Speaking on Design

I speak internationally on a range of topics from Japanese typography to cultural concepts revolving around design. Presentations tend to wend and weave through aesthetic trends and analysis, graphic design history, design criticism, and political economy. (No portfolio stroll-throughs or vaguely disguised PR here.)

2014:

Why Graphic Design Criticism Now?
Vermont College of Fine Art
Montpelier, Vermont

Documentation: The Anti-Thesis
with David Peacock
Vermont College of Fine Art
Montpelier, Vermont

Surviving and Thriving as an Adjunct 
Panel discussion
Vermont College of Fine Art
Montpelier, Vermont

Empire of Interns
XD24
Hongik University
Seoul, Korea

The Time for Being Against: A Workshop
XD24
Hongik University
Seoul, Korea

Japanese Graphic Design History: A Timeline
Study Day
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, California

The Graphic Designers/Type Designers/Design Teachers That Graphic Design History Forgot
CalArts X Kookmin Graphic Design Workshop
Kookmin University
Seoul, Korea

The Graphic Designers/Type Designers/Design Teachers That Graphic Design History Forgot
Vermont College of Fine Art
Montpelier, Vermont

Typography Basics Workshop
Collaboration with Tasheka Arceneaux Sutton and N. Silas Munro
Vermont College of Fine Art
Montpelier, Vermont

Talking Type
UX Talk
Tokyo, Japan

2013:

The Emergence of the Japanese Graphic Design Press from 1893 to 1965
Choyoung Conference and Exhibition
Kookmin University
Seoul, Korea

Making Time: Timelessness and Timeliness in Graphic Design
Choyoung Conference and Exhibition
Kookmin University
Seoul, Korea

The Winners and Losers of History: The Emergence of Graphic Design in Japan
Vermont College of Fine Art
Montpelier, Vermont

Imperialism, Inc.: The Development of Commerce and Country in post-Meiji Restoration Japan
Temple University Japan
Tokyo, Japan

Focusing Inward: A Workshop
California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, California

The Legacy of Idea Magazine
California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, California

Heft, Gravy & Swing: The Secret Life of Oz Cooper
Vermont College of Fine Art
Montpelier, Vermont

Small Books From Small Countries: A Vaguely Impromptu Exhibition
Vermont College of Fine Art
Montpelier, Vermont

2012:

Editorial Video Now: Huh?
Temple University Japan
Tokyo, Japan

Invisible Squares:
The Form of Language and the Representation
of Graphic Design as a Sector of Cultural Production

Vermont College of Fine Art
Montpelier, Vermont

Timelessness Versus Timeliness: A Workshop
Vermont College of Fine Art
Montpelier, Vermont

Post-Kitsch Design
Hongik University
Seoul, Korea

Contemporary Critical Graphic Design
Kookmin University
Seoul, Korea

Heft, Gravy & Swing: The Secret Life of Oz Cooper
TypeCon
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Critical Design
Otis College of Design
Los Angeles, California

A Dozen Publications That Changed My Life
Magazine Library
Tokyo, Japan

Letters On Cuba
PechaKucha Night Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

2011:

On Japanese Typographic Orthography
California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, California

On Japanese Typographic Orthography
California College of Art
San Francisco, California

On Japanese Typographic Orthography
Otis College of Art
Los Angeles, California

On Japanese Typographic Orthography
Portland State University
Portland, Oregon

On Japanese Typographic Orthography
TypeCon 2011
New Orleans, Louisiana

On Authenticity
PechaKucha Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

select prior speaking engagements:

In Conversation with Akiyama Shin
Pantaloon
Osaka, Japan

On Type In Motion
UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Parallel Strokes
PechaKucha Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

Bilingual Typography (lecture & workshop)
Temple University Japan
Tokyo, Japan

Your Modular Life (lecture & workshop)
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Portland, Oregon