GradComD Advising and Registration for Fall and Summer 2014
Fall registration begins on March 24th, your exact date for registration can be found on page one of your degree audit (accessible at my.pratt.edu).
Please read through this entire email. Registration instructions are included at the end of the email, and there are updates to requirements you need to be aware of.
If you would like to meet with an advisor in person, please call 212 647 7573 or stop in the GradComD office to make an appointment.
FALL ADVISING 2014
MS ComD and MS Package Design:
If you have not yet taken DES618 Type I, DES625 Visual Perception, or DES680 Digital Design, you should take these courses in the Fall 2014 semester. DES677 Electronic Pre-press is a requirement for the ComD track and should also be taken in the Fall semester.
- If you have not yet taken DES628 Structural Packaging or DES632 Packaging Technology, you should take these courses in the Fall 2014 semester.
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Please see important dates below for survey, Pratt show, and graduation information.
LAST DAY OF CLASS: May 12
- MS Survey is May 6–7, 10AM-6PM (all MS classes except thesis)
- MS Thesis Juries are May 8–9, 10AM-6PM (Thesis II and In-progress students)
- MS Directed Research review is May 12, 10AM-1PM
- MFA Final Critique (first year students) is May 12
PRATT SHOW: May 12–15 at the Manhattan Center
- Set up is May 10–11
- The Pratt Show reception is May 13 at 6PM at the Manhattan Center
GD USA listed GradComD student John Olson as a student to watch in 2014 and recently profiled him. Past winners include Rebecca Weiner (2010), Ekta Mody (2011), Natalie Sims (2012), and Liz Siebert (2013).
Pratt GradComD has put together this spring's lecture series. We'll be joined by Pablo Medina, Armin Vit, and Andy Cruz starting in February. For more information on each event, please see the event dates below. All events will take place at 6pm at the W18 studios.
GradComD Prof. seeking a few MS/MFA students to work on concept and design of the next GradComD Book now through June.
YOU: impressive print designer, enthusiastic collaborator, with time-management skills. Let’s meet on a weekly/bi-weekly basis at my studio on W. 28th St. Some financial compensation is available.
HOW TO APPLY: submit 4 – 6 samples of your best print work and resumé to Jennifer Bernstein by January 27th, 2014 (printed samples are preferred). Application materials may also be dropped off in GradComD office by 27th deadline.
Arem Duplessis has decided to leave his post as design director of The New York Times Magazine. Come February, he’ll begin his new position as a creative director at Apple. Read about it here.
GradComD student Gina Lucia has won an award from GD USA for her branding project designed for Lucero Elementary School in the Bronx.
The principal Kattia Cuba, found her portfolio in an online search and contracted her to create their branding palette, identity, recruitment brochure, tshirt and promotional materials.
To see a full list of winners, click here.
To see the full project on her portfolio website, click here.
Pratt is recognized as one of the top graphic design schools in the country & most influential of the past half century in a survey of 10,000 design professionals by Graphic Design USA magazine; an alumnus of the program was named as the most influential graphic designer working today.
In a survey of 10,000 design professionals by Graphic Design USA magazine, Pratt is recognized as one of the five most influential graphic design schools of the past half century. See details here.
In the same survey, Pratt is considered one of the top 5 graphic design schools in the country today. See details here.
Pratt Institute and Hennessy V.S challenge students to create new work inspired by pushing limits of their potential. Finalists' work honored with special exhibition during Art Basel Miami
Visiting MFA professor Andrew Shea's essay was recently featured on Design Observer.
Shea is a graphic designer, writer, and educator who has taught graphic design at Maryland Institute College of Art, Fordham University, Parsons The New School for Design and Pratt Institute. He is partner of the New York based studio MANY and his writing has appeared in many publications. To read the essay, please follow the link here.
View the video In Conversation with Tony DiSpigna here. The video is from the "Type of Show" exhibition curated by Like Minded Studio and Kind of Gallery.
Ten Pratt students were honored during the 2013 PackExpo convention on Monday, September 23rd in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Paperboard Packaging Alliance’s (PPA) annual student design challenge awards luncheon. Four Pratt teams advised by Graduate Communications Design Visiting Instructor, Thomas Delaney participated in this years’ PPA challenge: develop innovative packaging solutions for a fictitious movie theatre style candy package.
A record number of students from the US and Canada participated in this year’s challenge, with more than 190 students competing from 13 leading packaging and graphic design programs.
First place winners for their “woops!” concept are: Jennifer Ip, Elizabeth Taurisani & Amy Shun Yeh.
Second place winners for their “Twisters” concept are: Marina Brant, Renato Martins Cerqueira, Maija Rozenfelde & Jessica Vande Werken.
Fourth place finalists for their “spinits” concept are: Anna Ocon Beltran, Andrea Bernardo & Kai-Ting Fan.
Simin Li, Mona Bagla, and Abha Anand were each honored.
GradComD students Vivi Feng & Yu-Ping Chuang have won the Adobe Design Awards for their packaging concept which previously won "Best in Show" in The Dieline Package Design Awards.
Payscale.com ranks Pratt 3rd in it's most recent college salary report and return on investment report against all other art & design colleges.
