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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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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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

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies hosts and supports a variety of events that advocate for design excellence including lectures, exhibitions and workshops.
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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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Master designer Massimo Vignelli is dead at 83

Massimo Vignelli passed away in New York on May 27, 2014.
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Visit the Vignelli Center

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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Visiting Vignelli Scholar Michael Burke to Lead Roundtable Discussions

Professor Michael Burke has been selected as the Vignelli Center Visiting Scholar. Herbert Bayer’s World Geographic Atlas, Die Neue Line magazine and Bauhaus Designers in England are topics included in his design roundtable discussions.

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Design Conversations: Uniform Wares

Uniform Wares founders Oliver Fowles and Patrick Bek will visit RIT on January 29, 2014 to deliver a Design Conversations lecture.
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Vignelli Center Blog Shares Artifacts

archive: vignelli, the Vignelli Center’s blog, features artifacts from the Massimo and Lella Vignelli papers as they are unpacked and processed at the Vignelli Center for Design Studies.  This blog will share the experience of processing a collection and the excitement of discovering never before seen sketches, models, products and documents.
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R. Roger Remington to Deliver Design Conversations Lecture

R. Roger Remington, Lella and Massimo Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design, will speak at Rochester Institute of Technology on September 10, 2013 as part of the Vignelli Center’s Design Conversations lecture series.

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August de los Reyes of Xbox to Lecture

August de los Reyes will visit Rochester Institute of Technology in March and lecture as part of the Vignelli Center’s Design Conversations lecture series. His lecture is titled Design and The New Modern: Three Things You Should Know.

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Vignelli Clothing Research Presented

The Vignelli Approach to Apparel Design: An Early Venture into Sustainability and Investment Dressing was presented at the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) 2012 Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii by Melissa Moukperian and Kristen Morris.

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Product Timecapsule Aquires Airline 009 Chair

Walt Disney Signature has donated “Airline 009” by designer Cory Grosser to Product Timecapsule. The Airline 009 is inspired by a highly sought after Art Moderne product.

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Lee Green to Speak About Design Leadership at IBM

Lee Green, Vice President, Worldwide IBM Brand and Values Experience, will give a talk titled “Design Leadership at IBM” on Wednesday, November 7 in the University Gallery. Mr. Green is also an alumnus of the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Areaware Donates to Product Timecapsule

AREAWARE, a New York City based manufacturer of functional and unusual everyday objects, has donated several new items to Product Timecapsule.

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George Lois Donates Archive

George Lois, a leader in the “Creative Revolution” in advertising during the 1960s, on which the popular TV show Mad Men is based, is donating a majority of his archive to Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Bruno Monguzzi Visits RIT

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies first exhibition of the 2011/2012 year, “Bruno Monguzzi: An exhibition of posters from the Tom Strong Collection,” opened on September 9, 2011. Monguzzi’s posters were displayed in both University Gallery and Bevier Gallery through October 28, 2011.

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Michael Burke: History of BRAUN

Graduate Industrial Design students participated in a small group discussion and lecture about Braun with Visiting Designer Michael Burke.

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Winter/Spring 2012 Design Conversations

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies announces the Design Conversations Lecture Series schedule for winter and spring.
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