Natassa Pappa

2018
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The Eye Has to Travel

1 calendar

A limited edition agenda for the ones who want a weekly planner with a strong interplay between detail, overview and space for notes. The last pages suggest travel tips for the urban professional who travels for work and leisure.

Pre-order here

2017
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und.Athens

1 map

und. Athens is an art-guide that seeks to map, record and promote the alternative art scene of Athens today. Focusing on contemporary art by young and emerging artists based in the city, this independent double publication offers a comprehensive directory of artist-run spaces, artist studios, galleries, museums and institutions in Athens, presented alongside local insights about each neighbourhood, where to eat and which streets are worth exploring.

Founded & Published by Kiriakos Spirou
Under the creative direction of Natassa Pappa
Designed by Marilia Kapetanaki
Stay tuned to und.Athens here

2017
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On the Grid

18 spots

On the Grid is a collection of guides to the world's creative neighborhoods. Hundreds of designers, artists and creatives companies have shared their favorite local hangouts and amongst them Natassa Pappa writes about her treasured Koukaki, situated centrally, on the foot of the Acropolis hill.

Words for On the Grid
Curated by Hyperakt
Running in Athens by City Tales

2017
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synAthina Report

5 issues

SynAthina is the common space which brings together, supports and facilitates citizens’ groups engaged in improving the quality of life in the city. For their reports flexible layouts were designed to accommodate the material of every quarter. The two-color base palette creates cohesion and for each issue an extra color separates it from the rest. The cover's big numbering complement this separation, when oversized typography highlights the greek element.

Design for synAthina

2017
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Exit Signs

600 words

Following exit signs in a city of no system, can be tricky and often conceal the city’s qualities. The so called “commercial triangle” stretches on both the old and the new city plan, creating a chaotic Athenian district which is ideal for inquisitive strolls. Its irregular urban grid, fragmented signage and its sometimes slightly dodgy zones, are all factors that break the walking experience down.

Words for Slanted

2017
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Greek Design Has No Image

1600 words

The Greek graphic design history is invisible and designers instead on focusing to conserve it, build on it and reflect upon the development, they prefer the panic reaction of looking abroad and startover. With this attitude of forgetting, there is no hope for Greek graphic design to become recognizable one day. There will only be lack of national self-confidence, no desire to express the local values, no hope and no trust for Greek potential.

Words for Slanted

2017
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All in Good Time

1 calendar

This limited edition agenda addresses the ones who want a weekly overview, plan for the long run and need enough space for notes. Removable bookmarks break down the year in milestones to make planning easier, while the last pages suggest travel and culinary tips for the urban professional.

Photographed by Giorgios Makkas

2017
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Kypseli Municipal Market

34 posters

The preserved building of Kypseli Municipal Market is open again to the public. For six weeks, the market hosted events, workshops and exhibitions. The visual identity references to the vernacular sign-design met in the streets of Athens. The use of all kind of arrows is very common in the covered markets, in order to communicate the shops' entrances. These design elements invite passersby to join the events, while a juxtaposition of arrows over typography, creates an exaggeration which characterizes greek culture.

Design for synAthina

2017
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Turn Here – Bookmaking Paths

12 students

A design workshop on the holistic process of designing a book. Questions on how can a graphic designer undertake a publication from scratch, raised discussions about content production, editing, design and production. At the end the participants through urban exploration methods and creative writing, produced their own content and gave form to it in InDesign. All wanderings are bound in one publication, for each student to take home.

2016
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Athens Walkthrough

9 stoas

Into Stoas is an ongoing research project emerged from the mapping of the passage exits located in the commercial triangle of Athens. Natassa Pappa, graphic designer and author of the city guide Into Stoas – Athens Walkthrough, connects the exits by following the old often overlooked exit signs and takes you on a trip through the most interesting passageways in the heart of Athens. 

