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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 …

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? …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …