How Neuroscience Prompted a Chair

Mark McKenna
Design Director for both Turnstone and Education at Steelcase
Thursday, October 15, 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, 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 Lectures

The Vignelli Center’s annual 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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Design Conversations Lecture: 9/8/2015

Designers Beatriz Cifuentes and Yoshiki Waterhouse of Waterhouse Cifuentes, a multidisciplinary design firm based in New York, 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, an online platform that conceives and manufactures timeless products.

Lecture Information

Interpreting services available upon request:

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.


Celebrations for V5 will take place during RIT’s 2015/2016 academic year and will include lectures, workshops, artifact presentations, and activities.

V5 Schedule
The schedule will be updated often. Not all events are posted.
Updated August 31, 2015

Tuesday, September 8
Beatriz Cifuentes and Yoshiki Waterhouse
Waterhouse Cifuentes Design
Design for Transportation
A Design Conversations lecture.
University Gallery, RIT

Wednesday, September 16
5 for our 5th
5 groups of unique artifacts to celebrate our 5-year anniversary on September 16.
Helen Hamlyn Trust Study Room, Vignelli Center for Design Studies Level 4
Open to the public.

Tuesday, September 20
Cheryl Weese
Design for the Public
A Design Conversations lecture
University Gallery, RIT

Thursday, October 15
Mark McKenna
Design Director, Turnstone and Education at Steelcase
How Neuroscience Prompted a Chair
A Design Conversations lecture
Golisano 70-1400

Friday, October 16
Brick City Weekend Tours & Artifact Presentations
1pm, 1:45pm, 3:30pm
Meet in University Gallery, Booth Hall

Katie Nix
Vignelli Center for Design Studies

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), Professor Bruce Meader, 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, 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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Medicine+Design Initiative Continues

The success of the Medicine+Design Conference in 2014 has been extended with new innovative programming activities.
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Worldwide Acclaim for “Human Health” Book

The Human Health Book, a product of RIT’s Vignelli Center for Design Studies Medicine+Design initiative, led by Graphic Design Professor Bruce Ian Meader has received enthusiastic praise by the medical community.

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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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Medicine + Design Conference Report

On November 7-8, 2014 at Rochester Institute of Technology, the Medicine+Design Conference brought together healthcare professionals with industrial and graphic designers for a program that is targeted at medical professionals in the Rochester region and beyond. One and one-half days were devoted to cutting edge case studies from around the globe, developed by wellness professionals who will present models of their functional solutions.
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Pittsford High School Students Study Unigrid

Graphic Design II students in Maribeth Curran’s Graphic Design classes at Pittsford Mendon High School and Pittsford Sutherland High School (Rochester, New York) are designing a series of brochures for Rochester-area landmarks and points of interest. To design a system of brochures, students studied Massimo and Lella Vignellis’ Unigrid and applied its principles to their work.

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The Art of Designing Everything

R. Roger Remington, Massimo and Lella Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design, joins Dr. Renato Miracco, Cultural Attache, Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C.; and Steven Litt, Moderator, Art and Architecture Critic, The Cleveland Plain Dealer for a lecture about Massimo and Lella Vignelli. 
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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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