Announcing Manifesto Steering Committee

08 April 2011
Icograda is honoured to announce the members of the Icograda Design Education Manifesto update Steering Committee. Led by Icograda Vice President Omar Vulpinari and Manifesto Co-chairs Ahn Sang-Soo and Audrey G. Bennett, each steering committee member has been invited to contribute a 1000 word essay on the future of design education.

Icograda is honoured to announce the members of the Icograda Design Education Manifesto update Steering Committee. Led by Icograda Vice President Omar Vulpinari and Manifesto Co-chairs Ahn Sang-Soo and Audrey G. Bennett, each steering committee member has been invited to contribute a 1000 word essay on the future of design education.

The Icograda Design Education Manifesto (PDF) was developed collaboratively by an international group of designers. Prof. Ahn Sang-Soo convened two workshops in March and June 2000. The first explored the shift in the definition of design, while the second developed the language of the Manifesto. The document was translated into 17 languages and presented at the 2000 Icograda Oullim Congress in Seoul.

The Icograda Design Education Manifesto is a core document that defines Icograda’s position on design education. The Manifesto advocates that design education must foster learning, rather than imparting knowledge, so that students are resilient to change and will develop their potential in and beyond academic programs.

Contributors to the original Manifesto represented a geographically, politically, economically, culturally and socially diverse cross section of the design education community, including individuals from Brazil, China, Germany, India, South Korea, the Netherlands, South Africa, and the United States. The Steering Committee co-chairs and Icograda Board sought to reflect this same diversity in updating the Icograda Design Education Manifesto.

The essays contributed will form the basis of the Manifesto update, which will be published and distributed at the Icograda General Assembly 24, taking place on 27-28 October 2011 in Taipei, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei).

Steering Committee

Gui Bonsiepe (Germany/Argentina/Brazil/United States)

[Image: Gui Bonsiepe]Gui Bonsiepe studied information design at the the ulm school for design (HfG Ulm). He taught and conducted research at the HfG Ulm until 1968. Since 1968 design and consultancy services for multilateral and bilateral organisations for technical cooperation and for government institutions in Chile, Argentina, Brazil. Specialisation on design issues in peripheral countries. From 1987 to 1989 interface designer in a software house in California. 1993-2003 professor for interface design at the Köln International School of Design. Since 2003 living and working in Argentina and Brazil.

Prof. Guenter Karl Bose (Germany)

[Image: Karl BoseGuenther]Guenter Karl Bose completed German studies, art history and politics at the University of Freiburg, Germany (1970-76), before becoming a publisher in Berlin (1979-96), at Brinkmann & Bose. From 1993 he became professor of typography at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, and since 1998 he has been head of the school’s Typography Department and Institute for Book Design. In 2000, he opened LMN-Studio in Berlin. Bose is a consultant for Deutsche Oper Berlin, musica viva (Bayerischer Rundfunk), Kunststiftung NRW, Literaturhaus Berlin, Kleist-Museum and Berliner Festspiele.

Rodolfo Capeto (Brasil)

[Image: Rodolfo Capeto]Rodolfo Capeto is a designer who graduated from ESDI (Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since 1992 he has been teaching at ESDI, and is currently the School’s director. His main areas of interest and practice are typography, type design and information design. He is a Brazilian pioneer in the use of digital processes in graphic design, who developed a new proprietary vector font format. His major accomplishment is the design of a new family of typefaces for the largest Portuguese language dictionary.

Halim Choueiry (Lebanon)

[Image: Halim Choueiry]Design educator, practitioner and past Icograda Vice President, Halim Choueiry is Chairperson of the Arts+Design Department at the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut, Lebanon. He is undertaking a PhD in Design at the University of Brighton , his research focussing on Cultural Mapping and Cultural Navigation. Halim applies his research findings through Cinnamon, his design studio specialising in identifying cultural patterns, visual development of bilingual corporate identities, and the simultaneous typographic representation of Latin-based languages and Arabic. Halim has been awarded internationally and has extensive experience in judging competitions and awards.

Katia Colucci (Italy)

[Image: Katia Colucci]After teaching at L’Aquila State University and the Guglielmo Reiss Romoli School, in 2001, Katia joined the Innovation Centre of the Telecom Italia Group. Her research included Industrial Accounting systems, economic evaluations of new technologies and the study and definition of new business models of the ICT markets, focussing her efforts on the transport and education sectors. Katia is leader of the Future of Learning project at the Future Centre, and dedicates her time to the Education ecosystem and its evolution enabled by the emerging technology trajectories.

Liz Danzico (United States)

[Image: Liz Danzico]Liz Danzico is chair and co-founder of the MFA in Interaction Design Program at the School of Visual Arts. She is a columnist for Interactions Magazine, on the boards of Rosenfeld Media and Design Ignites Change. She’s been user experience director at Happy Cog, editor-in-chief for Boxes and Arrows, editor-in-chief for A Brief Message, and an advisory board member of the Information Architecture Institute, adjunct faculty at the New School University and the Fashion Institute of Technology. In the past, Liz directed experience strategy for AIGA.

