Lecture: Peter Mendelsund

February 6, 2015


Thursday, February 12
2 p.m. Guest to Post Bacc Studio
6 p.m. Lecture
Brown Center: Falvey Hall
1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Peter Mendelsund is the associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf and the art director of Pantheon Books. His designs have been described by the Wall Street Journal as being "the most instantly recognizable and iconic book covers in contemporary fiction." He is the author of the new book, What We See When We Read, which has been described by the New York Times as "A playful, illustrated treatise on how words give rise to mental images… . Mendelsund argues that reading is an act of co-creation, and that our impressions of characters and places owe as much to our own memory and experience as to the descriptive powers of authors… . [What We See When We Read] explore[s] the peculiar challenges of transforming words into images, and blend[s] illustrations with philosophy, literary criticism and design theory.”

He also recently published Cover, a compendium of his design work. Among the many recognizable jackets he has created are those for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; collections of the works of Joyce, Kafka, Dostoevsky, de Beauvoir, and Foucault; the contemporary works of Martin Amis, Tom McCarthy, and many more.

MICA's Graphic Design Post-Baccalaureate program offers students an intensive immersion in graphic design. Tailored for individuals who seek to work with a select group of dedicated peers in a challenging and supportive environment, the full-time program will prepare students for advancing their careers and/or for applying to competitive MFA programs at MICA and other colleges and universities.