Design Conversations: Scott Klinker

Designer and educator Scott Klinker will be at Rochester Institute of Technology on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Please note that the time of this lecture has changed from 4:45pm to 5:45pm.

Scott Klinker

Scott Klinker is principal of Scott Klinker Product Design and 3D designer-in-residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI, where he has taught the graduate 3D Design program since 2001. His studio practice develops furniture designs for the residential and contract furniture markets. As a designer and educator he has worked with design-driven companies such as Alessi, Herman Miller, Steelcase, Burton Snowboards, and IDEO. He is an alumnus of Cranbrook.

About Design Conversations
The Vignelli Center’s monthly Design Conversations lecture series provides the community with the opportunity to gain invaluable insight from design professionals. Lectures serve to create design dialogue and discourse among students, faculty, and the community.


Design Conversations: Scott Klinker
Design/Art/Crafts: New Research at Cranbrook

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

University Gallery
Booth Hall
Rochester Institute of Technology

Interpreting services available upon request:

Park in lots E or F


Vignelli Legacy Design Workshop

June 26-July 1, 2016. The 2016 Vignelli Legacy Graphic Design Workshop at RIT will explore the creation of a visual language that speaks to today’s audiences based on the timeless principles of Massimo and Lella Vignelli.PW-Vignelli-Legacy-Email-7-Mar-2016-(1)-1

Fast Design for a Slow Paced World
Vignelli Legacy Graphic Design Workshop
Rocco Piscatello and Jonathan Wajskol, former designers at Vignelli Associates, will empower participants to translate Vignelli philosophies for a contemporary design assignment.

June 26-July 1, 2016

Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York

Workshop Program
Participants will work individually on an applied graphic design project involving the development of a demonstration brand identity program for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Beijing, China. Participants will have an opportunity to review iconic Vignelli identity programs from the archive collections to achieve a deeper understanding of identity development. Participants will explore typographic problem-solving and analytical design processes to develop effective communication design strategies.

Who may attend?
This workshop is intended for working design professionals and educators, as well as advanced graphic design students, are the intended audience for this workshop. The Vignelli Legacy Graphic Design Workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Laptop and software requirement
Each participant will be responsible for bringing his/her own laptop computer to
the workshop. Participants must have a basic working competency with Adobe
Creative Suite. Wireless internet service is available at the Vignelli Center for Design Studies.

Portfolio Requirement
Candidates for the workshop must submit a digital (PDF) portfolio of 10 pieces of their own graphic design work.

Please e-mail portfolio to R. Roger Remington:

Tuition for the six-day Master Designer Workshop is $1,900. This includes the welcome dinner and daily transportation from participants’ hotel to the Vignelli Center for workshop sessions. Tuition also includes daily lunch and a farewell picnic.

Registration is due by 1 June 2016. To register please contact AnnMarie Arlauckas at or at 585 475–5309 Tuesday–Saturday

Participants will be housed at a nearby hotel and transported to RIT. Lodging is
approximately $101 for a single room per night. Participants will be responsible for making
their own lodging reservations, and for their own transportation to and from the Rochester airport to the hotel.

About Rocco Piscatello & Jonathan Wajskol

Rocco Piscatello
Rocco Piscatello is the principal of Piscatello Design Centre and has 25 years of experience solving business problems with design solutions that are highly strategic, integrated across multiple communication platforms, and responsible towards society. His passion is for helping companies create great brands, products, and services, through the power of design.

Prior to founding Piscatello Design Centre, he was with Vignelli Associates, where he designed several brand identities and environmental signage programs for the American Center in Paris, Benetton, Ducati Motors, Guggenheim Museum, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Warner Bros., and Waterstones Booksellers.

