The week of March 28 through April 1, SUNY New Paltz hosted Design Week – a week of events and opportunities circulating around the New Paltz Graphic Design program. It was the first time Design Week could take place in person since before COVID-19. The event was organized by the Graphic Design Program, Digital Design and Manufacturing and the School of Fine & Performing Arts with support from the Department of Art, School of Science and Engineering and the Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center .
The entire week consisted of various events around campus showcasing the beauty of graphic design. All events were free and open to the public; some required online booking to attend. Each keynote speaker was selected based on their abilities, as well as their unique way of thinking. This week has been all about sharing ideas, learning new things, and celebrating the SUNY New Paltz graphic design program.
Amy Papaelias, professor of graphic design at SUNY New Paltz, assisted in the process of organizing Design Week and its elements. “Having the event in person this year was a welcome change,” Papaelias said. “We did our best online last year, but being able to run in-person workshops allowed us to offer more hands-on activities.” Notable events include a Haiku Comics workshop with Joshua Korenblat, a workshop with Rochester Institute of Technology associate professor Mitch Goldstein, and a typography basics workshop taught by Kristoff Lalicki.
The newly revived New Paltz Zine Collective held a zine-making workshop in the Sojourner Truth Create Space on Thursday, March 31 at 8 p.m. This event was a huge success and many people posted on social media that they had a great time.
Students and staff were thrilled to attend the events and had the chance to be together in person to shed light on the wonderful graphic design program that SUNY New Paltz has to offer.
There was a screening of the film “Graphic Means”, created in 2016, which explores graphic design production from the 1950s to the 1990s – from linecaster to photo composition, and from collage to PDF. Through interviews and archival footage, you’ll gain an appreciation and understanding of the tools, processes, and people connected to this brief moment in the world of design. The screening was followed by a show and tell with the creators.
“The Graphic Means movie screening was awesome,” Papaelias said. “After the screening, professors Anne Galperin, Chris Andreola and Dianne Attebury shared examples from their personal collections of late 20th century graphic design. I’ve heard students say it was so exciting to see these old production techniques. It made them realize how different it is to do graphic design work digitally! »
On March 29, the keynote speaker was Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the BFA Communication Design Program at The New Kelly Walters School’s Parsons School of Design, with a presentation titled “With a Cast of Colored Stars.” As described in the social media post, this talk highlights the evolution of racialized iconography in popular Black American entertainment.
All Design Week events were promoted on various social media accounts, as well as on posters around campus. If you were unable to attend the events, some live streams can be viewed online. Many other events also await you. The Graphic Design Senior Show takes place on Friday, May 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the FAB rotunda. It will present the senior thesis projects and portfolios of the 36 graduate students!
Design Week was a huge success and Papelias said a “huge thank you to our sponsors: The School of Fine and Performing Arts, Department of Art, School of Science and Engineering and our Friends of Design Week, made up mostly of former students who have given generously to make this week happen. There will be many more events similar to this spectacular display of graphic design, so be sure to keep an eye out open to participate!