Tuesday, May 3, 7 PM

Richard Danne & Michael Bierut discuss the long-awaited release of The 1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue

Richard Danne served as Design Director for the redesign of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the firm Danne & Blackburn received a Presidential Award for Design Excellence for the program. In 2014, Richard was awarded the AIGA Medal, the highest honor in design. His book Dust Bowl To Gotham resides in AIGA's permanent archives. The 2016 reissue of this beautiful manual includes an introduction by Mr. Danne and the exclusive, never-before-released presentation.

Michael Bierut is a partner at Pentagram and is a Senior Critic in Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art. His monograph How To was published by Thames & Hudson and Harper Design in 2015.

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Friday May 6, 7 PM

Isaac Mizrahi & Chee Pearlman: A landmark survey of the work of a trailblazing American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur

The Jewish Museum’s Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History is the first exhibition to focus on the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur. On view from March 18 to August 7, 2016, the exhibition explores Isaac Mizrahi’s unique position at the intersection of high style and popular culture. While best known for his clothing designs, Mizrahi’s creativity has expanded over a nearly three decade career to embrace acting, directing, set and costume design, writing, and cabaret performance. Spanning his first collection in 1987 to the present day, An Unruly History weaves together the many threads of his prolific career, juxtaposing work in fashion, film, television, and the performing arts.

Joining Isaac in conversation will be journalist, conference creator and curator of the Jewish Museum’s exhibit, Chee Pearlman. After a legendary stint as editor-in-chief of I.D. Magazine, she's now the director of Chee Company, a New York-based editorial and design consultancy, and the curator of the Curry Stone Design Prize, an annual $100,000 grant that recognizes designers creating social impact. As director of four conferences at the Art Center College of Design, she explored narratives such as "Serious Play," "Radical Craft" and "Stories from the Source." She was a 2011 Harvard Loeb Fellow, and is now developing a conference for 2012 in and about Detroit.

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Monday, May 9, 7 PM

Annabelle Selldorf, Michael Bierut, and David Breslin discuss Selldorf Architects Portfolio and Projects

Annabelle Selldorf is the principal of Selldorf Architects, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and serves on the Board of the Architectural League of New York and the Chinati Foundation. Selldorf Architects has become known for galleries, cultural projects, as well as private homes. The book is a newly-shot, full color portfolio by renowned photographer Todd Eberle and is complimented by an in-depth look at the story behind 30 selected projects, including architectural plans and sketches.

Check out some of Annabelle’s work below:

Q&A Hauser Wirth & Schimmel's inside edge: Architect Annabelle Selldorf's quiet spaces are the grand gesture
Annabelle Selldorf’s Latest Design for Steinway & Sons

Michael Bierut is a partner at Pentagram and is a Senior Critic in Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art. He was the lead designer for the Selldorf Architects eponymous monograph and will be joining Annabelle to discuss the release of the book and her illustrious career.

David Breslin is the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Chief Curator at Menil Collection’s Drawing Institute. David will moderate the conversation between Annabelle and Michael

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Friday, May 13, 7 PM

Patricia Gucci, granddaughter of the founder of the House of Gucci, tells the buried history of the family that’s defined Italian glamour

The result is the deeply personal Patricia Gucci’s story—love child of Aldo Gucci, the trailblazing businessman who transformed his father’s small Florentine luggage company into a worldwide luxury powerhouse, spirited away to Rome and raised in ignorance of her father’s other life—left her to fill in the blanks of her family’s history with In the Name of Gucci: A Memoir. “It wasn’t until I was about ten years old that I was told by my mother that my beloved Papa’, whom I saw regularly and adored, was married to another woman and had another family,” says Patricia. “There were always so many unanswered questions about my childhood; in fact, until recently it was just one big black hole.” In the Name of Gucci offers an unprecedented look at the secret history of one of the longest-running and most vaunted houses of fashion.

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Monday, May 16, 7 PM

Legends of New York City Design and Architecture

Authors Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith introduce a panel of elite New York City designers and architects. They’ll be discussing what it’s like to be in the industry; what brought each of them here; how things were when they initially started their careers; the evolution of the field over the years in New York. Guests include Seymour Chwast, Jack Lenor Larsen, and more.