Walking lectures upon request
Bookings here
Spoilers at #AthensWalkthrough

2016
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Geranium Files in ICTVC

1 lecture

For this year the conference brings the theme "Discussing priorities | Developing a field", where Geranium Files will talk about graphic design in multilingual neighborhoods.

Thursday 7 July 2016, Thessaloniki

2016
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Geranium Files

4 projects

Α design research project investigating new approaches for multilingual neighborhoods of todays cities. This initiative aims to research and question “how communication could be facilitated” from the graphic design perspective, and bring into public dialogue issues related to multilingual neighborhoods and different cultures that co-exist in the contemporary public space, through multidisciplinary collaborations.

Initiated by Katerina Antonaki & Natassa Pappa
Facades documentation by Giorgios Makkas
Geranium Font by Vassilis Georgiou
Geranium Talks in collaboration with Andromachi Gazi of Panteion University

2015
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Athens Special – Le Tour 2

320 pages

The sequel of Athens Special – Le Tour 1, featuring Vasilis Kallidis’ favorite spots on an abstract map. Street photography and index-like typography aim to capture the nostalgic, slightly kitsch and decadent feeling of the city. In this edition, the text that was originally meant to be the prologue was used instead to create a 30 pages zine that illustrates the chef’s athenian stories through both visuals and deconstructed typography.

Creative Direction, Illustration by Noni Nezi
Design by Natassa Pappa
For Vasilis Kallidis / Patakis Publications

2015
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Into Stoas

5 projects

An ongoing research project based on the mapping of the passageway exits located in the commercial triangle of Athens, a chaotic district ideal for inquisitive strolls. This project has a dual goal. Firstly, to promote walking by revealing an alternative walking network in the heart of Athens, when secondly to preserve the images of the vernacular exit signs which constitute a part of the unarchived greek design history.

Founded and designed by Natassa Pappa
Into Stoas (Index) by A future Perfect
Perasma short film by Theo Prodromidis
and Peter Nikoltsos
3D printed stoas by Fixers
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2015
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City Talks for SIAS Notebook

1000 words

A series of short interviews showcasing and discussing the work of creatives that draw inspiration from the urban environment. This column explores the ways and means creatives are related to notions of architecture and the city, through experience based texts and rich visuals.

2015
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Graphic Design in Public Space

200 words

For a year Natassa Pappa was writing about graphic design and its relation to public space at Gr Magazine, as a fresh graduate of such master course. Short essays about maps, signage systems and postcards were some of the touched upon issues.

Words for Gr Magazine

2015
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Philippos Theodorides

24 pages

Juxtaposed photographs of the artist's athenian loiterings and visually packed sketchbooks create a visual narrative, a balance between Theodorides' new paintings and his inspiration. This little fanzine worked as the catalogue of his exhibition in Cyprus.

2014
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Depression Era

1 catalogue

The Depression Era collective was founded in 2011 in order to articulate a common discourse and take a stance against the extreme social, economical and political transformations of the past few years. The logo is designed just by using a neutral typeface torn upside down and dynamically highlighted by a handwritten circle, to project the social status of the crisis. The exhibition's identity uses also only this basic set of elements, when the catalogue's layout communicates the fluid situation of the crisis and the gaps left for destruction or creativity.

Collaboration with Company London
For Depression Era's exhibition
in Benaki Museum

2014
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Coco Mat

128 pages

Under the ambiguous tagline “Sleep on it” the catalogue presents Coco-mat’s philosophy and products through the prism of dreaming. The creative direction aimed to impart some of the rawness of the unprocessed materiality in the finished book, using unbleached grey-board for the cover and certified uncoated paper for the body.

Art Direction by Stephan Muller
Design by Natassa Pappa
Images by Loom Design

2014
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Reflections on Greek Postwar Architecture

672 pages

Greek postwar architecture seen through Panayotis Tsakopoulos’ central focus in eighteen architects and architectural studios. A thick book with soft cover, to bring a contrasting feel between a bold statement and something ephemeral. Due to its content density and division into broad yet interlinking circular fields, the page numbering appears at the edge of the pages, working as a coloured thread for navigation even when the book is closed.

