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THIS IS NOT GRAPHIC DESIGN, the graduate Communications Design thesis exhibition, is one of several Pratt thesis shows that are part of NYCxDESIGN. The exhibitors use printed matter, video, interactive installations, typography, silkscreen, and photography to explore new currents in graphic design. Areas of inquiry include the promises and pitfalls of technology and the manipulation of verbal and visual language in the public sphere, as well as social, emotional, and political empowerment.

On view through Friday, June 7

Pratt Manhattan
144 West 14th Street
Graduate Communications Design Gallery
7th Floor



The Partnership for Academic Leadership in Sustainability (PALS), a consortium of 30 independent colleges of art and design founded by Pratt in 2009, will present an exhibition titled HOME_LESS_HOME in booth #3032 at the 25th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center through Tuesday, May 21. The exhibition offers student designs that are inspired by the changing nature of urban society and the impact of climate change. Historically, social forces have contributed to homelessness on the streets of our most affluent cities. Yet, in an era of Katrina and Sandy and of rapid socio-environmental change, more Americans are redefining "home."

HOME_LESS_HOME considers the diverse ways design can complement and contribute to broader forms of social and ecological change to address the challenges posed by a warming world. The exhibition projects creative solutions that respond to our social and ecological resilience. It will feature physical design projects by students from Pratt Institute, Otis College of Art and Design, Pacific Northwest College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Emily Carr University of Art and Design. These projects include Sierra, a flexible table system; fashion designs for Six Garment Diet; Bootstrap, a mobile homeless shelter; a jacket that converts into shelter; and a full-size replica of a 64 square-foot home. The booth will also include a slide deck that features additional projects from 25 of the PALS member colleges.

Through May 21

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street


Design Incubator to Present Interactive Workshop

The Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation will present Design Your Life Like an Entrepreneur, a two-hour interactive workshop that will cover business fundamentals, design strategies, and case studies in surviving self-employment and taking advantage of creative potential. Brooklyn entrepreneurs including Tiffany Burnette from DesignHype, Kristina Drury from TYTHEdesign, and Mika Braakman from Model Citizens NYC will participate.

This course is a part of the Certificate in Design Entrepreneurship program offered by the Incubator starting June 3. The workshop is free and open to the public with RSVP. Space is limited.

For more information, visit the Center for Sustainable Design Studies website or contact incubator@pratt.edu.

Tonight, May 20
6:30–8 PM

Pratt Manhattan
144 West 14th Street