Payscale.com ranks Pratt 3rd in the best Art & Design schools for starting salary and mid-career pay. View the rankings here.
Pratt ranks well against public and private colleges when all disciplines are factored in. Check it out here.
Among the 172 participants, only 24 potential students were chosen. From that group, Cynthia Douaiher and her partner Guan Pei Xuan received the top prize.
GradComD student Cynthia Douaiher and her partner Guan Pei Xuan have won Gold in Taiwan while participating in the “New Wave, Cultural Gene Transfer” and “ADA (Asia Design Alliance)” workshops. Their work includes a book and a poster that present an infographic in four languages that captures the dynamic of their relationship.
GradComD student Ivy Zheyu Chen's package for A BOOK was featured on Packaging of the World. For more information about Ivy, visit her personal website here.
A BOOK is a line of sketchbook binding kits, featuring three different methods:
Stitch Binding, Perfect Binding and Japanese Binding.
The kits provide tools and materials for a 72-page sketchbook with customized pattern cover.
A BOOK targets at customers who are upper-middle class, sophisticated, possibly in art and design field, like working with hands, and prefer the aesthetic of neutrality and architectural modernity.
Yue Chen, a GradComD student has won "Certificate of Typographic Excellence" in the TDC Communication Design Competition. It will be included in the Annual of the Type Directors Club, Typography 34, and will also be shown at the 59th Awards Exhibition in New York.
Of the over 2000 entries from 37 countries, 215 from 17 countries were selected. These winners will also be included in 7 exhibitions touring cities in the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.
TDC59 will be on display in New York City. The date will be announced at a future time. Information and invitations to the opening will be sent at a later date.
The GradComD book Live Learn Design won GOLD in the University & College Designers Association (UCDA) Annual Competition (recruitment/art schools category). Only 6 Gold awards were given out of over 1000 entries.
The book was designed by students (now alumni) Chantal Fischzang, Nick Misani, Richard Hall, and Esteban Perez, and art directed by Professor Brenda McManus.
A series of GradComD 40th Anniversary letterpress book plates – designed and hand printed by professor McManus and the students – and included with each book, were submitted in the "best use of printing processes" and was awarded EXCELLENCE.
The UCDA Design Competition recognizes the best of the exceptional design work done to promote educational institutions (secondary, vocational, or higher education).
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Hello all incoming and returning students!
Please join us for the Welcome Back reception to be held on Wednesday, August 28 from 6-8PM at PMC, 7th floor. (This event will coincide with the closing reception for the Graphic Advocacy Exhibition at the PMC Gallery, 2nd floor.)
You are also welcome to join any New Student Orientation events if you'd like, details are below.
Fall 2013 Orientation Schedule:
Orientation for GradComD Students
Location: 144 W.14th st, 2nd fl. rm 213
- 4:00 pm: Meet and greet with our student activities group the Communications Committee.
- 5:00-7:00 pm: Information Session (required for all incoming students)
- 7:00 pm: Reception in the 2nd floor lobby
- 2:00: Students will meet at W18th Street studios on the third floor
- 3:00 - 5:00: MoMA trip
- 5:30 - 7:00: Studio Tour, Type Directors Club presentation and technology demo's at W18th Street studios
- 7:30 GradComD after party at Fiddlesticks (56 Greenwich Ave)
Location: 144 W. 14th st 7th floor
- 6:00 - 8:00pm: Welcome Back Party for Faculty and Students and Exhibition Closing Reception
In conjunction with the wonderful new exhibit at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, "Graphic Design Advocacy." The GradComD Gallery will be presenting work of candidates from the Graduate Communications Design department in the 7th floor gallery.
Aaron Mickelson’s thesis concept is based on the idea that if companies created disappearing packaging for popular products, America could cut down on the 140 billion pounds of wasted packaging generated every year.
Pirco Wolfframm, adjunct associate professor of Communications Design, has written a book about the life and work of ceramicist and industrial designer Eva Zeisel.
The book, Life, Design, and Beauty, is a celebration of Zeisel’s extraordinary career and achievements, such as being the first female designer ever with solo exhibition at MoMA. The book will be out Tuesday, October 15.
"For the first time in The Dieline Package Design Awards history, an innovative student project has been named best of show. This project was the highest rated project in the competition out of 3 rounds of intense judging from our judges."
...The two brilliant students created this project as their final thesis project at Pratt. It is an innovative solution to a common problem: the challenge of using a single hand to apply a bandage.
Andrew Gibbs, Founder and Editor in Chief, The Dieline
This summer, Typography Summer School will be offered in New York City for the first time. The New York programme is the result of a collaboration between Muggeridge and Ryan Waller, a designer at Other Means studio and a visiting faculty member at Pratt Institute in New York City.
The original idea was to bring together students from the various graphic design schools around London and the UK; in fact, the programme has attracted an international mix. Muggeridge, also a Reading graduate, has aimed to provide an intimate learning environment, in contrast to the 50+ mega-sized classes that have become common in British undergraduate design programmes. Prices are lower than comparable programmes, to keep the school accessible.