Two renowned designers to lead Master Designer Workshop at RIT July 27 to Aug. 3

Ken Carbone and Joel Katz will join RIT faculty at Vignelli Center for Design Studies

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Two master designers will join Rochester Institute of Technology design faculty in leading a weeklong typography and graphic experience at the Vignelli Center for Design Studies beginning in late July.

The workshop will take place in the Helen Hamlyn Trust Study Room on Level 4 of the Vignelli Center from July 27 to Aug. 3. The center, which houses the complete design collection of the late Massimo Vignelli and his wife, Lella, complements the 35 other archived master designers at RIT’s Wallace Library.

Ken Carbone and Joel Katz will lead the workshop. Carbone is a designer, artist, musician, author and teacher. As co-founder and chief creative director of the Carbone Smolan Agency, he is considered one of the most respected graphic designers in the United States for the substance and style of his work. Under his design ethos to “unify, simplify, amplify,” he has built a global reputation creating design for clients worldwide.

Katz is a designer, photographer, author and teacher whose Philadelphia-based firm, Joel Katz Design Associates, is known for its thoughtful and creative work in information design. His book, Designing Information: Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design appeared on the Designers and Books’ list of Notable Books of 2012.

The program at RIT will feature a hands-on week that will provide attendees the opportunity to achieve a deeper understanding of typographic decision-making, an analytical design process for exploring typographic problem solving, and enhanced skills to achieve more effective graphic design solutions. It also will consist of excursions, lectures, presentations and the exchange of ideas with workshop faculty, including Bruce Ian Meader, associate professor of graphic design; Anne Ghory-Goodman, adjunct professor of design; and R. Roger Remington, Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design at RIT.

The workshop is geared toward young design professionals and advanced students. Candidates are required to submit a digital portfolio comprised of their best graphic design work for acceptance into the workshop.

The Vignelli Center for Design Studies opened its doors in 2010 at RIT and is named after iconic international designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli. The Vignellis’ work is now a permanent archive at the design center on campus. The center’s goals are to advocate design excellence at RIT and beyond through innovative programming, supported by extensive archived holdings of design exemplars.

To register, contact the RIT Outreach and Training office at 585-475-5309. For information, go to the workshop’s website.