30 January 2007
Singapore - Do designers and creative professionals have a responsibility to the global community? Are we are able to cause real change in the world through good design?
Singapore - Do designers and creative professionals have a responsibility to the global community? Are we are able to cause real change in the world through good design? Is this agenda at odds with commercial enterprise or can designers and their clients collaborate to achieve socially relevant results?

Icograda, in partnership with DesignSingapore Council, is pleased to present an evening with members of the Icograda Executive Board on 12 February 2007 at Singapore s National Library. Mervyn Kurlansky (United Kingdom) and Omar Vulpinari (Italy) will explore the intersection between design and social responsibility.

Mervyn Kurlansky was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1936. He trained in London at the Central School of Art and Design and then freelanced before becoming Graphics Director of Planning Unit, the design consultancy service of Knoll International. In 1969 he joined Crosby/Fletcher/Forbes and in 1972 co-founded Pentagram. His clients have included multinational corporations, cultural establishments and educational institutions throughout the world. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and has been featured in several publications and exhibitions worldwide. He conceived and designed the book Watching My Name Go By, a celebration of New York's colourful graffiti. He was also a co-author of four books about Pentagram.

Omar Vulpinari was born in the Republic of San Marino in 1963 and raised in the United States. Today he lives in Treviso, Italy. Since 1998, he has been the creative director of the Visual Communication Department at Fabrica, the Benetton research center on communication founded by Oliviero Toscani. Fabrica's communication design work under his direction has been featured by major international press and exhibitions at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht, the National Museum of Arts and Traditions in Rome, the Vivid Gallery in Rotterdam, the GGG in Tokyo, the DDD Gallery in Osaka, the ZeroOne Design Center in Seoul. In 2006 it was featured in the exhibition 'Fabrica: Les Yeux Ouverts' at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Omar teaches at the University of San Marino - University of Venice, where in 2006 he directed of the lecture series Graphic Design and Social Concern.

Possibility Room, Level 5
National Library Board
100 Victoria Street
Singapore 188064

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About DesignSingapore Council
The DesignSingapore Council is a high-level Council involving leaders and individuals from the various industry stakeholders, the design community and government. It serves as a common platform to steer the national design agenda and coordinate the implementation of the initiative. The DesignSingapore Council is an associate member of Icograda. www.designsingapore.org

About Icograda
The International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda) is the representative, non-partisan, international non-governmental organisation for professional communication design. From its core membership of graphic design associations, Icograda has expanded to include design promotion agencies, design education institutions and design media. Today, Icograda has 195 members and numerous individual and corporate friends in 57 countries worldwide. The vision, mission and core values of the council are collectively embodied in the statement 'leading creatively' and manifested through our members' diverse activities to use design as a medium for progressive change.