Meredith Davis (United States)

[Image: Meredith Davis]Meredith Davis held the position of Department Head in Graphic Design and Director of the Interdisciplinary PhD in Design program and holds graduate degrees from Cranbrook Academy of Art and Pennsylvania State University. Meredith is 2005 national AIGA medalist, a former AIGA board member, and former president of the American Center for Design and the Graphic Design Education Association. Meredith is an author and lecturer and serves on the editorial board for Design Issues and is currently authoring a college textbook series on design for Thames and Hudson, Ltd.

Hugh Dubberly (United States)

[Image: Hugh Dubberly]Hugh Dubberly is a partner in Dubberly Design Office (DDO), a San Francisco-based consultancy that makes hardware, software, and services easier to use. At Apple Computer, Dubberly managed cross-functional design teams, the company’s corporate identity. At Netscape, he became vice president of design and managed the design, engineering, and production of Netscape’s web portal. Dubberly was founding chair of the Computer Graphics Department at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He has taught at several universities and edits a column “On Modeling” for Association of Computing Machinery’s journal, Interactions.

Steven Heller (United States)

[Image: Steve Heller]Steve Heller is author and editor of over 130 books on graphic design, satiric art and popular culture. He is the co-founder and co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts, New York and several other MFA programs. For over 40 years he has been an art director for various underground and mainstream periodicals including the New York Times. He is editor of AIGA VOICE: Online Journal of Design and contributes regularly to Design Observer and the DAILY HELLER blog for Print Magazine.

Jamer Hunt (United States)

[Image: Jamer Hunt]Jamer Hunt is the Director of the experimental graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons the New School for Design. His practice, Big + Tall Design, combines conceptual, collaborative, and communication design, and he is co-founder of DesignPhiladelphia. With MoMA and SEED Magazine he collaborated on and co-hosted MIND08: The Design and Elastic Mind Symposium as well as the project Headspace: On Scent as Design in 2010. He has served on several boards and has been published in various books, journals, and magazines.

Prof. Hiroshi Kashiwagi (Japan)

[Image: Hiroshi Kashiwagi]Hiroshi Kashiwagi graduated from Musashino Art University in 1946. He was appointed to the faculty of Musashino Art University in 1996 where he focusses his research on practices in modern design history and examining culture of modern society and people. He has exhibited or curated works in Japan, Canada and France, and authored numerous books and articles around culture and design.

Jacques Lange (South Africa)

[Image: Jacques Lange]Jacques Lange is a past President (2007-2009) of Icograda, and former co-chair of the International Design Alliance. He is group editor of the DESIGN>MAGAZINE stable of publications, advisory committee member of the academic journal, Image & Text, and part-time lecturer in Information Design and Visual Communication at the University of Pretoria. He is advisor to various governmental, education and non-governmental institutions and has actively engaged in the fields of design practice, profession management, education, design promotion and policy advocacy.

Saki Mafundikwa (Zimbabwe)

[Image: Saki Mafundikwa]Saki Mafundikwa is the founder and director of the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts in Harare. He received a BA in Telecommunications and Fine Arts from Indiana University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. He returned home in 1998 to found ZIVA. He published Afrikan Alphabets: the Story of Writing in Africa in 2004 and released the award-winning film Shungu: The Resilience of a People in 2009. He is current Chairperson of GRAAZI: The Graphics Arts Association of Zimbabwe.

Dave Malouf (United States)

[Image: Dave Malouf]Dave Malouf is currently a professor of Interaction Design in the Industrial Design department of SCAD-Savannah. He co-chaired the Interaction Design Association’s (IxDA) first global conference, Interaction 08 on SCAD’s campus. David is one of the primary founders of IxDA and its first vice president. Previously he was a senior interaction designer for Motorola Solutions where he designed software, webware and hardware interactions and interfaces. Malouf has expertise in interaction design, information architecture, user interface design, project management and other client technologies.

Victor Margolin (United States)

[Image: Victor Margolin]Victor Margolin is Professor Emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is a founding editor and now co-editor of the academic design journal Design Issues. Professor Margolin has published widely and lectured at conferences, universities, and art schools internationally. He has written, edited, or co-edited books including: Propaganda: The Art of Persuasion, WW II; The Struggle for Utopia: Rodchenko, Lissitzky, Moholy-Nagy, 1917-1936; Design Discourse; Discovering Design; and, The Idea of Design, among others.

Min Wang (China)

[Image: Min Wang]Professor Min Wang is the Dean of School of Design at China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). Min has been appointed by Ministry of Education as Chang Jiang (Cheung Kong) Scholars Chair Professor in 2007 and is a member of AGI, (Alliance Graphique Internationale). Min was the Design Director for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Committee from 2006 to 2008, and has been also the Director of Art Research Center for Olympic Games (ARCOG) since 2004. Min served as Vice President of Icograda (2007-2009).

