2017-18 2D Design Department Newsletter
Visiting Artists and Designers
At the Academy, students set their own course of study. Our studio-based program means we don’t have a standard curriculum or classes, but we provide students with the resources to allow for individual exploration and growth.
The workshops and visiting artist program supported by each department allow students to hear from a variety of voices in the world of art and design, and often establish connections that extend well beyond the two years of graduate study.
This semester, Zack Ostrowski (2D Design ’09) served as a sabbatical replacement for Designer-in-Residence Elliott Earls who returns this semester. We also welcomed Harold Mendez.
The artist collective SONNENZIMMER, made up of artists Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi, spent several days with our students discussing their presentation “Graphic Arts Future: Corporeal Knowledge” which uses word, image, and sound to explore our animal relationship to graphics and our impending graphic future.
The Item You Selected is Unavailable by Qingyu Wu
Textiles by Aya Kawabata
Our alumni are often the best way to showcase how influential an Academy education can be. They become educators at some of the top institutions in the world and consistently exhibit new work at countless galleries and museums. Often, they do both. They also win grants, honors, and fellowships which they use to shape the very landscape of architecture, art, and design.
Qingyu Wu (2D Design ’17) is profiled in Eye on Design published by the AIGA where she speaks of influences (including Cranbrook!) and her current work. In May, Aya Kawabata (2D ’15) was also profiled, where she discussed how “weaving is like opera and branding is like practicing medicine.”
Alexander Tochilovsky (2D Design ’07), Curator of The Cooper Union’s Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, was interviewed by Fast Company magazine about how one design job can shape your career.
And David Wise (2D Design ’15) was profiled onIt’s Nice That.
Designer-In-Residence, Elliott Earls
Studio PracticeDeath of a Salesman at Good Weather
Elliott Earls, Designer-in-Residence and Head of 2D Design, continues his YouTube series, which he bills as a “no-bullshit resource for those things that animate the artist and designer studio.” Each week, Earls provides a principled approach to making work, and helping artists push their work to the next level. There are currently 53 episodes available – watch them all here.
Earls was also featured in a interview with Detroit Design Art Entertainment and Fashion (DDEAF) magazine where he discusses his practice and inspiration.
Print magazine took a look at Earls’ New Studio Practice at Cranbrook in this interview and article by 2D alumnus Christian Morin.
And last fall, Earls traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas to launch his latest exhibition Death of a Salesman at Good Weather gallery. Read a review of the project, and the unique venue, in theArkansas Times.