Design Lecture Series: Elizabeth Guffey

On September 21, we welcomed Elizabeth Guffey for a lecture on “Designing Disability.”

Split image of image 1: screenshot of the Guffey’s website: A grid of colorful posters designed with photography and typography, reading "Elizabeth Guffey Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts Design Lecture Series". Image 2: headshot of Guffey in a pale blue top behind a bookcase

Elizabeth Guffey works at the intersection of art, design and disability studies. Her book Designing Disability: Symbols, Space and Society (Bloomsbury) argues that designs like the International Symbol of Access or “wheelchair symbol” can alter the environment, making people more disabled or less, depending on the design’s planning and use. She is also Founding Editor of the academic journal Design and Culture. Guffey currently heads the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory at the State University of New York, Purchase College.