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Course Spotlight: Graphic Designers in Their Own Words

DCA instructor Andrew Byrom‘s designs are innovative, playful, and exciting and have inspired countless students. This quarter, he’s created a new course called Graphic Designers in their Own Words in which students will have the privilege of studying and interviewing a series of internationally recognized graphic designers, then create portfolio-worthy projects based on their experiences. Andrew tells us more:

What have you been working on lately?

Earlier this year I designed a mechanical Y that claps on command, for the AIGA San Diego’s Y Conference. I’m currently working on a ‘flying Y’ – an experimental typographic helicopter! – for next years conference.

I’m also designing a 400+ page book on the life and work of  case study architect Edward Killingsworth and working on a new exhibition for the A+D Museum sponsored by the Getty called ‘A Windshield Perspective’ – opening in June.

What was your inspiration for creating the new course, Graphic Designers in Their Own Words? Why is it important for my design education? Which designers will likely participate?

I realized that many designers are happy to spend time chatting to students, but often don’t have the time or funding to travel. I often chat to designers around the US and UK via Skype and after talking to students I realized that this could be a valuable experience for them. Instead of being an audience member listening to a designer talk, this course enables the student to be an active and integral part of a genuine discussion. Students will be introduced to each designer’s work prior to the interview and be able to ask the questions of the designer directly.

Among the many designers who are confirmed to participate (subject to change) are: Jamie Keenan (London), Oded Ezer (Tel Aviv), Garson Yu (LA), Graphic Thought Facility (London), Louis Danziger (LA), Stefan Sagmeister (NY), and Deborah Sussman (LA).

Why hold the class on a Saturday?

I wanted to try to speak to designers away from their daily work lives. Having the class on a Saturday means that the designers will likely be speaking to us outside of their everyday work environment. I expect many of them will talk with us from their homes and I am hoping this will allow for a more relaxed and personal discussion.

Enroll in Graphic Designers in their Own Words today!

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Andrew Byrom’s cover design for UCLA Extension’s Winter 2012 catalog is featured in the current issue of Print Magazine – in their 2012 Regional Design Annual.

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