Designer Profile: Louise Sandhaus

Louise Sandhaus might be the country’s most accomplished designer that you’ve never heard of.

The former Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts, Sandhaus is a self proclaimed teacher, writer, and “instigator” of design, often working seamlessly between projects that incorporate graphics, branding, environment, and even performance work. You can see more of her eclectic work at LSD (Louise Sandhaus Design).

Sandhaus currently teaches full-time at CalArts and recently co-curated the Graphic Design section of the California Design Biennial 2010, Action/Reaction.

Long an advocate for design education, Sandhaus is never afraid to challenge her students and ask the tough questions about what future designers need to know as well as how and where the most effective learning takes place.

In a 2009 interview with AIGA, she stated:

These are very different times and for anyone to survive you’re going to have to offer clear value and be nimble—meaning you have to have skills, an evident willingness to do what needs to be done, you work well with others and are nice to be around. Consider who YOU would hire if you were busy enough to need help. That said, consider what being a designer means—it gives you a lot of skills that apply to a lot of different realms. Ending up doing work in different than you expected could be the best thing that ever happened to you.

It is our pleasure to announce that Sandhaus will be giving a live online presentation for Print’s Master Class series tomorrow, Thursday, January 20th at 4 pm. In her talk, she will present various emerging schools of thought that reflect new practices, new contexts, new interests, new possibilities, and new concerns for design and designers.

If you’re a student, educator, or practitioner, this presentation should provide a glimpse across a wide spectrum of what’s going on in the world of design education today and why.

Please click here to learn more and sign up for the event.

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