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Tuesday May 17, 7 PM

Taking and Making: A Panel on Creativity

This panel of writer-designers will walk the audience through the process of being a creative: what it means for each of them, and how those measures and mechanisms can be applied for those of us willing to learn. The conversation will be moderated by Debbie Millman, President Emeritus of AIGA, author, and host of Design Matters, an award-winning program of interviews with eminent designers.

Steve Heller, author of The Graphic Design Idea Book: Inspiration from 50 Masters and many other titles, wears many hats: For 33 years he was an art director at the New York Times, originally on the OpEd Page and for almost 30 of those years with the New York Times Book Review. Currently, he is co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author Department, Special Consultant to the President of SVA for New Programs, and writes the Visuals column for the New York Times Book Review.

Peter Ahlberg, author of Please Make This Look Nice: The Graphic Design Process as an Act of Drawing.

Kyna Leski, author of The Storm of Creativity, has invested her life in navigating the creative process. She has done this through her teaching as a Professor of Architecture at The Rhode Island School of Design, through her design work as a founding principal of 3six0 Architecture and her practices as an artist, aspiring/practicing actor and writer.

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Thursday May 19, 7 PM

The Invention of Desire in Design

This incredible panel of heavy-hitting designers will discuss the invention of desire in design. Today, books on “design thinking” are best sellers, and computer and Web-based tools have expanded the definition of who practices design. Looking at objects, letterforms, experiences, and even theatrical performances, award-winning author Jessica Helfand asserts that understanding design's purpose is more crucial than ever. Design is meaningful not because it is pretty but because it is an intrinsically humanist discipline, tethered to the very core of why we exist. Advancing a conversation that is unfolding around the globe, Helfand offers an eye-opening look at how designed things make us feel as well as how—and why—they motivate our behavior.

Jessica Helfand is a designer, writer, and educator. She has written for numerous national publications, and is the author of several books on visual and cultural criticism including Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media and Visual Culture (2001), Reinventing the Wheel (2002) and the critically acclaimed Scrapbooks: An American History. Her next book, Design: The Invention of Desire, will be published in early 2016 by Yale University Press. A co-founder of Design Observer where, with Michael Bierut, she hosts the podcast The Observatory, Helfand is a Senior Critic in Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art, a Lecturer in Yale College, and a faculty affiliate in the History of Science. In 2015, she was appointed Artist in Residence at the Yale Institute for Network Science. Named the first Henry Wolf Resident in Design at the American Academy in Rome in 2010, Jessica Helfand is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and the Art Director’s Hall of Fame. She won the AIGA medal, the design profession’s highest honor, in 2013.

Paula Scher has been at the forefront of graphic design for more than three decades. Iconic, smart and unabashedly populist, her images have entered into the American vernacular. Scher has been a principal in the New York office of the distinguished international design consultancy Pentagram since 1991. She began her career as an art director in the 1970s and early '80s, when her eclectic approach to typography became highly influential. In the mid-1990s her landmark identity for The Public Theater fused high and low into a wholly new symbology for cultural institutions, and her recent architectural collaborations have re-imagined the urban landscape as a dynamic environment of dimensional graphic design.
The Great Disconnect

Ted Talks: Great Design is Serious, Not Solemn, 2008
Adobe Max Lecture, 2013
Do What You’ve Never Done Before, 2012
What Design Can Do, 2012

Eugenia Bell is Executive Editor at Design Observer. She was the design editor of frieze magazine from 2007–2013, and is a longtime editor of books on art, architecture, and graphic design. Her writing has appeared in frieze, Bookforum, Artforum, New York Magazine, and on Design Observer.

Julie Lasky is a journalist, editor and critic best known for her writings on design and popular culture. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Travel & Leisure, and many other publications. From 2012 to 2015, she was the deputy editor of the New York Times’s weekly Home section, for which she wrote a monthly column on new design called “The Details.” A widely published writer, she is the author of the books Irving Harper: Works in Paper (Skira/Rizzoli); Some People Can't Surf: The Graphic Design of Art Chantry (Chronicle Books) and Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle (Lars Müller). She co-authored, with Steven Heller, Borrowed Design: Use and Abuse of Historical Form (Wiley). She has taught in MFA programs at the School of Visual Arts and Rhode Island School of Design. She is a frequent speaker at international forums on subjects from voting machines to vintage paperbacks.

Véronique Vienne was a magazine art director in the USA when she began to write to better analyze and understand the work of the graphic designers, illustrators and photographers who collaborated with her. Today she writes books and conducts workshops on design criticism as a creative tool.

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