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Natalia Ilyin

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Professor Natalia Ilyin writes about design and culture. She has worked as a brand consultant for NGOs and cultural organizations, a graphic designer, an art director, a creative director and as Director of Education and Director of Programs for the American Institute of Graphic Arts in New York. Natalia has taught at Rhode island School of Design, Yale University, The Cooper Union and the University of Washington. She was named Critic for the MFA in Graphic Design at RISD in 2009-10 and is Founding Faculty for the MFA in Graphic Design at VCFA. She was given an award for teaching excellence at Cornish in 2012.

Natalia co-directs SisterScarf, a small refugee-relief organization that provides microgrants for community-identified initiatives on the Thai-Burmese border. SisterScarf has granted funds to Border orphanages, shelters for children, a farm where refugees infected with the HIV virus can live and grow their food, “outpost” libraries, SHAN language schooling, medical aid for sex-workers, sex-education for Burmese teens, cyclone relief, water-purification relief, boat-people relief, tsunami relief and other projects. Natalia’s articles have been published in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Portland Oregonian, the Miami Herald, Metropolis, Adbusters, Communication Arts, STEP, Critique, 2+3D, and in several anthologies. Her most recent book, Chasing the Perfect: Thoughts on Modernist Design in Our Time, is a personal look at the philosophy of modernism and its effect on the designers of our era. She is at work on her third book.

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