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Mar 9, 2012

D-Crit Conference

Eventually Everything : The 2012 D-Crit Conference

Date: May 2, 12:30-7:00 pm, 2012
Venue: Visual Arts Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street

No charge for admission; Registration required
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The 2012 D-Crit Conference, featuring graduating students of the SVA MFA in Design Criticism, and moderated by Change Observer co-editor Julie Lasky, will take place on May 2, 2012 at the Visual Arts Theatre in New York City. This year’s conference is comprised of four themed panels, each introduced by keynote speakers, including media historian Stuart Ewen; Pentagram partner Michael Bierut; 2×4 founding partner Michael Rock; cultural historian Jeffrey Schnapp; monologuist Mike Daisey; and Interboro Partners principal Daniel D’Oca.

Topics to be addressed include the absence of firearms in design collections, the persistence of an anti-ornament bias in architectural discourse, Main Street USA as rhetorical trope, and the need for designers to make repairable products.

Register today and join D-Crit faculty, students, and guest speakers for a richly programmed afternoon of provocation, insight, and inspiration.

Panel 1 : Calculated Nostalgia

Keynote Speaker: Stuart Ewen
Anna Kealey, Unpacking the Pastoral Food Package: Myth-Making in Graphic Design
Ann Weiser, Main Street, USA and the Power of Myth
Katya Mezhibovskaya, Collection/Recollection: On the Place and Meaning of Nostalgia in Home Merchandising and the Domestic Interior

Panel 2: Working/Not Working

Keynote speaker: Daniel D’Oca
Derrick Mead, Designing for Repair: Things can be Fixed
Erin Routson, Towers to Town Homes: Public Housing, Policy, and Design in the US

Panel 3: Speaking Surfaces

Keynote speaker: Michael Bierut
Keynote speaker: Michael Rock
Cheryl Yau, Provocative Performances: A Close Reading of Figurative Typography
Julia van den Hout, Graphic Ornament in Interior Architecture

Panel 4: Man, Machine, Morality

Keynote speaker: Mike Daisey
Keynote speaker: Jeffrey Schnapp
Amna Siddiqui, Whiz Kids: Exploring New Definitions of Touch Through Intelligent Play
Tara Gupta, Honed/Toned: A Critique of Fitness Culture
Barbara Eldredge, Missing the Modern Gun: Object Ethics in Collections of Design

Last year’s conference featured a panel with Paola Antonelli, Linda Tischler, Olympia Kazi, Rob Walker, John Seabrook, and Bjarke Ingels. View videos of Present Tense: The 2011 D-Crit Conference here.

D-Crit Conference Moderator

Julie Lasky is co-editor of Change Observer, a Web site devoted to design for social impact, supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in association with the Winterhouse Foundation. At D-Crit she teaches Reporting on Design and Social Change and will be a core faculty member of the SVA Design Writing and Research Intensive, June 18–29.

D-Crit Conference Keynote Speakers

Michael Bierut is a partner in the international design consultancy Pentagram and a co-founder of the online design magazine Design Observer. A selection of his pithy essays has been collected under the title Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007). Michael has taught blogging at D-Crit and lectured on Design, Writing, Teaching: Not my Real Job.

Mike Daisey has created over fifteen monologues, including the critically-acclaimed The Last Cargo Cult and the twenty-four-hour feat All the Hours in the Day. His latest work, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, which combines autobiographical musings with a hard-edged expose of how iPhones are made in Chinese factories has been staged at New York’s Public Theatre and recently aired on This American Life. It was called “the best new play of the year” by the Washington Post, and was recognized as one of the year’s best theater pieces by The New York Times.

Stuart Ewen is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies at Hunter College, and in the Ph.D. Programs in History, Sociology and American Studies at The CUNY Graduate Center. He helped define the field of Media Studies with books such as PR! A Social History of Spin (1996), All Consuming Images: The Politics of Style in Contemporary Culture (1987; 1999), and Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture (1976).

