Just back from chatting with the indefatigable Steven Heller, who has spent much of his career at the New York Times and who is the author of a simply astonishing number of books on all manner of design topics. In his spare time, he’s co-chair of the MFA Design Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York and now he’s working with Liz Danzico on the newly minted MFA in Interaction.
The time is right for such a course. Our future is determinedly digital, and the curriculum here promises to balance pragmatism with personal passion. The first students won’t graduate ‘til 2011 but as Steven pithily put it, they’re pretty much guaranteed a job when they do.
The timing of the announcement is also somewhat fortuitous, as we’re working on a special report about web design, due to go live in a week or so. I plan to follow up and record a podcast with Steven so he can go into more detail about his plans and hopes for the course — as well as to get his take on the present and future state of the discipline. I’ll post the link once it’s live, but if you have any questions/topics you want me to address, let me know.
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