The built environment that we experience in our everyday lives continually relies upon graphic design to communicate information and identity, shape our overall perception and memory of place, and ultimately enliven, enrich, and humanize our lives.
Join award-winning, multidisciplinary designer Richard Poulin as he examines the relationship between graphic design and architecture, investigating how typography, image, and symbol have coexisted with and enhanced the built environment throughout the 20th century. In addition to looking at this diverse history, he will share examples of his own work and how it has been informed and inspired by this influential history.
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As Co-founder, Design Director, and Principal of Poulin + Morris Inc., he has directed visual communications programs for clients including Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Hall, William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation, Columbia University, Embarcadero Center, Hines, Lycée Français de New York, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, MGM Mirage, Morgan Stanley, National Museum of the American Indian, National Portrait Gallery, Natural History Museum of Utah, S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, New York Hall of Science, The New York Public Library, Novo Nordisk, NPR, Renaissance Hotels and Resorts, The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, Smithsonian Institution, Syracuse University College of Law, Vassar College, W Hotels and Resorts, and Yale University.
His work has been published in periodicals and books worldwide, is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress, and has received awards from American Association of Museums; American Institute of Architects (AIA); The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA); Applied Arts; Art Directors Clubs of New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco; Communication Arts; Creative Quarterly; Graphis; ID; Print; Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD); Society of Publication Designers; and Type Directors Club.
Richard is a Fellow of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD), the organization’s highest honor, and a recipient of a research grant in design history from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. He is also the author of The Language of Graphic Design: An Illustrated Handbook for Understanding Fundamental Design Principles; Typography Referenced (coauthor); and most recently Graphic Design + Architecture: A 20th-Century History, all published by Rockport Publishers.
Richard is past President and board member of The American Institute of Graphic Arts/New York Chapter (AIGA), as well as a member of American Institute of Architects and Society for Experiential Graphic Design. Since 1992, he has been an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he
teaches visual communications, typography, and senior thesis portfolio, and was formerly an adjunct professor at The Cooper Union. He has been a frequent lecturer and visiting professor at Carnegie-Mellon University, Herron School of Art, Indiana University, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Massachusetts College of Art, North Carolina State University, Simmons College, Syracuse University, University of the Arts, University of Cincinnati, and University of Washington.
Richard graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, where he received a Bachelor of Industrial Design degree.