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Judges Night

January 16, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Ellen Lupton (Type Design judge)

Your Grandma Sets Type in Hell: Ten Reasons Typography Won’t Make You Happy

Ellen Lupton tells stories about graphic design. Everywhere she goes, she sees design winning, losing, or just trying to catch your eye. Designers often complain that their own mothers don’t understand what they do. Lupton tries to explain what design is by looking at what itdoes. Design is a tool for thinking and making, pushing and selling. In this mad medley of anecdotes and observations, Lupton takes a look at brave and foolish acts of typography struggling against a cruel, indifferent world.

Ellen Lupton is a writer, designer, curator, and educator. She is Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City. Recent museum projects include “Graphic Design—Now in Production,” an exhibition on national tour through 2014, co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt and the Walker Art Center. Lupton also serves as director of the Graphic Design MFA Program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), where she has authored numerous books on design processes, including “Thinking with Type,” “Graphic Design Thinking,” and “Graphic Design: The New Basics.”

Oliver Reichenstein (Communication Design (TDC60) judge)

Information Entropy

Will information technology affect our minds the same way the environment was affected by our analogue technology? Designers hold a key position in dealing with ever increasing data pollution. We are mostly focussed on speeding things up, on making sharing easier, faster, more accessible. But speed, usability, accessibility are not the main issue anymore. The main issues are not technological, they are structural, processual. What we lack is clarity, correctness, depth, time. Are the conter-techniques we can employ to turn data into information, information into knowledge, knowledge into wisdom?

Information Architects was founded in 2005 in Tokyo. It quickly grew into “one of the most famous design agencies in the world” (Corriere Della Sera). Our websites, apps, and infographics have become a paradigm of excellence in clarity, simplicity, and performance. With over 700,000 apps sold, iA Writer is the best selling writing app for iPhone, iPad and Mac behind Apple’s own Pages.

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January 16, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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