Visiting Designer Lecture: Eddie Opara
Eddie Opara was born in Wandsworth, London in 1972. He studied graphic design at the London College of Printing and Yale University, where he received his MFA in 1997. He began his career as a designer at ATG and Imaginary Forces and worked as a senior designer/art director at 2×4 before establishing his own studio, The Map Office, in 2005. He joined Pentagram’s New York office as partner in 2010.
Visiting Designer Lectures are located at the Graduate Program building on 169 Weybosset Street and open to the public.
Tomasz Bierkowski on Design, Research & Education
Tomasz Bierkowski is a designer, trainer and researcher of visual communication at Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. Specializes in publication, information and visual identity systems design. He publishes texts on typography and visual communication, author of the books O typografii [On Typography], Type for Solidarity and Typography for Humanists.
As, not for... Dethroning our Absolutes
The Graphic Design Department presents an incomplete historical survey of work created by African-American graphic designers from 1865–1999 curated by designer Jerome Harris. Located in GD Commons from April 11 until April 21 and roving various locations on campus.
Closing weekend party, Friday, April 19. More information on the @asnotfor Instagram. Generously supported by the RISD Office of Social Equity and Inclusion (SEI).
On the Edge of Normal: MFA GD Biennial
“On the Edge of Normal,” the MFA GD Biennial, is open 12–6pm daily from Friday, April 6 until Sunday April 21st at RISD's Sol Koffler Gallery on 69 Weybosset Street. The exhibition opening is on Thursday evening, April 5th, from 7 until 9pm.
Exhibit was organized and curated by current MFA students and shows work from the last two years of the Graduate Program.
☯ Hangul 한글 Workshop 워크숍 ☯
Find out why Hangul, the Korean alphabet, is considered to be one of the most elegant writing systems in the world. June Shin will lead a part-lecture, part-lettering workshop in the GD Commons. Open to anyone interested. Familiarity with Hangul not required. Love of form absolutely required. First come, first serve, as the space permits. Bring a roll of masking tape and some square-tip markers (plus any mark-making tools of your choice—ink, paint, brush, etc.—if you want).
Visiting Designer Lecture: Laurel Schwulst
Laurel Schwulst (RISD BFA GD 2010) is an artist, designer, and writer. She operates Beautiful Company, a design practice, and teaches at both Yale and Rutgers. Previously, she was creative director of The Creative Independent and worked at the New York-based design studio Linked by Air. Her book Perfume Area (Ambient Works, 2015), coauthored with Sydney Shen, contemplates thirty-six designer fragrances.
She will discuss her new project, Flight Simulator, a mobile app available for download.
Visiting Designer Lecture: Chris Lee
cairolexicon.com Chris Lee is a graphic designer and educator based Buffalo, NY, and Toronto, ON. He is a graduate of ocadu (toronto) and the Sandberg Instituut (Amsterdam), and has worked for The Walrus Magazine, Metahaven and Bruce Mau Design. Through the genres of currency and documents, Chris’ research explores graphic design’s entanglement with power, standards, and legitimacy. Chris is an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo SUNY; a graphic design research fellow of Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam (2017/18); and a participant of the fifth edition of the Summer University of the Bibliotheque Kandinsky at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Alumni Panel: Life of a Graphic Designer
Learn about the diverse professional opportunities that employ the unique skills and talents of RISD graphic designers, and gain insights from the career paths of those who are working in areas including publishing, branding, experiential design, systems design, technology, and wayfinding. Moderated by James Goggin and includes these alumni:
Phoebe Morrison BFA 2017, frog design
Jason Fujikuni BFA 2017, NY Times
Jenn Cash, MFA 2006, Language Dept.
Andy Chen, MFA 2013, Isometric
Philippe Cao BFA 2014, Google
Yolanda Lam MFA D+M 2017, Digitas
Resumé Review 🍩
If you’d like a pair of eyes on your resumé (or portfolio), come by the GD Commons on Monday, March 11th from 10am until 1pm. GD faculty and graduate students will be on hand to look over your materials in preparation for Design Portfolio Review.
Donuts and coffee on hand.
Endless Scroll: The 2019 GD Senior Show
The GD Senior Show opens Thursday, March 7 at 6pm at Woods-Gerry Gallery. Drinks, snacks and good cheer served. Work for sale. Open until 7:30pm.
Faculty Search Lecture: Jerome Harris
Jerome Harris is a graphic designer, educator, writer, and curator. He holds an MFA from Yale University. His exhibition As, Not For: Dethroning Our Absolutes featuring work created by African-American graphic designers during the last century, is currently traveling to design schools throughout the US.
More on Jerome at jwhgd.co
Faculty Search Lecture: Mindy Seu
Mindy Seu is a designer working in user experience and interactive design, with a studio practice heavily informed by cybercultural studies. She is currently a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for the Internet & Society (BKC) at Harvard and former fellow at the Internet Archive.
More on Mindy at mindyseu.com
Faculty Search Lecture: Nicole Killian
Nicole Killian’s work uses graphic design, publishing, video, objects and installation to investigate how the structures of the internet, mobile messaging, and shared online platforms affect contemporary interaction and shape cultural identity from a queer perspective.
More on Nicole at nylondip.com
Faculty Search Lecture: Kelsey Elder
Kelsey Elder is a designer and artist whose studio practice investigates the overlaps of car culture, signage, and strip mall landscapes as space making practices and perpetuators of contemporary conditions in American graphic design.
More on Kelsey at carefulcursivedesign.com
Faculty Search Lecture: Ramon Tejada
Ramon Tejada is an independent Dominican/American designer and teacher based in Providence. He works in a hybrid design/teaching practice that focuses on collaborative design practices working with not-for-profit and educational organizations.
More on Ramon at ramongd.com
Faculty Search Lecture: Anastasiia Raina
Anastasiia Raina is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and designer based in Providence. Her practice is driven by incorporating the revolutionary fields of biotechnology and genetics into the design vernacular. She graduated with an MFA in graphic design from Yale University.
More on Anastasiia at posthumanpolymythology.com/about
Typesetting review with Anther Kiley
Anther Kiley will give a short visual review of typesetting nuts and bolts, addressed to his Graduate Type 2 class, but open to anyone interested. The presentation will survey rules, conventions and opinions aggregated from various articles of typographic gospel including Robert Bringhurst’s Elements of Typographic Style and Lucy Hitchcock’s “Finer Points of Typography” lecture, as well as from Anther’s own experience and prior teaching.
Talk will start on time… don’t be late!
Visiting Designer Lecture: Richard The
Richard The is a designer, artist and educator. His work, ranging from graphic design to installations to user interfaces, investigates the aesthetic and cultural implications of an increasingly technology-driven society. After having studied at University of the Arts Berlin and the MIT Media Lab he has worked at Sagmeister Inc., led a design group at the Google Creative Lab and is co-founder of the transdisciplinary design studio TheGreenEyl. He is an Assistant Professor of Art Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design.
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Rebecca Ross on Research, Urbanism & Seriality
Rebecca Ross will speak on Central St. Martin’s MA philosophy, curriculum, and engagement with external organizations. She will share her projects Urban Pamphleteer and London is Changing that both engaged community participation and resulted in scholarly and graphic production via print, web, and environment. Ross will reflect on the significance and outcomes of these projects, and of the CSM MA program, as valuable models of an academic practice with graphic design research at its core.
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