We are gearing up and getting ready for our Why We Write event tomorrow night and thought we’d tell you a little more about who each of the speakers are. The night is sure to be fuelled by a lively discussion as we listen to and engage with a breadth of both emerging and acclaimed critical design voices.
Alice Rawsthorn is the distinguished design voice of the International Herald Tribune. With a degree in Art and Architectural History, Rawsthorn’s weekly column explores the design climate and its impact on our lives. As a contributor to several books on design and the author of Yves Saint Laurent: a Biography and the forthcoming Hello World: Where Design Meets Life, Rawsthorn is a prolific member of the design community.
MA DWC graduate Sarah Handelman is an American editor, writer and designer based in London. She is the online editor for The New Inquiry, where she has also contributed essays on popular culture and design. Sarah is a regular contributor to Design Bureau and the British Council’s Frame and Reference. Her writing has been featured in Fire & Knives, The London Design Festival and the St. Louis Riverfront Times.
After completing a BA in Illustration in 2009, Anna Lisa Reynolds was keen to to further explore and interrogate visual culture through her writing, and enrolled onto the MA DWC course. After graduating, she went on to join the editorial team at Grafik Magazine. Currently working as studio and communications manager at A Practice For Everyday Life, Anna Lisa sees criticism as an invaluable tool with which to navigate the cultural landscape, and sees writing to be as much of a craft as design itself.
As art director of the Architectural Association, Zak Kyes organised the exhibition Forms of Inquiry in 2007 and subsequently published a book of the same name, exploring the critical realms of graphic design through architecture. The Swiss-American graphic designer also co-founded Bedford Press, which “seeks to develop contemporary models of publication practice”. In 2005, Kyes set up his own design studio, Zak Group, in London. It has twice been awarded the price of Most Beautiful Swiss Book and worked with clients such as Tate Modern, London, Domus in Milan and the California Institute of the Arts.In March this year, Kyes finished a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig entitled, befittingly: Zak Kyes Working With…