GRAPHIC DESIGNER AIMS TO INSPIRE

09 June 2004
Brussels (Belgium) - Leading US graphic designer Stuart Alden is the latest participant in the Artist/Designer in Residence program conducted by Monash University's Faculty of Art and Design.
Brussels (Belgium) - Leading US graphic designer Stuart Alden is the latest participant in the Artist/Designer in Residence program conducted by Monash University's Faculty of Art and Design.

Mr Alden commenced his stay at the Caulfield campus last month and will be in residence until 11 June.

While at Monash, he will be delivering a series of lectures to visual communication students at all year levels and participating in tutorials and studio classes. He will also direct a group of students who are developing a visual contribution to Melbourne's upcoming Digital Design Biennale exhibition.

"It is important to inspire and help students with their passion so that they are better prepared for the working world of thinking designers," Mr Alden said.

"Design is a dialogue between the artist and the client. By developing depth of thinking in their work, students will learn to ask better questions about their projects rather than going in with preconceived ideas. Understanding the problem will provide them with the ability to offer different types of solutions."

Since completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Colorado State University in the early 1990s, Mr Alden has gone on to create effective work for his US clients as a designer, photographer and artist. He has also taught at various institutions in his home state of Colorado, including the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and the Metropolitan College of Denver.

Mr Alden is also an active representative of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), serving currently as vice-president of the AIGA Cross-Cultural Design Community of Interest, and as regional liaison to the US Western Region serving on the Colorado board of directors.

Monash Department of Design deputy head, external, Mr Russell Kennedy said Mr Alden's residency provided students with a wonderful opportunity to learn from a highly creative and prominent graphic designer.

"Stuart manages to seamlessly combine the creative disciplines of photography, graphic design and writing," Mr Kennedy said. "He is an example to students of the importance of blending visual and written communication skills. Students find him very approachable and really respond well to his design knowledge and literary wit."

An exhibition of work created by Mr Alden during his residency was held at the Art and Design building at Monash's Caulfield campus earlier this month.

The Artist/Designer in Residence program is designed to complement international study programs developed by Monash's Art and Design faculty. Participants stay on campus at the faculty apartments in Caulfield and spend their time teaching, researching and lecturing. Since its inception in 2000 the program has attracted respected artists and designers from around the world.



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Or visit Stuart Alden's website at www.idahostew.com

This news release was re-published with permission of Monash University. It was originally published at:
www.monash.edu.au/news/newsline/june04-designer.html