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John Calvelli

Portland, OR, United States

Faculty, Liberal Studies | Alberta College of Art and Design

Member since October 26, 2007

I'm a designer, design theorist, and photographer. My work revolves around the role of images in culture, and the relation of visual form to social space. As a designer I want to define what a sustainable image practice might be; as a photographer and artist I question what images can do and how they might affect the world. A recent paper, Design, Designers, Designing Designers, and Redesigning Design: A Fable on Sustainment, was published by Visual:Research:Scholarship, the online journal of the Australian Graphic Design Association, and presented at the College Art Association 2008 annual conference. I've also practiced design at three museums: the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, where I was both designer and director. Since 2001 I've lived in Portland, Oregon, where I've taught design practice, art and design theory, and the histories of graphic design and photography.

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Fortune Favours the Brave

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Posted December 16, 2008
By Jennifer Nichols

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Time to redesign designing so that the world doesn't creak and moan so.

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design