MFA in Graphic Design Announces Guest Designers & Public Lectures During Fall Residency

MFA in Graphic Design welcomes guest designers Aaris Sherin and Jon Sueda for two special lectures open to the public during its fall residency October 9-15, 2016. 

Lecture by Visiting Guest Designer Aaris Sherin: "Publishing Confidential"

  • Tuesday, October 11 
  • 6:30-7:30 pm 
  • Noble Lounge
  • Free & open to the public

Summary: Design writing provides context for ideas, it gives longevity to artifacts and allows designers to engage with critical theory. Whether destined for the immediacy of formats like Medium or aimed at venues with more staying power, excellent research skills and competent writing are a must in a world where designers are as likely to engage in complex problem solving as they are to create compelling visual forms. This lecture will examine design scholarship with an emphasis on the intersection of professional practice and writing. Information about sound research practices, discipline-specific journals and book publishers will be included as well as detailed descriptions of time allotment, word counts and other practical resources relevant to design writing and publishing.

SherinAaris Sherin is a design educator, researcher and writer. She is a professor of graphic design at St. John’s University in Queens, New York and is the Director of Fellowships at Design Incubation. Sherin is the author of a number of books including her most recent publications Sustainable Thinking: Ethical Approaches to Design and Design Management and Elaine Lustig Cohen: Modernism Reimagined. Her writing has been featured in publications such as PRINT magazine, STEP Inside Design, Form, Leonardo, and Design and Culture. In her research, Sherin addresses complex issues including sustainability, creative thinking, and innovative problem solving methodologies that can occur across media and disciplines. She currently holds a position on the board of AIGA New York where she advocates for education-related issues.

Public Lecture by Visiting Guest Designer Jon Sueda: "Wide Open Spaces"

  • Thursday, October 13 
  • 6:00-7:00 pm 
  • Noble Lounge
  • Free & open to the public

SuedaJon Sueda is a San Francisco-based designer, working in the areas of graphic design, exhibition making, and education. His practice has allowed him to simultaneously create design, generate discourse about and around the discipline, and help shape designers of the future. He will present work in these various areas of his practice.

Originally from Hawaii, Sueda has practiced design everywhere from Honolulu to Holland. After earning his MFA in Graphic Design from CalArts in 2002, he was invited to North Carolina State University to serve as a designer in residence, followed by an internship in the Netherlands with Studio Dumbar. In 2004, Sueda founded the design studio Stripe, which specializes in print and exhibition design for art and culture. He is also the co-editor of Task Newsletter, and the co-organizer of AtRandom events. In 2007, Sueda relocated to the San Francisco area where he served as Director of Design at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts for seven years, and is currently the Chair of the MFA Design program at California College of the Arts. Most recently, he curated the exhibitions "The Way Beyond Art: Wide White Space" for the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, "Work from California" for the 25th International Graphic Design Biennial in Brno, Czech Republic, and "All Possible Futures" for SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco.

Sueda has lectured, taught workshops and has been visiting critic at Art Center College of Design; ArtEZ Graphic Design Arnhem; University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy; École des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, France; California Institute of the Arts (CalArts); Cranbrook Academy of Art; University of Hawaii, Manoa; North Carolina State University, Raleigh; Otis College of Art and Design; RISD; Rutgers University; Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI ARC); and the Walker Art Center.

Reception for MFA in Graphic Design Fall 2016 Thesis Exhibit: Interrobang!

  • Friday, October 14
  • 7:30-9:00 pm
  • College Hall Gallery
  • Free & open to the public

Please join us for light refreshments to celebrate the graduating work of our Fall 2016 MFA in Graphic Design class!