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Faculty Updates

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

What have SVACE faculty members been up to, besides preparing for Spring 2016 classes? We have exciting updates from Grant ShafferKeith MayersonIlene StrizverMatt Rota, and Viktor Koen.


Grant Shaffer at La Mama Galleria

Grant Shaffer will open a solo exhibition, Gay Arms, on February 26 at La MaMa Galleria. For Gay Arms, he will present a new body of photographic work. Shaffer writes, “When I’m taking pictures, I think of myself as an alien who’s here for a while, trying to understand the experience of my sliver of life on this planet.  It’s hard to say what my photos and this show are about.  It’s just intuitive.  It’s very personal and at the same time very public. It’s me trying to take in the world and asking people to notice or consider something.”


Tom Hart, “Rosalie Lightning”

Keith Mayerson, current faculty member, will speak with Tom Hart, recent faculty member, at a public discussion and book signing for Rosalie Lightning, Tom’s new graphic memoir. The book is based on the grieving process of Tom and his wife after the death of their young daughter. Keith and Tom speak on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7pm, Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway, New York City.

Sagmeister & Walsh, "The Happy Film"

Sagmeister & Walsh, “The Happy Film”

Ilene Strizver interviewed design titan Stefan Sagmeister for her TypeTalk series with Sagmeister speaks about his thinking process, his education, your education, and his dream job. One takeaway: “The current generation of design school faculty all learned about design in the 80s and 90s when ideas and concepts were king, and formal considerations were dismissed – including by me – as decoration. I now think that was wrong. Beauty is very much part of what it means to be human. Good-looking things communicate more effectively.”

Matt Rota for GQ Italia

Matt Rota for GQ Italia

Matt Rota produced new illustrations for GQ Italy about hackers that stole $45 million from ATMs throughout Manhattan. And Viktor Koen crafted a feature illustration for Scientific American magazine about the incredibly sophisticated tracking system our mammalian brain uses to find its way around, before we racked up points using Waze.

Viktor Koen for Scientific American

Viktor Koen for Scientific American

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Faculty Updates

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Sara Varon, Valerie Smaldone, and Ilene Strizver!


Sara Varon will be featured in Women in Illustration, a group exhibition at SVA that brings together nine prestigious MFA Illustration as Visual Essay alumni who have authored or illustrated notable books in the past year.

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Valerie Smaldone will moderate a panel discussion at 92nd Street Y about the actress Madeline Kahn. At the event, William V. Madison, author of Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life, and some of Kahn’s friends and colleagues will share memories of the popular singing actress.


Ilene Strizver continues her TypeTalk series of typography articles for Her most recent post introduces the typeface Gill Sans Nova, and traces its origins from Gill Sans, a popular typeface that you’ve seen everywhere – even if you didn’t know it.

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Faculty Updates

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Ilene Strizver, Steve Brodner, Ofri Cnaani, and Keith Mayerson!


Ilene Strizver shared more insights and best practices with her readers at On the topic of Helvetica, she writes, “Helvetica was designed primarily for display, and for this reason, has appropriately tight letterspacing. Yet the design does hold up at smaller sizes – but the spacing does not.” Read more about using Helvetica at any size.

Steve Brodner for The Nation

Steve Brodner for The Nation

For The Nation, Steve Brodner illustrated some controversial quotes from GOP presidential candidates about Syrian refugees.  Perspicacious, informed, and witty, Steve exemplifies how the pen is mightier than the sword.

Ofri Cnaani performs at Inhotim Institute, Brazil

Ofri Cnaani performs at Inhotim Institute, Brazil

In Brazil? Ofri Cnaani of SVACE will perform this week at Inhotim Institute! On December 4, she will perform Frequently Asked/ Que Lugar É Esse?  Ofri writes:

“For Frequently Asked, I worked with 40 of the museum gardeners and maintenance staff in order to create 40 private walk-throughs, which bring to the front not only the art but also the role of Inhotim staff as a translators and mediators. During Frequently Asked, each gardener will lead one visitor in a one-on-one tour, offering personal narratives or interpretations of classic or modern canonical artworks and their spatial and environmental manifestations.”

Ofri Cnaani of SVACE

Ofri Cnaani of SVACE

On December 5, Ofri will perform Recalculating Route, which she describes as such:

Recalculating Route is a participatory performance taking the shape of geographically-based group messaging app that encourages self-guided wandering through call and response prompts and allows participants to re-experience familiar or unfamiliar sites, whether they are cities or museums.”

And last but not least: Keith Mayerson will exhibit new paintings with Marlborough Chelsea at NADA Miami Beach 2015.

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

SVACE faculty member Ilene Strizver interviews design and typography giant Alexander Isley for!  Isley discusses his education, early influences, and taste for “classic” typefaces:

“Don’t pick a funky font. Pick something straight and do something funky with it. That’s harder to do, but it’s better to do. (Plus in five years you won’t look back and groan with embarrassment at your font choice.)”


Staten Island Ferry sign designed by Alexander Isley


And how did he master nature in his Staten Island Ferry signage?

“The neon-lined letterforms were engineered to withstand gale-force winds and feature protective screening to keep pigeons out. The kerning was done with a crane.”

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Friday Hot Links

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Happy Friday! We want to share some interesting articles and stories recommended from the SVACE faculty and community.


Summer Harvest USPS Stamps (USPS): Designer Michael Doret has produced stamp designs resembling vintage fruit crate and seed packet labels! (via Ilene Strizver)

Coca-Cola’s un-logo (WIRED): Coca-Cola rolled out a limited-edition run of the new package design in Middle Eastern countries, erasing its famous script from its new cans. (via Kevin Brainard)

Photography Filters Cheat Sheet (Lifehacker): Here are eleven of the most useful photo filters, covering everything from protecting your lens and reducing reflections to adding unique effects that improve your shots. (via Matthew Richmond)

50 Most Controversial Movie Posters (Alfalfa Studio): How far will film producers go to get the public’s attention? See for yourself with this list! (via Rafael Esquer/Alfalfa Studio)