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SVA rocks it with a MFA in IxD

Over the weekend I attended the information session for the School of Visual Arts Masters of Fine Art degree in Interaction Design. The department’s chair, Liz Danzico, an expert in information architecture and usability, gave an impressive overview of the curriculum and introduced several faculty members who spoke about their background and upcoming courses.

Karen McGrane, founding partner of Bond Art+ Science, kicked it off with her “From Typing to Swiping” IGNITE presentation which she plans to use as a base for her 5 week course, History of Interaction Design.

Rachel Abrams, Creative Director, Turnstone Consulting LLC , spoke of her background at the Royal College of Art and her approach to the Strategies in Design course.

Robert Faludi, Resident Researcher, ITP New York University, introduced his Fundamentals of Physical Computing course and got me excited about circuit boards and input/outputs.

Jill Nussbaum, Creative Director, R/GA, spoke about the recent Nike+ project and her course Design in Public Space.

It looks like a fantastic program for people who have a few years experience and want to go back to school full time.

The Masters Series: Steven Heller

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Great Q&A with Michael Bierut and Steven Heller.

Notes: Bierut wore stripped socks while Heller donned polka dots- only noticed this detail because the auditorium was packed and i sat on the floor- made for a great view of their socks and up their nostrils,, err… they had a fun discussion where they touched on Heller’s accomplishments –> screw magazine to nytimes art editor of 33 years to establishing the mfa program at sva 10 years ago to triskaidekaphobia. his favorite font is busorama and least favorite hobo. really enjoyed the wisdom and banter.

heller recommended:
The Shape of Content – Ben Shahn
The Assault on Reason – Al Gore
The Elements of Typographic Style- Robert Bringhurst
William Addison Dwiggins