Journalist, writer, and media critic Virginia Heffernan has joined the School of Visual Art's 2017 Design Writing and Research Summer Intensive, a two-week course organized by the school's MA Design Research program. The Summer Intensive, which aims to help participants improve their writing skills and research methods, includes seminars, lectures, behind-the-scenes access to new projects and exhibitions, and studio visits. (The 2016's Summer Intensive studio visits included the likes of MOS Architects, Pentagram, The Lab at Rockwell Group, and Bjarke Ingels Group.) Participants are furnished with a desk at the SVA MA Design Research's space at 136 W 21st St. and can explore a range of subjects, from graphic design to industrial design, architecture, and cities. This year's instructors include architecture writer and critic Karrie Jacobs; BBC director-producer Adam Harrison Levy; New York Times Senior Culture Reporter Robin Pogrebin; The Weeklings co-founder Jennifer Kabat; and design and business columnist Rob Walker. According to the SVA, Heffernan's course is "about design that defines itself against digital culture. Not Luddite design, or analog, nothing nostalgic; but something that only exists as a response to culture's saturation with software and digital hardware." The application deadline is April 15; click here for more details.
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The School of Visual Arts (SVA) is hosting a lecture on women designers who influenced the blueprint of the modern automobile. "Women and Cars" explores the historical and stylistic development of the car through the women who took it from its humble beginnings as a horseless carriage to the "objet de luxe of the 1920s." Conducted by design writer Russell Flinchum, Associate Professor at the College of Design at North Carolina State University, the lecture is set to honor former SVA faculty member and design critic Phil Patton whose fascination with cars informed a large part of his writing career. Flinch plans to look at the "concours d'elegance" by featuring haute couture clothing alongside equally chic cars. In the post-war period, being seen to have "good taste" was no more evident in the cars of General Motors. Under the "GM System," design executive Harley Earl created an automobile aesthetic that we've come to associate with a certain period in American history. To many, the 1950s "Damsels in Design" advertisements created by Earl are seen as the starting point for examining women's contributions to the modern automobile. The "damsels" were nine women designers from Pratt Institute that Earl selected to model with GM cars, and their presence was meant to appeal to women who managed their household's purchases. By going back in the archives, SVA is exploring a period in time that is reflective of a revolutionary decade in automobile history. The talk is set to take place Tuesday, March 22 at the SVA Department of Design Research, Writing and Criticism (136 West 21st Street).
This summer, the MFA Products of Design program at the School for Visual Arts (SVA) is delivering a sweet solution to students and community members who seek temporary desk space. The Summer Desk Rental program runs from May 27th to August 23rd inside a sunny andArchitects-designed space, featuring a community kitchen, Internet, a lounge area, and more. Co-Working has become an everyday occurrence as industries look to collaborate and benefit from multi-use spaces. The project promotes the MFA program to visitors and all proceeds will support the school and its students. See more photos and sign up on their website.