Category Archives: Faculty

Daniel Zender featured in Communication Arts!

Daniel Zender  (Design Foundations and Illustration 2)
Conforming to his own artistic vision, this Brooklyn-based illustrator is mastering uncanny beauty.

Last October, Daniel Zender did something you have probably never done: he went to Easter Island on a whim. In truth, the word whim doesn’t really capture the passionate curiosity that led to Zender’s adventure. The illustrator, 31, has an affinity for mysterious phenomena and traditional art that goes back to his childhood. “I was an X-Files kid,” he recalls. “I was into aliens and Area 51 and just weird stuff.” From early on, he was fascinated by Easter Island, “a place that took a long time to understand and still is not fully understood.” His interest had been dormant until he recently happened on a book about the Chilean island at a stoop sale near his Brooklyn home, and started wondering how he could actually get there.

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Professor Tuomas Korpijaakko at the New York Art Book Fair

Professor Tuomas Korpijaakko (Publication Design) will be joining Booth N37 on Saturday and Sunday for the release of F Magazine, Issue 7: Paranoia. 

F is a periodic print-only publication that began as a magazine about a magazine, but is increasingly an actual magazine. 

F issue 7: PARANOIA out Sep/Oct 2018
Editor-in-chief: Adam Marnie
Art Director: Tuomas Korpijaakko

Printed Matter, Inc. presents THE NY ART BOOK FAIR
September 21-23, 2018
Preview: Thursday, September 20, 6-9pm

Free entrance

HOURS AND LOCATION

Preview Thursday, September 20, 6-9pm (Ticketed)

Friday, September  21, 1-7pm

Saturday, September 22, 11am-9pm

Sunday, September 23, 11am-7pm

MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY.

QC Illustration Faculty Publish New Books and Win Awards

Students in the QC Design BFA program can pursue a concentration in Illustration and Animation. Here’s what some of the illustrators on faculty have been up to in the past year:

Cecilia Ruiz

In the summer of 2018, Professor Ruiz’s picture book, A Gift from Abuela, was published by Candlewick Press.

In her first book for children, Cecilia Ruiz illuminates how things can change — and the importance of holding on to our dearest relationships when they do.

The first time Abuela holds Nina, her heart overflows with tenderness. And as Nina grows up, she and Abuela spend plenty of time together. Abuela can’t help thinking how much she’d like to give Nina a very special treat, so she saves a little bit of her money every week — a few pesos here, a few pesos there. When the world turns upside down, Abuela’s dream of a surprise for Nina seems impossible. Luckily, time spent together — and the love Abuela and Nina have for each other — could turn out to be the very best gift of all. With a soft and subtle hand, author-illustrator Cecilia Ruiz draws from her own history to share a deeply personal tale about remembering what’s most important when life starts to get in the way.

Social media links: www.ceciliaruiz.com  Instagram @cecifonik Twitter @cecifonik


Elizabeth Sayles

This June was a busy month for Professor Sayles. In addition to being a visiting lecturer at the Blanton Museum, University of Texas at Austin, (speaking about Ellsworth Kelly and the Ghost Army of WWII), her newest picture book, Americans, was published by Simon & Schuster.  Over the past year and a half, many of her students at QC  witnessed the book’s creation and learned how how a picture book is developed. The art was painted traditionally with acrylics and pencils, but also involved Adobe Photoshop when working out the layout, and for preparing the final files to send to the publisher.  The book is a timely reminder of the values and history of our country and its people.

This October some of the artwork from the book will be in the exhibit:  A Children’s America at the Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY.

Social media links: www.elizabethsayles.com Instagram: ElizabethSayles www.facebook.com/ElizabethSaylesArt/


Ryan Hartley Smith

In the past year, Professor Smith was awarded a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators for his work for the National YoungArts Foundation. He created a series of large-scale prints for the Delaware Art Museum orientation hall to welcome visitors to this leading museum of American illustration. He collaborated with QC Design colleague Susan Shaw on a guidebook to understand the NYC capital budget process, commissioned by the city’s Independent Budget Office. In July, Professor Smith presented a paper titled Grappling with Representation in the Age of the Comments Section at the ICON10 Illustration Conference in Detroit.

Professor Smith created posters and animated backdrops for theater director Yara Travieso for shows at Joe’s Pub and the National YoungArts Foundation. Professor Smith’s collaborative poster with dancer Jerron Herman was displayed at the Museum of Arts and Design, and is currently installed in an NYC Dept. of Transportation streetscape exhibition on 125th Street in Harlem.

Currently, Professor Smith is working with the Center for Urban Pedagogy, the Center for Court Innovation, and Safe Horizon to create a series of illustrated books and pocket guides to help youth between the ages of 2 to 18 navigate the court system as a witness or victim.

Social Media: www.ryhartley.com Instagram: @rhartleysmith


Daniel Zender

This year, Professor Zender has been trying to spend more time in his studio, where he works on paintings, prints and sculpture. In May he had a show of block prints at Desert Island in Williamsburg, and is currently working on a set of large mixed media paintings. Professor Zender has also been making illustration work for a variety of new clients, including VICE, Wired, and Google. In January he was awarded a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators for his work for Nike.

Social Media: www.danielzender.com Insta: @danielzender.com

New Course Just Added for Spring 2017: ARTS370 Typeface Design

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This course is for anyone who has always wanted to design his or her own typeface, but is unsure where to start. Or for those who just love type, and wish they knew more about how it works. The participants will engage with the fundamental methods, tools and principles involved in the making of a digital typeface.

