She loves typography, Arctic Monkeys, and memes.
Growing up with the Internet, I was introduced to HTML and graphics software at an early age which ignited my passion for design. Since then, I have been fascinated by the power of type and image whether on a physical page or a webpage. I love a good design challenge and I love creating great work. You may frequently hear me refer to typefaces as “delicious.”
Favourite or most effective re-brand you can think of?
I’ll never forget the uproar over the Instagram re-brand. Personally, I loved it!
What is the most useful piece of design advice that you have received?
This is something I heard before starting my first year and it has stuck with me ever since: Look outside the design industry for inspiration. You don’t want to find yourself in a design echo chamber. Immersing yourself in different disciplines and staying open to different perspectives will only strengthen your work.
What is your favourite typeface?
I’m obsessed with Herb Lubalin and John Pistilli’s collaborative typeface, Pistilli Roman.
Other than design, what creative fields interest you most?
I have always been passionate about the arts, especially film and theatre. I would love to bring my design skills into a production on the screen or on the stage!
(n). A sentimental longing or wistful affection for a bygone digital era
My generation, dubbed “digital natives,” have come of age alongside the Internet. As we have grown and changed, so it has as well, developing into a more complex and multi-faceted system over time. Gone are the days where one would “surf the web” for an hour or two before returning to the real world. The Internet is now woven into the fabric of our everyday lives—affecting the way we work, travel, spend money, and speak to one another. It is no wonder that I feel the same sort of wistfulness for an old Internet as I do for the simpler times of my childhood. They are one and the same.
Enter a new type of nostalgia: one that is associated with websites, applications, pixels and animated gifs just as much as tricycles, juice boxes, and Saturday morning cartoons. A nostalgia that looks back affectionately on cheesy graphics, horrible site navigation, and slow download times. To visualize this feeling, I created Internostalgia, a collection of graphic artifacts from a time when the Internet was neither ubiquitous nor mobile. The following artifacts have been entirely collected through resources such as Internet Archive, Internet Archaeology, Wayback Machine, Photobucket, Google Images, and more. These collages are snapshot-like visualizations of my childhood memories on the web. By preserving these images in printed form, they are protected from the fleeting and easily breakable format of code.