The 2009 edition of DesignTalks opens on Wednesday May 27th at 18.30 with Massimo Vignelli. The next lectures will be Mike Rawlinson from CityID and Richard Hollis.

DesignTalks is the series of lectures promoted also this year by SPD Scuola Politecnica di Design in collaboration with Abitare to explore the most interesting expressions in contemporary design ranging from graphics and multimedia to product design and architecture. The integration of different media, between design and technologies, research and professional practice will take center stage during the meetings. Massimo Vignelli will open the 2009 programme on Wednesday, May 27th at 18.30; the following guests will be Mike Rawlinson from City ID (June 10th at 18,30) and Richard Hollis (June 17th at 18,30).

Lectures are open to the general public and are held in Milan, via Ventura 15 at the Scuola Politecnica di Design premise. Here below the programme and a short bio of the guests scheduled for the 2009 edition.

– May 27th at 18,30
Massimo Vignelli, Vignelli Associates
Introduction by Italo Lupi
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– June 10th at 18,30
Richard Hollis
Introduction by Silvia Sfligiotti

– June 17th at 18,30
Mike Rawlinson, City ID
Introduction by Silvia Sfligiotti

Born in Milan, Massimo Vignelli is one of the leading names in the contemporary design scene. He has been co-founder and design director of Unimark International Corporation. He established Vignelli Associates in 1971 and Vignelli Designs in 1978 in New York. His work includes graphic and corporate identity, editorial, architectural and transportation graphics (notably, the NY subway signage system and maps), exhibition, interior, furniture and consumer product designs for many leading institutions and companies worldwide such as Knoll, Poltrona Frau, American Airlines, Heller, Benetton, Guggenheim Foundation. He has had his work exhibited and entered in the permanent collections of several museums such as the MoMa and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mike Rawlinson is founder and director of City ID. The firm develops unique design, information and wayfinding solutions to fully integrate people, movement and places. They combine strategic thinking, planning and design direction to make cities welcoming, distinctive and easier to navigate. City ID chooses an urbanist and information design approach, based on understanding how cities work from a planning perspective and putting the user first. Among their works, identity, information and transportation systems for the cities of Bristol, Dublin, Manchester, Newcastle.

London based, Richard Hollis works as a general graphic and book designer collaborating closely with clients, editors, artists, curators. His design aim is to engage the reader or viewer exploiting also technical means. Hollis is a writer (Graphic Design – a Concise History, 1994; Swiss Graphic Design, 2006) and lecturer mainly on design history. He co-founded a school of design where he taught until 1978 spreading his extensive knowledge and interest in the Swiss Modernism, in particular. He was elected a Royal Designer for Industry in 2005.

In the previous editions of DesignTalks lectures were given by: Jurg Lehni, Peter Saville, Lust, Martì Guixé, Wolfgang Egger, Frank Stephenson, Stefano Giovannoni, Fabio Novembre, Aldo Cibic, Erik Kessels, Norm, Ross Lovegrove, Fernando and Humberto Campana among the others.

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