Richard Poulin Lecture, Reception & Book Signing

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 6:00pm

Image for the book Richard Poulin, Graphic Design and Architecture

Lecture, Reception & Book Signing

Whether we are aware of it or not, the built environment we experience everyday of our lives relies heavily on graphic design to communicate information and identity as well as influence our overall feelings about place. SEGD and AIGA Seattle are honored to present Richard Poulin to speak about the connection between graphic design and architecture. After the lecture Richard will be signing copies of his book, Graphic Design and Architecture, A 20th Century History: A Guide to Type, Image, Symbol, and Visual Storytelling in the Modern World, the first publication of its kind to provide a comprehensive historical overview of the unique pairing of these two disciplines.

About Graphic Design + Architecture

Our need to dedicate and consecrate places is clearly the beginning of the integration of graphic design in the built environment. Classical inscriptions, figurative murals, and ornamental surfaces have long been part of architecture and have influenced our understanding of typographic form and graphic style and their visual representation in the built environment. Buildings and public spaces coexist with billboards and signs, patterned and textured facades, and informational and wayfinding signs to effect an overall experience with the public. Graphic design has become integrated with the built environment in shaping not only cities but also the lives of their inhabitants. The built environment we experience in our everyday lives continually relies upon graphic design to communicate information and identity, shape our overall perception and memory of a sense of place, and ultimately enliven, enrich, and humanize our lives.

About Richard Poulin

Richard Poulin is cofounder, design director, and principal of Poulin + Morris Inc., an internationally recognized, multidisciplinary design consultancy located in New York City. He is a Fellow of the Society of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) and past president and board member of the New York chapter of AIGA, the professional organization for design. Since 1992, he has been a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts and has taught and lectured at Cooper Union, Carnegie-Mellon University, Massachusetts College of Art, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, University of the Arts, and University of Cincinnati. Richard is also the author of The Language of Graphic Design (2011) and the coauthor of Typography Referenced (2012), both published by Rockport Publishers.

Event timeline & location:

Doors @ 6:00pm
Lecture 6:30-7:30pm
Reception & Book Signing 7:30-8:30pm

Savery Hall is located on the University of Washington campus on the Southwest corner of the Quad. Evening parking on campus costs $5. You must get a campus parking permit from one of the gate houses. Street parking and public transportation are also readily accessible in the U district.


Students: Free with student ID
AIGA & SEGD Members: $8
Nonmembers: $16


Register here.


Presented by SEGD and AIGA Seattle

Sponsored by Creo Industrial Arts

Support Provided by UW Design Division

Event Graphics by Taylor Nelson

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