Decoding Design with D-Crit

February 23, 2010

On Tuesday, March 2, the MFA Design Criticism Department kicks off its spring lecture series with design curator Zoë Ryan from The Art Institute of Chicago. The design blog UnBeige raves about “the outstanding line-up of speakers,” which includes documentary filmmaker Gary Hustwit (Helvetica, Objectified) and branding authority Brian Collins. Equally noteworthy is that this series has been organized by first-year students in the department, who will also introduce the speakers.

Gary Hustwit

“It always begins with people we personally find interesting,” says student Vera Sacchetti. “Students came to the table with ideas of possible lecturers, presented them to one another, and collectively curated a group of speakers that would present a variety of perspectives in the application of design criticism. They were chosen for different reasons: their backgrounds, careers, personalities and perspectives.”

“We are interested in exploring how design criticism cuts across fields,” notes student Kim Birks, adding, “The boundaries of design criticism are still being defined and that in itself is exciting.”

The complete schedule can be found here. The lectures take place at the MFA Design Criticism Department, 136 West 21st Street, 2nd floor, and are free and open to the public. Each talk is followed by an informal reception with refreshments. Reservations are encouraged and can be made at For more information, please call 212.592.2228.

Image:  Photo of Gary Hustwit by Brigid Hughes

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