Exploding Footnotes: The Role of Research In and About Graphic Design
Alice will talk about the expanding field of design research, its various definitions, manifestations, and contributions. She will discuss contemporary examples of research conducted about, within, or through the practice of graphic design, and suggest possibilities for more innovative dissemination and distribution, making reference to the work of her students in the SVA MA in Design Research in New York and in the MA in Design Writing & Curating at Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Alice Twemlow is founding chair of the SVA MA in Design Research, Writing & Criticism in New York City, a graduate program devoted to study of the ways in which design, in all its manifestations, is produced, mediated, consumed, and disposed of, and what that means. She now lives in Amsterdam where she teaches on the MA in Design Curating and Writing at the Design Academy Eindhoven and curates design exhibitions for the Onomatopee gallery. Twemlow has an MA and a Ph.D from the History of Design program run jointly by the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art in London, and is currently developing her doctoral thesis about the history of design criticism into a book to be published by MIT Press.
Twemlow writes about design, for publications such as Design Observer, Eye, Design Issues, Design & Culture, Print, New York Magazine, and Architect’s Newspaper. She is the author of What is Graphic Design For? (Rotovision, 2006), and has recently contributed essays to Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things (Berg, 2014) Lolita—Story of a Cover Girl: Vladimir Nabokov’s Novel in Art and Design (Print, 2013) and The Aspen Complex (Sternberg Press, 2012). She has directed numerous design conferences, and frequently moderates and presents at seminars and conferences, including AIGA Design Educators Conferences, and the MOMA R&D Salon Series.