Panel Discussion: Design as Social Practice

Memorial Hall, Brooklyn Campus
February 6, 2019 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Design as Social Practice: a panel discussion exploring the intersections, challenges and opportunities between design, identity and practices. What constitutes social practices? What are our various roles?

Participants include: Maria Arenas, Hernan Ayala, Joseph Cuillier and Antonio Delvalle-Lago.

Panelists’ work is on view in the Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute January 24-March 6: Multiple, Obsessed and Meaningful: The Web of Contemporary Communications Design Practices.  


Antonio Delvalle-Lago  |  BFA ’17

Engagement Coordinator at MoMA, Artist collaborator with Hernán Ayala and Diego Sanchez: Sabroso Projects.


Maria Arenas  |  BFA ’16

Senior Designer at Tandem, NYC. 
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Congressional Campaign Identity, 2018.
As a designer in a studio with clients in the area of social responsibility and politics, Maria Arenas’ design practice rose to prominence when developing an unusual visual voice for the grassroots campaign of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the campaigns identify is inspired by and pays homage to past grassroots movements such as United Farmworkers (Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta).

Hernán Ayala  |  BFA ’17

Designer, Artist collaborator with Antonio Delvalle Lago and Diego Sanchez: Sabroso Projects
República Descolonizada de Puerto Rico, 2018 
Sabroso Projects is a group of Puerto Rican born creatives with practices in visual culture and cultural criticism. Based in New York, Sabroso Projects aims to connect different generations of the Puerto Rican diaspora illuminating unknown facts of the country’s while challenging ideas on decolonization. 

Joseph Cuillier  |  MFA ’13

Independent Artist, Designer and Educator. Creator of The Black School and Black Love Fest NY.
The Black Space
Joseph Cuillier creates work testing its transformative potential and its ability to facilitate social interactions and social change. His medium for engagement is language living in installations, publications, and performances, juxtaposing poetics on radical Black political thought with imagery that explores practical applications for abstraction.

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Equity and Inclusion and the Undergraduate and Graduate Communications Department.


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