Piscatello has experience working on significant urban and transportation projects for Battery Park City, Grand Central Terminal, Port Authority, and the Great North Eastern Railway in England. Piscatello is currently working on transformative revitalization projects for Newark, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

Piscatello has received numerous awards from professional organizations and publications, including the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Graphis, Print, Communication Arts, Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD), and the Type Directors Club. Piscatello’s poster works for the Fashion Institute of Technology are exhibited worldwide and represented in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the Denver Art Museum, and numerous educational institutions. Piscatello’s work is also part of the Milton Glaser Study Center and Vignelli Center for Design Studies.

“Rocco’s beautiful series of posters is a crescendo of intensity and expression.” Massimo Vignelli

Jonathan Wajskol

Jonathan Wajskol is an Italian-born designer working in the field of visual communication. He is the founder of designwajskol, a multifaceted communications and identity design firm based in Chelsea in New York City.

designwajskol is involved both nationally and internationally in a broad range of disciplines including identity programs, packaging design, way-finding, infographics, and product design for the corporate as well as nonprofit sectors. Clients include L’Oreal, The Whitney, The Museum of The City of New York, The Rockefeller Foundation, Paul Stuart, The National Council on Aging, Bevel, Siemens Corporate Research, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Schuberth (Germany), Nava Design (Italy), Artron Group (China), Swatch Group (Switzerland), Lexus (Japan), and Bertelsmann, (Germany).

Prior to establishing his firm, Wajskol worked in Milan for Future Brand and upon graduation from Parsons, at Vignelli Associates. Wajskol began his design studies in Milan at the Istituto Europeo di Design.

Wajskol’s Dot calendar is in the AIGA National Design Archives and his Zen clock is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Design in Milan.

Wajskol teaches in the Communication Design department at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

In 2014, a monograph of Wajskol’s work was published with a foreword by Massimo Vignelli.

RIT Resident Faculty
Professor Bruce Ian Meader will conduct his special Typography Intensive early in the workshop and assist participants throughout the week.

RIT Visiting Design Scholar Anne Ghory-Goodman will contribute her expertise in graphic design and photography.

Vignelli Professor R. Roger Remington will provide project guidance and facilitate workshop programming.

Workshop Sponsors

Vignelli Center for Design Studies

Rochester Institute of Technology

Alliance Graphique Internationale Foundation

Outreach Education and Training Office at RIT School of Design

For More Information
R. Roger Remington
Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design

Lecture: Design at Cooper Hewitt

Caroline Baumann, Director of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, will visit RIT for a Design Conversations lecture on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. This lecture is open to the public.
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Visit the Vignelli Center for Design Studies

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies, located on Rochester Institute of Technology’s campus in Rochester, New York, is home to the archives of Massimo and Lella Vignelli.

The archives contain a comprehensive collection of primary source materials along with many examples of their finished works including identity campaigns, products, and furniture. The Vignelli Center has two levels of archival storage,
two galleries and a study room. It is open to the public and welcomes all visitors.

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Lecture: The Rise of Experiential Design

Why does Experiential Design matter?

On December 1, 2015 Jason White, Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director of Chicago-based conceptual design studio Leviathan, will answer this question via delving into the current state of affairs within the creative industry, discussing its newest and most exciting prospects, providing insights into embracing them to make an impact.
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Wined & Vignelli Designed

Wined & Vignelli Designed shared artifacts that demonstrate Massimo and Lella Vignellis’ process of designing for dining. The Vignells have designed tableware for many clients, including Palio restaurant, CIGA Hotels, Heller, Sasaki, 21 Club and SD26. Their designs for dining include cookware, glasses, goblets, mugs, plates, platters, vases, flatware, bakeware, and butter dishes.

A selection of artifacts from this event are now on display in the Level 4 Archival Storage Space.

Vignelli Center for Design Studies: Wined & Vignelli Designed


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More about Wined & Vignelli Designed

Wined & Vignelli Designed

What would your holiday party look like if you set your table with dinnerware designed by Massimo and Lella Vignelli? Find out on November 19, 2015 when Vignelli Center Archivist Jennifer Whitlock will present a variety of designs for dining from the Vignelli Center’s Archives.

