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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Old School vs. New School

In an effort to pull students away from the confines of a screen, they were tasked to design a poster for a play by Shakespeare by hand and also by computer. These were critiqued in a side-by- side comparison of the two efforts.

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Run It Up the Totem Pole and See Who Salutes

Have you ever thought about the totem pole as environmental signage before the age of the advertising towers? View these conceptual totem pole designs featured in SVA's "Tall Tales" exhibit, through May 25.

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Words – and Images – on Ed Fella

Ed Fella’s AIGA Medalist profile sums him up succinctly: He’s “one of the most influential designers of the last quarter century.” And now he’s retiring. But having been friends since I first interviewed him for Emigre back in 1993, I figure that “retire” will be more like a change of treads, appropriate for a...

Dysfunctional Type Families

Type fashions come and go, but the Western alphabet and Arabic numerals are here to stay. Correspondence lettering schools were for a long time, during the 20th century, the keepers of fashionable and classical lettering. One of the most prominent was the Detroit School of Lettering founded by C.J. Strong.

The World Is Your Creative Oyster

By Marcela Iannini, Academic Chair – Graduate Studies, Miami International University of Art & Design Creative industries in the U.S. are predicted to create 15 million new jobs over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth report for 2012-2022. To round out the picture from a global perspective,...

Illustrated Aviation Books By Assen Jordanoff

As a kid, whenever I’d visit my Grandmother’s house in Columbus, OH, I’d make a beeline to her bookshelf. It consisted of books on public health and education (she worked with the Ohio State Department of Health), as well as books my Dad had gotten as a kid. Books like original Edgar Rice Burroughs...

How I Learned Modern(ism)

Colorforms, invented by art students Harry and Patricia Kislevitz, with a logo by Paul Rand, was possibly the first exposure to Modernist geometry and color that any of us with art inclinations had. (At least those of us who grew up after its invention as a playful yet educational tool.) I certainly learned about...

Student Jumps on B&WAGON

Matt Vee is a design student and collector of words. A self-described “third-time transfer student” hailing from Holland (Michigan, not Europe) who now attends the School of Visual Arts, Vee seeks out interesting word combinations. “Being a designer, I can’t help but to organize them into lists,” he says, “so I wanted to visualize...

Formal Design Education Is Necessary for Practicing Designers. Yay or Nay?

It was the third Designer’s Debate Club event. The Parsons Tishman Auditorium on West 12th Street was packed last Wednesday with people eager to hear what well-known designers and design educators would have to say about the necessity of formal design education. Co-sponsored by AIGA/NY and organized by Designer’s Debate Club founders Jon Troutman,...