Pratt Institute’s undergraduate and graduate Communications Design programs present their fall 2010 design lecture series from Thursday, October 7 through Monday, November 22, 2010, at the Institute’s Brooklyn and Manhattan Campuses. The series will feature talks by designers Michael Rock, Rob Carter, and Bruce Mau and representatives from design firms Firebelly Design and Village Type. The lectures are free and open to the public, however seating priority will be given to current students with Pratt identification.

Michael Rock, who will deliver a lecture on Thursday, October 7 at 6 PM at Pratt Manhattan at 144 West 14th Street, Room 213, is founding partner and creative director at 2×4, a cutting-edge design firm specializing in projects involving virtually all graphic media and environmental design. He is also professor of design at Yale University School of Art. At 2×4, he leads a wide range of projects including strategy for Prada and Condé Nast in collaboration with AMO/Rem Koolhaas.

Rob Carter is an award-winning illustrator, author, and educator who will deliver a lecture on Thursday, October 21 at 6 PM at Pratt Manhattan at 144 West 14th Street, Room 213. He is the author of nine books on design including Typographic Design: Form and Communication (with Ben Day and Philip Meggs)- the prime text for typographic design education in the United States for the last two decades.

Visionary and world-leading innovator Bruce Mau will deliver a lecture at 7 PM on Thursday, November 4 in Memorial Hall Auditorium on Pratt’s Brooklyn Campus at 200 Willoughby Avenue. Mau is chief creative officer of Bruce Mau Design, a design firm that uses design to originate, innovate, and renovate businesses, brands, products, and experiences. The firm’s clients include leading companies and brands such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and MTV.

Representatives from socially and environmentally responsible design firm Firebelly Design will deliver a lecture on Thursday, November 18 at 7 PM at Pratt Manhattan at 144 West 14th Street, Room 213. Firebelly Design’s work considers the cultural relevance, human experience, and environmental awareness in print, online, and motion design projects for clients who value corporate citizenship, good ethics, and good design.

Tracy and Chester Jenkins of Village Type will deliver the final lecture of the fall 2010 lecture series on Monday, November 22 at 7 PM in Higgins Hall Auditorium at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn. Village Type is a small independent distributor, publisher, and designer of typefaces based in DUMBO. Tracy and Chester Jenkins partner with international type foundries to collaborate on group sharing, knowledge, and expertise.

Past lecturers have included Paul Sahre; James Goggin of Practise, UK; Brian Collins of COLLINS:; and members of Amsterdam-based graphic design studio Experimental Jetset. For more information on the series, and for information on the spring 2011 lecture series, please visit

The fall 2010 lecture series is sponsored by the undergraduate and graduate Communications Design departments with support from Sappi paper. The November 4 lecture by Bruce Mau is sponsored in part by the Interior Design department and the School of Art and Design.