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Loraine Furter + Eric Schrijver

Loraine Furter works at the crossroads of art, design and editing/curating. Born in Switzerland, she lives in Brussels, Belgium since 2007. Her graphic design education allowed her to experiment with different forms of critical design, as well as other surrounding practices, such as editing and curating. She is now specialised in editorial and publishing practices.

Eric Schrijver lives in Brussels and Amsterdam, and works within the graphic design collective Open Source Publishing. Eric has taught workshops at art schools around Europe. He has been a teacher in the Masters Graphic Design at the École de Recherche Graphique (ERG), and is currently a faculty member at KABK (The Hague). Eric has a background in performance, creating pieces that deal with the thinking body and the flight to abstraction.

Odyssey Works

Odyssey Works is a cross-genre collaborative of artists which continually strives to challenge and re-conceptualize traditional notions of experience design, performance, and the artist-audience relationship. The work, in which performances are made for small and intimately known audiences, has been called by the New York Times: “A beautiful inefficiency [for] a small but infinitely more affected audience.” The artists of Odyssey Works continually ask the question: “what is the deepest impact our work can have?” and pursue an answer in the experimentation with and the formulation of new modes of interacting with an audience. The group, which, since 2001 has created performances for one-person audiences that span weekends, weeks, even months, has produced Odysseys in San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Saskatchewan, and Austin, TX. Odyssey Works projects involve theater, but also graphic design, sound art, the writing of a novel, new music composition, anything the group deems necessary. Odyssey Works, Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One, a book by Abraham Burickson and Ayden LeRoux about the group’s work and ideas, will be published by Princeton Architectural Press in November.

Abraham Burickson is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Odyssey Works. Trained in architecture at Cornell University, Burickson’s work spans writing, design, performance, and sound art. His work has been profiled on NPR’s Studio 360, in the New York Times, The Rumpus, ArtInfo, Fast Company, Vulture, the Marina Abramovic Institute’s Immaterial, Archinect, the Stanford Storytelling Project, the SF Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, ARTE television, Metro NY,, and elsewhere, and he has lectured at such places as Gallaudet University, The Brooklyn Museum, Cornell University, The Battersea Arts Centre, Fordham University, The GoGame, and Southern Exposure Gallery. Burickson was trained in Architecture at Cornell University, and received his MFA in Poetry and Playwriting from the UT Michener Center for Writers in 2008. He teaches writing in MICA, and architecture at the Academy of Art University, and maintains a small design practice. In 2010, Charlie, a collection of his poems, was published on Codhill Press. Burickson makes his home in Baltimore, MD.

Ayden LeRoux is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and the Assistant Director of Odyssey Works. Her photography, performance, video, and installations have been presented by the International Photography Festival, Flux Factory, and chashama, among others. Her work has been exhibited around the world in China, Cuba, Greece, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. She has lectured and led workshops at The Brooklyn Museum, Battersea Arts Centre, Fordham University, The GoGame, After the Show, Die Fabrikanten, Urban Games Factory, and Flux Factory. In 2012, her book Isolation and Amazement was published by Samsara Press documenting the Odyssey Works production, “The Map Is Not The Territory,” and she has a forthcoming book Odyssey Works: Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One, co-written with Abraham Burickson, to be published November 2016 by Princeton Architectural Press. She contributes to Eyes Towards the Dove, and she is also a sex educator.

Post Typography

Best known for their work as Post Typography, Strals and Willen maintain a strong presence in the local arts and music communities, contributing to numerous art and design events and exhibitions in Baltimore and beyond. Their posters and T-shirts are collected by high school punk rockers and prominent designers (whom they consider equally important). In 2005 Post Typography curated Alphabet: An Exhibition of Hand-Drawn Lettering and Experimental Typography, a highly regarded art show that has traveled nationally to dozens of galleries and universities over the past five years. Strals and Willen have taught courses at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and have lectured at the Cooper Union, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and Harvard University. Their book Lettering & Type is published by Princeton Architectural Press.

Visiting Artists: Rick Valicenti, Odyssey Works, and more!

Fall 2016 has been an amazing semester for visiting artists. In September we started the semester with visits from Rick Valicenti, who made narrative posters with first-year students, and Odyssey Works (artists Abe Burickson and Ayden Grout), who worked with Thesis students. Other visitors this fall have included Post Typography (Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals), and two sets of amazing guests from the Netherlands: Eric Schrijver + Louise Furter, and Rianne Petter + Mark Mulder. These workshops help us shake up our point of view and engage in introspection and extra-spection!

