Audrey Bennett Book Reception at Troy Night Out


Audrey Bennett Book Reception at Troy Night Out

Market Block Books, 290 River Street, Troy, NY 12180

Market Block Books in downtown Troy and Rensselaer's School of Humanities and Social Sciences will co-host an author's reception and book discussion with Audrey Bennett, LL&C associate professor of graphic design, of her ground-breaking book, Design Studies, Theory and Research in Graphic Design, a collection edited by Bennett of 27 essays from an international cast of top design researchers. Prof. Bennett's reception takes place during the next Troy Night Out, Friday, June 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Bennett's book makes the argument that "designers who ignore research run the risk of becoming mere tools for communication rather than bold voices." In an age of globalization and connectivity, the idea of "mainstream culture" has become quaint. Websites, magazines, books, and television have all honed in on ever-diversifying subcultures, hoping to carve out niche audiences that grow savvier and more narrowly sliced by the day. Consequently, the discipline of graphic design has undergone a sea change. Where visual communication was once informed by a designer's creative intuition, the proliferation of specialized audiences now calls for more research-based design processes. The book is published by the prestigious Princeton Architectural Press, a leader for twenty-five years in architecture and design publishing, with over 500 titles on its backlist.

"We are delighted that Market Block Books will host this reception with us for Professor Bennett," said School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean John P. Harrington. "The 21st century will experience a growing engagement with the language of visual culture. Design Studies is an eye-opening book and accessible way for both professionals in graphic design and the public to grasp the core issues of effective graphic design today."

"Troy Night Out has provided a vibrant opportunity for Market Block Books to open a dialogue with the reading public through authors' receptions and readings," said Stanley Hadsell, manager of Market Block Books. "Putting readers and authors together in a congenial setting, face to face adds a welcome dimension to reading and learning. Working with authors from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences means we will be featuring writers who live and work in our community."

Bennett's work is published in the Journal of Design Research, Visible Language, Design Issues, The Journal of Graphic Design, The Education of a Graphic Designer, The Education of a Typographer, and various international design research conference proceedings. From 2002-2004, she served as communications director for the board of directors of the Upstate New York Chapter of the AIGA, the professional association for design. Currently, she’s a review editor for the Design Research Journal of the Australian Graphic Design Association.

Market Block Books, established in 2006, is an independent book seller founded by The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza. Market Block Books will feature H&SS authors throughout the fall.

For further information, contact:

Don Moore, Director of Communication
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
518 276-2992
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