Shira Inbar is an independent graphic designer with an edge of motion graphics, working in the fields of entertainment, editorial design, and image-making. She worked as a designer and animator at MTV News and a senior designer at Pentagram Design. Since 2018 she has been maintaining an active practice of her own, making work for The New York Times, New Yorker Magazine, Medium, GIPHY, Quartz, Refinery29, Vice Media, Politico, AIGA Eye on Design, Red Bull Arts, and more. In addition to her practice, she teaches a variety of time-based design courses at Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, and The Cooper Union. Shira holds a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, and an MFA from Yale University, New Haven.
On Wednesday 3/24, 10:00am EST, please join us for a conversation with Alice Wong and Professor Mindy Seu about the book and organization Disability Visibility. Link is available at spring2021-seminar.designforthe.net.
Closed captioning and sign language interpretation will be available.
Alice Wong is a disabled activist, media maker, and research consultant based in San Francisco, California. She is the founder and director of the Disability Visiblity Project, an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture. Alice is also the host and co-producer of the Disability Visibility podcast and co-partner of a number of collaborations such as #CriptheVote and Access Is Love. From 2013–2015, Alice served as a member of the Natioanl Council on Disability, an appointment by President Barack Obama. You can follow her on Twitter: @SFdirewolf. For more: disabilityvisibilityproject.com.
* Please note this time change from 10am to 11:30am!
Lauren Lee McCarthy (she/they) is an artist examining social relationships in the midst of surveillance, automation, and algorithmic living. She is a 2021 United States Artist Fellow, 2020 Sundance New Frontier Story Lab Fellow, 2020 Eyebeam Rapid Response Fellow, 2019 Creative Capital Grantee. She is the recipient of several grants, including the Knight Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, Google AMI, Sundance Institute, and Rhizome. Her work SOMEONE was awarded the Ars Electronica Golden Nica and the Japan Media Arts Social Impact Award, and her work LAUREN was awarded the IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction. Lauren’s work has been exhibited internationally, at places such as the Barbican Centre, SIGGRAPH, Seoul Museum of Art, among many others. Lauren is also the creator of p5.js, an open-source art and education platform that prioritizes access and diversity in learning to code, with over 1.5 million users. She expands on this work in her role as a Director of the Processing Foundation, whose mission is to serve those who have historically not had access to the fields of technology, code, and art in learning software and visual literacy. Lauren is an Associate Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts. She holds an MFA from UCLA and a BS Computer Science and BS Art and Design from MIT.
Aarati Akkapeddi is a first-generation Indian-American, cross-disciplinary artist, educator, and programmer interested in the poetics and politics of datasets. They work with both personal and institutional archives to explore how identities and histories are shaped by different methods of collecting, preserving, and presenting data. Their work has been supported by institutions such as NYC Media Lab, Beamcenter, ETOPIA Center for Art & Technology, & LES Printshop. They live and work in Occupied Lenapehoking (New York).
Chris Hamamoto is a Bay Area-based designer. He is an Assistant Professor at California College of the Arts, and has also lectured or given workshops at Letterform Archive, OCAT Shenzhen, The Book Society in South Korea, SUNY Purchase, Meiyi Art Academy in China, and RISD, among others. His work has been exhibited in the Gwanju Design Biennale, Brno International Graphic Design Biennial, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Typojanchi, as well as published in C Magazine, IDEA Magazine, and the Walker Art Center’s Gradient.
In the fall of 1962, James Baldwin gave a lecture at Community Church in New York City entitled “The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity.” The speech was later broadcast via Radio on WBAI. In the talk, Baldwin grapples with defining terms like “artist” or “integrity.” He concludes that an artist or designer must confront the dilemma that they are “bearing witness helplessly to something which everybody knows, and nobody wants to face.” Munro will explore how his mutable practice as a designer, educator, writer, researcher, historian, poet, surfer, and activist has attempted to create a form of integrity in the face of racism, homophobia, classism, stigma, and other forms of exclusion. This attempt at integration is reflected in his lived experience as a queer biracial man and the experiences of his clients and students. Munro is particularly interested in the often unaddressed post-colonial relationship between design and marginalized communities. His practice sheds light, opens up space, and speculates on new futures for more inclusive design disciplines.