Design With a Purpose: Catch & Release Opens in Lower Manhattan

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy fell upon the South Street Seaport neighborhood in lower Manhattan, bringing with it a destructive 7-foot wall of water. The community at large was battered. Now, AIGA/NY is launching a new design installation this weekend to help rebuild in its own way: “Catch — & — Release."


Weekend Heller: Relief and Rand

This week it is spelled AIGA/NY as it launches its Design/Relief Teams, which begin collaborations in Red Hook, the Rockaways and South Street Seaport on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. MODA (The Museum of Design Atlanta) has opened Paul Rand: Defining Design.


Oded Ezer, Mad Typographic Scientist

The iconoclastic Israeli graphic designer, typographer and type designer Oded Ezer is in residence on the East Coast for two months, lecturing and teaching a class called “Type Follows Emotion, Personal Typographic Exploration” at Rhode Island School of Design. Perhaps best known for what he calls his “typographic design fiction projects,” including “Typosperma,” which...

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,...

Back to the AIGA/NY Past: Recollections on 30 Years

What can you learn from 12 big-name designers about 30 years of New York design history? You can learn that everyone sees things in a different way and brings his or her own spin to the table (or to the stage and the slide show, in this case). The New York chapter of the...

Talking “Eames Words” with Deborah Sussman

“The world knows about the chairs, the films, the toys,” Deborah Sussman said. “But the world does not know what Charles and Ray said, what they loved, what they had for breakfast. They found uncommon beauty in common things: a loaf of bread, a keg of nails, a ball of twine.” She was talking...

Mandela Mandalas (and Other Garth Walker Artifacts from South Africa)

“What makes me African, and what does that look like?” That is a question that Garth Walker, a third-generation white South African of British heritage, tries to answer in his graphic design work for clients, in his personal work, and his photography. Walker—Mister Walker, as his Durban studio is named—was in New York last...