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Pressing On!

VCFA student Erin Beckloff is in the final stages of her Kickstarter campaign for her documentary film Pressing On — a documentary about the survival of letterpress and the remarkable printers who preserve the history and knowledge of the craft.

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Huh 1 - Thomas Knoll of Photoshop and Ian Lynam in conversation
Huh? #1: A micro-interview with Thomas Knoll

VCFA Chair Ian Lynam had the opportunity to rap with Thomas Knoll, the creator of Adobe Photoshop this week in Tokyo. In the first of this series of micro-interviews with important figures in visual culture, we find out some important stuff!

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Process: Yael Campbell

4th semester and rising graduate class member Yael Campbell has spent the majority of the past two years at VCFA Exploring visual languages, meaning, and spatiality. A native of Israel living in Florida and teaching in the lauded graphic design program at Ringling College, Yael has been exploiting the visual and conceptual themes that underlie the difference in Latin and Hebrew letterforms.

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Ian Lynam on graphic designer Barney Bubbles
Barney Bubbles!

A new essay and lecture about the work of late British graphic designer Barney Bubbles.

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Thought Experiments in Graphic Design Education
Silas Munro in Thought Experiments in Graphic Design Education

VCFA Faculty Silas Munro has work in the book Thought Experiments in Graphic Design Education.

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Draw Down workshop at VCFA
Draw Down workshop

On April 16 through April 18, 2015, Christopher and Kathleen Sleboda of Draw Down Books led a workshop for VCFA’s Semester 2 students called “Spontaneous Form—Gesture Made Visual”.

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VCFA meetup at TYPO SF

Join VCFA Co-chair Silas Munro, Director of Recruitment Ann Cardinal, Visual Arts Faculty Sabrina Fadial, and super-student Mike Scaringe at TYPO SF: Focus—the San Francisco edition of the series of amazing global typography conferences in 2015!

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Yoon Soo Lee on Functional Criticism

VCFA faculty member Yoon Soo Lee is currently on sabbatical, not that anyone can tell from the sheer volume of writing and work she has been getting done! She recently wrote this amazing guide to functional criticism in the classroom—an invaluable tool for design educators everywhere.

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Process: traversingwithonions by Sondra Graff

traversingwithonions was an interdisciplinary collaboration and a visual and conceptual phantasy conceived by Sondra Graff as a second semester VCFA project. 
(above photo: Ellen Crane, performers: Celeste Hastings & Maia Wechsler)

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Lesia Kuziw for Burton
VCFA alum Lesia Kuziw designs pattern for Burton backpack

Recent graduate Lesia Kuziw has designed the graphics for one of Burton’s super-successful line of youth backpacks for 2015.

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Design for Life by Natalia Ilyin
Design for Life

VCFA faculty member Natalia Ilyin on what the meaning of “good design” really might be.

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Modes of Criticism One
Modes of Criticism

A new international design journal launches with an essay by VCFA GD Co-chair Ian Lynam.

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Books by Ellen Lupton
Incoming 2.0…

Yet more über-exciting news—the second announcement of our visiting designers/critics for the upcoming Spring 2015 VCFA MFA in Graphic Design Residency! Survey says…

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Alex Moya - A Hair Story
A Hair Story

A video VCFA now-alum Alex Moya using lettering made from hair to tell a story about what it means to have or not have body hair.

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Parting It Out by Ian Lynam
Parting It Out Kickstarter

Kickstarter campaign for Ian Lynam’s new book on graphic design, Parting It Out.

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