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Marc Fischer: Public Collectors and Publishing

Lecture and Q+A
October 4, 2021
5:30 pm

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Marc Fischer is the administrator of Public Collectors, an initiative he formed in 2007. Public Collectors aims to encourage greater access and scholarship for marginal cultural materials, particularly those that museums ignore. Public Collectors’ work includes the Library Excavations publication series and web project, Quaranzine—which produced 100 single page publications with over 75 collaborators at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Malachi Ritscher—a project about the late Chicago music documentarian and activist, produced for the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Public Collectors also initiated the Courtroom Artist Residency. For this project Fischer brought artists to observe Criminal Court in Chicago followed by a discussion over a meal at Taqueria El Milagro in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. The conversations were turned into a publication series: The Courtroom Artist Residency Report. Fischer recently completed the book Public Collectors Police Scanner, which is the result of 75 days of note-taking while listening to live police radio in Chicago.

In addition to Public Collectors, Fischer is also a member of the group Temporary Services (founded in 1998) and a partner in its publishing imprint Half Letter Press (ongoing since 2008). Temporary Services and Half Letter Press have produced over 125 publications and Fischer has created over 55 publications under the Public Collectors imprint. He is based in Chicago.




Past Lectures

Manuel Miranda: Identity and Place
Owner, Manuel Miranda Practice; 
Critic, Yale School of Art; 
Commissioner, Public Design Commission of the City of New York

Lecture and Q+A
Oct 1, 2020
7–8 pm

Manuel Miranda is a graphic designer and educator who works on graphic identities, websites, publications, signage, and exhibitions. He is a graphic design critic at the Yale School of Art, a mayoral appointee on the NYC Public Design Commission, and was previously vice-president of AIGA New York. Before starting his studio, he was a designer at Brand Integration Group at Ogilvy, and a design director at 2×4. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Design from the Yale School of Art, and a Bachelor of Arts with a focus in literature and linguistics from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.

Careful Work, Caring Work: Thick Press' Publishing Practice

Thick Press (Julie Cho & Erin Segal)
Lecture and Q+A
Oct 20, 2020
6–7:30 pm CST
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Thick Press makes unusual books about care work and the work of care. We are Julie Cho (a graphic designer) and Erin Segal (a social worker).

Julie has an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale School of Art. She is part of a three-woman graphic design studio called Omnivore, Inc. She also teaches graphic design at Otis College of Art and Design and cares for her daughters, Yoona and Cleo. Julie lives in LA with her children and her husband, David.

Erin is a social worker and an independent social work academic. After completing a Ph.D. in social work in 2015 and serving as an adjunct professor at Catholic University and Smith College, Erin turned her attention towards caregiving, creative work, and direct practice with low-income senior citizens. She lives in Washington, DC, with her children, Nora and Teddy, and her husband, Michael.

Oral > Typographic >> Unknowable >>> 

Klehwetua Rodney Sayers & Emily Luce explore the collision of worlds
Lecture + Q+A
Oct 22, 2020
7–8 pm CST
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Emily Luce is an independent designer, artist, and researcher located in Port Alberni, British Columbia. She is an expert collaborator, working with DesignInquiry, where she recently concluded her third term as President of the Board; Nightstudio, with Dutch designer Judith van den Boom, and with her partner, Klehwetua Rodney Sayers in Search & Research, a collaborative series of art and design projects including the recently formed not-for-profit, C.R.A.F.T., The Centre for Retrofitting and Failure Techniques. She has earned residencies for her visual and spatial art practice in Canada, the Netherlands, and the U.S. and works with environmental and arts clients on graphic design and strategy across North America. Emily holds an M.F.A. (Design) from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (CAN) and a B.A. (Art with Design Concentration, Center for Arts & Technology certificate) from Connecticut College (U.S.). She received tenure at the University of Lethbridge in the Department of New Media before departing to pursue more responsive systems and practices. 

Klehwetua, Rodney Sayers is a Hupač̓asatḥ artist from Ahswinis, Port Alberni, BC, and is a descendant of the Nuu Chah Nulth peoples. Rodney received an associate’s degree in Studio Arts from Capilano College in 1994, earned his BFA from ACAD in 1997, and completed his MFA at NSCAD in 2000. While at NSCAD, he earned the prestigious Joseph Beuys Memorial Scholarship, and presented one of his pieces to Governor General Adrienne Clarkson on behalf of NSCAD University. His MFA thesis exhibition was included in the first annual Halifax International Biennial. In 2002 he was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award of Excellence, in honour of the 75th anniversary of ACAD. After completing his formal education, Rodney returned home to Ahswinis. He has been awarded grants by the Vancouver Foundation, the BC Arts Council, the First People’s Heritage Council, and the Canada Council. His piece ‘Creation Myth’ was included in the 2002 book, The Persistence of Craft by Paul Greenhaulgh. Rodney’s practice examines the role of traditional artwork in a contemporary world. He believes that for an art form to remain vibrant, it must evolve and adapt, but remain true to its origins. Rodney has also worked intensely with the elder fluent speakers of his community on preserving and revitalizing the Nuu Chah Nulth language, an undertaking that has deeply influenced his work as a Nuu Chah Nulth artist.

