Simon Graj, Founding Partner of Graj + Gustavsena creative firm famous for building successful brands and brand extensions for Fortune 500 Companies and entrepreneurs alike. G+G is a one stop resource for launching intellectual properties from vision to venture, often taking a stake in the company itself.Aaron Meshon, a Brooklyn based illustrator has been commissioned to create work for Crocodile Creek and Kid Robot as well as many other companies where he negotiates royalties and contracts for licensing. Aaron has also worked with hundreds of clients such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Sony, I.B.M, and Rolling Stone. His first children’s book as author and illustrator will be released in early 2013 through Simon and Schuster.
Moderated by Sheri L Koetting, Co-Founder and Chief Strategist of MSLK.
AIGA/NY: Elegantissima The Design and Typography of Louise Fili With an Introduction by Gail Anderson
How do vintage package designs inspire contemporary type treatments? How can type make food appetizing? Can elegant aesthetics overcome marketing cliches? What’s the difference between a logo and a brand? And as a graphic designer, can you eat well and often? Louise Fili will answer these and more at this special evening celebrating her first monograph, Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili, which showcases her three passions: food, type and all things Italian.
After eleven years and 2,000 book jackets, Louise Fili left her position as art director of Pantheon Books in 1989 and founded her studio, Louise Fili Ltd, beginning her extraordinary journey into the world of premium food packaging and restaurant branding. She is also the author and co-author of seventeen books, including Euro Deco, Scripts, and Italianissimo. After nearly forty years, her experience in design and typography is unparalleled.
Data Visualization with Hyperakt/TicTrac/Fast Co.
A Design Journey from a Road in West London to a Tree in Zanzibar.Pentagram partner Harry Pearce feels strongly that being able to earn a living from a creative life is a great privilege and that in return he should devote his creative talent to improve the lives of others. Hence he has long been an active supporter of human rights, working pro–bono for charities. 18 years ago Harry started working with Witness– a New York–based charity founded by songwriter and activist Peter Gabriel – his partnership with Witness has helped demonstrate the potential of graphic design to change the world and has produced some of his most acclaimed work, including the award-winning “Infantry” and “Burma” posters.
For Harry the ‘Burma’ poster was an object lesson in how design could make a difference. He describes watching news footage of the protests in support of the Burma uprising. Across the world he saw images of his poster being taken on the streets as a symbol. “To have a piece of graphic design spontaneously used like that was the most meaningful thing that had ever happened to a piece of my work,” he says.
Harry is a member of Witness’s advisory board and Peter Gabriel describes working with him as “a mixture of good karma and great design.”
The human brain—the result of millions of years of evolutionary history—uses molecular, chemical, and electrical signals to interpret information, weigh decisions, and learn at every stage of life. Drawing on 21st-century research and technology, Brain: The Inside Story offers visitors a new perspective and keen insight into their own brains through imaginative art, vivid brain-scan imaging, and dynamic interactive exhibits for all ages. The exhibition, which is on view at the American Museum of Natural History from Saturday, November 20, until August 14, 2011, brings visitors up to date on the latest in neuroscience, highlighting the brain’s surprising ability to rewire itself in response to experience, disability, or trauma, and showcases new technologies that researchers use to study the brain and treat conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Bierut has been a partner at Pentagram’s New York office since 1990. His clients have included The New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Harley-Davidson, The Minnesota Children’s Museum, The William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, Mohawk Paper Mills, the New York Jets, Princeton University, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Morgan Library and Museum. Prior to that, he worked for ten years at Vignelli Associates, ultimately as vice president of graphic design.
Please join us for an evening of posters, books, illustrations, broken pencils, heavy metal guitar techniques, marriage counseling and the secrets to everlasting creative collaboration.
