Formal Design Education Is Necessary for Practicing Designers. Yea or Nay?

Formal Design Education Is Necessary for Practicing Designers. Yea or Nay?

The Designer’s Debate Club recently took on a topic that I think a lot of us have a strong opinion on: Formal Design Education Is Necessary for Practicing Designers. Yay or Nay? The debate was done in the traditional sense, with two teams taking a yay or nay position and arguing their side, the winner of the debate being chosen by the audience.

On the two teams you had Alice Twemlow, co-founder at SVA’s D-Crit MFA, Matteo Bologna, founding partner and principal at Mucca Design, and Abbott Miller, a partner at Pentagram arguing in the affirmative. Arguing against the motion was Kate Proulx, a designer at HUGE, Able Parris, an associate design director at Big Spaceship; and Peter Vidani, the design director at Tumblr.

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Bobby Solomon

February 25, 2013 / By

Pitchfork Classic revisit Belle & Sebastian’s “If You’re Feeling Sinister”

Belle & Sebastian's "If You're Feeling Sinister"

If You’re Feeling Sinister will always be one of my favorite albums. Released in 1996, it wasn’t until college that I was finally introduced to it. Although unknown to me at the time, my introduction to the band couldn’t have been more aptly clichéd; a mixtape from a girl far hipper then me, the backdrop of an art-school, a heavy helping of introspection and countless trips on city buses. In truth, there was no way that this album wasn’t going to play an important role in my developmental years.

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Philip Kennedy

February 25, 2013 / By

Top Five From LAIY: Week Of 2.19

Top Five From LAIY: Week Of 2.19

Oscar Week Diary 2013
If you follow movies or have visited LAIY this week, you may know a big LA happening is upon us all: it’s Oscar Week. Thanks to our friends at Vanity Fair, we got to attend some kind of ridiculous parties that we spoke about on the site this week. Moreover, we shared some special LA/Oscar items all Friday which we’ll talk about more in a minute…

A Tour Of Gensler Los Angeles
International architecture and consulting company Gensler has a fantastic Downtown space in an old Bank of America. It feels like a more high tech cousin to Wieden-Kennedy’s Portland office and is super, super fabulous. We’d love work here!

Questions With A Visitor: Terre Thaemiltz, AKA DJ Sprinkles
Terre Thaemiltz is the best working house artist around. Hands down. He’s making his long awaited LA debut at a show tomorrow night. We had the chance to speak with him about his thoughts on LA. What does he think? We’ll just say he won’t be moving here any time soon…

Billy By Tyler Adams
Tyler Adams is a young fashion photographer currently attending Art Center. He does a great job with editorial photography but his personal work, where he gets weird, is super great. The best example of this is his series Billy which sees a genderless/genderfull androgynous guy. He is super colorful and juxtaposed against LA and the result is an almost futuristic, not LA photo set. It’s great.

Oscar Prints From Gallery 1988
One of our favorite things we shared in our Friday Oscar postings was some work The Academy commissioned Gallery 1988 to do. It included everything from an Olly Moss interpretation of every year’s big Oscar wins to Nan Lawson making cutesy cinema Valentine’s. This is a huge collaboration and we’re so glad it happened: a rare moment of The Industry supporting local art!

KYLE FITZPATRICK

February 24, 2013 / By

Thinking about Color and Light

Hayward Gallery Light Show

I’m envious of Londoners for many reasons, this is one of them. These are images of the Light Show, an exhibition currently on view at the Hayward Gallery until the end of April. The show presents the work of artists generated over the past fifty years, all using light to create a variety of stunning effects. There’s just something about light that is so alluring. Even when it isn’t warm and inviting, it can still be captivating… like when it’s saturated and immersive as it is in several of these installations.

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Alex Dent

February 22, 2013 / By

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