Angela Riechers entered the D-Crit program from the world of publication design. Upon graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in illustration, she gradually morphed into a magazine art director, working on titles such as the New York Times T, Harper’s, and Portfolio. A member of D-Crit’s inaugural class, she is a recipient of the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement, the SVA Alumni Scholarship, and a Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship.
Her thesis, Designing Grief: Personal Memorial Objects in the 21st Century, put forth the argument that mourning in contemporary society isn’t dead, it’s just buried. She presented a paper, Eternal Recall: Memorial Photography in the Digital Environment, to a workshop at the Computer Human Interface Conference (CHI) in April 2010.
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In the fall of 2010 Angela was awarded a $25,000 AOL 25 for 25 grant for her interactive multimedia proposal, Sites of Memory and Forgetting. Part public education, part memento mori, the project will highlight important but now forgotten personal memorial sites in cities across the world through a Web site and mobile apps. Interactive maps on the site will allow users to create and share their own uploaded images, audio, video, and more.
Her life post-grad incorporates teaching Architectural Criticism at New York University; writing for publications such as Print and Wallpaper; and designing iPad applications for the Hearst Corporation with New York design firm Priest+Grace.