Rick Valicenti talks to first-year GD MFA

Rick Valicenti talks to first-year GD MFA

First-year posters created with Rick Valicenti

First-year posters created with Rick Valicenti

Abe Burickson and Ayden Grout work with thesis students

Abe Burickson and Ayden Grout work with thesis students

Momento Mori thesis explorations, created with Abe and Ayden

Momento Mori thesis explorations, created with Abe and Ayden

Public Domain workshop with Eric Schrijver and Loraine Furter

Public Domain workshop with Eric Schrijver and Loraine Furter

Thesis workshop with Rianne Petter and Mark Mulder from the Netherlands

Thesis workshop with Rianne Petter and Mark Mulder from the Netherlands

Benedikt Reichenbach Inspires Thesis Explorations

The 2016 thesis group is hard at work refining the scope of their projects and channeling their energy around specific goals and questions. Berlin-based designer, editor and publisher Benedikt Reichenbach inspired students to create a poster that is also a book. One side of each poster contains only images; the other side contains only text. During the workshop, thesis students gathered material and distilled it into text/image dichotomies. The result was fourteen individual books and posters, presented in an exhibition at the end of an intensive weekend. Reichenbach prepared his workshop in Berlin and delivered it to Baltimore. We enjoyed the chance to meet him in person to share the results.

Benedikt Reichenbach received his MA in philosophy and history with a thesis about the ban on images in the writings of Theodor W. Adorno in 2007. Since then, he has worked as a graphic designer and editor in Berlin and New York, for JRP Ringier, Sternberg Press, Birkhaeuser, Phaidon Press, and Aperture Foundation. This year, he is a visual artist in the esteemed Whitney Program at Whitney Museum of American Art.

Thesis workshop at MICA, September 11-13, 2015

Thesis workshop at MICA, September 11-13, 2015

Thesis workshop at MICA, September 11-13, 2015

Thesis workshop at MICA, September 11-13, 2015

Books designed in GD MFA workshop

Books designed in GD MFA workshop

Jeremy Hoffman

JEREMY HOFFMAN began working for Pentagram Design, the world’s largest independent design consultancy, in 1998. During his 12-year tenure there, he was promoted to senior designer and later named an associate partner. Working primarily with museums and cultural institutions, Jeremy worked on an array of branding, exhibition, and signage projects. At Pentagram, his largest project was the 40,000 square-foot permanent exhibition design for the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jeremy has maintained a long term relationship with Harley-Davidson. In 2011 he created the design for their Vehicle Operations Tour Center in York, Pennsylvania and in 2014 completed an extensive refurbishment and renovation project at the company’s visitor center in its Kansas City manufacturing facility. Last year he produced a temporary exhibition at the Harley Museum entitled The American Road. The project was named by USA Today as one the “10 must-see summer museum exhibits.” This past spring he designed a 10,000 square foot retrospective exhibition celebrating the career of Willie G. Davidson, the former Chief Styling Officer and grandson of one of the motor company’s founders. Most recently he led the design of the environmental and exhibition graphics for a children’s science center in Konya, Turkey, the country’s very first interactive science museum. Jeremy maintains his own design practice and also serves as a collaborative designer and art director at Ashton Design in Baltimore, Maryland. Jeremy received his BFA in graphic design from Maryland Institute College of Art where he is an adjunct faculty member teaching environmental graphic design and serving as a design adviser for both the undergraduate and graduate curatorial programs.

Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson

For nearly two decades, Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson has written about architecture, design, and cities. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, The Atlantic’s CityLab, and Design Observer, among many others. She has been an editor at Fast Company’s CoDesign, Metropolis, and Urbanite, and she is a contributing editor with Architect and Architectural Lighting magazines. Dickinson also writes fiction and creative nonfiction. Her short stories and essays have been published or are forthcoming in PANK, Revolver, Post Road, TriQuarterly Review, Passages North, and The Little Patuxent Review. In 2015, her essay “On Nostalgia” won the Hrushka Memorial Nonfiction Prize and her short story “A Modern Girl’s Guide to Childbirth” was selected by Roxane Gay as one of the 2015 Wigleaf Top 50 Short Fiction winners. Dickinson received an Individual Artist Award in Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council and in 2014, she was a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Jackie Littman

Jackie Littman works as a designer for Sosolimited, an art and technology studio that specializes in interactive environments and multi-sensory design. She designs for media at any scale, from bite-sized mobile apps to complex touch-screen walls to massive architectural lighting installations. She is the creator of The Little Bug, an award-winning interactive storybook app which received recognition from USA Today as a top 10 kids app of 2014. Jackie studied design for the theatre at the University of Maryland and received her MFA in graphic design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She now resides in Boston.

Eric Gunther

Eric Gunther was born in New York in 1978. He studied Computer Science at MIT. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is a founding partner of the art and technology firm, Sosolimited. Eric makes music and an occasional music video, among them a time-warping dance video for OK Go. During after hours, Eric dances like an alien robot squid, makes vibrating sculptures, and meditates on nothingness.

