Visiting Professor Brings International Design Knowledge to RIT

Marion Digel to share design philosophy during presentation Nov. 2

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Marion Digel

Students at the Vignelli Center for Design Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology hope to tap into the broad library of global design knowledge of industrial design professor Marion Digel, the center’s first visiting scholar.

Digel, chair of industrial design at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany, will be visiting the center until Nov. 16.

“I’m going to show them our philosophy of design,” says Digel. “We have a very broad approach.”

As part of Digel’s visit, she will lead a lecture from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 in Webb Auditorium, James E. Booth Hall at RIT. The lecture is part of the Vignelli Design Conversations and is free and open to the public.

Digel hopes to bring an interdisciplinary approach to design to RIT’s Vignelli Center. She adds, “The philosophy of our school is about the unity of all arts.”

Digel is a professor of foundations and basic design in 3-D at the department of industrial design at the Folkwang University of Arts.

“We are fortunate at the Vignelli Center this quarter to host Professor Digel,” says Roger Remington, Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design at RIT. “During her time at RIT she has been involved with faculty and students. For her the exchange of ideas is important. Also studying the ways in which design is being taught is valuable in ultimately enhancing its benefits to society.”

WHO: Visiting professor Marion Digel
WHEN: 4 p.m. Nov. 2
WHERE: Webb Auditorium, James E. Booth Hall, RIT campus
MEDIA PARKING: E Lot, visitor parking