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From A to B and Back Again, Again #5: Counterculture

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Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


20th-century Graphic Design was deeply intertwined with countercultures and underground scenes, from hippie graphics of the 1960s to Act Up in the 1980s. By the 00s designers felt empowered to repackage mainstream culture to look and act like countercultures they loved, unintentionally erasing the line between “us” and “them” in the process. A recent resurgence in nostalgic design has intensified the blurring: that line now runs down the middle of each of us. In a world where mass culture absorbs anything interesting, can counter-cultures still exist? If so what do they really counter? And what is the potential of graphic design in Counter-Culture?

Andre Banks
Co-Founder and Executive Director,
Senior Advisor, Purpose

Erica Heinz
Designer/Developer/Founder, Energy7
Volunteer, tech ops

Ken Meier
Partner, Common Name
Faculty, Parsons / The New School

Manuel Miranda
Designer and Owner at MMP
Critic in Graphic Design, Yale School of Art

Glen Cummings
Principal, MTWTF
Moderated by Juliette Cezzar
Director, BFA Communication Design and BFA Design &Technology, Parsons / The New School

From A to B and Back Again, Again: The New York City Graphic Design Dialogs is presented by Juliette Cezzar and Glen Cummings with support from Parsons the New School for Design and GDNYC.

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