In collaboration with Designer’s Debate Club, AIGA/NY is proud to announce the third session of this ongoing debate series! "Motion to be Debated: Formal Design Education is Necessary for Practicing Designers."
So you spent 2-4 years of your life dabbling in “experimental” typography, producing faux packaging for high-end artisanal ramen (while subsisting on the low-end stuff), and pumping out unsolicited rebrands that would make any stodgy corporation look like a post-war era retro dream—and you got the portfolio to prove it. Everyone is looking for a leg up, a workaround the mediocre middle. Is a formal design education the best way to get there?
Practitioners, professionals, thinkers, scholars. Hustlers, hackers, bootstrappers, ballers. It’s time to bring your A-game and settle the score. Is it the dawn of the DIYers, the age of self-taught talent? Is design education outdated, outmoded? Or does a formal design education still make the grade?
Opening vote: Audience chooses to side For the motion, Against the Motion, or Undecided.
Round 1 : Opening Statements
Round 2 : Rebuttal
Round 3 : Floor Speeches (Audience jumps in the Brawl)
Round 4 : Closing Statements
Closing Vote : Audience votes again and winner is measured by which side has swayed more votes.
Moderated by: Scott Stowell, proprietor of Open & instructor at Yale and SVA.
Arguing For the Motion:
- Alice Twemlow, co-founder of SVA’s D-Crit MFA
- Matteo Bologna, founder and principal of Mucca Design
- Mystery Guest, chief of Radness at a Place
Arguing Against the Motion:
- Able Parris, associate design director of Big Spaceship
- Peter Vidani, design director at Tumblr
- Liz Danzico, co-founder and chair of SVA’s MFA in Interaction Design
In partnership with the New York Chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, Parsons hosts a regular lecture series each semester on campus, inviting some of the most dynamic people in the industry to share their work and outlook on the future of design.