Category: design

Locandine: Cortona Program Poster Designs

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Cortona poster, star with heads of dignitaries.The University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy is the great patriarch of study abroad programs at the university, going strong after its fortieth anniversary in 2010 and probably never as vibrant as it is today. In that time, thousands of UGA students and many hundreds more from other institutions have visited the small city on the hill, left a little of themselves there and taken a bit with them for wherever else life's journey has led.

Now through Nov. 7, the Suite and Plaza galleries of the Lamar Dodd School of Art are showcasing some of the inventive and original designs used to promote the program over the years. On view in the show is not only the evolution of design as such, but also the warm transatlantic relationship between Athens and Cortona that has so enriched both towns over the years.

The designs represented offer insight into the program's history, including course offerings, destinations and announcements for "La Mostra" or the student/faculty exhibition traditionally held each semester in Cortona.

Stop by and see the show - I just saw it today. A reception will be held on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 4 - 6 p.m. The program is using the poster exhibition to entice alumni to visit campus and they're giving the posters away as a token for donations to the program. A great opportunity to own some delightful design pieces that mark part of the history of art at UGA.

Talking Design in Myanmar

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In July 2012, Lamar Dodd School of Art assistant professor of graphic design Moon Jung Jang was one of three international designers invited to participate in a three-week design workshop in Yangon, Myanmar. Organized to cultivate discourse on the power of visual design in the Southeast Asian country of many languages, ethnicities and linguistic groups, the workshop was a learning experience for Jang even as she was invited to be one of its instructors.

“It was great opportunity to talk about and share ideas on design concepts with a diverse of group of professional illustrators, designers and artists,” Jang said. She was invited to present at the workshop, Tactical Media: Publication Design - Creating Critical and Creative Journalism for a New Era of Myanmar, along with Fumio Tachibana of Women’s Art University in Tokyo and Bart Haensel of the Artemis Academy in Amsterdam. The three presented separate design sessions over the course of the workshop on a variety of topics organized around social development and capacity building in Myanmar. The three-week experience culminated in an exhibition of new graphic works developed by the participants.

The workshop was organized by Mizzima, a Burmese news and multimedia company, in cooperation with Arts Network Asia, an independent group of artists and activist from across Asia.

“All the participants understand very well that publications are a powerful medium, especially so as a country goes through a transition period of democratization, such as Myanmar is,” Jang said. “They are very talented cartoonists, artists and designers, but they wanted to know what else is going on - and so they invited designers from different parts of the world.”

Postmodern design, transformations of craft

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The impact of high style on the hand-made elements of craft is an ongoing, if contentious, phenomenon. The Lamar Dodd School of Art hosts a lecture by a curator from the Victoria and Albert Museum, who will talk about the recent V & A exhibition exploring this topic.

Glenn Adamson, Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, will present a lecture at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at 5:30 p.m. on April 10 in room S151. His lecture, which will focus on recent transformations of craft, as viewed through the lens of his experience curating the exhibition, ‘Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970-1990,’ is free and the public is invited to attend.

Futurefarmer Franceschini to visit UGA

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The Lamar Dodd School of Art, The Willson Center and ICE bring interdisciplinary artist Amy Franceschini to campus on March 6.

Franceschini will deliver the lecture[ 4 p.m., 101 MLC] "Art is a Verb," which focuses on her recent work with sustainable energy, urban food production and dialogues between artists and scientists. She is the founder of Futurefarmers, a critically acclaimed group of artists and designers who have worked together since 1995. Their innovative studio produces art projects, design for print and interactive websites, workshops and research that explores social, cultural and environmental systems. Futurefarmers hosts artists from around the world in residency programs that offer a platform for collaboration and research.