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Joana Pestana

MA work

The Extended Times

The Extended Times is a design-driven investigation on the possible relations between digital immortality and graphical user interfaces that allude to perpetual progress and continuity. The project questions the meaning of those elements with which we interact on a daily basis and that potentially change the way we perceive notions such as death, end and closure.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Visual Communication, 2016

  • My work explores analogies between the digital sphere and the actual world. By introducing digital interface elements in actual contexts I seek to challenge their meaning and perception. Coming from an editorial design background I tend to use traditional graphic design formats and strategies as bridges to fictional scenarios.

  • Degrees

  • BA Communication Design, Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, Portugal, 2009
  • Experience

  • Communication designer (technical officer), University of Aveiro, Portugal, 2013–15; Assistant lecturer, Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Portugal, 2009–12
  • Exhibitions

  • Work in Progress Show, Upper Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2016 ; The Cat is Alive, Crypt Gallery, London, UK, 2015; Nodem EXPO, Orangery, The Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów, Poland, 2014
  • Conferences

  • The disguised presence of the “other” in ephemeral artefacts; Face Forward; Dublin Institute of Technology; 12 December 2015