THINKING CREATIVELY UNDER PRESSURE
Abbott Miller is a designer and writer who focuses on art, design, architecture, performance, and identity. He is a partner in the international design firm Pentagram, where he leads a team that creates exhibitions, digital media, publications, and environmental graphics. He has developed a series of apps that explore dance and choreography, working with dancers and musicians to conceive of the screen as a platform for performance He has published several books on design, including a monograph of his work called "Abbott Miller: Design and Content." He is the recipient of the AIGA Medal, the highest honor of his profession. Recent projects include the design of “Exhibitionism,” a traveling exhibition on the Rolling Stones, a new graphic identity for Baltimore Center Stage, and a new issue of Dance Ink magazine focused on the intersection of dance and lettering. He is the author of Dimensional Typography: Words in Space, and, Design for a Living World.
Abbott Miller's talk will be followed by an opening reception for his exhibition SIDESHOW in the Carl Berger Gallery, Center for Academic Success (CAS) building. 1st floor. All are welcome!
Max Friedman is a Robert Busch School of Design Alum now an Art Director at Droga5 in New York. He is the winner of six national design awards and one of the co-authors and head illustrator of the "Notes On..." Series of textbooks. He has worked for clients such as Blizzard, Under Armour, and Johnsonville.
DESIGNING AN AMERICA OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE
Cynthia E. Smith serves as Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s Curator of Socially Responsible Design. Trained as an industrial designer; for over a decade she led multi-disciplinary design and planning projects for cultural institutions; and after earning a graduate degree at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government joined Cooper Hewitt, where she integrates her work experience with her advocacy on human rights and social justice issues. She co-authored The Politics of Genocide: U.S. Rhetoric vs. Inaction in Darfur for the Kennedy School Review; co-organized the Social Impact Design Summit and white paper with the National Endowment for the Arts; co-curated the 2010 Design Triennial: Why Design Now?; curated the 2007 Design for the Other 90% exhibition;curated the 2011 Design with the Other 90%: CITIES at the United Nations; and most recently, By the People: Designing a Better America opened in 2016, which took her around the country researching the intersection of poverty, prosperity, innovation and design in America’s urban, rural and suburban communities. Named a "20/20 New Pioneer" by Icon design magazine she has served on numerous international design juries and lectured widely on socially responsible design.
Michael Graves Architecture & Design
Founded by AIA Gold Medalist Michael Graves and having celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2014, Michael Graves Architecture & Design (MGA&D) is recognized as one of the leading design firms in the world. By looking at every design opportunity aesthetically, empathetically and economically, MGA&D achieves transformative results for our clients. Focusing on the individual, we humanize design.
Offering a full spectrum of architectural design services, MGA&D’s iconic projects span the globe. The firm’s clients include Fortune 100 firms, international developers, educational institutions, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. In addition, MGA&D has brought over 2,500 products to market for clients such as Target, Alessi, Stryker and Disney. With over 300 awards for design excellence, MGA&D is a unique, highly integrated multidisciplinary practice that offers strategic advantages to clients worldwide.
- Patrick Burke
With the firm since 1982, Patrick Burke has been the lead designer for projects ranging from master plans for eco-sensitive resort developments to building designs that uniquely reflect both the identity and cultural character of the local environment. Recently, Patrick has been the Principal-in-Charge of Resorts World at Sentosa, a $4.4 billion integrated resort in Singapore. In addition to hotels and resorts, Patrick has extensive experience planning and designing high profile museums and other institutional, civic and corporate buildings. Currently, Patrick is developing master plans for several large scale projects in China.
- Karen Nichols
With the firm since 1977, Karen Nichols has been an integral member of multiple project teams. She was the Principal-in-Charge for the renovation and expansion of The Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey, the master plan of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2003, Karen was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the practice of architecture. Karen sits on the NJIT School of Architecture Board of Visitors. She has designed more than 35 exhibitions, and has edited seven monographs on the work of the firm.
