Media Advisory – Foremost Art Critic Speaks on Campus Oct. 12


In conjunction with the 14th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition, one of the most prolific writers in the field of design, media and visual culture will visit campus to discuss "Design Criticism: What does it look like? Does it exist?"

"Rick Poynor is one of but a few art critics who focus their work entirely on graphic design and media," said Linny Frickman, organizer of the International Poster Exhibition.  "Having Rick here during the International Poster Exhibition, with examples of design from around the globe, gives our students and visitors a unique opportunity to work with and learn from an established and respected figure in the field."

In addition to his public lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 12, Poynor will hold an open discussion section on Friday, Oct. 14, in the Hatton Gallery to address the poster exhibition.


Visiting critic Rick Poynor, columnist for Print magazine and founder of Eye magazine, will present his lecture at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St. in Fort Collins.


The lecture, free and open to the public, is part of the Department of Art’s Critic and Artist Residency Series made possible by the FUNd at Colorado State. This is the first event that the Art Department will hold at the University Center for the Arts.

Poyner founded Eye magazine in 1990 and remained the editor for seven years. In addition to his work for Print magazine in New York, he has covered design, media and culture for more than 40 publications around the world, including Blueprint, Frieze, Domus, I.D., Metropolis, Harvard Design Magazine, Adbusters, The Guardian and The Financial Times.

He is author of 12 books including "Typography Now: The Next Wave," "Typographica," "Obey the Giant: Life in the Image World" and "No More Rules." This last text is a critical study of graphic design and postmodernism.   

In addition to writing, Poynor has taught at the Royal College of Art in London and lectured extensively both in the U.S. and abroad. He was guest curator of the exhibition "Communicate: Independent British Graphic Design since the Sixties," which opened at the Barbican Centre in London in 2004.  

For more information about the event call Linny Frickman at (970) 491-7634.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Dimas (970) 491-1543 or Emily Wilmsen (970) 491-2336.