I was thrilled when Prof David Shields of University of Texas at Austin invited me to come down to the Lone Star State to give a lecture about my work as a design writer and critic. In addition to a great studio called Viewers Like You, Shields and his students preside over the Rob Roy Kelly Wood Type Collection, and I was lucky enough to be given a grand tour shortly before this lecture was given.
All of the faculty at UT Austin were exceedingly generous and bright; I must thank them here for their hospitality. In addition to the lecture I was lucky enough to spend a day with the undergraduate seniors in the gallery where they were about to have their show, and they were curious and passionate about design in the most infectious of ways. (They were so passionate about design that one rejected theme for their show was “Designgasm,” which became a bit of a running joke throughout the weekend.)
For anyone visiting Austin, I’ve compiled a few great restaurants and shops on this Google Map. It’s a fantastic city.
The embedded slidecast above was created with Slideshare, which does not allow for absolute precision in terms of transitions but is excellent (and free) nonetheless. I showed two videos during the presentation: this one of Milton Glaser, and this one of Stewart Brand. Enjoy.