Design Milk is happy to share the second lecture of the 2023/2024 academic year of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies Design Conversations Lecture Series featuring the multi-hyphenate, Richard Poulin. The Southern California designer, artist, educator, and author discusses his extensive career which has been divided between professional practice and academia. Having spent over 30+ as Design Director and Managing Partner at the multidisciplinary practice Poulin + Morris, he’s well-versed in all aspects of design, including graphic, environmental, interior, and exhibition. In the talk, Poulin discusses his “organic” and “fluid” generalist approach to design, and how he’s constantly evolving his approach in order to accommodate the ever-changing world.
His love of books and sharing design with the world led him to release, Rudolph de Harak Graphic Designer: Rational Simplicity, a tribute to one of the most influential graphic designers of the mid-twentieth century. Poulin goes on to talk about de Harak’s life and work, and the importance of history and why every designer should know about it in order to be successful.
Watch the full talk below to hear more about Poulin’s career, the life and work of Rudolph de Harak, and more!
To learn more about The Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT, they have launched digital access to the archives through Google Arts & Culture, joining over 2000 cultural institutions from around the world. The initial launch includes nearly 900 high resolution images of artifacts from the archives so that now anyone with access to the Internet and Google Arts & Culture can search the Vignelli archives or browse it by color or chronological order.
This lecture is presented with the support of RIT’s MAGIC Center.
This lecture series is made possible in part by the generosity of RIT Alumnus, Chris Bailey, and Bailey Brand Consulting.