Cavan Huang: Designing for Change

Lecture and Q+A
Nov 4, 2020
5:30–7 pm CST

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Cavan Huang is a designer and creative director at Wunderman Thompson, a global creative agency in New York. He creates digital products and experiences that make meaningful impact for organizations and businesses. 

Over the years, he's worked with brands like AT&T, Con Edison, Microsoft, Nestle-Purina, and TIME. Just as importantly, he's carved out time to work with organizations like the ACLU, AIGA, PBS, and the 9/11 Day Foundation.

He enjoys creating complete digital and physical experiences that not only deliver functional benefits, but also reach people on an emotional level. And his design approach reflects his personality: "I want to design a more accessible world where cities are smart, tech reduces stress and healthy food is delicious."

Cavan's work has been recognized by the Webbys, The Emmy's, AIGA, ADC, and even the White House. His work has also been featured in publications like Fast Company, The New York Times and Wired. He's been a visiting professor at various institutions including his alma matter Rhode Island School of Design, where he received his MFA.

Kimberly Sutherland: Book Design and Collective Futures

Lecture and Q+A
Nov 17, 2020
6–7:30 pm CST

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Kimberly Sutherland is a designer, artist, and educator. Her art practice explores the interconnections between humans and nature by examining our relationships to place and its impact on our psyche. Kimberly is currently the design director of the King School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA), a museum housed inside Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary School in Portland, OR, as well as the co-director of RECESS!, a graphic design studio class within KSMoCA. She was an adjunct professor of design and typography at Portland State University from 2016–2019, and now maintains a client-based design career, currently as an Associate Creative Director at design agency OMFGCO. She has formerly worked for The New York Times Magazine, Nike, Apple, and Project Projects, and with clients such as The Museum of Modern Art, Artists Space, and Gagosian Gallery. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (Portland, OR), The Institut für Alles Mögliche (Berlin, Germany), and Greensboro Project Space (Greensboro, NC). She holds an MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University, and a Bachelor of Design from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Raised amongst the Canadian Cascades, Kimberly currently lives and works in Portland, OR.


Lizzie Garrett and Minjeong Kim — Wait... What Are We Designing Again? | Mar 24, 5:30 pm

Wait... What Are We Designing Again?

Lecture and Q+A
March 24, 2021
5:30–6:50pm CST

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Lizzie Garrett is a UX designer and strategist with a background in architecture and community development. She was a senior designer at Daylight for four years, and is currently working as an independent UX designer on a project to support women through menopause. Lizzie holds a MDes in Interaction Design from California College of the Arts and a Bachelor's in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Minjeong Kim is a UX designer who has helped companies take their services from concept to launch. Prior to Daylight, she was a design manager and founding designer at Coursera, a company that spreads higher education online. Minjeong holds an MFA in product design from Stanford and a bachelor's of fine art at the University of California, Berkeley.

MGMT. design / WORK 

Lecture and Q+A
March 5, 2021
5:30–6:30pm CST

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Alicia Cheng and Sarah Gephart are partners at MGMT. design, a collaborative women-owned graphic design studio founded in 2003 and based in Brooklyn. MGMT. has extensive experience in print, branding, exhibition and environment design, information and web design. As a collaborative studio, MGMT. design's prevailing approach is to place investigation and process ahead of a single design aesthetic. Approaching all projects with initial research and maintaining a level of conceptual rigor throughout the process, we search for smart and responsive design solutions that visually enrich the content.

MGMT. has received awards from the Society of Environmental Graphic Designers, Print Magazine Design Annual, the AIGA, the Art Directors Club, the American Society of Magazine Editors, and I.D. Magazine.

Both Alicia and Sarah received their MFAs from Yale University.

Cyrus HighSmith- Keeping Occupied

Cyrus Highsmith: Keeping Occupied

Lecture and Q+A
April 23, 2021
5:30 pm

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Cyrus Highsmith is a letter drawer, teacher, author, and graphic artist. He teaches type design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He wrote and illustrated the acclaimed primer Inside Paragraphs: Typographic Fundamentals. In 2015, he received the Gerrit Noordzij Prize for extraordinary contributions to the fields of type design, typography, and type education. In 2017, he became Creative Director for Latin Type Development at Morisawa USA. He goes to bed very early.