Design Education

Look here for online course excerpts, design education news, trends and theories that are shaping the education experience at some of the best schools educating designers – including online graphic design courses. Plus, simply see how design education has changed over the years and where it is going in the future.

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Q&A with Sunny Bonnell and Ashleigh Hansberger

Sunny Bonnell and Ashleigh Hansberger are co-founders at Motto, an award-winning comprehensive branding firm. Motto helps visionary entrepreneurs and companies build inspiring purpose driven brands using their most powerful asset: their purpose. Sunny and Ashleigh are notorious for their unorthodox leadership style, inspiring point of view, and purpose-driven positioning approach. Their branding and professional...

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Must Designers Go to School?

If you were starting a career in the late 1920s or early 30s (the period of Great Depression), and you had artistic aspirations, this cover and the booklet it graced would have been for you. Explore this vintage catalog of the Federal Schools, Inc. training programs, the largest commercial art correspondence school in America.

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Jugend Play With Miniature Tools

In the world of miniatures, there are few things more enjoyable than mini-tools that actually work. The Germans and Friedrich Fröbel, developers of the Kindergarten concept, were masters at miniaturization (only later surpassed by the Japanese).

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A Life in Books: A Typography and Design Tour de Force

Warren Lehrer, a founding faculty member of the Designer as Author MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and head of the graphic design program at Purchase College, SUNY, has spent a decade writing and designing a book that is way more than a book. A Life in Books:...

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Weekend Heller: Reveling in Rand

Just returned from the MODA (Museum of Design Atlanta) exhibition Paul Rand: Defining Design, and if you have any reason to be in Atlanta do not miss it. Culled from many collections are original collages and comps for some key work and many printed pieces that will surprise even the most avid Rand-fan. Here...

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Rand, Steinweiss, Potus and More

SVA MFA Design: Designer as Author + Entrepreneur has just launched some of the Paul Rand Lecture Series podcasts that I’ve been making over the past five + years. The first to return are Paul Rand’s Book Jackets, Merz to Emigre: Avant Garde Publication Design, Alex Steinweiss, Red Scared and Potus Typographicus (for the...

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No один ребенок Left Behind

This 1959 Visual Russian Dictionary for grade schoolers (учащийся) suggest that literacy was more important than ideology, at least in the early years.

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The Migratory Pattern of Design Students

The United States has never made it easy for international students, but they come here in droves anyway. Their tenacity to overcome government bureaucracy, financial burden, alien customs and quirky language is more than admirable, it must be celebrated. Foreign students may think that Americans are doing them a favor, but they are contributing...

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Design History for High School

Steven Heller share his thoughts on how design history might be employed in high school art curricula, and why design history is important.