Rick Poynor, “Writing with Pictures”


Rick Poynor, the British critic, writes about images, and selects and edits them for magazines, books, exhibitions, and his blog at Design Observer. He is also increasingly preoccupied, as a photographer, with making images himself. Just as designers can expand their practice through writing, he argues, so can writers in visual disciplines extend their practice by learning to write with images; pictures should be much more than an afterthought. He will show and discuss his photographs, often used as a starting point for Design Observer posts, and argue that a key task now for the visually aware writer is to build a closer critical relationship between words and pictures.

Visiting Professor in Critical Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art in London, Rick Poynor was the founding editor of Eye and a co-founder of Design Observer. He is a long-serving columnist for both Print and Eye, and has written about design and visual culture for Blueprint, Icon, Creative Review, Frieze, Financial Times, The Guardian, Adbusters, Harvard Design Magazine, and Metropolis. His books include the newly reissued critical study No More Rules (Yale University Press, 2003), the monograph Jan van Toorn: Critical Practice (010 Publishers, 2008), and the essay collections Design Without Boundaries (Booth-Clibborn Editions, 1998), Obey the Giant (Birkhauser, 2001), and Designing Pornotopia (Laurence King, 2006).

Each lecture is followed by a lively Q&A session and refreshments in the D-Crit Reading Room. Lectures are free and open to the public but you do need to register to reserve your space.

Also, please note the new start time of 6:30 p.m.

Event Information

When: 9 Apr 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Where: MFA Design Criticism Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
Price: Free and open to the public; Registration required

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