As the MFA Design Criticism Department continues preparations for its inaugural D-Crit Conference, the program is presenting its spring 2010 lecture series. Following recent visits to the department by design curator Zoë Ryan and Design Trust for Public Space Executive Director Deborah Marton, upcoming lectures include E Pluribus Unum: Creating Design Policy in the U.S.A., a talk by Casey Jones, director of Design Excellence and the Arts for the U.S. General Services Administration (Tuesday, March 30); Defining the Story, a discussion with designers Brian Collins and John Fulbrook (Tuesday, April 6); and On the Design of Certain Films about Design, a talk by independent filmmaker Gary Hustwit (Tuesday, April 13). All D-Crit lectures take place at 136 West 21st Street, 2nd Floor, 6 – 8pm; admission is free, but please RSVP to 212.592.2228 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for a complete list of scheduled lectures.
In addition to the designers and critics coming to SVA, the design critics on the department’s faculty are popping up outside the College. Faculty member Paola Antonelli recently posted to MoMA’s Inside/Out blog about the museum’s decision to add the @ symbol to its collection; click here to read her thoughts on the unlikely acquisition of a typographical icon. And in a story about the MoMA acquisition, the U.K. newspaper The Independent turned to Department Chair Alice Twemlow for her insights; read it here.