Interact 12 for DesignPhiladelphia 2014

September 5, 2014 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2014 Festival

FRIDAY OCT 10 | 6:30PM - 8:00PM


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For the past twelve years, Tyler School of Art's annual exhibition *Interact* has showcased the best in interactive design and animation from its students and alumni in the Graphic + Interactive Design Department.  Each year the show grows and evolves to include incredible design and innovation for the screen. If you want to see what the design students at Tyler School of Art are doing in web and app design, and animation, then this is the show for you. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to witness the designers of tomorrow display their work on the big screen. Also making a presentation this year, as part of the event, will be our guest judge and speaker, Chris Cobb, Creative Director, from Second Story in New York.

1. What is your DP event?

It’s called Interact 12. It’s an annual show of student interactive design and animation held each year at Tyler School of Art. This is our 12th year putting on this show and were really excited about the event and work, of course.

2. Are there any pieces you're excited about this year?

The entries are still coming in, as of writing this, so we don’t know all the final submissions yet but having said that, over the past 12 years, we have seen some amazing design work from students and alumni (the event is open to both) and I’m sure this year will be no different. It’s always fascinating to see how the work has evolved and changed over the years. Of course, the work changes as new technologies are developed but it also seems to be the case that the students themselves are also more adept at working with technologies, and their design shows it.

Each year we also involve many esteemed judges to be a part of this program and this year’s judges, Jelyn Frye (Tonic Design), Eric Sutton (Connelly Partners) and Gavin Cooper (Cooper Graphic Design) are no exception.

We’ve also had some speakers as part of the program over the years and this year’s event we will be having Chris Cobb, the Creative Director from Second Story NY (as well as being the finalist judge) present their amazing studio work. We are really looking forward to that.  

3. Can you tell us more about the Interact Show in the past?

Interact was started back in 2001 as a means to showcase the best in student interactive design at Tyler, and also, over time to showcase student animation. Initially, Interact showcased design for interactive CD-ROMs (remember them?) along with early website designs built using software like Adobe GoLive. Technologies like Adobe’s Director and Flash have come and gone but along the way, students have always kept up with the ever-changing technologies and found ways to push these technologies in new and exciting ways.

4.... and the Graphic and Interactive Design department at Tyler?

The Graphic and Interactive Design (GAID) department at Tyler is a highly respected design program that is known for its rigor, and is extremely competitive. Student work from Tyler has been featured in numerous national and international design competitions and publications and students from the program have won numerous awards and honors. Graduates from the BFA and MFA programs are employed by studios and agencies around the country and abroad and work in print and web design studios, advertising agencies, publishing companies, film and television, music packaging and promotion, product design and packaging, in design departments of major corporations, and as freelance illustrators.

5. Does the department have any more events coming up we can look forward to?

Coincidentally, on the same day as Interact 12, the opening for the Hatchery will be held at Tyler so you can check it out before attending Interact 12. Over the academic year there are many shows put on GAID Department, like the Love Show, the Packaging show, the GAID Portfolio Presentations event as well as the Senior Design show. For dates and times check out the website here.


More about Tyler GAID

Graphic and Interactive Design is the communication of information and ideas through visual language. Design is used to serve commerce, culture and the public good. It includes work that is client-driven as well as self-authored.Tyler’s design students learn how to develop design concepts, to make images, to work with typography and to master a wide range of new and traditional media. Creative intelligence and skill are strongly emphasized. The program, known for its rigor, is extremely competitive. Students are evaluated by the exacting standards of the design profession. Click here to visit them on the web.

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