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24 November, 2010

VCUQatar Presents Design is finally sitting at the grown-up table

As part of the Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar presents a lecture by designer Bernard J. Canniffe entitled Design is finally sitting at the grown-up table on Wednesday, 24 November, 2010 at 6:00 PM at the Atrium in VCUQatar.

Bernard J. Canniffe discusses how designers are now connecting with community organizations and medical research institutions and translating research, changing behaviors to assist disenfranchised communities. The lecture focuses on a world where designers are sitting at the grown-up table and changing the world one project at a time.

Mr. Canniffe is co-founder of PIECE Studio and design department chair at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is also an advisor to the international social collaborative group Project M and has had work featured in several publications including the Graphis Design Annual and Metropolis Magazine among others. He is the recipient of the Graphis Designers for the New Millennium, 2000 Award, and Joseph Binder Award in 2010.

Three of his posters were included in This is for Real: War and the Contemporary Audience exhibition at Stoney Brook University, and he was one of a few world artists invited to exhibit at the Museum at the Newton Center for British-American Studies. He has made presentations on his "Blue Collar Design Theory" at Cumulus Design Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, National Institute of Design Conference in Ahmedabad, India, at Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, Lees McRae College in North Carolina and at the P&D Design Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has made presentations on the MICA/JHU design project at medial, design, and academic conferences.

Mr. Canniffe holds a BA in graphic design from the Newport College of Art & Design, University of Wales, and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

VCUQatar’s Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of the featured speakers who for the most part are not designers or artists but representatives of excellence in design thinking. Each speaker will present a paradigm of design thinking that seeks to evolve solutions to problems in innovative, creative ways.

‘Design is finally sitting at the grown-up table’ is the second in the series of seven lectures and will be presented on 24 November at 6:00 PM at the atrium in VCUQatar. The lecture is open to the public.

Bernard J. Canniffe