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Guide to the Parsons School of Design Graphic Design Deparment student work, 1996-2010

Collection Overview

Repository

Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier

PC.02.12.01

Creator - Teacher

Gruda, Katarzyna

Creator - Teacher

Morrisey, William

Title

Parsons School of Design Graphic Design Department student work

Extent

10.9 linear ft: 2 boxes, 4 oversize boxes

Language of Materials note

The bulk of the materials are in English, although other languages are present.

Summary

The items in this collection represent work created by students enrolled in Parsons School of Design's Graphic Design program. Screen-printed posters constitute the majority of the collection, with other examples including books, cards, jewel cases for compact disks, plastic mats, and a thematic sculpture series documented in color photographs and one sample. The majority of the work was produced for classes taught by Katarzyna Gruda.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Parsons School of Design Graphic Design Department student work, PC.02.12.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Historical Note

Parsons School of Design has offered courses in graphic design since the early twentieth century under various program titles, such as "Poster Advertising and Commercial Art" and "Advertising Design." The AAS (associate in applied science degree) Graphic Design program could be considered to have started in 1975 as part of the newly established Evening Division (continuing education), with course work leading to a degree in Graphic and Advertising Design. As of 2016, the Graphic Design AAS program is situated in Parsons School of Design's School of Art, Media and Technology. The AAS program has traditionally been geared toward working professionals rather than students who have just graduated from high school and, consequently, is comprised of an older student population with prior design experience.

A native of Poland, Katarzyna (Kasia) Gruda studied architecture at the Technical University of Cracow before coming to the United States, where she earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from City College (City University of New York) in 1973. She then studied photography at the Boston Museum School and received a master of fine arts degree in photography from Yale University in 1977. Gruda began teaching at Parsons School of Design in 1993 with a silk-screen printing class, and in 1998 was promoted to a full-time faculty position. From 1998 until 2004, Gruda served as the AAS Graphic Design coordinator for Parsons, while serving in a student advisor capacity. In 2004, she became director of Graphic Design and General Studio and remained in this role until 2012. As of 2016, she is an associate professor in Parsons' School of Art, Media and Technology. Gruda has won numerous awards for her photography as well as for her design work and has exhibited internationally. Her design work can be seen in numerous publications produced at Parsons, including re:D, Parsons' alumni magazine;  Work, the journal of Parsons' associates degree programs; and  Release, a joint publication between Parsons and Eugene Lang College, The New School's undergraduate liberal arts college.

Sources:

About. Katarzyna Gruda. http://grudak.com/about/. Accessed 18 March 2016.

LinkedIn profile. Katarzyna Gruda. https://www.linkedin.com/in/katarzyna-gruda-9505224. Accessed 18 March 2016.

Parsons School of Design. Graphic Design AAS program. http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/aas-graphic-design-programs/. Accessed 18 March 2016.

Parsons the New School for Design. Parsons Continuing Education Catalog 1993 Spring Vol. 10 No. 4. 31 Dec 1992. Parsons course catalogs. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 18 Mar 2016. http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/objects/PC050101_pe1993sp. Accessed 18 March 2016.

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Scope and Content of Collection

This collection consists of original student work in the form of books, cards, jewel cases, plastic mats, and over 200 screen-printed posters. Additionally, a folder of color photographs documents a plastic bottle-based sculpture project on the theme of opposites. One representative sculpture has been retained and is part of the collection.

The bulk of the student work was executed for courses taught by Katarzyna (Kasia) Gruda, many in conjunction with William Morrisey. Other identified instructors whose students' work is in the collection are Martin Mazzora and Alexa Nosal. Although design prompts and course syllabi are not included, it appears that students often redesigned preexisting, found texts or used current exhibitions and political or cultural events for inspiration. For example, the book design project No One's To Blame by Alison Chan (2006) employs quotes found from different Internet sites reproduced in fonts of varying weight to reflect upon the United States' invasion of Iraq, while  The Curious Cinematician is a compendium of biographical and professional information about director David Lynch.

Projects are organized by format and arranged alphabetically within each format by student designer's name. If the archivist was unable to identify the student designer, the project is identified by title.

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Organization and Arrangement

Organized by format and within each format in alphabetical order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives - April 19, 2016

66 5th Ave./
lobby level
New York, NY, 10011
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Parsons School of Design Graphic Design Department student work, PC.02.12.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

In accordance with The New School's Intellectual Property Rights Policy, copyright is held by each project's respective artist. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the office of Katarzyna Gruda to the New School Archives, 2012.

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Related Materials

Additional examples of student work produced in the Communication Design Department will be found in the Parsons School of Design academic departments, programs and schools collections (PC.02.01.01, pre-2009 accessions, and PC.02.01.02, post-2009 accessions).

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Books.
  • Jewel cases
  • Matchbooks.
  • Placemats
  • Posters.
  • Screen prints.
  • Student projects.

Subject(s)

  • Graphic design.

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Collection Inventory

Books 1996-2010 

Books in this series consist of a variety of sizes and formats. Some are more traditional book projects, while others stretch the concept of what a book might be, such as a matchbook or coffee bag with interior pages. They are all multi-page documents with covers or containers for pages and some form of binding that connects the interior pages together. The function of these projects is to demonstrate the student's work as a graphic designer, not as an author or illustrator. Many of the texts are by other authors, illustrators and photographers or include found texts by well-known writers, reimagined in book format by the student designer. Many projects identify typeface, production procedures and techniques, and other design documentation.

Projects are arranged alphabetically by the student's name. When a student name could not be identified, the project is identified by title. These unattributed projects precede the projects identified by students' names.

