The ODU Art Department presents a lecture by writer and critic Rick Poynor this Thursday, October 30, at 7:00pm in the atrium of the Barron & Ellin Gordon Galleries on Monarch Way on the ODU University Village. The event is free and open to the public.
Rick Poynor is the founder of the international review of design, Eye magazine , edited it for seven years, and is now its writer at large. He writes a column for Print magazine in New York, where he is a contributing editor, and he has written about design, media and visual culture for Blueprint, Icon, Creative Review, Frieze, Domus, I.D., Metropolis, Harvard Design Magazine, Adbusters, The Guardian, Financial Times, and many other publications. In 2003, he co-founded the weblog Design Observer, which became a leading international forum for design discussion. In 2007, he appeared extensively in Helvetica, a feature-length documentary about typography and visual communication.
Poynor’s books on design and visual arts subjects include Typography Now: The Next Wave (1991), Typographica (Laurence King Publishing, 2001), and No More Rules (Laurence King Publishing, 2003), the first critical study of graphic design and postmodernism. As a cultural critic, he is the author of three wide-ranging essay collections, Design Without Boundaries (1998), Obey the Giant: Life in the Image World (Birkhäuser, 2001 and 2007), and Designing Pornotopia: Travels in Visual Culture (Laurence King Publishing, 2006).
Poynor studied art history at Manchester University and gained an MPhil in design history at the Royal College of Art. He has been a visiting professor at the RCA and a project tutor at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. He lectures widely on design matters at public events and conferences in Europe, the United States, China and Australia. In 2004, he was guest curator of the exhibition Communicate: Independent British Graphic Design since the Sixties at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, which subsequently toured in China and Switzerland, and he edited the accompanying book.