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Rick Poynor
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As a speaker about design, visual culture and visual communication, Rick Poynor aims to challenge, provoke, inform and inspire.

The subjects of recent talks include design ethics and responsibility, design thinking and critical design, the possibilities of visual writing, curating and criticism, the potential of the art and design interface, and the relationship between Surrealism and the graphic image — a continuing research project.

Poynor has given public lectures and taken part in speaking events in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States.

A regular visitor to the USA, he has been invited to talk in many cities, including Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle.

To arrange a lecture or other event, email Rick Poynor.


SELECTED RECENT APPEARANCES

Dom Sylvester Houédard (Letters in Space)
Lecture, May 2013, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

The Space of the Page: Some Possibilities of Visual Writing
Lecture, April 2013, Christine Brooke-Rose: Remade symposium, Royal College of Art, London, UK

What Does Design Criticism Want? (And Who Wants Design Criticism?)
Keynote lecture, April 2013, Blunt: Explicit and Graphic Design Criticism Now, AIGA conference, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Writing with Pictures
Lecture, April 2013, School of Visual arts, New York, USA

Dom Sylvester Houédard (Letters in Space)
Lecture, March 2013, Bold Italic, conference, Ghent, Belgium

Writing with Pictures
Lecture, November 2012, Personal Views series, Escola Superior de Artes e Design, Porto, Portugal

The Inescapable Politics of Design
Lecture, October 2012, Graphic Knowledge Fair, conference, Warsaw, Poland

Films within Films: The Evolution of Hitchcock's Titles
Lecture, September 2012, Hitchcock & Design, study day, British Film Institute, London, UK

Uncanny: Surrealism and the Graphic Image
Lecture, May 2012, Grafist 16, conference, Istanbul, Turkey

Uncanny: Surrealism and the Graphic Image
Lecture, March 2012, Blokovi, Belgrade, Serbia

Uncanny: Surrealism and the Graphic Image
Lecture, March 2012, Zgraf 11, conference, Zagreb, Croatia

Postmodern Legacy
Panel about graphics (with Glenn Adamson and Teal Triggs), October 2011, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

We the Undersigned: A Manifesto about Manifestos
Lecture, October 2011, School of Visual Arts, New York, USA

What Could We Mean by Design as Politics?
Conference keynote lecture, September 2011, Cumulus conference hosted by RMCAD, Denver, Colorado, USA

In Beauty We Trust?
Panel (with Stefan Wagner, Cornel Windlin, Catherine Hug, Wendelin Hess), June 2011, The Most Beautiful Swiss Books, Helmhaus, Zurich

Uncanny: Surrealism and the Graphic Image
Lecture, June 2011, OFFF Year Zero, conference, Barcelona, Spain

Graphic Design in the Netherlands: Wim Crouwel in Context
Lecture, May 2011, Design Museum, London, UK

Is Curating the New Editing?
Lecture, May 2011, Graphic Design: History in the Making, conference, St Bride Library, London, UK

Wim Crouwel and Mels Crouwel
Interview, March 2011, Design Museum, London, UK

Redesigning Design
Lecture, February 2011, Making/Crafting/Designing: Perspectives on Design as a Human Activity, conference, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany

Art and Design: Friends or Foes?
Panel (with Alex Coles, Scott King, Matthew Darbyshire), February 2011, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design
Lecture, January 2011, Pompidou Centre, Paris, France

Bureau or Studio? The Dutch Graphic Design Dilemma
Panel (with Max Bruinsma, Tirso Francés, Luna Maurer, Antoine Achten), December 2010, Items Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Vortex of Signs: The Typographic Experiments of the 1990s Reassessed
Lecture, November 2010, Conceptual Type — Type Led by Ideas, conference, Copenhagen, Denmark

All Art Aspires to the Condition of Music (or vice versa)
Lecture, September 2010, annual Birket Williams lecture series, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, USA

Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design
Lecture, June 2010, International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno, conference, Brno, Czech Republic

First Things . . . When Exactly?
Lecture, May 2010, Respons_ability: Ethics and Sustainability in Design Education, AIGA conference, Toledo, Ohio, USA

Rick Poynor is a writer, critic, lecturer and curator, specialising in design, media, photography and visual culture. He founded Eye, co-founded Design Observer, and contributes columns to Eye and Print. His latest book is Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design.


Recent Book


Uncanny Surrealism and Graphic Design
Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design
Rick Poynor
Moravian Gallery, 2010
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