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Box Folder
1: NYC's the One, between 2003 and 2009 
1 8
Calligraphy project, undated 
1 10
Clash of the Sci-fi Titans, undated 
1 1
Cowboy Outfit Guide, undated 
2 1
Freaks Here, Freaks Everywhere, after 2005 
1 16
Instinct and Society, undated 
1 24
Metaphor and Mental Duality, undated 
1 11
Reflection on a Wicked World, undated 
1 21
Save the Trees/Save the Oceans, undated 
2 6
Target: Peace, undated 

Two slightly different projects using the same content.

1 24
That's the Way I See It: A Hockney Interpretation, undated 
2
Typefaces by Students of Typography 1, 2001 
1 29
Types of Metaphor, undated 

Two copies, numbered 1/4 and 3/4. Work is signed but student's name is illegible. Possibly Lauren.

p_6 2
We Hold These Truths to Be Self Evident, 2008 
1 7
What Happened to Humor?, undated 
1 27
Baur, Anna, 2005 
1 21
Boake, Christine, 2006 
1 27
Booher-Jennings, Jason, undated 
1 23
Carozzi, Ingrid, 2006 
1 17
Chan, Alison M., 2006 
p_OSx-3 9
Chan, Melissa, undated 
1 1
Chen, Catherine, 2007 
1 21
Chi, Julia, 2007 
1 26
Choi, Charmaine, 2007 
1 16
Correira, Jonathan, 2007 
1 21
DeFilippo, Lauren, 2010 
1 5
Dhingra, Ragini, 2007 
1 15
Egge, Bodil, undated 
1 25
Ficks, Philip, undated 
2 6
Gamss, Sharon, undated 
1 11
Geesman, Tim, 2007 
1 14
Goodman, Zan, after 2004 
1 18
Headrick, Adam B., 2007 
1 19
Hecht, Noa, 2007 
1 4
Heintze, Marina, 2010 
1 6
2 1
Huber, Amanda, undated 
1 11
Ishibashi, Yoko, 2009 
1 10
Kennedy, Andrew V., 2006 
1 4
Kim, Michael, 2006 
1 4
Lauer, Sean, undated 
1 23
Marwit, Michael, 2009 
1 6
Merks, Stephanie, undated 
1 22
Mondavi, Dominic, 2005 
1 1
Nacional, Ed, 2009 
1 20
Park, Margaret, 2010 
1 19
Peralta, Jessica, 2006 
1 13
Perky, Jeff, 2006 
1 12
Roeraade, Paul, 1999 
2 3
Roth, Spencer, 2009 
1 24
Ruggeri, Lauren, 2009 
1 27
Ryan, Erin, 2008 
1 16
Rytz, Judith, 2006 
1 28
Sabach, Jan, undated 
1 4
Sabach, Jan, 2002 
1 1
Shapiro, Elissa, undated 
1 27
Skapik, Sarah, 2005 
1 23
Sweeney, C., 2009 
1 1
Tigan, Gabrielle, 2007 
1 4
Tolson, Cay [proofs only], 1996 
p_8 1

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Cards 2011, undated 

Card projects encompass a variety of sizes. Some are traditional postcards, while others are sets consisting of heavier paper stock collected together with a box or band.

Projects are arranged alphabetically by the student's name. When a student name could not be identified, the project isidentified by title. These unattributed projects precede the student names.

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Box Folder
Holiday card set with New York City theme signed "LR," 2011 
p_8 1
Island Style (Parsons Coney Island Printing Project), undated 
1 3
When we're talking about war, undated 
2 10
Cheng, Nancy, undated 
2 9
Donlin, Stephanie, undated 
2 9
Houyvet, Elsa, undated 
2 9
Knecht, Stefan, undated 
1 3
Lankford, Jennifer, undated 
2 8
Lapidus, Ariel, undated 
2 10
MacKenzie, Kristin, undated 
2 8
Monajati, Leila M., 2006 
1 9
O'Brien, Molly, undated 
2 10
Peng, Yulan, undated 
1 3

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Jewel case inserts and compact disks 2002-2006 

Projects in this series consist of jewel cases -- traditionally square, thin plastic containers that safely house compact disks -- with inserts and disks designed by students. Contrary to the New School Archives' procedures for removing optical media from collections for digital preservation, disks have been retained within the cases to maintain the students' intentions for the overall design of the project.

Projects are arranged alphabetically by the student's name. When a student name could not be identified, the project is identified by title. These unattributed projects precede the student names.

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Box Folder
Oscar Wilde: A Life in Six Acts, possibly 2002 
2 4
Bauer, Anna, 2005 
2 7
Perky, Jeff, 2006 
2 5
Zimmer, Tess, 2002 
2 7

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Mats undated 

Series consists of five plastic mats resembling place mats.

Box
Mats 
OSx-1

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Posters 2005-2009, undated 

Samples of original prints designed by students in a variety of sizes, often using a contemporary event as inspiration. Some but not all posters are signed and numbered by the student. Many are original screen prints.

Box Folder
General 
OSx-1
OSxx-1
OSxxx-1
OSxxx-2
p_2 10
Cannonball Press: Treasure of the Black & White Brigand, undated 
1 2
Eames exhibition proof by Paula Giraldo, circa 2005 
p_8 1
Lemoni, 2007 

Print is signed and numbered but artist's name could not be deciphered.

p_8 1
Michael Franti/Spearhead Money, undated 
MC D 2
Networked Design Talks, 2009 

The Graphic Design Department sponsored this lecture series. The poster design is possibly by students or faculty.

p_OSx-3 9

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Sculpture undated 

Students were given a prompt to design a two-item set depicting opposites using plastic bottles. Includes color photographs of select projects and an example of a completed project comprised of a set of bottles containing plastic dolls embodying the concepts of "naughty" and "nice." All projects in this series are unattributed.

Box
Naughty and Nice 
2
Photographs 
2 2

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Collection Guide Last Updated: 10/25/2016

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