New York intensive from a Paris perspective

In the midst of working on her thesis on the publications of Ettore Sottsass, second year MA student Katia Porro took a two week trip to New York City for an intensive course with Jeremy Aynsley called “Issues in Graphic Design: Identity, Modernity, & Meaning.” Based at the Cooper Hewitt, Katia explored prints, rare books, typography, and magazines in relation to topics in design and beyond. Here are a few highlights from her trip.

Day 2 – A peek at William Morris’ News From Nowhere (1890), a science fiction novel written about a utopian socialist future.


Day 3 – Class discussion of how identities are conveyed/constructed/construed via graphics.

Day  6 – A visit to the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography. The center (free and open to the public, by appointment) hosts an extensive collection including designs by Herb Lubalin, Paul Rand, Otl Aicher, Pushpin Studios, and more. Here’s a closer look at Aaron Burns’ book Typography (1961).


Day 8 – After discussing the topic “Agitation and the Art of Revolution,” things go a little lighter with a closer look at Typographica magazine, a journal of typography and visual arts founded by British designer Herbert Spencer, published from 1949-1967.


Images and captions courtesy of Katia Porro. Text has been edited and modified from the original.