The Heads of Stateis the design and illustration studio of Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers. Since 2002, this duo has been churning out award winning work while residing on opposite coasts. Known for a restrained graphic style and a sharp visual wit, they’ve seen eye to eye and/or locked horns for clients such as The New York Times, Penguin, The School of Visual Arts, Starbucks, Wired Magazine, as well as musical acts R.E.M. and Wilco. In 2009 they set up shop together in Philadelphia. They also teach at Tyler School of Art, where they both studied.
Each month, “Collaboration” will examine the process of co-creation; it will look closely at collaborative outcomes as we all learn to work with each other.
Join us to discover the pros and cons of working with experts in our field and others.
At the top of Chris Hacker’s agenda is the imaginative application of sustainable design thinking. He has overseen this process as Chief Design Officer at Johnson & Johnson for the last five years, and at Aveda™ for the previous five.
“After an hour of conversation, with Chris, you’ll walk away convinced he’s just the man to bring sustainable design to corporate America.” —I.D. April 2009
This illustrated talk with Chris and several members of his design and engineering team will explain their approach to sustainability in both design and business, illuminating his mission: to change the way designers think about sustainability. They will discuss how they have updated the design process at J&J, where over the last 5 years Chris has built a 120-person think tank, including an award-winning design team, where environmentally-conscious decisions are a fundamental part of the process.
Chris will be joined by several members of his team: Elan Cole, Global Creative Director of the Beauty Care & Baby brands, Lisa Nugent, Global Creative Director of the Convergence Lab (The lab is a destination for Johnson & Johnson Marketing, R&D, and Design to come together for ideation and prototyping design solutions.) and Mike Maggio, VP Global Strategic Design Ops. They will talk about their role within the design process and discuss specific examples illustrating how they are implementing Chris’ vision, revealing the thrill of successes, the heartbreak of failures and the many compromises they have had to make on their journey toward sustainability.
“I grew up a hippie. …I can’t stay on the sidelines and not get involved. As an activist for the cause of environmental sustainability, I believe that if I don’t come to big companies and try to help them become better, then it’s hard to complain.” —Chris Hacker
Chris Hacker, Chief Design Officer, Global Strategic Design Office, Johnson & Johnson Group of Consumer Companies, leads all creative processes for brand identity, packaging design and brand imagery at J&J Consumer. The Global Strategic Design Office is based in New York City with branch offices globally, to further the application of strategic design thinking within the company and consists of Designers, Engineers and Technical Staff.
Hacker’s passion is bringing awareness to designers of their power in the business world to make sustainable design a key paradigm of design process and therefore make the products and materials produced lighter on the planet.
Chris was Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Design for Aveda™ prior to joining Johnson & Johnson. In this capacity he had responsibility for overall strategic marketing leadership, new product development and promotion. Under his leadership, Aveda was awarded the 2004 National Design Award for Corporate Achievement from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Organized as part of the Guggenheim’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, this exhibition comprises a mise-en-scène that will occupy the entire Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda. One facet of the artist’s practice, quasi-sculptural choreographed movement, will transform the ground floor of the rotunda into an arena for spectatorship. To create the context for the exhibition, the entire Guggenheim rotunda is cleared of art objects for the first time in the museum’s history. On the spiraling ramp, another aspect—direct verbal interaction between museum visitors and trained participants—will predominate. Relying exclusively on the human voice, bodily movement, and social interaction, Sehgal’s works nevertheless fulfill all the parameters of a traditional artwork with the exception of its inanimate materiality.
Chip Kidd, National Design Award winner in 2007 for Communications Design, speaks with Milton Glaser, National Design Award winner in 2004 for Lifetime Achievement, on work, ideas, and loving New York.
Writer and graphic designer Chip Kidd has been designing book jackets for Alfred A. Knopf since 1986. His innovative work, recognized by international awards, has helped spark a revolution in the art of American book packaging. Kidd has written about graphic design and popular culture and is an editor of comic books for Pantheon, a Knopf subsidiary. Milton Glaser has been one of the most pivotal figures in contemporary graphic design and illustration. Glaser’s career spans more than fifty years and includes logos, ads, posters, portraits, and identities for newspapers, magazines, books, exhibitions, grocery stores, and restaurants. In 1954, he co-founded Push Pin Studios and in 1968, he co-founded New York Magazine, which became the prototype for city magazines and service journalism across the country. His other iconic works include the album cover for Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, and the world-famous “I Love NY” logo (which, after September 11th, was transformed into “I Love NY More Than Ever”).
