Adaptation, Transition, Response
Letter from the Editor
Outside a window in Brooklyn, the leaves are moving into new, bold autumn hues, an annual reminder of life’s constant progression that feels particularly resonant this year. As conditions have shifted throughout 2020, the world has been challenged to adapt. And Pratt’s designers, artists, scholars, educators, and visionaries have responded how they do best: with agency, action, and innovation.
It’s that brilliant, resilient spirit that we have been drawing on at Prattfolio, the magazine of Pratt Institute, as we too have been called to rethink and reinvent. Joining our colleagues across the Institute in efforts to conserve resources, we have put our cherished print magazine on pause. The Fall/Winter 2020 issue, focused on adaptation, transition, and response to change, challenges, and uncertainty, is coming to you fully digital, and with variations on our storytelling.
We’ve expanded our departments Practice and Crit, and we are excited to bring you our first exclusively online features—each of these stories the product of generous collaborations with Pratt faculty and students. For alumni, Class Notes is now accessible in digital form. Additionally, the Institute’s editorial team and Prattfolio have established Those We Have Lost, a space to honor Pratt community members who have passed during this difficult time, carrying on the tradition of the magazine’s In Memoriam section.
Throughout the fall, Prattfolio will continue to publish pieces from the new issue here, and you can also experience these stories and more on Pratt’s social media channels.
I do hope you enjoy the issue, and I welcome your responses and ideas. As we continue to move through this year of transformation, my creative colleagues and I look forward to uncovering new Pratt work, stories, and voices, along with vibrant ways to illuminate them in all the formats available to us.
—Jean Hartig, Senior Editor, Prattfolio
Friday, December 18, 2020
In this year of change, many things that link us remain constant, though aspects of them may have adapted or evolved. Prattfolio takes an A-to-Z look at some of the elements of Pratt Institute that...Continue Reading
Wednesday, December 09, 2020
Prattfolio collects the latest in Pratt faculty members’ works of literature, scholarship, and artistic endeavor. Whether looking to embark on a visual journey, discover new critical perspectives, or escape into imagined worlds, here are a...Continue Reading
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
Prattfolio looks inside the creative laboratory of Pratt communications design professor Ari Melenciano’s home studio in Brooklyn. This is part of Practice, the magazine’s series of visits to the spaces where Pratt Institute faculty maintain...Continue Reading
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Prattfolio looks inside the tactile and digital world of Pratt architecture professor Michele Gorman’s remote studio. This is part of Practice, the magazine’s series of visits to the spaces where Pratt Institute faculty maintain their...Continue Reading
Friday, October 16, 2020
For the cover of this exclusively digital edition of Prattfolio, we highlight a selection of works that speak to themes of adaptation, transformation, and response to change, which run throughout the Fall/Winter 2020 issue. These...Continue Reading
Thursday, October 08, 2020
Prattfolio looks inside the serene home studio of Pratt writing professor Claire Donato. This is part of Practice, the magazine’s series of visits to the spaces where Pratt Institute faculty maintain their professional practice, to...Continue Reading
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
This feature from the Fall/Winter 2020 issue of Prattfolio highlights students adapting approaches to their photographic work as the experiences and sensations of home transformed through the changes of the last year. Photo by Audrey...Continue Reading
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
This is the Fall/Winter 2020 installment of Crit, Prattfolio’s series of conversations among faculty and students on the subject of student work. In this issue, Prattfolio features Industrial Design professor Amanda Huynh’s capstone studio Nourishment...Continue Reading