Virginia Commonwealth University

VCUarts Department of Graphic Design

VCUarts Department of Graphic Design

Sara Soskolne


Grotesque: The Birth of the Modern Sans Serif
in the Types of the Nineteenth Century

Sara Soskolne
New York City

The Depot
Thursday 19 November 2015



Wynne Greenwood

Wynne Greenwood GIF

Tuesday 10 November 2015
Grace Street Theater

Working across video and performance, Wynne Greenwood explores constructions of the self, tracing how subjectivities are formed in public and private spaces and always in relation to others—be they imagined or real-life personae. Her work has been included in performances and exhibitions at independent and institutional spaces internationally, including the Tate Modern, Whitney Biennial, The Kitchen and On the Boards. From 1999 – 2006, Greenwood performed the multimedia art-band Tracy + the Plastics. Upon ending the project, Greenwood shifted her focus to installation and object-based work, exhibiting with Susan Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and Lawrimore Project in Seattle. Most recently, Greenwood participated in Anti-Establishment, a group show at Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies, and released a full-length music album A Fire To Keep You Warm. Greenwood also teaches performance and video through workshops and after-school programs.

Greenwood is currently exhibiting and participating in a six-month residency at the New Museum in New York City, naming a new, yet-to-be-imagined character orbiting beyond the Plastics’ cosmology. “Kelly” is a platform in which Greenwood will premiere the complete, recently re-recorded and newly mastered archive of Tracy + the Plastics’ performances — bringing this archive into dialogue with more recent work exploring the artist’s interest in what she has called “culture healing.” “Kelly” will consider the poetics of the pause while mining electric gaps of meaning in conversation and offering possibilities for feminist, queer, and other experimental models of collaboration and dialogue.

Alexander Tochilovsky

Design History as a Model of Studio Practice

Thursday 5 November 2015
Grace Street Theater


Alexander Tochilovsky was born in Odessa, USSR, (presently Ukraine). He teaches at The Cooper Union School of Art. In the fall of 2009 he co-curated an exhibition Lubalin Now with Mike Essl, and was named Curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography in 2010. Tochilovsky curated the exhibition Appetite: A Reciprocal Relationship Between Food and Design for the Lubalin Center in 2010, followed by Pharma in 2011.

The lecture positions Herb Lubalin as a model of a studio practice, drawing on the projects he accomplished over his lifetime, the people he surrounded himself with. It will be framed it from the curators own perspective as a designer, educator, collection custodian and historian.

Commercial Type

Commercial Type

Commercial Type North American Tour
Christian Schwartz

Media Room, Bowe Street Deck, Room 535
Wednesday 21 October 2015


For the past five years Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz have been running one of the most exciting and influential type foundries, Commercial Type, with offices in New York and London. They have managed to create both popular and critically acclaimed typefaces for a diverse range of organizations, from The Guardian newspaper, Vanity Fair magazine, to shirt numbers for Puma at the FIFA 2010 World Cup. Their designs vary from the utilitarian Graphik and Stag, through to the playful and expressive Dala Floda and Marian. Christian Schwartz will talk about the processes behind their designs, balancing the needs for expression, self expression and functionalism.

Commercial Type is a joint venture between Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz, who have collaborated since 2004 on various typeface projects, most notably the award winning Guardian Egyptian. The company publishes retail fonts developed by Barnes and Schwartz, their staff, and outside collaborators, and also represents the two and their team when they work together on type design projects. Following the redesign of The Guardian, the team headed by Mark Porter, including Barnes and Schwartz, was awarded the coveted Black Pencil by the D&AD. The team was also nominated for the Design Museum’s “Designer of the Year” prize. In September 2006, Barnes and Schwartz were named two of the 40 most influential designers under 40 in Wallpaper*.

GDES MFA Open House

GDES MFA open house

Saturday, October 17th

Depot Building
814 West Broad Street
11:00 am
VCUarts Graduate Programs introduction/overview/coffee.

Pollak Building
325 North Harrison Street, Room 313
12:00-3:00 pm

The MFA in Design, Visual Communications in the Department of Graphic Design open’s its doors along with all of the visual arts and design graduate programs at VCUarts. Join us in the graduate studio on the third floor, room 313.


Faculty Research Lectures


Grace Street Theater
934 West Grace Street
4:30pm Thursday 17 September

GDes Faculty (new) research presentations. Research will be presented in pecha kucha style — 20 slides, 20 seconds each slide. Each faculty will have 6 minutes and 40 seconds to talk about their work and research interests. Come see Steven Hoskins, Jamie Mahoney, John Malinoski, Roy McKelvey, David Shields, Jas Stefanski, Lauren Thorson, and Sandy Wheeler talk (quickly) about what lights them up as designers.

New Faculty Kick-off lectures


Depot Building
814 West Broad Street
4:30pm Wednesday 02 September

The Department of Graphic Design is most happy to welcome Lap Le down from Nickelodeon in New York City and this year’s newest Designer(s)-in-residence as well an official hello to Nicole Killian, Assistant Professor, the newest addition to the faculty roster. A smart semester start with presentations by both designers on their work.

Department of Graphic Design Welcome Back Soda & Silkscreen Social


Friday 28 August

Pollak Courtyard

(bring your own thirst)—we’ll supply the fizzy sugar water
(bring you own t-shirt)—we’ll supply the screens for everyone to make their own Department TShirt

A shady spot under the building for students and faculty and staff to meet and greet and regale each other with adventures from the summer. We’ll provide the sodas and ice (and silkscreen stations), you provide the smiles and stories and shirts. See you all.