Graphic Designer, dare to change!

UMG is an annual publication designed and produced solely by the Master's Degree students of Graphic Design in the University of Lapland.  The name UMG means different things every year and this year it stands for the courage to transform oneself (literally “Dare to change” in Finnish). The students themselves have decided on the scope and topics of the magazine and produced the content from the articles to illustrations and layout.


The first UMG magazine saw the light of day in 2010, so the 2015 UMG is the 6th volume. During its lifespan the magazine has once before sported both a printed and a digital edition, and this marks the second time. The topics of the magazine have usually revolved around the vast world of graphic design, and the newest UMG makes no exception.


Despite its creators and topics, UMG is not just about graphic design jargon, but should prove to be an interesting and enlightening read also for industry outsiders.


The theme of the 2015 edition of UMG is Change (Muutos in Finnish), which is a very common and ongoing phenomenon in the everyday life of graphic designers. The theme is approached through the perspectives of both academic and business life. We also had the privilege of interviewing known designers, who have faced the winds of change personally.

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The competition has ended.


The 1st prize (gift cards to Art & Frame Shop Hyvärinen and Cafe&Bar 21) goes to Nora A. with the picture Bed in my Summer Cottage.


The 2nd prize goes to Iida-Sofia P.
with the picture Beer of Jesse.


The raffle-prize (gift card to Cafe&Bar 21)
goes to Kati L.

UMG thanks all the participants and congratulates the winners!

Check out the photographs of the winners.

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graphic design?

Graphic design is taught for example in the University of Lapland in the Faculty of Art and Design. To study, you can fill the application for the higher education studying in An applicant for the degree program must fulfill eligibility and admission criteria. The most current information on the application process can be found on the university web-page. The next application period is in the spring of 2016.

University of Lapland - Centre of Arctic Design

The University of Lapland is the northernmost university in the European Union located in Rovaniemi, Finland. We have a multidisciplinary and international atmosphere in the campus. Starting next year the brand new facilities for the Department of Art and Design add an interesting, up-to-date tools for creativity to the campus area. If you are interested in exchange studies at the University of Lapland, see the faculty website for additional information.


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UMG presents: The team of 2015!


Tinkers, tailors, soldiers and spies.


That would probably best describe the colourful group of this year’s team. What is common to these master phase graphic design students are their skills and passion towards working as a designer.


Get to know us. Read the profiles above!


Responsible teacher of the UMG project

Mirja Lönegren



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Made in Lapland © UMG 2015