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Design Week 2021

Workshops

All workshops are free and open to the public but registration is required.

Workshop Title
Sabrina Hall, Product Design Manager, Justworks
Designing for the Changes You Want To See

Designing for the changes you want to see – an introduction to advocacy and inclusive design. 

 

Bio: Sabrina Hall is a creative leader, product design manager, professor and writer living in NYC. Currently she's a Product Design manager at Justworks. Sabrina is a Board Member for the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and previously served as co-chair of AIGA NY’s Mentoring program. She is also an Adjunct Professor at CUNY where she teaches design portfolio. She is an advocate for accessibility in design, creating opportunities for emerging designers and for equity within the field of design.

 

Date
Time
Location

Monday, March 29, 2021

9:30–11:30am

Online (registration required)

a detail from a data visualization show the map of the USA as well as a colorful pie chart
Joshua Korenblat, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
Visualizing Text

Learn how to turn text into data visualizations, by comparing two argumentative essays, using free and easy-to-use tools. Each participant will create a  sketchnote that shows the insights made through our text analysis.

W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington were famed black educators and thought leaders from the early 20th Century. They presented contrasting visions for the education of blacks in the south. W.E.B. DuBois believed that a liberal arts education was the best path to creating a flourishing future. Booker T. Washington stressed vocational and craft-based work instead, as the most practical way to move forward. In this workshop, we'll compare texts created by both authors, to see what simple, free, and easy-to-use tools can do to help us see big-picture insights into these worldviews. We'll see what's similar, what's different, what's mentioned most frequently, correlations, and storytelling arcs in the writing. We will also discuss pitfalls: what parts of verbal expression are difficult to analyze through these tools. At the end of the workshop, with guidance, each participant will make a simple sketchnote by hand that shares key insights from the workshop.

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Image credit: a detail from W.E.B. duBois's data visualization showing the economic plights of African-Americans, 1900.

Date
Time
Location

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

10am-12pm

Online (registration required)

Cover of a zine with sunflower drawings
Madeline Veitch, Metadata, Research & Zine Librarian
Less Zoom, More Zines: a "Quaranzine" Show and Tell

As low-budget, low-tech, author-designed texts, zines are well situated to the creative constraints of the past year. We'll dive into some of the zine projects that were born out of this time, looking at examples of digital zines, print zines, and community-based zine collaboration / swap projects that address lived experiences of pandemic life, BLM and social justice organizing, and more. We'll end by looking at a few resources to support zine-making for those interested in making their own #quaranzine.  

Image: Beyond the Sunflower Fields, a collaborative zine by the New Paltz community on living through 2020.

Date
Time
Location

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

12-1pm

Online (registration required)

needlework of old mac computer sad face icon
Anne Galperin, Associate Professor of Graphic Design
Mac Icon Mania!
Transform legacy Mac desktop icons to 3" x 3" needlepoint patches. No experience needed! Supplies provided for local pickup only. A supply list will be provided in advance for any remote attendees.

 

Date
Time
Location

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

7–8:30pm

Online (registration required)

Workshop Title
Nina Stössinger, Senior Typeface Designer, Frere-Jones Type
Type Crits
Senior Typeface Designer Nina Stössinger will lead critiques with students on their in-progress typefaces or typography work. Current students are welcome to join this critique session for one on one conversations about your type design or typography projects. Each student will have a specific 20 minute time slot but all participants are welcome to listen in on other student crits. 
Date
Time
Location

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

3-5pm

Online (registration required)

Design Society, the Graphic Design Student Club
UnDesign Workshop

As students, we are taught the basic rules of Graphic Design. But what happens when we bend or even break these rules? This workshop is a chance to go beyond that we are taught to follow, while still trying to make something intriguing. We will experiment with different rules while we learn to trust our own instinct in what makes "good design". All levels of experience are welcome so if you've ever been interested in testing the boundaries of design beyond what we're allowed in class, this workshop is for you. Open to everyone, regardless of major.

Date
Time
Location

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

7–9pm

Online (registration required)

a drawing of a whisk
Adriana Fratini, BFA GD '21
Community Cooking: Dessert Edition!

Join BFA Graphic Design senior Adriana Fratini for Community Cooking: Dessert Edition! For her senior thesis project, Adriana has been running a weekly online cooking club to help students feel more connected during the pandemic and is creating a zine with all of the recipes and participant outcomes. During this event, Adriana will lead the group in making a simple but delicious dessert. No fancy equipment needed and a supply list will be provided one week prior. Bon Appetit!

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Participants will receive a supply list one week prior to the event. 

Date
Time
Location

Thursday, April 1, 2021

7-8:30pm

Online, registration required

cover of a field guide notebook
Rob Mostransky (BFA 08, REMdesigns.nyc)
Field Notes from a Freelancer

Estimates, pitching, contracts, networking, clients, sub-contracting, accounting, taxes, morals, partnerships, lawyers, insurance, peers, life / work balance, equity, start-ups, etc… These are the ever-evolving elements and sometimes “chores” of being an Independent Freelance Graphic Designer.  

It’s a roller coaster ride with your feet dangling… Sometimes upside down.

This Q/A workshop will cover some small tricks and tips that alumni Rob Mostransky has personally picked up along the way upon venturing out on his own pursuit of working for himself.

Date
Time
Location

Friday, April 2, 2021

10am-11:30am

Online (registration required)

A woman presenting in front of an audience
Brianna Rascoe, BFA 15, Senior Designer, Kinesso
Internships, Jobs, Networking, Oh My!

This discussion-based workshop will cover best practices for job hunting and internships, putting together your portfolio, networking tips, and more! All students interested in design-related careers are welcome to attend.

Date
Time
Location

Friday, April 2, 2021

2-3pm

Online (registration required)

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