14 june - 9 july 2018
Buying a newspaper or reading it at a bar was, and for some still is, a ritual that reveals reality. Before the internet, television or radio, newspapers represented the “meeting place” of communities, a means to acquire information and perhaps even skills, that could then be used to discuss and compare with others.
Now this process has fragmented into dozens of separate communicative contexts that alter the types of news and features. Just think of today’s news-based channels, the myriad of websites or the endless possibilities for sharing a post through social networks.
In this context, Corriere della Sera’s La Lettura has challenged both designers and their readers by presenting the most diverse and complex events, themes, and people to figure in a newspaper. Among these designers is Federica Fragapane who since 2015 has created over 30 infographic plates of which Wild Mazzini has selected 20.
From artists, poets and thinkers to languages, drugs and sports. Whether rooted in the real world or one of fantasy, Fragapane moulds various panoramas in which the reader can recognize traits, colors and recurrent elements that render legible even the most difficult of topics.
In these works the observer is called to pass from a generalized view to a specified one, without losing anything of the dense network of relationships that unfold between maps and diagrams. They can let themselves be flooded by sensations rather than mere information.
Federica Fragapane is an award-winning visual and information designer specialized in data visualization. She collaborates with organizations, magazines and companies in Italy and abroad. She has created visualizations for the United Nations Environment Program, Wired and the Corriere della Sera cultural supplement La Lettura in the analysis of cultural, environmental and social issues.
She is co-author of Planet Earth, a children’s book published by National Geographic Kids and White Star in which she combines data visualization and illustrations. She is also the author of The Stories Behind a Line, a visual narrative of the journeys of six asylum seekers who arrived in Italy in 2016.
Her projects were awarded at the Core77 Design Awards 2017, Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2017 and 2014, European Design Awards 2017 and ADI Design Index 2015.