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Cornish to Participate in Design Festival

Cornish to Participate in Design Festival

: From Natalia Ilyin's talk, poster designs by Cornish alum Ross McCampbell (DE '12): "Melissa's Fourth Episode" and "Kylie Put Her Homework Off".

Cornish to Participate in Design Festival

: Accompanying image to Tiffany Laine De Mott's talk. Photo by Alison Hefely.

Cornish to Participate in Design Festival

: Accompanying image to Julie Myers' talk. Photo by Julie Myers.

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Seattle Design Festival highlights healthy design this year; Cornish faculty Brice, DeMott, Forney, Ilyin and Myers to speak.

Each September, designers, civic leaders and citizens come together at the Seattle Design Festival to study ways everything can be made to work better through design. This year, the festival’s theme will be Design in Health, exploring “the connection between environmental design and our physical, mental and social well-being.” Cornish will be hosting events featuring design faculty members Jeff Brice, Tiffany Laine De Mott, Ellen Forney, Natalia Ilyin and Julie Myers.

The Seattle Design Festival is presented by Design in Public and AIA Seattle, in collaboration with more than 30 partner organizations, including Cornish College of the Arts. In all, the festival will hold some 60 events over its 10-day run, from September 13 through 22, 2013. A number of the events involve the Cornish design community.

Cornish prof Natalia Ilyin has been instrumental in beating the drum for participation by the College’s design faculty. “This year, for the first time, Cornish College of the Arts’s design program is really jumping in,” says Ilyin. “We’ve hosted parts of the Festival before, but now five of our Cornish design faculty will be giving talks and running workshops in the ‘Design Block,’ the block of Pioneer Square where most of the Festival’s action happens.

“Seattle Design Festival isn’t just for designers,” continues Ilyin. “Everyone here benefits from good design and gets irritated—or worse— by bad design. We just don’t always notice how our experience of life is being shaped by the design of the objects we use, the places we go, the buildings we inhabit.

“The Seattle Design Festival is a celebration of the ingenuity, talent and determination that goes into making the place we live so great. This year, I’m going.”

Jeff Brice will be giving a talk titled New Technologies to Promote Health. It will take place on September 21, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Like all the talks, it will take place in the Davidson Gallery Design Block Brice writes: “New technologies and social media can be used to create novel ways to engage both patient and family members in order to create and promote a healthier state of being. As an Associate Professor in the Design department I work with local industry and institutions in ways that benefit both parties.”

Later that day, September 21 from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m., Natalia Ilyin will give a talk entitled Healthy Designers Create Healthy Design, again, in the Davidson Gallery Design Block. The festival’s site describes the talk: “Natalia Ilyin believes that designers’ real work habits can be very different from the values they espouse when designing “healthy living environments” for other people. In this talk, Ilyin will review the issues that this opposition creates. She’ll present the results of a project from her class ‘Design for Social Change’ at Cornish College of the Arts, that strives to ‘unteach’ the terrible habits that many designers cultivate in the name of doing good work. If designers don’t really live healthy, sustainable lives, how can they create spaces and a visual culture that embraces healthy living?”

Also on September 21 at 3:30 p.m., interior design Associate Professor Julie Myers will speak, then lead a panel discussion on The Healing Power of Craft. It is billed as “part one of a two part event that explores the meaning, relevance & participatory nature of Craft related to wellness & our environment. Myers will ‘present a lecture uncovering the historical relevance of Northwest craft & its relationship to good health.’ Afterwards a panel of Northwest artists and designers will discuss their personal viewpoints about craft & wellness within an open forum for Q & A.”

On September 22 from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m., Ellen Forney presents ‘Marbles’ will be at the Davidson Block. The festival offers this on the piece: “Graphic novels have recently gained a new respect as a literary medium. More recently, this dynamic narrative form has exploded into the realms of academia, health, public service, and beyond. Cartoonist Ellen Forney presents her New York Times bestselling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, a chronicle of her struggle with bipolar disorder, to illuminate how the language of words and pictures can inspire such widespread enthusiasm.”

Assistant Professor Tiffany Laine De Mott will give a talk called Stories of Wellness later on September 22, at 2:00 p.m. “Narrative is an essential part of design,” reads the accompanying text. “It tells our story. It helps us to navigate through space. It intrigues us. It bonds us. Graphic designers use text and image to tell stories. In these relationships the equation is changed to 1+1=3. For this festival we will showcase a collection of the students’ work that addresses the general idea of wellness.”

The Seattle Design Festival events are centered around Occidental Square in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of downtown Seattle.


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