Daniel D’Oca is Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Design School, Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory & Criticism at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Principal and co-founder of Interboro Partners, an architecture, planning, and research firm. Daniel, who specializes in the politics of the contemporary built environment in America, has been a guest critic at D-Crit in Karrie Jacobs’ Urban Curation class and, with the other principals of Interboro, has lectured on Advocacy and Pluralism in Architecture.

Michael Rock is a founding partner and Creative Director at 2×4, and Director of the Graphic Architecture Project at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Michael, whose expertise spans graphic design and architecture, has lectured at D-Crit on Superficiality: Dematerialization and Branded Surfaces.

Jeffrey Schnapp is the faculty director of metaLAB at Harvard, a research and teaching collaborative dedicated to exploring networked culture in the arts and humanities. His most recent books are Speed Limits (Skira) and The Electric Information Age Book (Princeton Architectural Press). Also forthcoming in 2012 is Digital Humanities (MIT Press), a book co-written with Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, and Todd Presner.

The conference website, with full speaker bios, confirmed schedule, and presentation descriptions, to launch soon!

D-Crit Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2012

The MFA in Design Criticism at the School of Visual Arts is a pioneering two-year graduate program that trains students to research, analyze, and evaluate design and its social and environmental implications. Study with some of the best design writers and thinkers of our time, including MoMA’s senior curator of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli, “Design Mind” National Design Award winner Ralph Caplan, Metropolis contributing editor Karrie Jacobs, and Change Observer co-editor Julie Lasky. Learn how to curate an exhibition, produce a radio segment, launch a blog, edit a publication, host a lecture series, and stage a major conference. Understand the forces shaping contemporary design and immerse yourself in the controversies that challenge it; find your personal voice, hone your writing skills, and develop your critical stance. Join D-Crit alumni working as editors, curators, researchers, managers, educators, and bloggers. Apply today!

Feb 10, 2012

D-Crit Events 2012

Design Writing and Research Summer Intensive

Jun 18 – 29, 2012
School of Visual Arts
New York City

D-Crit is pleased to announce a design writing and research intensive aimed at those who would like to refine their skills as thinkers, researchers and storytellers. For practicing designers, this is a chance to examine the profession and its impact through projects, articles and blog posts. For journalists and writers, this program offers methods and insights for understanding and writing compellingly about images, objects and spaces.

Each participant in this richly programmed two-week intensive will have a workstation in the light-filled D-Crit studio in New York’s Chelsea district, and the opportunity to study with renowned writers and editors such as Julie Lasky, Mimi Zeiger, Steven Heller, Alice Twemlow, and Justin Davidson.

Spend two weeks in the D-Crit studio this summer learning how to write engagingly about design. This carefully curated intensive offers students and working professionals a unique opportunity to work with a faculty composed of leading writers, editors and bloggers. Participants will be introduced to a range of writing genres and a spectrum of imaginative approaches. Working individually and in small groups they will experiment with essential techniques such as interviewing, archive research, close observation, analysis, and critique, and then develop and finesse several projects across a range of media. In addition to personal work, participants will also collaborate to create a downloadable publication.

Faculty and lecturers include: Steven Heller, Alice Twemlow, Julie Lasky, Adam Harrison Levy, Geoff Manaugh, Paul Lukas, Mimi Zeiger.

In addition to a packed daily schedule of workshops and lectures, participants will also go on field trips to architectural sites and exhibitions, and visit the studios of such acclaimed design studios as Local Projects, Carin Goldberg Design, Biber Architects, and Maharam. Each participant will have a workstation in the D-Crit studio in New York’s Chelsea district, and 24-hour access to department resources, including its extensive library. By the end of the program, participants will have completed several pieces of writing, contributed to a publication, formulated ideas for stories, and garnered a robust set of tools and approaches for writing authoritatively and imaginatively about design.

The SVA Design Writing and Research Summer Intensive welcomes applications from students and working professionals alike. If you care about design and language, and are interested in learning how to write meaningfully about products, graphics, urban infrastructure, and buildings with instructors such as Steven Heller, Julie Lasky, Justin Davidson, and Ellen Lupton, then consider applying to this two- week intensive today! Applications are due April 1.

