Van Dyke, Hill and Dean Dixon set to lecture in Department of Graphic Design and Industrial Design speakers series
Tuesday, September 4, 6:30 p.m., Burns Auditorium
Benjamin Van Dyke is Associate Professor and head of Communication Design in the Visual Studies department at The State University of New York at Buffalo. In 2006, Van Dyke was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the Netherlands where he was artist-in-residence at NLXL in The Hague. During this time, he lent his talents to the implementation of experimental practices for the ministries of education and culture with an analysis on the cultural implications. He has continued his research through site-specific installations of experimental typography. He has been invited to exhibit his work across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Van Dyke also serves as Vice President of DesignInquiry — an international design collective focused on design research and education. He earned an MFA in Graphic Design from the University of Michigan, and a BFA in Advertising from Kendall College of Art & Design. He has conducted design workshops at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), San Diego State University, and TypeCon (2010).
Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 p.m. Burns Auditorium
Will Hill is Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge UK, where he heads the MA programme in Graphic Design and Typography. His personal and professional practice, research, and teaching, centers upon typography, letters, and the visual form of language. This has informed his exhibited visual work, design practice, and academic research in the form of conference papers, books, exhibitions, events and collaborative projects. Before taking up a full-time academic post in 1993 he had worked for 17 years in London as a designer, illustrator and consultant, during which time he was employed by many of the city’s leading publishers, magazines, agencies and design consultancies. He is the author of The Complete Typographer (2004, 2010), and contributed chapters to Art and Text (2008) and Font: the sourcebook (2009). He has also contributed to the forthcoming Phaidon Compendium of Graphic Design. Hill is the organiser of the international conference series Beyond the Margins and the curator of the touring exhibition Types for the New Century. He completed an MA in Typeface Design at the University of Reading in 2007 and is currently completing his PhD by Publication on Type and Materiality.
Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 p.m., Burns Auditorium
Keetra Dean Dixon is a designer and artist who often works under the handle FromKeetra. Keetra divides her time between public installations, exhibits and commercial projects. Her work has been recognized on several fronts including a US presidential award, a place in the permanent design collection at the SFMOMA, and the honorable ranking of ADC Young Gun. She has been featured in numerous publications and exhibits, including feature articles in Etapes Magazine, commissioned works for the ’09 U.S. Presidential Inauguration and the ’10 UK Design Event. Dixon’s first solo exhibit opened its doors in November 2009 in London’s Kessel Kramer Gallery: KKOutlet. She has acted as Design Director with the LAB at Rockwell Group for installations featured at ’08 Venice Architecture Biennale and ’10 01SJ Biennial. Keetra’s commercial design continues to attract media giants such as The New York Times, Nike, Swatch, Sony & MTV. Dixon developed many of her core objectives during her 2004 – 2006 masters studies at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She currently resides on the East Coast of the US where she keeps a buzzing studio practice with partner JK Keller.