Thursday, October 30, 2008

AIGA Conference on "Social Studies"

Ellen Lupton, center, helped design a recent AIGA conference looking at connectivity in the design world. The Balitmore Chapter of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) hosted the conference in October 2008 called "Social Studies: Educating Designers in a Connected World."

This AIGA design educators' conference addressed the social life of design. Graphic designers work with clients, institutions, users, and communities to make things happen in the world. Yet education often focuses on the individual voice. How are we preparing students for a lifetime of working with and for other people? How are our students connecting to the world?

AIGA provided a relaxed and stimulating weekend of lively discussions, hands-on workshops, and informal activities. One of the keynote speakers was Steven Heller (far left) the most prolific design historian/critic/author who has written over 100 books about design.

The Social Studies conference was a project of AIGA, sponsored by Adobe Systems and hosted by the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) (right).

The Co-Chairs were Ellen Lupton, Director, Graphic Design MFA, MICA; author and editor of numerous books, including Thinking with Type and D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself, Jennifer Cole Phillips, Associate Director, Graphic Design MFA, MICA; co-author of Graphic Design: The New Basics; award-winning designer and Brockett Horne, Co-Chair, Graphic Design BFA, MICA; graphic designer and member of AIGA’s National Design Educator’s Committee.

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