Both designers work is included in Design USA: Contemporary Innovation, on view through April 4, 2010.
Level Design Group is a multidisciplinary design firm with expertise in developing creative communications and branding. Founded in 2000 by partners Jennifer Bernstein and Nicholas Hubbard, work spans the media of print, web and motion graphics and emphasizes the development of an integrated strategy and critical thinking as essential parts of the design process. Project leadership and the development of relationships based on mutual respect are hallmarks of Level’s collaboration with its clients.
We are Sulki Choi and Min Choi, graphic designers in Seoul, Korea. We met in 2001 at Yale University where we both were MFA graphic design students. Since then, we have been working together on various commissioned and self-initiated projects. From 2003 until 2005 we were researchers at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, the Netherlands, where we participated in a research project for the cultural identity of the city of Leuven, Belgium; designed the academy’s various publications and promotional materials; and together with Tamara Maletic and Dan Michaelson (Linked by Air), designed the exhibition ‘Welcome to Fusedspace Database’ at Stroom Den Haag.
We have participated in many group exhibitions in Korea and abroad, including: ‘Parallel Life’, Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2005; ‘Frame Builders’, Insa Art Space, Seoul, 2006; ‘Graphic Design in the White Cube’, Moravian Gallery in Brno, 2006; ‘From Mars’, Moravian Gallery in Brno, 2006; Anyang Public Art Project, 2007; ‘No Paper’, 4th Ningbo International Poster Biennale, 2008; ‘100 Daehangro’, Arko Art Center, Seoul, 2009; ‘Platform in Kimusa’, former Korean Military Security Headquarters, 2009. We had our first exclusive exhibition ‘Sulki & Min: Factory 060421-060513’ at Gallery Factory, Seoul, in 2006, for which we received the Art Award of the Year 2006 from the Arts Council Korea. Our second exhibition, ‘Sulki & Min: Kimjinjye 080402- 080414’, was held at Kimjinhye Gallery, Seoul, in 2008.
Sulki is teaching at Kaywon School of Art & Design, and Min at the University of Seoul.
On the 40th Anniversary of the New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual join Massimo Vignelli, Tom Geismar, Lance Wyman, Michael Hertz, Doris Halle and Peter Joseph in a conversation about the past, present and future of the New York City subway signage. The evening will be moderated by Paul Shaw and Jan Conradi.
Massimo Vignelliwas one of the co-founders of Unimark International. With co-founder Bob Noorda he was responsible for the design of the New York City subway system signage between 1966 and 1970 and its codification in the New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual. Vignelli Associates, the firm he and his wife Lella established in 1971, designed the 1972 NYCTA subway map and the signage system for the Washington DC Metro.
Tom Geismar is a partner in Chermayeff & Geismar. He led the firm’s work on the Boston T signage system and designed its iconic logo.
Lance Wymanis Principal of Lance Wyman Ltd. He led the team that designed the logo, station icons and wayfinding system for the Mexico City Metro. As part of Wyman and Cannan Ltd. he designed the mapping system for the Washington DC Metro.
Michael Hertz is Principal of Michael Hertz Associates. Along with John Tauranac he is responsible for the 1979 subway map. His firm worked on several revisions to the 1970 manual during the 1980s, paving the way for the 1989 manual.
Doris Halle is an art director at the International Council of Shopping Centers. She was formerly Chief of Corporate Design at the MTA where her responsibilities included oversight of the 1989 and 1995 signage manuals.
