Walking up to the building where the Summer School was being held (in an exhibition space in Chinatown) felt like a repeat of my first day of college – being thrown into the deep end.
Luckily another student was arriving at the same time as me, she knew what she was doing, so to my relief I didn't have to fumble around trying to figure out how to get buzzed into the building (another NYC first). After introductions by the organisers Other Means (Ryan, Phil, Gary) and Fraser we sat down to our first lecture 'Typography Without Words' by Fraser. This introduced the fundamentals of typographic layout and laid the foundations for the rest of the week, the live briefs.
With the formalities of the morning over, each person stood up to introduce themselves and where they were from. It was incredible to be surrounded by such a diverse group of people – location (Brazil, Dublin, Canada, Germany, ...), eduction (Cranbrook, Pratt, Parsons, Yale, ...) and experience, with the overarching commonality of the passion for our craft.
We were divided into four groups with each group being assigned a very different client brief, varying from artist books, website design and identity design. We were to work on these over the course of the week with guidance from lecturers (Other Means, Fraser and guests from each day) and present to the client on the last day.
I will explain the brief for my project in my next post, just need to get my head around it first.