Grafia − Association of Visual Communication Designers in Finland

Grafia is an organisation which seeks to look after the juridical, professional and economical interests of its members. Members of Grafia are employed in various sectors within the field: graphic design, marketing communications, digital visual design, illustration and layout design, teaching, research and study.

  • Founded in 1933
  • Approximately 1000 members
  • Run by a nine-member board
  • Founding member of ico-D (The International Council of Design, formely known as Icograda)
  • Member of Nordisk Visuell Kommunikation


  • Vuoden Huiput – The Best of Finnish Advertising and Design competition since 1980
  • Grants
  • Courses and seminars organised for members
  • The Grafia magazine, website and other information directed to members and other interest groups
  • Advice and legal aid in copyright questions
  • Graphic Designer of the Year award
  • Rudolf Koivu prize every second year
  • Participation in the Mikkeli Illustration Triennial organisation
  • Participation in the Lahti International Poster Triennial organisation


The annual fee for actual members is 120 € and for junior members 60 €.

Membership benefits:

  • Entitlement to apply for Grafia grants (approx. 90 000 € per annum)

  • Advice on copyright questions

  • Legal counselling in copyright issues (up to 500 €)

  • Free copy of Graafikon tuoreet eväät guidebook (Finnish only)
  • Free use of the services provided at the Grafia portfolio page
  • Quarter-annual Grafia magazine (in Finnish)

  • Several discounts with the Grafia membership card
  • Lower prices for Grafia publications

  • Courses, seminars and events

Apply for membership


Katri Soramäki, Executive Director
tel. +358-9-601 941

Katja Ojala, Communications Manager

Hanna Kivelä, Membership Secretary
tel. +358-9-601 942


Office is open on weekdays 10-16

Uudenmaankatu 11 B 9
FI-00120 Helsinki