- Megan Luce
Joining Michael Graves Architecture & Design in 2007, I bring over 13 years of experience in the design of office spaces, hotels, restaurants and residences and has worked on several of the firm’s signature hospitality projects, including the Nile Corniche and Sentosa World Resorts in Singapore. I design with the goal of integrating interiors into the architecture of the building to create seamless and unique solutions. Recognizing the importance of sustainable design, I believe that carrying the vision of the client through all the stages of design is critical and that a successful design solution is defined by the integration of sustainable concepts with cost effective and beautiful design solutions. I work closely with associate architects and consultants located overseas throughout the design and construction process.
- Stephanie Pryor
Stephanie believes that graphic design represents the intersection of business and art. Her mission as Art Director at MGA&D is to successfully communicate information and inspire individuals through graphic design. She brings close to 10 years of knowledge to her role, including print and advertising design, exhibition, signage and branding experience. Her exhibition design for The Franklin Institute was featured in the New York Times and won an excellence in exhibitions award from the American Alliance of Museums. Having learned the joy of solving problems creatively at Drexel University, Stephanie embraces MGA&D’s integrated design philosophy, believing that good design is human-centric. She collaborates with architects, interior, and product designers and enjoys watching the creative expression evolve into a successful solution.
- Sal Forgione
Sal joined MGA&D in 2012. For Sal, creativity is a way of life. As Marketing Communications Manager with the firm, he illustrates key institutional concepts through the use of dynamic language in an expressive style to convey design ideas for project pursuits across the firm’s disciplines. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts he has also contributed to many of the firm’s signature projects including textile design for CF Stinson and branding/identity for the Michael Graves Collection for JCPenney. Sal has also provided wayfinding and signage design for several of the firm’s healthcare clients.
- Jenn Lydell
Jenn Lydell has been part of the MGA&D team since 2014. With a professional background in industrial design, graphic design, production and manufacturing she has a keen understanding of big picture messaging and coordination of project teams. As Visual Communication Coordinator for the firm, Jenn focuses primarily on strategizing new project development pursuits while maintaining the firm’s branding and visual consistency. Jenn believes that with patience and thought any challenge can be overcome with design.
Lauren is committed to finely crafted projects having design ingenuity and integrity. She is a NY State licensed architect with LEED certification and the principal of Freecell Architecture, LLC. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, RISD, and currently at Parsons the New School for Design. Her passion for spatial logics is matched and balanced by her hands-on approach to material research.
John has been collaborating with Lauren for over fifteen years. He earned a degree from the Cooper Union and was awarded the Rome Prize and a MacDowell Residency. He teaches a studio at Parsons The New School for Design with Allan Wexler in the MFA program in Interior Design and a drawing course at the Cooper Union with Michael Webb. In 2015 he was invited by Wang Shu to lead a 4-week workshop in Hangzhou at the China Academy of Art.
As a Creative Director at 360i, Alex has led some of the most high profile creative to come out the agency. During her career she has created campaigns for clients like Starbucks, Target, GE, Mountain Dew, General Mills, AT&T, Sony, The Economist, Toyota and Nestlé. Alex’s work has been awarded numerous industry accolades for both creativity and effectiveness, including recognition in the Cannes Lions, The One Show, The Webby Awards, The Obie Awards, Andy Awards, AICP Next Awards, FWA, Young Lions, Communication ArtsAnnuals, Luerzer’s Archive, and the Advertising Research Foundation Grand Ogilvy Award. Her work has been featured Fortune, Creativity, and Adweek. And while she's proud of the press and recognition, making work that works for her clients is what truly motivates her. Prior to joining 360i, Alex held creative roles at agencies including BBDO, Gotham, and Saatchi&Saatchi. Outside of her advertising career Alex also co-created a jewelry line and boutique called Old Hollywood, voted “Best Jewelry in New York” by New York Magazine.