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Design Observer
Culture is Not Always Popular
Wednesday, April 24 2019
6:30–8:00 pm
Upcoming Event
Wednesday, April 24 2019
6:30–8:00 pm

Design Observer
Culture is Not Always Popular

Wednesday, April 24 2019
6:30–8:00 pm

Design Observer
Culture is Not Always Popular

An evening with Michael Bierut, Jessica Helfand and Design Observer contributors.

Founded in 2003, Design Observer has become a platform for some of the industries leading voices in design, architecture, technology and culture at large. The recent release of “Culture Is Not Always Popular” collects and re-evaluates articles, interviews and themes from the last 15 years. Michael Bierut, Jessica Helfand, Steven Heller, Karrie Jacobs, Thomas de Monchaux, and Ashleigh Axios will look back and re-examine an important period in online culture and how these conversations have shaped our design community.

This conversation will be moderated by Jarrett Fuller. 

After the event, you are invited to join us for a reception and book signing. A limited number of books will be available for purchase at the event, but we strongly encourage you to purchase the book in advance (with ticket purchase).

Event Series: Design Spotlight
Design Observer: Culture is Not Always Popular is part of the Design Spotlight event series. These events are traditional design talks that feature designers or creative teams sharing top of mind or breakout work.

Schedule
  • 6:30 pm Doors open & check-in
  • 7:00 pm Panel begins
  • 8:30 am Panel ends
  • 8:30 pm Post event reception + Book signing
Tickets
  • Members $10.00
  • Non-Members $30.00
  • Students $5.00
  • Book: Culture Is Not Always Populars $24.00
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson / J.M. Kaplan Hall


66 West 12th Street
New York, 10003



Panel

Michael Bierut

Michael is a partner in the New York office of Pentagram. His book How to Use Graphic Design to Sell Things, Explain Things, Make Things Look Better, Make People Laugh, Make People Cry, and (Every Once in a While) Change the World accompanied a 2015 retrospective of his work, which was part of the School of Visual Art’s Masters Series. Cofounder of Design Observer and cohosts of two podcasts, he is on the faculty at Yale School of Art and Yale School of Management and a recipient of the AIGA Medal, the design profession’s highest honor.

Jessica Helfand

Jessica is the author of numerous books on design and visual culture including Design: The Invention of Desire. Cofounder of Design Observer and cohosts of two podcasts, she is on the faculty at Yale School of Art and Yale School of Management and a recipient of the AIGA Medal, the design profession’s highest honor.

Ashleigh Axios

Ashleigh is the Design Exponent at Automattic, an AIGA national board member, the creator of DotGovDesign—an initiative connecting and empowering government designers, and an advocate for design’s ability to break barriers and create positive social change. Prior to her role at Automattic, Axios served as the creative director and a digital strategist at the Obama White House.

Thomas de Monchaux

Thomas, the inaugural winner of the Winterhouse Award for Design Writing and Criticism, is the author of the forthcoming book Slow House: Fixtures, Features, Neighbors, Masters, and a Year in Pursuit of a Better American Home.

Steven Heller

Steven is the co-chair (with Lita Talarico) of the School of Visual Arts MFA Design / Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program and the SVA Masters Workshop in Rome. He writes the Visuals column for the New York Times Book Reviewa weekly column for The Atlantic online and The Daily Heller.

Karrie Jacobs

Karrie is a professional observer of the manmade landscape. She writes regularly for Architect and Curbed, and is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts MA program in Design Research, Writing, and Criticism, where she teaches students how to understand and interpret the design-rich environment all around them. She was the founding editor-in-chief of Dwell and the founding executive editor of Benetton’s Colors. She is the author of The Perfect $100,000 House (2006) and coauthor of Angry Graphics (1992).

Moderator

Jarrett Fuller

Jarrett is a designer, writer, educator, and podcaster. He runs twenty-six, a multidisciplinary design and editorial studio; hosts Scratching the Surface, a weekly podcast about design criticism; and teaches in both undergraduate and graduate programs at Pratt Institute, The New School Parsons School of Design, and the University of the Arts. He previously worked as a designer at Facebook, Warby Parker, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. He received his BFA in graphic design from Kutztown University and his MFA in graphic design and critical studies from Maryland Institute College of Art. Fuller designed and co-edited Culture is Not Always Popular: Fifteen Years of Design Observer

Sponsors

The program is organized by AIGA NY in collaboration with the School of Art, Media, and Technology at The New School.

The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson / J.M. Kaplan Hall


66 West 12th Street
New York, 10003