JP Odoch Pido (Kenya/Uganda)

[Image: Odoch Pido]Odoch Pido is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Design, University of Nairobi and has served on numerous boards and committees, setting curricula and judging Kenyan art and design projects and competitions. His professional credits include exhibition designs, graphic design and product development. Odoch’s publications focus on the analysis of culture in relation to design, health and development, concentrating on issues in design education and alternative communication techniques for controlling HIV-AIDS, especially for orphans and vulnerable children in rural Kenya.

Sharon Poggenpohl (United States/Hong Kong)

[Image: Sharon Helmer Poggenpohl]Sharon Helmer Poggenpohl has taught at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Rhode Island School of Design. The focus of her career has been postgraduate design education and design research. She edits and publishes the international scholarly journal Visible Language. She recently co-edited Design Integrations with Keiichi Sato (Intellect Books, 2009). Currently, she is working on a book tentatively titled Design Theory-to-go, while teaching occasionally in Hong Kong in a new MDes in Design Education program.

Maria Rogal (United States/Mexico)

[Image: Maria Rogal]Maria Rogal is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Florida, United States. Her work focusses on the relationship between culture and design and how to leverage the potential of design, broadly defined, to positively shape the human experience. She has worked in Mexico on the Design for Development (D4D) initiative in which graphic design students and faculty work with artisans, farmers, and organizers in Maya communities to foster small business development and create cultural programs. In 2008 she received the inaugural AIGA Design Research Grant.

David Sless (Australia)

[Image: David Sless]Professor David Sless is Director of the Communication Research Institute, Visiting Professor of Information design in the Design Institute at Coventry University, Vice President of the International Institute for Information Design, and an adjunct professor at the Australian National University, and the University of Technology in Sydney. David is an advocate of user-centred and evidence-based information design. His main research has been in information design methods and his pioneering work on medicine information. David frequently speaks at international conferences, and is the author of over 200 publications.

Lita Talarico (United States)

[Image: Lita Talarico]Lita Talarico is co-founder and co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Design Program in New York. She is a producer, editor, writer and educator in architecture and graphic design. She co-founded the SVA Masters Workshop in Venice and Rome. She coordinated several architect selection competitions and conferences and was a Professional Advisor for the GSA’s U.S. Port of Entry at Massena, NY Design Charrette. Talarico is the co-author of The Design Entrepreneur: Turning Graphic Design into Goods that Sell; Design School Confidential, among others.

Teal Triggs (United Kingdom)

[Image: Teal Triggs]Teal Triggs is Professor of Graphic Design, co-Director of Information Environments (IE) and Course Director for MA Design Writing Criticism, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. She is also Adjunct Professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT, Australia. As a graphic design historian, critic and educator she has authored and edited a number of books in the field. Her research has focussed primarily on design pedagogy, self-publishing, and feminism with recent work extending into a number of community-based learning projects.

Prof. Kirti Trivedi (India)

[Image: Kirti Trivedi]As founder of India’s first Master’s Degree Programme in Visual Communication, Kirti Trivedi is Professor at the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, and Visiting Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media at NTU in Singapore. He consults actively on product design, graphic design, book design, exhibition and museum design, environmental graphics and signage design; and has been published and awarded nationally and internationally. His current research is in Universal, Language-independent Learning; Creativity and Innovation in Early Childhood Learning; and Methodologies and Philosophies of Asian Design.

Dr. Dori Tunstall (Australia)

[Image: Dori Tunstall]Dr. Dori Tunstall is an Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. She leads Swinburne’s Masters of Design Program in Design Anthropology. She is also co-lead, with Dr. Norm Sheehan, of the research group on Indigenous Knowledge and Design Anthropology. She is passionate about civically-engaged design that creates politically informed and enfranchised people. She served as a director of AIGA’s Design for Democracy and is currently organizer of the U.S. National Design Policy Summit and Initiative.

Prof. Dr. Sc. Fedja Vukic (Croatia)

[Image: Fedja Vukic]Dr. Fedja Vukic is a lecturer of design theory and history at the Graduate School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb, Croatia and a communication consultant. He has published reviews, articles and scientific papers on visual communications and design in Croatian and international magazines and edited several books, including Modern Zagreb (1992) among others. He is fellow of The Wolfsonian Fundation Research Centre, Miami Beach 1995, has lectured widely in Europe and U.S.A. and participated in a number of international symposiums on visual communications.


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Related Documents

A 2002 article “Between Word and Deed: The Icograda Design Education Manifesto, Seoul 2000” by Sharon Helmer Poggenpohl and Ahn Sang-Soo outlines the process of developing the Manifesto. It was published by Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Design Issues: Volume 18, Number 46 2 Spring 2002.

Download the original Icograda Design Education Manifesto (PDF).