Keynote Speakers


Professor Elizabeth Guffey

Keynote One: Thursday 8th September, 15.00-16.30, Room CG76

Elizabeth Guffey teaches and writes on art and design history, theory and criticism. She is the Juanita and Joseph Leff Distinguished Professor at Purchase College, State University of New York and founding Editor of Design and Culture, the peer-review journal of the Design Studies Forum. She is also the author of the groundbreaking study, Retro: The Culture of Revival and Posters: A Global History (Reaktion, 2006).

More recently Elizabeth has written on ‘Retrofuturism and Steampunk’ with Kate C. Lamay (Rob Latham Ed, The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction, 2014). Her current projects include a study of disability and design, and she is writing a book on the International Access Symbol and the ‘secret knowledge’ of disabled people.

Professor Jeremy Till

Keynote Two: Friday 9th September, 9.30-11.00, Room CG76

Jeremy Till is an architect, writer and educator. He is Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London. Previously he was Dean of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster, and Professor of Architecture and Head of School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield.

Jeremy has published extensively on the role of architecture and his seminal book, Architecture Depends (The MIT Press, 2009) investigated the ways in which the practice of architecture is buffeted by contingency and uncertainty. He is a partner at Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. Their projects include the pioneering 9 Stock Orchard Street (The Strawbale House and Quilted Office) winner of multiple awards. He represented Britain at the 2006 Venice Biennale.

Professor Leslie Atzmon

Keynote Three: Saturday 10th September, 11.30-13.00, Room CG76

Leslie Atzmon is Professor of Graphic Design and Design History at Eastern Michigan University. She received her MFA in graphic design at EMU, and her PhD in design history at Middlesex University. She has published in the journals Design Issues, Design and Culture, Eye, Visual Communication, and Book 2.0.

Leslie edited the collection Visual Rhetoric and the Eloquence of Design (Parlor Press 2011), and she is currently co-editing the collection Encountering Things: Design and Theories of Things with industrial designer Prasad Boradkar (Bloomsbury 2017), and the anthology The Graphic Design Reader (Bloomsbury 2017) with Teal Triggs. In collaboration with colleague Ryan Molloy, Leslie curated the exhibition Open Book: An International Survey of Experimental Books. The two were awarded a National Endowment for the Arts ArtWorks grant from for 2012-2014 to run experimental book design workshops, and to edit, design, and produce the book The Open Book Project, which explores the history and future of the book through scholarly essays plus an exhibition catalogue.

She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the UK at UAL/Central Saint Martins for winter and spring 2016 for work on the premise that design thinking was key to Darwin formulating evolutionary theory.