Bonnie Siegler

Bonnie’s work is in the permanent design archives of AIGA and has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, and the Society of Publication Design, among others. Bonnie also has a regular advice column on Design Observer where she responds to readers’ questions (submit yours to dearbonnie@designobserver.com!). Her clients include Participant Media, HBO, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live, Brooklyn Public Library, The Criterion Collection, Random House, and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Mark Mulder

Mark Mulder (1976) is a graphic designer, visual researcher, educator and course director Graphic Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University. After his bachelor study in Graphic Design, Mark started his own practice. The Studio for Visual Pop.Culture (http://www.visuelepopcultuur.nl/) is a graphic design studio, which operates in the field of identity, strategy and research. The studio works in a broad variety of contexts: from commissioned work, ranging from corporate identities to cultural communications, and self initiated (research) projects. In 2007 Mark started as a tutor at the Graphic Design department of the Willem de Kooning Academy. From 2008 until 2010 he was the coordinator of the theme-based and interdisciplinary minor ‘cultural diversity’. In 2010 Mark was assigned as the course director BA Graphic Design and was part of the curriculum development team in 2012. Mark has done several lectures on graphic design and education, both in the Netherlands as well as international. In 2013 he got his Certificate Proficiency English, that allows him to teach and lecture in English on university level. In order to explore and develop the role as design researcher, Mark is currently studying at the MasterDesign at the Willem de Kooning Academy. Under the denominator of ‘post—race—ism’, he researches visual popular culture in relation to cultural diversity and Dutch identity. (see research in progress on: http://www.postracialism.com/).

Rianne Petter

Rianne Petter (1975) is a graphic designer and visual researcher who lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After her bachelor study (2002) in Graphic Design at Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam (NL), Rianne started working as an independent graphic designer on commissions from both the cultural and commercial circuit, in the areas of art, festivals and fashion. From 2002 until 2010 she frequently tutored at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University. In 2006 she started her visual research on the medium of the poster in collaboration with graphic designer René Put. This project was part of the research group ‘Art and Public Space’ of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. For three months, Petter and Put collected posters which were displayed throughout the city of Amsterdam, a total of 523 different posters. They carefully studied and deconstructed this collection, researched certain elements, isolated and then reconstructed them. The results of this study are published in the book ‘Poster Nº 524’ (2012). This book analyzes and constructs the framework and creative space of a poster. Poster Nº 524 is a how-to manual into the world of poster design, giving step-by-step insight into how posters work as a tool for visual communication. http://www.poster524.comPoster Nº 524 is part of the the exhibition “How Posters Work” in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Through Jan. 24, 2016.

Other Means

Other Means is a graphic design studio in New York City that work on identities, websites, exhibitions, and publications. In addition to our work with clients, we produce projects that investigate our fascination with language and design’s relationship with popular culture. In 2013, Other Means initiated the New York iteration of Typography Summer School — an annual, weeklong intensive graphic design workshop and lecture series.

Gary Fogelson
Gary received his BFA in Communication Design from Pratt Institute in 2004, and has taught typography, graphic design, and editorial illustration in that same department since 2008. He has been a guest critic at Yale, SVA, and Cooper Union. In 2011 he co-curated Change the Channel: WCVB-TV 1972–1982, an exhibition at apexart in New York. Prior to Other Means, Gary worked as a designer at Open, and served as an art director for the New York Times Op-Ed page.

Phil Lubliner
Phil graduated with a BFA from Pratt Institute. He currently teaches graphic design in the Communications Design program at Pratt. Prior to Other Means, Phil worked as a designer at R/GA, Framfab Copenhagen, Honest, Brand New School, and was one-half of the design studio Fogelson-Lubliner, whose clients included Bloomberg View, The New York Times, Good Magazine, Emeco, and The Van Alen Institute.

Ryan Waller
Ryan received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Yale University. While at Yale, he received the Mark Whistler Memorial Prize. In between schools, he was the first creative hire at Mother’s New York office. In 2012, he was a Fulbright Fellow in Switzerland, focusing on publishing and book design. He teaches in the master’s programs at Pratt and Yale, and also at RISD.

Andrew Losowsky

Andrew Losowsky is the Project Lead of The Coral Project, an open-source collaboration between Mozilla, The New York Times and The Washington Post to reimagine community and comments for publishers of all sizes. He has worked on digital products at News Corp and The Huffington Post, and was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. He’s also an artist, and has worked closely with designers to create a pop-up magazine based on a volcano, a museum set in a street, a festival of independent publishing, a printed time capsule, and a human-sized board game about city development. Among his many books, he’s written about infographics, editorial design, book covers, indie publishing, and Italian doorbells. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Journalism+Design program at The New School in New York City, where he teaches Stealth Journalism. Twitter: @losowsky

Tian Yu

Graphic Design, Wuhan Donghu University, 2013. Trained as a pianist, Tian Yu’s interests include semiotics, architecture, animation, literature, design for special needs, and music. She makes work to empower people: she created an app to help deaf people visualize music, she volunteers to work with the deaf community, and she has designed a puzzle game using numbers and graphics to help this demographic build logic skills and visual and spatial perception.

Animated Museum Campaign

In this public project, GD MFA designers created short looping visitors to post on Instagram, celebrating the opening of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s exhibition How Posters Work (May-December 2015). The videos were released on Instagram over a period of months by Cooper Hewitt’s social media director, Greg Gestner. Collectively, our videos garnered thousands of likes and helped build interest around the exhibition. Each video explores one of fourteen design concepts that form the basis of the exhibition, from “Focus the eye” and “Activate the diagonal” to “Tell a story.” Exhibition curated by Ellen Lupton.

HPW_Instagram_Compilation from Ellen Lupton on Vimeo.

Triboro

Triboro is the Brooklyn based design duo of David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler. Natives of Texas and Germany, David and Stefanie attract a global client base ranging from innovative start-ups to respected international brands. Recent Triboro projects include a Nike logo for New York City, branding the fashion labels BLK DNM, Everlane and William Rast, art directing the Style Manual for GQ, illustrating international campaigns for Stella Artois and HSBC, designing albums for Blonde Redhead and James Iha, as well as materials for MoMA and the Dia Art Foundation. In addition to client work, they both teach branding at Parsons in NYC and pursue self-initiated experiments such as their One-Color Subway Map and Triboro Leftovers. Triboro’s partners have received numerous industry awards including being named ADC Young Guns. Their work has been featured in publications and exhibitions around the world.

Chen Yu Wins 2015 GD MFA Thesis Prize

3D-printed letterforms, "Typography is what language looks like"

3D-printed letterforms, “Typography is what language looks like”

Congratulations to Chen Yu for winning MICA’s 2015 Graphic Design Thesis Prize. awarded each year by the graduate faculty and guest critics to an outstanding thesis project. Critic Abbott Miller commented on Chen Yu’s work, “The attention to subtlety of detail, materials, installation, and execution makes this a stand-out project. The project is restrained yet dramatic.” You can see other amazing work by MICA’s Class of 2015 at http://thesis2015.micadesign.org/

Imaginary Museum

Imaginary Museum is a collaboration between Graphic Design MFA and Curatorial Practice MFA at MICA. The project results in an exhibition and book. Curators brainstorm ideas for museums of the future and pitch their ideas to the graphic designers. Teams pair up, and the designers work to create visual brand “stories” about the museum concepts, materializing the museums through designs for logos, products, exhibitions, apps, signage, and more. Ellen Lupton and Marcus Civin, Faculty.

Imaginary Museum 2015, photo by Dan Meyers, MICA

Imaginary Museum 2015, photo by Dan Meyers, MICA

Imaginary Museum 2015, photo by Dan Meyers, MICA

Imaginary Museum 2015, photo by Dan Meyers, MICA

Imaginary Museum 2015, photo by Dan Meyers, MICA

Imaginary Museum 2015, photo by Dan Meyers, MICA

Imaginary Museum 2015, photo by Dan Meyers, MICA

Imaginary Museum 2015, photo by Dan Meyers, MICA

Imaginary Museum 2015, photo by Dan Meyers, MICA

Imaginary Museum 2015, photo by Dan Meyers, MICA

Imaginary Museum 2015, photo by Dan Meyers, MICA

Imaginary Museum 2015, photo by Dan Meyers, MICA

Imaginary Museum 2015, photo by Dan Meyers, MICA

Imaginary Museum 2015, photo by Dan Meyers, MICA

Imaginary Museum 2015, photo by Dan Meyers, MICA

Imaginary Museum 2015, photo by Dan Meyers, MICA

Ze Wang

MA Visual Communication, Hubei University of Technology, 2015; BA, Visual Communication, Jianghan University, 2012. This amazing book designer is a master of typography and a connoisseur of the printed page. His BA thesis project, Folded Book, questioned the relationship between the physical form of a book and the behavior of readers by inviting them to fold, combine, remix and recreate the book’s printed pages. Many of Ze’s projects explore the cultural significance of design and its role in a global society.

Type on Screen

GD MFA students and faculty have published a series of books about design in partnership with Princeton Architectural Press. Our latest title, Type on Screen, is now available for purchase on Amazon. The book was written, designed, and produced by GD MFA students and faculty.

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