Robert Lzicar and Davide Fornari will be in the U.S. for a multi-stop tour to present their co-edited book, Mapping Graphic Design History in Switzerland.
Mapping Graphic Design History in Switzerland features eleven selected essays on the mediation and consumption of graphic design artifacts and processes by authors from the German, French, and Italian-speaking areas of Switzerland. Check out and/or purchase your copy here. Published by Triest Verlag.
CHICAGO | 2.13
Welcoming Words: Matthew Terdich, Executive Creative Director, Chicago Design Museum
Moderator: Philip Burton Professor & Chair, Graphic Design at UIC School of Design
- Marcia Lausen, Director of the UIC School of Design
- Jonathan Mekinda PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History and at the School of Design at UIC
- Victor Margolin, Professor Emeritus of Design History at UIC
NYC | 2.15
Intro: Alexander Tochilovsky, Associate Professor at The Cooper Union and Curator at the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography
Moderators: Robert Lzicar & Davide Fornari, co-editors of MGDH Switzerland
- Juliette Cezzar, Assistant Professor of Communication Design at the New School’s Parsons School of Design
- Lucille Tenazas, Founder and Principal of Tenazas Design, Associate Dean of AMT & Henry Wolf and Professor of Communication Design at the New School’s Parsons School of Design
- James Goggin, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design
BOSTON | 2.16
swissnex Boston, 6:00 pm | Register here!
Program will be followed by a dialogue with Elizabeth Resnick, Professor and former chair of Graphic Design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Davide Fornari is associate professor at ECAL University of Art and Design in Lausanne, where he leads the research and development sector. He has previously been teacher and researcher at SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland. He holds a PhD in Design Sciences from the School of Doctorate Studies, University Iuav of Venice. His PhD thesis “Il volto come interfaccia” (et al./edizioni, Milan 2012) was awarded a grant for publication from the Swiss National Science Foundation. He has published essays for Sellerio, Einaudi, Treccani, Springer, and for the magazines Domus, Alias, and Ottagono. He is a member of the permanent observatory of ADI (industrial design association) and co-editor of the magazine Progetto grafico. He was a member of the Swiss Institute in Rome for the academic year 2014 – 2015. Photo © Corinne Aeberhard.
Robert Lzicar is a communication designer, professor and researcher. He is based at the Bern University of the Arts, where he directs the MA Communication Design course, researches at the Department of R+D Communication Design, and teaches design history. He earned a Master of Arts in Research on the Arts at the University of Bern, and is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of the Arts, Bern. As an undergraduate he was trained as a visual designer at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd and at the Zurich University of the Arts. Since 2006 he is partner of the design studio STVG – Mahrer, Lzicar in Zurich. He organized the symposium “Mapping Graphic Design History in Switzerland” (2014), as well as co-coordinates the research project “Swiss Graphic Design and Typography Revisited,” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Sinergia programme from October 2016.
Elizabeth Resnick is a professor and former chair of Graphic Design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts. She is a passionate design curator who has organized seven comprehensive design exhibitions, the last four centered on contemporary socio-political poster design: The Graphic Imperative: International Posters of Peace, Social Justice and The Environment 1965–2005 (2005) with Chaz Maviyane-Davies and Frank Baseman; Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985–2010 with Javier Cortés (2010); Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age: 2001–2012 (2012). The newest exhibition, Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-based Inequality, Violence and Discrimination (2016) investigates gender-based inequalities deeply entrenched in every global society. Her book publications include Developing Citizen Designers, Bloomsbury Academic (2016), Design for Communication: Conceptual Graphic Design Basics, John Wiley & Sons Publishers (2003) and Graphic Design: A Problem-Solving Approach to Visual Communication, Prentice-Hall Publications”(1984). She has led poster workshops and lectured throughout the United States, Mexico, Ireland, Great Britain, China, South Korea and Bolivia. She is had posters accepted at the Warsaw Poster Biennial and the BICM Mexican Poster Biennial, and exhibited other posters at high profile exhibition events.
book information & contributors
- Epilogue and prologue by the editors.
- Contributions by Constance Delamadeleine, Davide Fornari, Roland Früh, Invar-Torre Hollaus, Barbara Junod, Leslie Kennedy, Robert Lzicar, Corina Neuenschwander, Franziska Nyffenegger, François Rappo, Michael Renner, Bettina Richter, Teal Triggs, Amanda Unger, and Peter Vetter.
- Visual Essays designed by Diana Iennaco, Marina Prado and Leonardo Signori.
- Published by Triest Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-03863-009-8.