Weekend Heller: Research, Then Write

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From June 5–16, the Department of Design Research, Writing and Criticism at the School of Visual Arts will host its annual two-week intensive dedicated to researching and writing about design. This richly programmed course equips students with techniques for constructing compelling narratives about images, objects and spaces under the guidance of esteemed writers and editors, such as Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art author and media critic Virginia Heffernan; architecture writer and critic Karrie Jacobs; author, critic and The Weeklings co-founder Jennifer Kabat; BBC interviewer and Design Observer contributor Adam Harrison Levy; The New York Times culture reporter Robin Pogrebin; author and playwright Craig Taylor; and design and business columnist Rob Walker.


Through seminars, lectures, workshops and one-on-one consultations, students will experiment with different research methods and writing formats, including profiles, op-eds, interviews and more. The intensive will also include visits to the city’s design collections, archives and libraries—past visits have included tours of Pentagram, Rockwell Group Lab, BIG Architects, Viñoly Architects, MOS Architects and Met MediaLab—as well as behind-the-scenes access to new exhibitions, buildings and urban planning developments.

Intensive participants come from all over the world and arrive with experience in diverse careers ranging from design, architecture and journalism to curation, education and event organization. Each student receives a private workstation in the department’s generous light-filled studio, as well as access to its design library.

Priority application deadline (to be considered for scholarships/work-study): April 15. Enrollment final deadline: May 4. For more information and to apply: http://designresearch.sva.edu/intensive.

The 2017 PRINT RDA: Extended Deadline. Enter Now!

Enter the most respected competition in graphic design—now open to both pros and students—for a chance to have your work published, win a pass to HOW Design Live, and more. 2017 Judges: Aaron Draplin / Jessica Hische / Pum Lefebure / Ellen Lupton / Eddie Opara / Paula Scher. Student work judges: PRINT editorial & creative director Debbie Millman and PRINT editor-in-chief Zachary Petit.

Draplin image: Leah Nash. Hische: Helena Price. Lupton: Michelle Qureshi. Scher: Ian Roberts.