Barcelona Cultura

Do you Work or Design? New Visual Communication. 1980-2003


The 1980s and 1990s were peak moments for graphic design.

After the death of Franco, with Spain’s full integration into Europe and the establishment of democracy, designers had the opportunity to participate in a process of creating and transforming the image of public institutions, private organisations and companies.

It was an era of extraordinary vitality, euphoria and celebration which has been described as a design boom. Fuelled largely by institutional support and the media, this boom left us an expression which became celebrated and reflected its popularity: “Do you design or work?” But graphic designers, far from being frivolous, designed and worked intensely, as can be seen if we analyse this period when design began to have a major social presence.

With the advent of the Macintosh computer and the arrival of the new millennium, new perspectives and specialities began to emerge. Spanish graphic designers managed to consolidate their profession and project themselves abroad, while they also began to grapple with new challenges such as sustainability, information overload and the increasing multiculturality of our societies.


Col·lecció de Disseny gràfic


Raquel Pelta. Amb la col·laboració del Departament d’Exposicions


532 m2

Exhibition fields

  • 80s The graphic design boom

    The time of social change and modernisation of both institutions and companies brought new professional challenges and greater visibility for designers.

  • 90s - 2003 More than a boom

    The Macintosh computer entered graphic design studios during a period of both economic crisis and consolidation of the profession.

  • On screen

    The computerisation of design sparked the advance of motion graphics, which found its place in films, television and Internet.

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