We’ve lined up three amazing guests for our upcoming residency, specializing in design anthropology, design theory, and type design. All are veteran educators and we are pleased as punch to welcome Dr. Dori Tunstall, Randy Nakamura, and Sibylle Hagmann as guest designers and critics at the Fall 2017 residency at VCFA’s MFA in Graphic Design!
Dr. Dori Tunstall
Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, researcher, academic leader, writer, and educator. She is Dean, Faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada and the first black Dean of a Faculty of Design. She has taught and lectured all over the globe. Dr. Tunstall studied anthropology at Bryn Mawr College and obtained her PhD from Stanford University. She has led user experience and strategy at Chicago-based E Lab, as well as working as an experience planner for Arc Worldwide, which handled the integrated services for Leo Burnett. She has also held the positions of Associate Director, City Design Center, University of Illinois at Chicago and Associate Professor of Design Anthropology, School of Art + Design, University of Illinois at Chicago. From 2005–2006 she also served as the Managing Director of Design for Democracy, an ongoing AIGA program that applies design tools and thinking to “increase civic participation by making interactions between the U.S. government and its citizens more understandable, efficient and trustworthy. In 2008 Tunstall organized the U.S. National Design Policy Summit and Initiative focused on creating an actionable agenda of U.S. Design policy for economic competitiveness and democratic governance. In 2009 Tunstall became Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Design, and Associate Professor of Design Anthropology, Faculty of Health, Arts, and Design at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. In 2010 Tunstall founded the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on the use of tangible and intangible cultural heritage to drive irreversible changes in peoples’ attitudes, behaviors, and/or values that directly benefit communities under social and environmental distress.
Randy Nakamura is a writer, designer, and researcher who teaches at California College of Art (CCA) in San Francisco. He is currently a Ph.D candidate in the Critical Studies program at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. As a researcher he has contributed to the 2013 Pacific Standard Time exhibitionEverything Loose will Land for the MAK Center and Getty Foundation focusing on the art and architecture of Los Angeles in the 1970s. His writing has been published in Design Observer, Emigre, Task, Modes of Criticism, and Idea Magazine. Previously he was the Director of Design for The Grateful Palate.
Sibylle Hagmann began her career in Switzerland at the Basel School of Design and explored her passion for anything type related in California, while completing her MFA at CalArts. During this time she developed typefaces, most notably the award winning Cholla family, originally commissioned by Art Center College of Design, and released soon after by the type foundry Emigre in 1999. Her typeface family Odile, first published in 2006, was awarded the Swiss Federal Design Award in the same year. She is a professor at the University of Houston’s School of Art since 2002 and runs the type foundry Kontour.
Sibylle Hagmann’s work has been featured in numerous publications and recognized by the Type Directors Club of New York and Japan. Over the years, she presented her work nationally and internationally at typography conferences and educational institutions with occasional workshops.