Who: Nina Paim and Corinne Gisel established the non-profit organisation for sharing knowledge common-interest in 2018.

When: In 2014, Paim curated and designed the exhibition Taking a Line for a Walk at the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno, for which she received a Swiss Design Award in 2015. Together with Corinne Gisel and Emilia Bergmark she created the book Taking a Line for a Walk, which was published by Spector Books in autumn 2016.

Where: In 2018, common interest curated and designed the show Department of Non-Binaries at the Fikra Graphic Design Biennial 0 Sharjah, UAE. The show, which felt like a multifaceted reflection from the future, in the words of common interest “brought together a group of twenty-five international practitioners whose hybrid activities are hard to define. Combining different media, skills, fields, cultures, audiences, and economies, they expand the traditional roles of a graphic designer to include research, curating, editing, writing, reporting, and more. Marked by a variety of cross-cultural backgrounds, their practices are in between, at the cross-roads, or the intersection of disciplines and cultures. Their work is many things at the same time. What unites these practitioners is a ‘designerly’ way of knowing. Critically attuned to the power that tools of communication assume in a world that is increasingly designed, they are simultaneously conscious of their own ways of presentation and representation.”

What: common interest is devoted to making research public. In other words, they “create publications, exhibitions, workshops, texts, etc., that want to open up socially and culturally relevant insight — scientific, scholarly, artistic, or otherwise — to a broad audience using creative means of storytelling and knowledge mediation.”

Why: common interest are “driven by a strong belief in sharing and commoning knowledge and a commitment to social justice.” They “always strive to challenge our own biases and hold inclusive, thorough, accurate, and fair research and representation in the highest regard [and] work both on self-initiated productions and on commissioned projects.”

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