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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...

School Days

After 20-plus years as adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts, I still get myself all knotted up at the beginning of each semester. Will everyone drop the class? Will they see me for the fraud that I am? Standard issue concerns. And perhaps I was even more nervous this September, since for...

An Open Letter to Graphic Design Students: Don't Follow the Web, Follow Your Heart

Dear Student: As a new school year is upon you, you’re probably entering your junior or senior year at a design college somewhere. You’ve talked with your peers, consulted your advisors and finally picked the right design classes for yourself. Some of you may have recently graduated and are currently looking for a job. Either...

The Grad School Saga

MFA Design students at the School of Visual Arts (MFA Designer as Author + Entrepreneur) were asked to illustrate today’s New York Times Education Life section devoted to Grad Schools. Based on Scott Stowell’s class “Explaining Yourself,” the students developed a feature titled “The Grad Life,” a series of lively info graphic “snapshots” covering...

Touch Greatness University

As an innocent ploy to get a tour of a spectacular 80 room mansion in Salisbury, Ct., called “The Chateau” (above), because its design was based on a Belgian estate, Seymour Chwast and I told the realtor we were starting, with Louise Fili and Paula Scher, a design academy called TGU (Touch Greatness University)....

Opposites Attract

By Nicole Torres It’s a design student’s dream class— where the final projects end up in the hands of corporate clients, the classroom is inside a legendary design studio you would kill to work for, and the professors are two icons and a logo prodigy. Lucky for SVA undergrads, this class, Chermayeff & Geismar’s...

California College of the Arts Design MFA show

The same class that curated all the Wider White Space exhibitions (APFEL, Walker Art Institute, Project Projects, and Experimental Jetset) also curated the first official graduate design MFA show. Since the MFA design program at CCA is transdisciplinary it includes interactive design, industrial design, and graphic design, it was quite an undertaking. The eight...

Everyday, A New Near Disaster

For Ron Gabriel’s School of Visual Arts MFA Design thesis project, he created a campaign called 3-Way Street to raise awareness among New Yorkers that civility (and common sense) is a lifesaver on the urban streets. He writes: By summer 2010, the expansion of bike lanes in NYC exposed a clash of long-standing bad...