SVA’s design programs are posting some big wins. The MFA Design Department’s booth at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair beat out over 600 other exhibitions to win the Best Booth Award. Its Chair Project display re-purposed raw wood IKEA-brand chairs based on contemporary cultural touchstones like disco, suburbia and machismo. And the Art Directors Club (ADC) has announced the winners of this year’s Corbis Creativity for Social Justice Awards, and recent graduate James Kyungmo Yang (BFA 2007 Graphic Design) has won an ADC Silver Cube for his project based on the Darfur Genocide Campaign, an organization dedicated to raising public awareness about the atrocities in Darfur. Yang’s poster campaign expressed the loss of life in Darfur through graphic symbols and the slogan “400,000 killed and still going.” The artwork consists of a succession of posters featuring red check marks, visually suggesting the number of lives lost; the red check marks are also used as the campaign’s logo.
Another prestigious award has gone to new faculty member Michael Beirut (MFA Design Criticism Department). He is the winner of the Design Mind Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards, which each year honors the best in American design. The Design Mind Award recognizes a visionary who has affected a paradigm shift in design thinking or practice through writing, research and scholarship. Beirut, who is a partner at the renowned New York City design firm Pentagram, won on the basis of his substantial body of critical writing and graphic design work.