Design Lecture Series: Laura Coombs

Wednesday, April 22, 10:00am–1:00pm
CSB 218C

Laura Coombs is a graphic designer in New York. She is currently a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute and the Senior Designer at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. She has taught, lectured, or served as a critic at design schools including the Yale School of Art, Princeton, Columbia GSAPP, Cooper Union, Parsons, Pratt, MICA, and Werkplaats Typografie. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and Yale School of Art with an MFA in Graphic Design.

Design Lecture Series: Yasaman Sheri

Wednesday, April 15, 10:00am–1:00pm
CSB 218C

Yasaman Sheri is a designer and creative director who works in the field of sensing and perception. She has led design interactions at Microsoft Hololens Operating System team and collaborated with Toyota, Mozilla XR Studio, Google (X), Sissel Tolaas and Yeast Lab, Ginkgo Bioworks and Space10. Yasaman is also an educator, teaching Sensory Design at Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design, among others. She is frequent visiting lecturer and faculty at Art Center College of Design, Columbia GSAPP and Stanford.

Design Lecture Series: Ayham Ghraowi & Matt Wolff

Wednesday, April 1, 10:00am–1:00pm
CSB 218C

Ayham Ghraowi is a graphic designer and editor based in New York. From 2017 to 2019, he was lecturer in Critical Practice at Yale School of Art, where he also served as the Assistant Dean for Research and Public Projects. In 2018, he initiated the Yale School of Art Press. In summer of 2019, alongside Byron Kim and Lisa Sigal in their inaugural year as co-directors, he joined as faculty at Yale Norfolk Summer School where he continues to develop curriculum and teach. In addition to teaching, he directs an independent studio of collaborators that design and produce publications, digital applications, exhibitions and films. He was recently producer and the assistant director of Drill, a film by Hito Steyerl that premiered at Park Avenue Armory in Summer 2019. He is a contributing editor at e-flux journal.

Design Lecture Series: Shannon Finnegan

Wednesday, March 25, 10:00am–1:00pm
CSB 218C

Shannon Finnegan is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist making work about accessibility and disability culture. They have done projects with Banff Centre, Friends of the High Line, Tallinn Art Hall, Nook Gallery, and the Wassaic Project. They have spoken at the Brooklyn Museum, School for Poetic Computation, The 8th Floor, and The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. In 2018, Finnegan received a Wynn Newhouse Award and participated in Art Beyond Sight’s Art + Disability Residency. In 2019, they were an artist-in-residence at Eyebeam. Finnegan’s work has been written about in C Magazine, Art in America, Hyperallergic, and the New York Times.

Design Lecture Series: Jane Wong

NOTE: This lecture has been rescheduled for March 25.

Wednesday, March 11, 10:00am–1:00pm
CSB 218C

Jane [Wong] is an architect and everyday designer. She holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, where upon graduating, has worked as a project lead for a major condominium project in Toronto and a key designer on several other high profile mixed-used commercial and residential projects.”

“While practicing full time in architecture, she has pursued her interests in social innovation and personal craft through exhibitions and other research studies. She has been published in OnSite and has also had several exhibitions of her work showcased in Toronto, including a regional competition winning project for Canada’s entry to the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. She also co-founded RUNE as a platform for exploration into architectural objects and jewelry design.”

“Her time at Waterloo allowed for the pursuit of many international internships, including a term in Copenhagen. This international experience allowed her to both broaden her understanding of urban typologies, and also gain insight into the day to day operations of vastly different cultures around the world.”

“Those years set a foundation into what has now grown into a critical interest in constructed and social environments, and how those are heavily influenced by the intersection of architecture, technology and new media.”

“The potential for social innovation to change a city through interactive technology is fascinating, and Jane returns to Copenhagen to pursue graduate studies at CIID for what looks to be an exciting and fast-paced year of exploration and research!”