Vignelli Center for Design Studies: Wined & Vignelli Designed

Wined and Vignelli Designed
Setting the table with Massimo and Lella Vignelli.

A special showing of artifacts and the process of designing for dining.

It’s a dinner party in the middle of the day with no food.
Open to all; no RSVP required!
Visit for any amount of time.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
1-3 pm

Helen Hamlyn Trust Study Room, Level 4
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
James E. Booth Hall
Rochester Institute of Technology
(enter through the University Gallery)

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the projects we’ll share.
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Design Conversations Lectures

The Vignelli Center’s monthly Design Conversations lecture series provides the community with the opportunity to gain invaluable insight from design professionals. Lectures serve to create design dialogue and discourse among students, faculty, and the community.

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May 5: Design Conversations, Kimberly Elam

Author, educator and designer Kimberly Elam will talk about “Grids, Non-Grids, Broken Rules, and Passion in Design” on May 5 at Rochester Institute of Technology.
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March 4: Design Conversations, Antenna Design

How does design change behavior? Antenna Design founders Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger will visit RIT for a Design Conversations lecture on March 4, 2015. This lecture is open to the public.

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Design Conversations Lecture Series 2014/2015

The Vignelli Center’s annual Design Conversations lecture series provides the community with the opportunity to gain invaluable insight from design professionals.
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Cancelled: Feb 16: Chris Pullman, “10 Things I’ve Learned”

Chris Pullman’s lecture scheduled for Monday, February 16 “10 Things I’ve Learned,” has been cancelled. Please join us tomorrow, February 17, in the University Gallery for a Design Conversations lecture on “Designing with Motion.” This talk focuses on how the conventions of typography and the dynamics of word-image interactions change when working with time, motion and sound.

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Feb 17: Design Conversations, Chris Pullman

“Designing with Motion.” Chris Pullman, former Design VP of WGBH Boston, will visit the Vignelli Center to deliver a Design Conversations lecture on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. His talk focuses on how the conventions of typography and the dynamics of word-image interactions change when working with time, motion and sound.This lecture is open to the public.

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Design Conversations: Gary Smith

Gary Smith, Vice President of Product Design & Exploration at Herman Miller, Inc., the global leader in designed furnishings for working, living and healing environments, will lecture at Rochester Institute of Technology on December 2, 2014.

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Medicine+Design Conference

Around the world healthcare professionals and designers are collaborating to produce innovative solution to major challenges in the wellness community. The Vignelli Center will host Medicine + Design: Healthcare and Wellness Conference at Rochester Institute of Technology on November 7 and 8, 2014.
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October 30th is #AskAnArchivist day!

What is #AskAnArchivist day?
On October 30th, archivists around the world will take to Twitter to answer your questions about any and all things archives! This day-long event will give you an opportunity to connect directly with archivists to ask questions, get information, or just satisfy your curiosity.
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Design Conversations Lecture: Jan Conradi

Jan Conradi, author of Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision will speak at Rochester Institute of Technology about the Vignellis and Modernism.
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Design Conversations: Annette Kroger





“At First Sight…Pierre Mendell”

Graphic designer Annette Kröger has been in charge of 
Pierre Mendell Design Studio in Munich since 2009, 
after working there for many years as Mendell’s assistant. 
She will discuss his celebrated posters and her experiences
working in the studio with Pierre Mendell (1929–2008).
This talk complements the major exhibition of Mendell’s
posters in the Bevier and University Galleries at RIT
from August to October, 2014. The lecture and exhibition
are supported by a grant from Mark and Maura Resnick.

Interpreting services available upon request

University Gallery
James E. Booth Hall
Rochester Institute of Technology

Park in lots E or F

For more information
Contact Katie Nix, Vignelli Center Program Assistant

Pierre Mendell Poster Exhibition

June 4, 2014. The Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT will host a major exhibit of graphic designer Pierre Mendell’s posters concurrently in both Bevier Gallery and University Gallery.
The exhibition opens August 25, 2014.
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