design schools

Wider White Space, APFEL (Part 1)

On the California College of the Arts campus earlier this year there was an exhibition at the Wattis Institute called The Way Beyond Art: Wide White Space, which investigated how graphic design is represented in an art gallery format. The exhibition highlighted work from participants APFEL, Irma Boom, Laurenz Brunner and Julia Born, Sara...

What is Typographic Illustration?

While hardly as provocative a question as last week, my colleague and I have been batting this around ever since we created what we thought was a simple assignment for our Typography students. It reads: Replace all photos on the front page of the newspaper with typographic illustrations. The point of this assignment is...

Bikebook, Like Facebook, Only Better

Albert Pereta, is a student at SVA MFA Design, bike rider and entrepreneur. He just launched Share the Path, a unique mass-media website, devoted to bicyclists in New York. He says: It is ‘The Moment’. That little amount of time cycling to work, to college, to anywhere. You love it! Just your bicycle, the...

Designucation

Last week Allan Cochinov, editor-in-chief of Core77, announced the formation of a new design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. MFA Products of Design is a two year multi-disciplinary program (and summer session) that transforms the old model of “industrial design” for the twenty-first century. For years Chochinov has written...

Why CMYBacon is Smokin'

With a name like CMYBacon how can you not be intrigued? Although Designer Martin Refsal has to “suppress my inner-geek from time to time to ensure that I don’t post too many things about Star Wars and Legos” he is the witty mastermind behind one of newest (and cleverest) design blogs on the webosphere....

"Designing a Life" and other Summer Activities

Summer is the time for ice cold drinks and hot summer workshops. Here are two art programs worth considering: The Jim Thorpe Project is an intensive five-day storytelling workshop held in Jim Thorpe, Pa., named after the famed all-around athlete (above, who was not an illustrator or designer). Workshop founder Victor Stabin (who is)...

Neighborly Transaction

My neighbor waved hi on the sidewalk last Monday morning. “I saw your new piano,” he said. “My daughter plays in a private band.” The neighbor’s daughter is 14 years old. “What does she play?,” I asked. “What is a private band?” “She sings and plays the drums,” he said. “They play in her...