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BFACD Faculty Highlight: Neil Donnelly

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Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Lectures and Events Poster, Referencing the connection between architecture and climate, this poster uses US Geological Survey patterns as strata between the layers of lecturers and symposia. Lectures and events are distinguished from each other by different type widths.

Neil Donnelly is a graphic designer who often works with clients in architecture and art, including the Guggenheim, Yale University, Columbia University, The New York Times, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Princeton Architectural Press, Petzel Gallery, Hatje Cantz, Verso, Domus, and the Center for Urban Pedagogy. His work has been included in the Brno Biennial of Graphic Design and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Gwangju Design Biennale, the New Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.


The Arab City: Architecture and Representation, A collection of texts about architecture in the Arab world, The Arab City refutes stereotypes and complicates facile interpretations of Middle-Eastern architecture. The design is confident and blunt while remaining refined and academic, using tropes of both classical typesetting and crude sans-serif typography. The cover references Arab architecture and ornamentation while suggesting reinterpretation and reconsideration of tradition. Published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City. With Sean Yendrys.

Neil has been teaching at courses at Parsons since 2011, including Core Typography, Core Interaction, and Advanced Typography. He has also lectured, taught courses, and led workshops at the Yale School of Art, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, School of Visual Arts, Rutgers, the University of Illinois, and Typography Summer School. He holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale.


Critique of Everyday Life, Book cover for the first omnibus edition of Henri Lefebvre’s three-volume classic, published by Verso. The design acknowledges the book as an object by transferring all information to the spine, subtly but dramatically tweaking the quotidian form of the book. Art direction by Andy Pressman.


Keller Easterling, Website for architect, writer, and professor Keller Easterling. The site’s navigation accumulates terms specific to Easterling’s vocabulary as more entries are viewed—the more you read, the more ways are revealed to discover additional content (with some pieces of content only revealed by doing nothing at all).


Under the Elevated, Identity and community-calendar installation under the Manhattan Bridge in Chinatown for the Design Trust for Public Space and the New York City Department of Transportation. With Chat Travieso.

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