March 25, 2008

Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis Lecture

MCAD, Auditorium 150
Thursday, April 3, 6:30 p.m.

Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis' collaborations include the animated short When the Day Breaks, which received the Cannes Palme d'or for Best Short Film and an Academy Award nomination among its many honors.

Tilby and Forbis studied film at Vancouver's Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and are experienced educators themselves: Tilby has taught at Harvard University and Montreal's Concordia University, while Forbis leads animation workshops for children. They are currently working together on a film for the National Film Board titled Wild Life.

Off Kilter Comics Lecture and Reception


Curated by Chicago cartoonist Onsmith, this exhibit showcases cartoonists who approach comic art in varied ways, including expressive line work, abstracted narratives, geometric drawings, diagrammatic layouts and easily digestible images. Artists featured include Zak Sally ( La Mano), Lilli Carre, John Hankiewicz, Dan Zettwoch and Ivan Brunetti.

Brunetti, Hankiewicz, Onsmith and Sally will take part in a free, public gallery talk to open the exhibition on Friday, April 4, starting at 6 p.m. A gallery reception follows until 8 p.m.

March 11, 2008



Hey guys I saw this on the AIGA site and thought it might be relative to this class:

Friday, March 21, 2008
01:00 pm - 02:00pm
Minneapolis College of Art and Design - MCAD
2501 Stevens Avenue
Auditorium 150
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Michael Fleishman is an illustrator, educator and author of several books, including Exploring Illustration (Thomson Delmar Learning) and How to Grow as an Illustrator (Allworth Press). A freelance illustrator for more than 25 years, he has written for several publications, including HOW and STEP Inside Design, and he is a frequent presenter at design and educational conferences. He is developing a new series for Thomson titled The Visual Artist at Work.

March 3, 2008


Hey guys, so Tuesday nights in March AIGA and the Walker will be presenting "Reinventions: Insights 2008 Design Lecture Series." March 25th, the series will host a designer by the name of Ed Fella. He is known for his innovative hand-rendered and typographic compositions, collages, and elaborate sketchbooks. I find him to be especially relevant since we have been working with zines (which combine illustration and collaging, of course). Fella's work can inspire designers to remember they can DRAW in a time where computer-aided design seems to take over.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008
07:00 pm

Here's his website, which reminds me quite a bit of our zine project in the way it combines drawing and collage.

February 29, 2008

Marian Bantjes Lecture

Walker Art Center
Tuesday, March 4, 7:00pm

"After a decade working as a book designer and typesetter in Vancouver, British Columbia, Marian Bantjes decided to chuck it all and reinvent her practice. Widely hailed in the recent resurgence of ornamentation in graphic design, her connection to that tradition draws on her 20 years of work in painting and printmaking. Now a self-proclaimed “graphic artist,� Bantjes produces designs of intricate craft, elaborate patterning, and complex ornamentation. Her work has been widely acclaimed and her projects include commissions for a limited-edition cover for Wallpaper magazine, catalogues and bags for Saks Fifth Avenue, illustrations for such publications as Yale Alumni Magazine, Wired, and Print. "

Her website:

February 19, 2008

Erik Brandt Lecture



Wednesday, February 20, 2008
06:30 pm - 07:30 pm

Minneapolis College of Art and Design - MCAD
2501 Stevens Avenue
Auditorium 150
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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MCAD Assistant Professor Erik Brandt discusses the impact of globalization on international visual communication systems with specific focus on cross-cultural "viruses"—non-native graphic and typographic forms that disrupt, overwhelm or otherwise affect native environments. What drives these viruses? Pure petro-cool capitalism, cynical marketing/consumption, or simply the survival of the fittest (and those with the most resources to project)? If the role of the modern worker is to produce, as Mieke Gerritzen has said, not new product but new ways to consume, have we lost anything? Or have we generously simplified and opened our aesthetic needs, broadening them in favor of an appreciation of the democratization of visual communication (YouTube, etc.)?

New to MCAD, Erik Brandt has been active in university education for eight years, most recently teaching typography and visual communication in Doha, Qatar. He began his career as a magazine editor in Japan, and he maintains a small graphic design studio, tÿpøgrafika. Educated internationally, Brandt's research interests focus on issues of globalization that affect and drive the complexities of intercultural visual communication systems.

Spark Festival

Alright all you graffiti fans, the Graffiti Research Lab is going to be in town next week for the Spark Festival. They will give a talk on Wednesday Feb 27th at 12:30 at the Regis Center for Art, Influx Space and will then be going on a bike outing around town at 5pm for those of you who want to join!

There is a lot of other really cool stuff going on, I would highly recommend checking them out!

Here is info about Spark:

Spark Festival of Electronic
Music and Arts 2008
February 26 - March 2, 2008
University of Minnesota

"For one week each year, the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts gathers creators and performers of new media arts from around the world to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul (USA) to showcase their work to the public.

Spark celebrates all uses of new technologies for artistic expression, including music, video, theater, dance, plastic artworks, and more. Centered around Minneapolis’ west bank theater district and the adjoining University of Minnesota West Bank Arts Quarter, Spark presents a wide variety of performances, workshops, discussions, and scholarly lectures. Nearly all Spark events are free, and all Spark events are open to the general public."

February 11, 2008

“Open 24 Hours�

Meher found this show as a possibility for your write-ups....

“Open 24 Hours�, an exhibition of work by Dan Havel

Icebox Gallery
1500 Jackson St. NE #443 Minneapolis, MN 55413
Show runs through March 6

February 1, 2008

Chip Kidd Lecture

Chip Kidd: graphic designer, writer
Wednesday, February 27th, 7pm
Minneapolis Central Library

Award-winning graphic design pioneer Chip Kidd is credited with changing the way modern books are packaged. Having designed more than 1,500 book covers and counting, Kidd has been called him "the closest thing to a rock star" in graphic design today by USA Today. His work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, The New Republic, Time, The New York Times, Graphis, ID magazine, and countless other publications. With The Learners, the fascinating follow-up to his national bestselling debut The Cheese Monkeys, Kidd again shows that his writing is every bit as original and memorable as his celebrated book jackets. This time, Kidd conjures up a remarkable story about advertising, electro-shock torture, suicide, a giant dog, potato chips, and the Holocaust. Written in sharp, witty prose, and peppered with absorbing ruminations on the presence—and importance—of graphic design in our everyday lives, The Learners, is as entertaining as it is thought provoking.

video interview:

Talk of the Stacks is a reading series at the Minneapolis Central Library exploring contemporary literature and culture. Readings are held at the Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

The programs are free with open seating to the public. Book sale and signing follow presentations. Call 612-630-6174 for more info.