136 West 21st Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10011

Nov 29, 2011

D-Crit Events 2011

Announcing Dress, the second SVA D-Crit chapbook

Untangling the sartorial signifiers and unique style of public figures from various corners of the pop culture circuit-including Julian Schnabel, Dora the Explorer, Steve Jobs and Muammar al-Gadaffi-Dress assembles eleven essays by writers from the School of Visual Arts’ pioneering Design Criticism MFA program, with illustrations by Peter Arkle.

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Alan Rapp considers Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s bogus descent from metal maverick to Armani-toting sellout; Stephanie Jönsson judges Pope Benedict XVI’s wardrobe more aesthetic than ascetic; and Angela Riechers recalls the moment when Karl Lagerfeld lost the Fan—and the fat. Whether art directed by stylists or left to their own devices, each subject gives ample evidence that even if clothes don’t make the man, they certainly have an impact on the way we perceive the man.

Dress, the second installment in D-Crit’s chapbook series, includes essays generated in Criticism Lab, a course taught by Andrea Codrington Lippke, a writer specializing in visual culture and a regular contributor to the New York Times. Lippke edited Dress with D-Crit ’11 graduate Aileen Kwun, a pop culture and design critic who received the Winterhouse Writing Award last fall for her analytical essay on the architectural nature of Lady Gaga’s fashion sensibility.

Dress was designed by Walker Design and Matthew Rezac in Minneapolis. On November 16, the publication was officially launched with a series of readings and a party at the appropriately stylish Bumble and bumble headquarters in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

Copies available for purchase at lulu.com.

Stephanie Murg, “Back to the Future, Fashionably: Brand Identity, Star Designers, and the Bottom Line in Luxury Goods”

Nov 29, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
136 West 21st Street, 2nd Floor
Register at dcrit.eventbrite.com

Don’t miss Stephanie Murg at D-Crit, where she will speak on the evolving role of the designer/creative director, brand identity and big business in the global fashion and luxury goods markets.

Murg, whose interests lie at the nexus of art, design, fashion and capital markets, is a New York–based writer and art advisor. Her work has appeared in such publications as ARTnews, Art+Auction, Smithsonian and the Architect’s Newspaper. She is also the co-editor of UnBeige, a design blog that has been featured in Newsweek and the New York Times. In her art consulting practice, Murg advises clients on collecting modern and contemporary art and design and the dynamics of the international art market.

The Fall 2011 Design Criticism MFA Lecture Series is open to the public. You are warmly invited to attend our lectures and to meet with speakers, faculty members and students over drinks in the Reading Room. Find a list of remaining lectures for Fall 2011 and check out videos of previous D-Crit lectures at dcrit.sva.edu. Attendees must register.

See Something, Say Something: Apply to D-Crit for Fall 2012

The deadline for Fall 2012 applications is January 20. We welcome applicants from a range of academic backgrounds whose diverse experiences enrich the debate. The program is suited to anyone with a passionate interest in design and its social implications. Students come to D-Crit to deepen their understanding of the designed environment, to hone their skills in writing and critical thinking, to work alongside New York’s best-respected editors, authors, critics, and historians, and to communicate their unique perspectives through a range of media, including exhibitions, radio podcasts, events, blogs and books.

Students have won prestigious awards including the Winterhouse Design Writing Award, The Design History Society Essay Prize, and the AOL 25 for 25 Grant, and have gone on to work as editors, curators, educators, studio managers, researchers, and writers at organizations including Domus, Vitra Design Museum, Architect’s Newspaper, Metropolis, OMA, RISD, Pratt, Rutgers, Etsy, Curbed, and Experimenta Design International Biennale.

If you have any questions about your application or would like to meet with the department chair and tour the department, please do not hesitate to contact dcrit@sva.edu or 212.592.2228.

