In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary De­sign

NSCAD Univer­sity

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Natalia Ul­tremari

I’m a graphic de­signer at Form:Me­dia.

For Natalia Ul­tremari, NSCAD Univer­sity’s In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary De­sign pro­gram acted as a mag­net, draw­ing her from São Paulo, Brazil to Hal­i­fax, Nova Sco­tia. The day after her grad­u­a­tion ceremony in May 2015, she be­gan putting her Bach­e­lor of De­sign de­gree to use as a graphic de­signer at Form:Me­dia, an ex­pe­ri­en­tial de­sign firm spe­cial­iz­ing in the built en­vi­ron­ment.


As part of the team at the Dartmouth-based Form:Me­dia, she works with other pro­fes­sion­als—ar­chi­tects, plan­ners, en­gi­neers and land­scape ar­chi­tects—on projects in­clud­ing wayfind­ing, sig­nage, in­ter­pre­ta­tive pan­els for parks and mu­se­ums, and brand­ing.


Ul­tremari’s port­fo­lio stood out for its com­bi­na­tion of graphic de­sign and illustration when Form:Me­dia was hiring. “She’s do­ing stel­lar work. She has an abil­ity to in­te­grate her work with the other dis­ci­plines,” says Form:Me­dia Vice-Pres­i­dent John deWolf, who grad­u­ated from NSCAD with a Bach­e­lor of De­sign de­gree in 1992.


Study­ing In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary De­sign at NSCAD pre­pares stu­dents to prob­lem solve in groups, learn­ing from class­mates as well as from their pro­fes­sors. NSCAD “gave me the foun­da­tion to be cu­ri­ous, open minded and to keep learn­ing,” Ul­tremari says. “It’s such a wel­com­ing, cre­ative place to be.”

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