MFA in Graphic Design announces October 2017 residency events

MFA in Graphic Design has lined up three amazing guests for our upcoming residency, specializing in design anthropology, design theory, and type design. 

All are veteran educators and we are pleased as punch to welcome Dr. Dori Tunstall, Randy Nakamura, and Sibylle Hagmann as guest designers and critics at the Fall 2017 residency. In addition to the guest designer public lectures, there will be public exhibition hours. 

Public Lecture by Visiting Guest Designer Dr. Dori Tunstall: "Respectful Design: the Canadian Context"

  • Sunday, October 8
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Noble Lounge
  • Free & open to the public

TunstallSummary: In this talk, Dori Tunstall, Dean of the Faculty of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), will focus on Faculty's new ethos of Respectful Design and its relationship to the University’s ongoing processes to decolonize art and design education. Showcasing design curriculum and student projects, Dori will place Respectful Design in the context of Canada’s colonial practices and the adoption of the recommendations from the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

Fore more info on Dr. Dori Tunstall, click here


Public Lecture by Visiting Guest Designer Sibylle Hagmann: 
“True or False: A Typographic Discourse”

  • Tuesday, October 10
  • 6-7 p.m. 
  • Noble Lounge
  • Free & open to the public

HagmannSummary: Similarly to the turmoil the graphic design discipline experienced during the last couple of decades, the type industry was never spared radical technological changes. Reflections, based partly on personal experience—partly influenced by observation, provide a glimpse into the world of type and typography. This presentation also looks ahead what lies in store for type end-users in the future. With that in mind and on the educational front, are typographic rules, taught since centuries, going down the drain? 

For more information about Sibylle Hagmann, click here


Public Lecture by Visiting Guest Designer Randy Nakamura: 
“Will Burtin’s Brain: Designing and Exhibiting the Black Box” 

  • Thursday, October 12
  • 6-7 p.m. 
  • Noble Lounge
  • Free & open to the public

NakamuraSummary: In 1960 Will Burtin in collaboration with the pharmaceutical company Upjohn created an interactive model of the human brain to promote a new class of drugs designed to enhance mood and affect. Burtin, a European emigre, worked mainly as a graphic designer and was known primarily for his work with Fortune magazine. During the 1950s he had also branched out into exhibition design, creating an Upjohn "pharmacy" for Disneyland and a model of a human cell at walk-in scale. This lecture presents a history of The Brain, showing its roots in Burtin's work at the Office of Strategic Services as well as presenting The Brain as a kind of multidisciplinary design involving architecture, graphic design, and time- based media. Burtin's model of the brain anticipates a fusion of technology and design that both models human consciousness and acts as a means to alter it. 

For more information about Randy Nakamura, click here

Pin-up: Returning Student Graphic Design Work on Display

Alumni Hall Gallery, Oct. 11-13, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.        

Thesis Exhibition: Graduating Student Graphic Design Work on Display       

College Hall Gallery

  • Oct. 10, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., 1 p.m.- 9 p.m.
  • Oct. 11, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.                          
  • Oct. 12, 12 p.m.- 9 p.m.
  • Oct. 13, 12 p.m.- 9 p.m. (Public Reception 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.)*        
  • Oct. 14, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m

* Thesis Reception: Please join us for light refreshments to celebrate the graduating work of our Fall 2017 MFA in Graphic Design class!