Spring 2016 Design Conversations Lectures

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies’ monthly lecture series, Design Conversationsstarts in 2016 on Thursday, February 8 with designers Rocco Piscatello and Jonathan Wajskol.

All lectures take place in the University Gallery at Rochester Institute of Technology.
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Design Conversations: Scott Klinker

Designer and educator Scott Klinker will be at Rochester Institute of Technology on Wednesday, troche April 6, cialis 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, thumb 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, Fab.com 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: https://myaccess.rit.edu/

Park in lots E or F


Vignelli Legacy Design Workshop

June 26-July 1, hospital 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, sales former designers at Vignelli Associates, ed 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: rrrfad@rit.edu

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 axacms@rit.edu 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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Design Conversations: Piscatello/Wajskol

Designers Rocco Piscatello and Jonathan Wajskol will talk about “Syntax, Discipline and Timelessness–The Vignelli Effect on Thursday, February 11, 2016.
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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, capsule 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

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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Ladislav Sutnar Prize Awarded to Professor Remington

Roger Remington, the Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design at Rochester Institute of Technology, received the Ladislav Sutnar Prize from the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic on October 26, 2015.

The Ladislav Sutnar Prize
Since 2012, the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art has awarded the prize to honor outstanding international designers, educators, artists and institutions for their contributions to the world of design and art. Remington included a chapter on Sutnar in his 1989 book, Nine Pioneers in American Graphic Design, endearing him to many in the Czech design community. The Ladislav Sutnar Prize award ceremony was part of an international design gathering from Oct. 26-30. The one-week major design event will bring together representatives, teachers and students of top international schools focused on design and art.

R. Roger Remington

Remington in front of Adolf Loos building in Pilsen, Czech Republic, 2015. 
Photo by Eric Hurtado

Ladislav Sutnar
A highly accomplished designer in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s, Sutnar (1897-1976) moved to the United States in 1939 and remained in New York City for the rest of his career. The versatile Modernist designer made significant contributions to information design, many of which were chronicled in his book, Visual Design in Action, which summarized his major accomplishments.

The Ladislav Sutnar Collection, RIT Graphic Design Archives
The Ladislav Sutnar Collection numbers approximately 215 items dating from 1940 to 1970 documenting the work of Sutnar (1897-1976). The collection includes printed samples of Sutnar’s periodical covers, advertisements, catalogs, books, displays, and posters.

Approximately 50 items in the collection were part of a traveling exhibition developed by the Cincinnati Art Museum and funded by the Champion Paper Company. The exhibition display panels were donated to RIT by the Champion Paper Company in 1968 and transferred to the Special Collections in July 1991. The majority of items were obtained from the collection of Noel Martin. 

The collection was sorted and re-housed by Pei-Ying Wu in July and August 1996. Ms. Wu also created a folder-level finding guide for the collection which is available in its entirety as a PDF file by clicking here: Ladislav Sutnar Collection: Finding Guide.
via RIT Graphic Design Archive Online

The Graphic Design Archives at RIT document and preserve the work of significant American graphic designers active from the 1920s to the 1950s. In addition, selected contemporary designers working in the modernist traditions are also included. While many of the GDA collections represent the complete surviving work of a particular designer, some are smaller sample collections that document a portion of a designer’s career. The Archives are located in the Wallace Library on the Rochester Institute of Technology Campus in Rochester, New York.

Remington is the first faculty member in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences’ School of Design to receive an endowed professorship and has authored four books on graphic design history as well as numerous essays.


How Neuroscience Prompted a Chair

Mark McKenna
Design Director for both Turnstone and Education at Steelcase
Thursday, dosage October 15, ed 2015
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Design for Public Space: Cheryl Towler Weese

Cheryl Towler Weese will speak in the University Gallery at Rochester Institute of Technology on Tuesday, click September 29, 2015 at 4:45pm.
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Five on our Fifth: Celebrating 5 Years

On September 16, 2015, the Vignelli Center will celebrate its 5-year anniversary with open archive doors to present five groups of unique artifacts from (and in) the archives. See unidentified artifacts, surprising artifacts, sketches, things to wear and more!
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Design Conversations Lecture: 9/8/2015

Designers Beatriz Cifuentes and Yoshiki Waterhouse of Waterhouse Cifuentes, shop a multidisciplinary design firm based in New York, healing are the first Design Conversation Lecturers for the 2015/2016 academic year. Cifuentes and Waterhouse are former Vignelli Associates.

Waterhouse and Cifuentes build upon over fifteen years of work with their mentor Massimo Vignelli for international clients, as well as decades of Vignelli design philosophy, discipline, and practice. Their work has received many design awards, and is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Waterhouse Cifuentes Design takes a pragmatic approach to designing systems across a wide range of scales and media, from print and digital graphics to corporate identity, transportation graphics, products, signage, interiors and
architecture. By carefully integrating of each facet of a project, the firm creates a consistent and efficient visual language.

In addition to running their studio, Cifuentes and Waterhouse give lectures and workshops on design practice, and collaborate on projects related to the Vignelli legacy. Cifuentes and Waterhouse recently launched superwarmred.com, an online platform that conceives and manufactures timeless products.

Lecture Information

Interpreting services available upon request: https://myaccess.rit.edu/

University Gallery
James E. Booth Hall
Rochester Institute of Technology
Park in lots E or F


Design Conversations Lecture 09/08/2015



V5: The Vignelli Center Celebrates 5 Years

September 16, 2015 marks the fifth year since the Vignelli Center for Design Studies opened in 2010. The Vignelli Center will commemorate its anniversary with a year of special programs, projects and initiatives.
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Type Intensive for Industrial Design Students

Students of professor Dan Harel’s Senior Industrial Design Studio course completed two Typography Intensive sessions (three hours each) lead by professors Bruce Meader and Roger Remington of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies.

Industrial Design students at Vignelli Center
Professor Dan Harel (standing), find Professor Bruce Meader, and Sara Prout, Audrey Kirk, Ned Masury, Weston Harris

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Pastor Jared R. Stahler: Design Conversations

On April 14, 2015 Pastor Jared Stahler of St. Peter’s Church in New York will be speaking at the Vignelli Center’s Design Conversation lecture series. His topic will be “Life at the Intersection: Church Meets Vignelli.”
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New Donations to the Vignelli Center

The Vignelli Center has significant new donations to its collections that include design artifacts for Schick-Eversharp Razor Company, footage from “Design is One: Lella and Massimo Vignelli,” and an exhibit from Saint Peter’s Church.
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May 5: Design Conversations, Kimberly Elam

Author, cialis educator and designer Kimberly Elam will talk about “Grids, ailment Non-Grids, generic 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, dosage 2015. This lecture is open to the public.

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