The course will take the participants from basic sketching through hand-drawn type to the digitization of their own, original letterforms. Working with each student step by step through the process of creating a working typeface of their very own, this course will provide a fundamental understanding of how typefaces work both technically and aesthetically, and experience in making them.

ARTS370 (56805)

Prerequisite: ARTS242 Typography 1

Instructor: Thomas Jockin

Day/time: Sundays 1:00pm – 4:50pm

New Elective Course: ARTS-250 Design Thinking – Spring 2017

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Learn to think and make strategically. Apply your design skills in ways that are truly innovative.

Students interested in creative direction, social innovation, tech entrepreneurship, and solving the world’s big, important problems are encouraged to enroll.

ARTS-250
Design Thinking
Wednesdays, 8:10am-12pm in Klapper 107
Fall 2016
Professor Andrew DeRosa

Course Description
This course will explore a variety of research, strategy, and design methods used by industry leaders to create innovative design solutions. Students will use these methods to create their own fully-formed brands to launch new products, services, and experiences based on real insights.

Pre-req: ARTS 241 or consent of instructor: andrew.derosa@qc.cuny.edu

 

Aaron Krach’s Book Launch/Event at Printed Matter

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Mies [Muse]

A tribute to Mies van der Rohe with new books by Aaron Krach and Philip Tomaru
April 16, 2016, 5 -7 PM
Printed Matter

On the occasion of Mies van der Rohe’s 130th birthday, Aaron Krach and Philip Tomaru present three new publications that reckon with the architect’s place in history, popular culture, and the modernist canon. Cake will be served. It wouldn’t be a birthday party without it.

Krach’s new book, Dark Pools (Almost Everything) is a shadow of Mies van der Rohe Furniture and Drawings, the catalog for a 1977 exhibition at MoMA dedicated to the architect’s furniture. Massimo Vignelli designed the slender paperback with brutal simplicity. “I found a dog-eared copy and lingered over its beauty,” Krach explains. “But I could not shake a sense of dread. Something dark lurked between the pages. The utopia imagined by Mies and Vignelli never arrived. Machine production rendered craftsman irrelevant. Minimal forms did not improve daily life. Innovative designs became ordinary, now filling bank lobbies and corporate boardrooms. Dark Pools inverts the original. Black is white. Shiny is matte. The cover is screen-printed by hand instead of machine-printed. The book is still elegant and stark, but the darkness is clear. Much is obscured and yet more, perhaps, is revealed.

Tomaru releases two new publications. BLINDS and WALLS are the first and second volumes in a three-part series, concluding with WINDOWS. The photographic-based series explores issues related to public-private space, transparency, and cognitive-affective processes as Tomaru negotiates the messy terrain of the modernist architecture program inter-mingled with his own lived-experience in one of Mies van der Rohe’s last residential buildings. Each book in the series is published using a different method, including risography, photocopy, and offset.

Dark Pools is available here

Biographies

Aaron Krach is an artist based in NYC. Recently, he has worked with people, books, rocks, text, vodka, Purell, and a taxidermy goat to make books, sculptures, prints, and installations.

Philip Tomaru lives and works in New York and Baltimore.

 

QC Student Show Volunteer Opportunities

Design by Alice Lee

Poster Design by Alice Lee

Hello QC Design Community!

Mark your calendars, because the annual student exhibition is fast approaching. The exhibit runs from February 8th-18th. Please join us on Wednesday, February 10th, from 5-7pm for an opening reception in the Klapper Hall Student Gallery, located on the 4th floor.

We are also looking for volunteers to help curate and hang the exhibition, as well as volunteers to sit in the space during the course of the show- so that we can keep it open to the public as much as possible. If you are interested, please contact Professor Smith at Ryan.Smith@qc.cuny.edu

Design and Tech Events (Week of Sept. 21st)

Razorfish Global Tech Summit (Sept. 22nd)
Professor Danne Woo will be demoing his data visualization software, Datavisual, next Tuesday, September 22nd at the Razorfish Global Tech Summit.

NYC Media Lab Summit (Sept. 25th)
Professor Andrew DeRosa and Professor Woo will both be demoing next Friday, September 25th, at the NYC Media Lab Summit. Professor DeRosa will be talking about his Speculative Design class and Professor Woo will also be demoing student work from his Creative Coding class.

Both of these events are great to attend to learn more about design, technology and to potentially find jobs and internships through networking. The Razorfish Summit is free to register and the NYC Media Lab Summit is only $15 for students to register.

If you do happen to attend either one of these events, make sure to stop by and say hello to Professor Woo and Professor DeRosa.

Professor Zender awarded ADC Young Guns 2015!

© Daniel Zender, 2015

© Daniel Zender, 2015

Congratulations to Professor Daniel Zender, winner of the ADC Young Guns 2015 award!

The Art Directors Club (ADC), hosts this annual global competition to celebrate outstanding creatives under the age of 30. Announcing this years recipients, Nicole Jacek, Chair of the Young Guns 13 Committee  commented “Young Guns is not about meeting a quota of winners, but awarding individuals that we unanimously agreed would be the next generation of cultural changing creatives.”

Professor Zender teaches Illustration, Design Foundations and Photoshop at Queens College, CUNY.