Healthy Designers Create Healthy Design, with Natalia Ilyin

Healthy Designers Create Healthy Design, with Natalia Ilyin

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Date(s) - September 21, 2013
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Davidson Gallery - Design Block


Hosted by Cornish College of the Arts

Natalia Ilyin believes that designers’ real work habits can be very different from the values they espouse when designing “healthy living environments” for other people. In this talk, Ilyin will review the issues that this opposition creates. She’ll present the results of a project from her class “Design for Social Change” at Cornish College of the Arts, that strives to “unteach” the terrible habits that many designers cultivate in the name of doing good work. If designers don’t really live healthy, sustainable lives, how can they create spaces and a visual culture that embraces healthy living? Tickets: coming soon!

Biography:  Natalia Ilyin is a writer and design critic. She advocates for design’s role in creating positive social change and teaches design history and criticism. She consults on brand strategy and brand story development for nonprofit organizations, NGOs, educational institutions and technological innovations groups, and advises international governmental social engineering projects on the deployment of design principles to achieve positive social change.

Before becoming a full professor at Cornish College of the Arts, Natalia spent years as a designer and was Director of Programs for AIGA National in New York. She has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Yale University, The Cooper Union and the University of Washington. She was named Critic for the MFA in Graphic Design at RISD in 2009-10 and earned the award for teaching excellence at Cornish in 2012. Since Cornish does not yet offer an MFA, Natalia is also currently Founding Faculty for the MFA in Graphic Design at VCFA.


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