Peter Joseph is Senior Project Manager at Michael Hertz Associates. He has worked on signage and maps for the MTA for over thirty years.
Paul Shaw is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art History at the School of Visual Arts and the Department of Communication Design at Parsons: The New School for Design. He is the author of Helvetica and the New York City Subway System.
Jan Conradi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Rowan University. She is the author of Unimark International: The Design of Business and the Business of Design.
Since 1998, designer Scott Stowell has been doing business as Open–and as such has survived by staying small, specialized in not really specializing in anything in particular, and (as described in the Cooper-Hewitt’s DesignUSA show) embraced “an open notion of the term ‘office,’ inviting different participants to every project.”
As it turns out, everything is connected and everything is an opportunity–if you’re paying attention. Please join Scott for a new, never-before-seen talk full of new (and old) stories about new (and old) work from over ten years of making “design for people.” There may also be prizes and there will surely be distractions.
Scott is the proprietor of Open, an independent design studio that has made a lot of things, including the editorial design of Good magazine, short films for Google and Jazz at Lincoln Center, signage for the Yale University Art Gallery and the new AIGA membership cards. In 2008, Scott was the winner of the National Design Award for Communication Design.
Slash: Paper Under the Knife takes the pulse of the international art world’s renewed interest in paper as a creative medium and source of artistic inspiration, examining the remarkably diverse use of paper in a range of art forms. Slash is the third exhibition in MAD’s Materials and Process series, which examines the renaissance of traditional handcraft materials and techniques in contemporary art and design. The exhibition surveys unusual paper treatments, including works that are burned, torn, cut by lasers, and shredded. A section of the exhibition will focus on artists who modify books to transform them into sculpture, while another will highlight the use of cut paper for film and video animations.
Selected artists will be commissioned to create site-specific or site-referential works, and others will be invited to create work onsite in MAD’s three artist studios that will subsequently be installed in the exhibition.
Are you crazy for Courier? Gonzo for Garamond? Mad for Meta? Does your quick brown fox jump over your lazy dog?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then come on down to “The Type is Right,” AIGA/NY’s first-ever typographic game show at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Join us for 3 rounds of typographic trivia and general hilarity as teams of three go head-to-head with other font fetishists for the honor of being AIGA All-Borough Type Champions.
Ellen Lupton, emcee for the evening
Co-starring four teams of cut-throat competitors captained by:
With a special cameo appearance by Paul Shaw, “The Type is Right’s” own special judge and final word on font-related discrepancies.
Raffle prizes courtesy of Wacom.
Luke Hayman was born in Hertfordshire, England and studied graphic design at Central St. Martin’s School of Art, London, graduating with honors in 1988. He has lived and worked in New York City since 1992. He joined Pentagram as a partner in December 2006.
Hayman’s wide-ranging expertise encompasses the design of magazines, books, identities and exhibitions. He has served as the design director of I.D. magazine; senior partner and associate creative director in the Brand Integration Group (BIG) at Ogilvy & Mather, New York; creative director for Media Central and Brill’s Content magazine; and creative director of Travel + Leisure magazine. In 2004 Luke joined New York magazine as design director. Working alongside editor-in-chief Adam Moss, he was instrumental in restoring the title to prominence.
Since joining Pentagram, Hayman has redesigned numerous publications including TIME, Consumer Reports, Communications of the ACM, The Atlantic and the Khaleej Times, a broadsheet newspaper in Dubai. He has designed identities for Kagan, the New York Photo Festival, the World Science Festival, the White House Historical Association, the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.
Hayman’s work has been consistently recognized by the American Society of Magazine Editors, the Society for Publication Designers, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Folio magazine and the Art Directors Club. His tenure at New York culminated in 2006 with a prestigious National Magazine Award for excellence in magazine design from the American Society of Magazine Editors. New York was also twice named Magazine of the Year by the Society for Publication Designers and received a silver award from British Design and Art Direction (D&AD).