Written by Panayotis Tsakopoulos
Published by Kaleidoscope Publications
Photographed by Giorgos Vitsaropoulos

2014
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Tracing Sounds

16 students

Participants were invited to explore the experiential dimension of space and the limits of communication in public space. They walked in pairs in the surrounding streets of the Galllery of Merchants, using only the sense of hearing. Upon return to The Athens Zine Bibliotheque, they were free to visualize what they heard with the medium of their choice (creative writing, typography, drawings, etc.). This zine collects all the artworks and it binds them with a cover of notations inspired by the heard lines, silkscreened on the spot

Workshop concept & design by Natassa Pappa
Held by The Athens Zine Bibliotheque
at the Traces of Commerce ΙΙ
Silkscreen printing by Tind

2013
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Athens Special – Le Tour 1

304 pages

Athens Special le tour is a personal city guide featuring chef's Vassilis Kallidis favorite spots on an abstract map. Street photography and index-like typography aim to capture the nostalgic, slightly kitsch and decadent feeling of the city. Inspired by his tour, Vassilis presents his new recipes in a book within the main book. As an extra, a folded 2-sided poster, both a telephone directory of the shops listed, and something to hang on your wall referencing the book.

Creative Direction, Illustration by Noni Nezi
Design by Natassa Pappa
For Vasilis Kallidis / Patakis Publications

2013
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Bright Intervention

600 words

Walking through the dark alleys of Psirri, a part of the Athens’ city centre that has a strong identity and contradictive reputation, you will discover Pittaki street. Creative studio Beforelight and the non-profit organization Imagine The City decided to bring light back to that forgotten street by creating a light installation from 150 citizens’ donations of old lamp fixtures and lamp shades.

Words for Pop Up City

2013
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Urban Oases

30 students

Ηow can a graphic designer regenerate an abandoned urban space? This is what Graphic Design seniors of the Athens University of Applied Sciences had to answer in a 2-month workshop. The students formulated arguments through visual essays and proposed design solutions in the form of posters. The results were exhibited for a few hours at the University’s public corridor, a space that haden't used before to showcase students work, but only to promote commercial and political content.

Course co-ordinated by Eleni Glinou
Teaching in collaboration with Kanella Aropoglou

2012
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City as a Vagabond Guide

2 projects

This city quide is about experiencing the actual city with all its surprises from a personal point of view, and not about experiencing the map as interface between two already fixed or suggested points. The app generates walks in any city, based on a drawing made by the user and the given geographical grid. Vagabond is an alternative to how one navigates a city, not simply following the city's physical structure, but its subjective hidden layer.

Nominated with a Silver European Design
Sneak peak here

Under the categories [Street] (Design) [Words] our design practice focuses mainly on using the city as a source or as a medium, in order to create narratives and experiences through graphic design.

Based in Athens, Natassa Pappa expands her design spectrum through walking lectures and urban research workshops for designers and non.

Available to research + edit + design + teach. Drop us a line!

Design Process

In our projects content is king. Through close collaborations we opt for content-focused design that seeks editorial conversation and legibility. Designer becomes editor and client collaborator. This process may take time, but happily leads to ongoing partnerships of unique narratives.

hi@natassapappa.com
Athens, Greece

+30 697 2937 037
skype: nat.pa

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(the above is an index of selected projects)

Selected Press

Slanted (DE) — 2017
Novum Magazine (DE) — 2017
Huck Magazine (UK) — 2017
Yatzer.com (GR) — 2017
Bi-Scriptual Eps51 (DE) — 2017
Étapes: (FR) — 2015
Greece Is (GR) — 2015
International NY Times (GR) — 2015
The Greek Foundation (GR) — 2015
Popaganda (GR) — 2015
Lifo (GR) — 2015
RTS Radio (CH) — 2015
Ta Stekia (GR) — 2015
Ling (ES)

Awards

European Design Awards
EBGE Awards
Greek Young Designers Awards