Visual Storytelling with Food: Designing New Perspectives

A course by Nicole Vindel
Artist and Creative Director. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined October 2014
, Artist and Creative Director

Discover how to use food as a tool to inspire positive change by exploring creative and critical thinking techniques

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  • 91 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Discover how to use food as a tool to inspire positive change by exploring creative and critical thinking techniques



  • 100% positive reviews (1)
  • 91 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 16m)
  • 30 additional resources (16 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever


Critical thinking and food design are at the heart of culinary innovation and awareness. Through her sculptures, photography and designs, artist Nicole Vindel aims to raise awareness to shift narratives about how we eat and our relationship with the environment. She is the founder of Food Design Nation and Random Happiness Art Collective, and has collaborated with institutions like El Celler de Can Roca, Foodcultura, and Tercer Paraíso.

In this course, she guides you through the critical thinking and creative process of reshaping our relationship with food and building a better, more sustainable tomorrow. Discover how to build the framework of a food artifact with a fresh perspective, a sustainable design, and a compelling visual narrative.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The Eating Artifact
  • U3
    U3. Connecting with Your Object
  • U4
    U4. Narratives
  • U5
    U5. Prototype and Final Piece
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Nicole Vindel, artist and creative director, and your teacher for this course. She shares her creative journey that led her to found Food Design Nation as well as Random Happiness Art Collective. Hear about her influences and the sources of inspiration that have motivated her along the way.

Start by getting an overview of the history of tableware and food tools, and explore their form, function and symbolism. Decide on the food artifact you want to develop and collect references of variations and designs. Then Nicole walks you through a case study about food narratives to inspire your artifact design.

Create a mindmap to unleash the potential of your design and build a connection with your object. Delve deeper into the brainstorming process by analyzing your mindmap and extracting relevant insights to further shape your design. Nicole then guides you through asking yourself the right questions to tackle potential design problems.

Develop the transformative narrative of your food artifact by creating an “iteration grid”. Nicole guides you through the process of adding meaning to your ideas by drawing them out. Finalize the narrative behind your piece by exploring writing techniques to help encapsulate the depth of your ideas.

With your ideas and narrative clearly defined, it’s time to develop the prototype of your food artifact. Draw its size, proportions, composition, and details. Nicole then demonstrates how to build your prototypes by first defining its dimensions in detail. She also shares tips on collaborating with an artisan to bring your object to life. Wrap up the course by exploring art direction to capture the essence of your artifact through photography.

What is this course's project?

Design a piece of tableware or food tool, based on creative and critical thinking, to change perspectives around food.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for artists, designers, inventors, or anyone interested in creating visual narratives through food and design.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of Illustrator is helpful.

To take this course, you need access to a computer with the above-mentioned software, or similar. You will also need drawing tools like pencil and paper, and the ability to think critically about new methods and techniques.


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A course by Nicole Vindel

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Artist and Creative Director

Nicole Vindel Barrera is a creative director and artist specialized in food. From her Barcelona-based studio, she explores new narratives of food for a better tomorrow. After graduating as an industrial design engineer at Elisava School of Design, Nicole discovered her passion for gastronomy by designing tableware for the leading, 3-Michelin star restaurant El Celler de Can Roca.

She discovered the power food has to generate empathy, awaken critical perspectives on daily actions and choices, and create opportunities to reflect on the unspoken. Nicole has since collaborated with cultural institutions like FoodCultura Foundation, BCD Barcelona Center of Design, and El Tercer Paraíso. She is also the founder of Food Design Nation and Random Happiness Art Collective.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    The Eating Artifact

    • History of Tableware and Food Tools
    • Selection and Collection
    • Examples
  • U3

    Connecting with Your Object

    • Mind Map
    • Insights
    • "How Might We" Questions
  • U4

    Narratives

    • Customizing Your Iteration Grid
    • Drawing Your Ideas
    • Defining Your Narrative
  • U5

    Prototype and Final Piece

    • Prototype Drawing
    • Prototype Building
    • Final Piece (Artisan)
    • Art Direction (Bonus)
  • FP

    Final project

    • Visual Storytelling with Food: Designing New Perspectives

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Visual Storytelling with Food: Designing New Perspectives. Design course by Nicole Vindel

Visual Storytelling with Food: Designing New Perspectives

A course by Nicole Vindel
Artist and Creative Director. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined October 2014
  • 100% positive reviews (1)
  • 91 students