Restored Reports

January 28th, 2015

Kevin Brainard, SVACE design instructor, redesigned Consumer Reports in print! His firm, Area of Practice, modernized the venerable consumer journal and revitalized its design for a new audience. Print Magazine has a great interview between Kevin and Steven Heller. Kevin describes how the new design will function, appeal to its audience, and preserve the research behind each issue.  Here are some take-aways:

“Our goal was to create a magazine that functioned on multiple levels, drawing attention to the advocacy and giving readers a reason to return for more than product reviews. We felt that the organization’s lesser-known and highly influential advocacy work would resonate with a broader and younger audience.”



“The content is what makes the publication great. We wanted to honor the painstaking research that goes into creating that content all while telling each story in the most compelling way possible.”

See more images at Kevin’s website.

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Voice Lessons

January 21st, 2015

Steve Brodner is one of NYC’s Leading Professors, according to the New York Observer!  He says his goal for students is to “get them speaking in their voice.” For more on Steve Brodner’s teaching philosophy, see his brilliant Why I Teach.


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New Faculty Shows

January 14th, 2015

SVACE faculty members Shirley Irons and Ira Richer have exhibitions opening this week!  Shirley Irons opens Ordinary Things, a two-person show with Lizzie Scott at Heskin Contemporary on January 16th!


Shirley Irons, “What I Would See Walking,” 2014

And on January 17th, Ira Richer opens Life Signs, a solo exhibition at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel!  This gallery also exhibits work by fellow SVACE instructor John Parks.


Ira Richer, “The Yellow Cave”



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