18 September 2009– 25 November 2009, AIGA National Design Center
AIGANY /365: AIGA ANNUAL DESIGN COMPETITION 30
Visit the AIGA National Design Center to see the best in communication design from 2008—including logos, websites, animations, experiences, packaging, advertisements, even a typographic kite, created by some of the world’s most talented designers—in this exhibition of nearly 200 works, selected by an esteemed jury for the 30th annual “365: AIGA Annual Design Competition.”
Design excellence results from creativity, inspiration, skill, experience, intuition and discipline. AIGA’s design competitions extend a legacy that began more than 90 years ago and are widely recognized as the most selective statements on design excellence today.
AIGA is committed to using selections from its annual competitions to demonstrate the process of design; the role of the designer; and the value of design to business, culture and society at large. Each year, the competition selections are published in AIGA’s virtual gallery at designarchives.aiga.org, featured in an annual publication, exhibited at the AIGA National Design Center in New York City and preserved in the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado.
Wednesday 15 July 2009, Apple Store, Soho
AIGANY / Alicia Cheng and Sarah Gephart, MGMT.
MGMT., a collaborative graphic design studio based in Brooklyn, has extensive experience in print, branding, and exhibition design as well as information and web design. The principals of MGMT. are Alicia Cheng and Sarah Gephart.
Join AIGA/NY and Apple for the series, “Pro Sessions: Design Remixed,” and hear how professionals today are redefining their creative process. Featured speakers will share their insights into the changing landscape of design and discuss how design has evolved and creativity has diversified beyond any single discipline.
Although Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) has long been celebrated as a central figure in twentieth-century art, the abstract works she created throughout her career have remained overlooked by critics and the public in favor of her representational subjects. In 1915, O’Keeffe leaped into abstraction with a group of charcoal drawings that were among the most radical creations produced in the United States at that time. In these and subsequent abstractions, O’Keeffe sought to transcribe her ineffable thoughts and emotions. While her output of abstract work declined after 1930, she returned to abstraction in the mid-1940s with a new vocabulary that provided a precedent for a younger generation of abstractionists. By devoting itself to this largely unexplored area of her work, Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction is an overdue acknowledgment of her place as one of America’s first abstract artists.
The exhibition includes more than 125 paintings, drawings, watercolors, and sculptures by O’Keeffe as well as selected examples of Alfred Stieglitz’s famous photographic portrait series of O’Keeffe. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by the organizers, excerpts from the recently unsealed Stieglitz-O’Keeffe correspondence, and a contextual chronology of O’Keeffe’s art and life.
The curatorial team, led by Whitney curator Barbara Haskell, includes Barbara Buhler Lynes, curator of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center; Bruce Robertson, professor of the history of art and architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Elizabeth Hutton Turner, professor and vice provost for the arts at the University of Virginia and guest curator at the Phillips Collection; and Sasha Nicholas, Whitney curatorial assistant. Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstractiontravels to The Phillips Collection, Washington DC, February 6–May 9, 2010, and to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, May 28–September 10, 2010.
TYPO Berlin has established itself as the European event for communication designers. From Neville Brody to David Carson, Mario Garcia, David Linderman, Kurt Weidemann, Ken Garland, Erik Spiekermann, Jakob Trollbäck and Louis Rossetto: the list of TYPO Berlin speakers over the past eleven years reads like an international “Who is Who” of graphic design.
CHIP KIDD, an author, editor, grahic designer, (and now musician) who made a name for himself pumping out on average 75 book covers a year, now totalling over 1,500 is speaking at Pratt Institute on Monday, March 3, 5-7pm in Memorial Hall, open to the public.
23 February 2008, Deitch Projects
Stefan Sagmeister, Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far
Deitch Projects celebrated the release of Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far by Stefan Sagmeister. The book and gallery show bring together many of Sagmeister’s previous designed sentences while still leaving room for animatronic gloves, celebrity steam writing and large scale banana type. As always, the result is beautiful and full of wonder.