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D-Crit Lecture with Peter Hall: “Infoviz: Where’s the Critique?”

MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

New York, United States

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Data visualization has lately become an unlikely form of mass entertainment. After the public health professor Hans Rosling presented his giant, animated graphs of floating bubbles, it became the seventh most-watched TED talk, attracting 2.8 million online viewers. But what is the critic to make of this huge, sprawling, multidisciplinary field, which ranges from amateur information graphics to the vast, spectacular arrays rendered by number-crunching supercomputers? And, more to the point, why is critical discourse largely missing from the visualization fields?

Peter Hall is a design critic, and senior lecturer in design at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a contributing writer for Metropolis magazine since 2000 and has written widely about design in its various forms, including gaming, elevators, building graphics, bridges, neon lights and office chairs, for publications including Print, I.D. Magazine, The New York Times, and The Guardian. He wrote and co-edited the books Tibor Kalman: Perverse Optimist (Princeton Architectural Press, 2000), Sagmeister: Made You Look (Abrams, 2009) and Pause: 59 Minutes of Motion Graphics (Universe, 2000). Since 2006 he has been vice president and co-organizer of DesignInquiry, a non-profit educational organization devoted to researching design issues at an annual gathering in Vinalhaven, ME.

The Fall 2011 Design Criticism MFA Lecture Series is open to the public. You are warmly invited to attend our lectures, to see our new department and to meet with speakers, faculty members and students over a drink.

Space is limited.

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When: 6 Dec 2011, 6:00 p.m.

Where: MFA Design Criticism Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd floor

Price: Free and open to the public

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136 West 21 Street
New York, NY

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)


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MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu

SVA MFA Design Criticism Department

136 West 21 Street, Second Floor (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues)
Subway: F, V at 23rd Street; 1 at 23rd Street

The SVA MFA in Design Criticism is a pioneering two-year graduate program that trains students to research, analyze, and evaluate design and its social and environmental implications. Students study with some of the best design writers and thinkers of our time, including MoMA’s senior curator of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli, Design Observer blogger Alexandra Lange, and New York Times critic Phil Patton. They learn how to curate an exhibition, produce a radio segment, launch a blog, edit a publication, host a lecture series, and stage a major conference. 

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

On Tuesday evenings at D-Crit we present lectures by the most thoughtful and provocative writers, editors, designers, and curators practicing today in the interrelated fields of design, architecture and urban planning. Selected to supplement our curriculum with their original methods and alternative viewpoints, these speakers inspire and challenge our students. Our students, in turn, through the discussion they lead, help illuminate the concerns and priorities of design criticism today. 

Please contact us for a tour and more information at dcrit@sva.edu. 

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