Thesis Exhibition: Alchemy — Graduating Student Design Work on Display

VCFA Gallery — 36 College St

  • Tuesday, October 8 | 10 am – 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, October 9 | 10 am – 1 pm and 5–9 pm
  • Thursday, October 10 | 12–9 pm
  • Friday, October 11 | 3-9 pm
  • Saturday, October 12 | 10 am – 7 pm
  • Reception: Friday, October 11 | 7–8 pm


Pin-up: Returning Student Design Work on Display

Alumnx Hall — 45 College St

  • Wednesday, October 9 | 10 am – 9 pm
  • Thursday, October 10 | 10 am – 9 pm
  • Friday, October 11 | 10 am – 9 pm


Time Travel: Reading the History of Everything in Letterforms

Robert Bringhurst, Guest Designer

  • Tuesday, October 8, 3:30–5 pm
  • Noble Hall Lounge

Robert Bringhurst headshot

We’ll start by looking closely at a recent book about the Italian Renaissance, examining how the design both honors and contradicts the subject. Then we’ll look at ways in which the design could honor the subject more fully – and ways in which the subject would have to change to fit the design. Doing this will involve a quick tour of the work of a couple of Florentine Renaissance artists and a close look at the letterforms those artists put into their work. There’ll be a brief stop in 18th-century England. Then we’ll plow head-first into the unsolved problems of book production in the present day.

Robert Bringhurst is known to most designers and typographers as the author of The Elements of Typographic Style, a book that is now in its fourth English edition and has been translated into 10 other languages. In addition, Bringhurst is one of Canada’s best-loved poets and essayists and a linguist admired for his work in translating and interpreting Native American oral literature. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, Phillips Fund Fellow at the American Philosophical Society, and Witter Bynner Fellow at the Library of Congress. He has also received the Frederic W. Goudy Award, the American Printing History Association’s Award for Distinguished Individual Achievement, and the coveted Edward Sapir Prize, awarded by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds honorary doctorates from two Canadian universities. Among his recent works are Palatino: The Natural History of a Typeface (David Godine, 2016), The Typographic Legacy of Ludovico degli Arrighi (Editions Koch, 2016), and a long poem, Going Down Singing (Two Ponds Press, 2017).


Infographics for Social Change: A Graphic Ally Hackathon

Jessica Bellamy, Guest Designer

  • Wednesday, October 9, 6:30–8:15 pm
  • Noble Hall Lounge & Reading Room

Jessica Bellamy headshot

Become a Graphic Ally! Learn how to tell visual data stories to inspire policy change and mobilize information at the grassroots level. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore and apply principles of conscious and responsible design to a real-world infographic project. Topics covered are as follows: icon drafting, infographic composition, power dynamics in design, data framing, asset vs. deficit mapping, access to information, and grassroots design strategies. Learn how to map out infographic solutions for reaching and activating policymakers, people with resources, low-opportunity communities, and more. Participants will leave with an actionable list of design strategies, and with experience creating an infographic.

International speaker, Adobe Creative Residency alumnx, and award-winning infographic designer Jessica Bellamy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Louisville (UofL) with degrees in Drawing (BFA), Graphic Design (BFA), Pan African Studies (BA), and a minor in Communication. As a former Neurodevelopmental Science research analyst at UofL and community organizer, in 2015 Jessica created a social enterprise that combines grassroots organizing, research, and information graphics. She named this business GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio. She has been featured in Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, Forbes, Communication Arts Magazine, The Great Discontent, Create Magazine, Creative Mornings, Slack, The Dieline, Revision Path, and on Adobe’s Project 1324 (viewable through Facebook).


(Featured image: Jeremy Luther, MFA in Graphic Design spring 2019 residency pin-up)