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D-Crit in the Media

Published: 8 Dec 2011

Rick Poynor gets critical about the design critic’s education; Vera Sacchetti tells why, oftentimes, social design as we know it is not good enough; Aileen Kwun explains how D-Crit lived up to her expectations; Steve Heller insists that Google will never replace hands-on involvement (hence his “No Google” research class)… Read on in recent articles [...]

D-Crit Chapbook Launch: Dress

Published: 28 Nov 2011

D-Crit is thrilled to announce the launch of its second Chapbook, Dress.
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, [...]

Shax Riegler’s “Dish: 813 Colorful, Wonderful Dinner Plates”

Published: 1 Nov 2011

“Warning: this book may induce dish mania,” begins D-Crit instructor and House Beautiful editor Shax Riegler’s globe-trotting, century-hopping celebration of the art of the dinner plate. Published by Artisan Press, Dish: 813 Colorful, Wonderful Dinner Plates, is full of useful tips for collecting, repairing, and storing dishes – as well as a lively history of [...]

Published: D-Crit student Julia van den Hout launches CLOG

Published: 20 Oct 2011

CLOG is a new publication with a unique focus: each issue explores from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now. Co-founded by D-Crit student Julia van den Hout, the first issue is a critical examination of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), by over 40 diverse contributors. To get [...]

Superscript: New Design Communications Consultancy by 2011 D-Crit Grads

Published: 10 Aug 2011

From D-Crit instructor Alexandra Lange’s 8.10.11 Design Observer post: Four enterprising 2011 graduates of D-Crit have started a design communications consultancy called Superscript, and have decided to launch in a both public and critical way: with the Architecture and Design Book Club (ADBC). It meets next Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. [...]

D-Crit grad Vera Sacchetti Wins 2011 Design History Society Postgraduate Prize

Published: 3 Aug 2011

We are proud to announce that class of 2011 D-Crit graduate Vera Sacchetti has won the Design History Society postgraduate prize for D-Crit graduate thesis paper “Design Crusade,”which she presented at SVA in April. This prestigious honor awards a bursary from the Design History Society, as well as a place at the  DHS conference 2011 (on Design [...]

Chappell Ellison in GOOD (and on NPR): Can Designers Save the World Without Creating More Stuff?

Published: 3 Aug 2011

D-Crit graduate Chappell Ellison (class of 2010), was interviewed on yesterday’s Colin McEnroe Show, “The Check-Out Lane Experience.” Last month she authored a related article for GOOD magazine on about the designer’s role as problem-solvers, and users of what’s at hand (rather than what’s additionally produced) to reach a solution.

Student Blogs Get Big Media Shout-Outs

Published: 13 Jun 2011

In the second semester of their first year, D-Crit students take a Blogging Workshop instructed by media maven Elizabeth Spiers. Several blogs started this Spring (which students have kept active since) have already received some serious media mentions. Barbara Eldredge’s Museummonger was called out in New York Magazine’s comments page. And Amna Siddiqui’s blog, Whoa, [...]

Adam Harrison Levy and ICP’s Hiroshima Exhibition

Published: 8 Jun 2011

The International Center for Photography’s current exhibition “Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945” is grabbing major media attention, and for good reason. Originally instigated by a Design Observer essay on the subject by D-Crit instructor and documentary film producer Adam Harrison Levy, this striking show includes some 60 once-classified prints drawn from photo archive (with a fascinating [...]

Steven Heller Honored as Design Mind by 2011 National Design Awards, Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Published: 26 May 2011

Steven Heller, D-Crit faculty and co-founder, and author and editor of more than 130 books on graphic design, art and popular culture, is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum Design Mind award. This prestigious honor “recognizes visionary individuals that have affected a shift in design thinking or practice through writing, [...]


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