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D-Crit Conference New York

Featuring: Paola Antonelli, senior curator of Design and Architecture, MoMA; Bjarke Ingels, BIG’s founder architect; Olympia Kazi, executive director, Van Alen Institute; John Seabrook, The New Yorker; Linda Tischler, senior editor, Fast Company; Rob Walker, The New York Times Magazine contributor; Adam Harrison Levy, documentary film producer; The D-Crit Class of 2011.

Arrive early for a limited edition Baggu bag designed by Walker Design, a copy of the first D-Crit chapbook, At Water’s Edge, and delicious coffee and snacks provided by Cafe Grumpy. Stay late for a sumptuous reception hosted by GD Cucine at their Chelsea flagship showroom.


D-Crit Conference New York City – 2010

Crossing The Line : The 2010 D-Crit Conference

Apr 30, 2010

Visual Arts Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, New York City

Join us on April 30 for the first annual School of Visual Arts Design Criticism MFA conference, organized by the D-Crit class of 2010, and moderated by WNYC’s “Studio 360” host Kurt Andersen.

Visionary design thinker John Thackara will deliver a keynote address on contemporary critical practice, setting the stage for the 15 graduating D-Crit students, who present on their thesis topics. Their subjects-ranging from the design of personal memorial objects to the use of smell as a communicative tool in design and architecture, and from design and visual language in the films of Jean-Luc Godard to the applications and implications of car sharing-will fascinate, delight and provoke. We invite you to join the discussion.

The fast-paced, daylong event takes place at the new SVA Theatre, designed by Milton Glaser, and is open to the public. Join D-Crit students, program faculty, and other design professionals for a meeting of the minds that will re-chart the future of design discourse.


Kurt Andersen is the co-creator and host of the Peabody Award-winning “Studio 360,” WNYC and Public Radio International’s radio program about arts and culture. His most recent book is Reset (Random House, 2009). He is the author of the best-selling novels Heyday (Random House, 2007), winner of the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction, andTurn of the Century (Random House, 1999). He has also created network television programs, and written screenplays and stage plays. As an editor, he co-founded Spy, Inside.com and Very Short List, and served as editor-in-chief of New York magazine and editorial director for Colors.

He has been a columnist for New York and The New Yorker, as well asTime’s architecture and design critic, and is a contributing editor toVanity Fair. He sits on the boards of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Pratt Institute, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, served last year as Visionary in Residence at the Art Center College of Design and holds an honorary doctorate from the Rhode Island School of Design.

John Thackara studied philosophy, and trained as a journalist, before working for ten years as a book and magazine editor. John was the first Director (1993-1999) of the Netherlands Design Institute. He was programme director in 2007 of Designs of the time (Dott 07) a new biennial in Northeast England. In 2008 he was commissioner of City Eco Lab at Cite du Design in St Etienne, the most important French design biennial. John is a an Associate of The Young Foundation, UK; senior advisor on sustainability to the UK Design Council; and an advisor on sustainability indicators to Agence France Presse. His most recent book is In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World (MIT Press).

The conference is partly a débutante event for the students—to give them an opportunity to show their work to potential employers, collaborators and publishers—partly an exercise in conference organization, since students are charged with curating the conference themselves, and partly an event for a wider public interested in new developments in design discourse.

Design Criticism Department
School of Visual Arts
209 East 23 Street
New York, NY 10010-3994

Location: 209 East 23 Street, New York City, NY, USA

MFA in Design Criticism
The new MFA in Design Criticism at the School of Visual Arts is now accepting applications for Fall 2010. This innovative two-year program trains students to research, analyze, and evaluate design and its social and environmental implications. Study with some of the best design writers and thinkers of our time, including: “Studio 360? host and author Kurt Andersen; MoMA’s design curator Paola Antonelli; former editor of I.D. Magazine Ralph Caplan; Metropolis contributing editor Karrie Jacobs; and architecture critic Justin Davidson

New York City Architecture – Selection

Guggenheim Museum, East Harlem
Frank Lloyd Wright Architects
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Guggenheim Museum Building

New Museum of Contemporary Art – Extension, SoHo
SANAA architects
Museum of Contemporary Art New York
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Museum of Contemporary Art Manhattan

New York State Architecture Designs

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