MFA in Graphic Design Announces Guest Designers and Public Lectures for April 2015 Residency

The MFA in Graphic Design Residency (April 12-18, 2015) is pleased to announce the following public lectures taking place during the residency week.

Tuesday, April 14:

Graphic Design Public Lecture Series

6-7 pm / Noble Hall Lounge, VT College of Fine Arts Campus, College Street,
Montpelier, VT, streaming: Designers in Residence, Kathleen & Christopher Sleboda of Draw Down Books.

Kathleen and Christopher will discuss how Draw Down was devised as both a platform and a hub. “Draw Down is a place we’ve created to play out ideas, both formally and conceptually, as well as a space where we connect, reconfigure, and overlap our various ways of making, collecting, and curating. We are particularly interested in means of production, presentation, and distribution.”

Christopher and Kathleen Sleboda live and work in New Haven, CT. They create work as graphic designers, illustrators, artists, curators, writers, researchers, and publishers. They are founders of the small publishing house Draw Down and partners of the illustration-design practice Gluekit. They most recently wrote an essay and published a monograph about the work of artist Cleon Peterson.

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Saturday, April 18:

Graphic Design Public Lecture Series

1 -2 pm / Noble Hall Lounge, VT College of Fine Arts Campus, College Street,
Montpelier, VT, and streaming: Guest Designer and Critic, Ellen Lupton

Your Brain on Typography

How do people respond to the designed environment? When we look at a poster, a website, or a road sign, our brains process information to help us use and understand information. Designers can employ these theories to amaze, delight, and manipulate the eye and mind. From the laws of perception to concepts of narrative, behavior, and how to tell a joke, theories of thinking and communication shed light on how design works. Illustrated with fun and surprising examples of design, Ellen Lupton’s lecture will get you thinking about how we see. She will draw on current projects and research, including her exhibitions "Beautiful Users" and "How Posters Work" at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Ellen Lupton is Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Her exhibition Beautiful Users and Process Lab are open through spring 2015. Past exhibitions include Graphic Design—Now in Production, co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt and the Walker Art Center, and the National Design Triennial series. Lupton also serves as director of the Graphic Design MFA Program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore, where she has authored numerous books on design processes, including Thinking with Type, Graphic Design Thinking, and Graphic Design: The New Basics. Recent books include Type on Screen (2014). Coming soon: How Posters Work (May, 2015).

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Public Exhibition Receptions and Gallery Hours:

Tuesday, April 14

7:30 - 9 pm / College Hall Gallery, VT College of Fine Arts Campus, College Street, Montpelier, VT: Returning Student Pin-up reception: Exhibition of student design work

Friday, April 17:

7:30 - 9 pm / College Hall Gallery, VT College of Fine Arts Campus, College Street, Montpelier, VT: Graphic Design Thesis Exhibit Reception: WOVEN, Exhibition of graduating student design work

see thesis student design work here:

http://woven.vcfa.edu/

College Hall Gallery hours for these exhibits:

Wednesday, April 15 10 am - 8 pm

Thursday, April 16 10 am - 8 pm

Friday, April 17 10 am - 8 pm

Saturday, April 18 10 am - 6:30 pm