Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
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British writer on design, graphic design, typography, and visual culture, Rick Poynor began as a general visual arts journalist, working on Blueprint magazine in London. After founding Eye magazine, which he edited from 1990 to 1997, he has focused increasingly on visual communication.

In 1999, Poynor was a coordinator of the First Things First 2000 manifesto, initiated by Adbusters. In 2003, he cofounded Design Observer, a blog for design writing and discussion, with Michael Bierut, William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand. He wrote for the site until 2005. Poynor was a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art in London from 1994 to 1999 and returned to the RCA in 2006 as a research fellow. He has also taught at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht.