Media Design School

Study with some of the world's best creatives at New Zealand's award-winning design school

Advertorial content: Given that technological advancements in digital art are progressing by leaps and bounds, it’s almost impossible to produce an excellent portfolio by just playing around on your laptop after work. If you’ve decided to bite the bullet and get back in the classroom, New Zealand’s Media Design School is becoming one of the best places to get a visual arts qualification (undergraduate or …

Julien Vallée

A young Canadian designer marries painstaking handcraft with digital finesse

The work of Québec-born graphic designer Julien Vallée practically leaps off the screen, and in some cases literally, as in a paper sculpture that he did for the 2008 Illustrative Zurich Festival. Spray from a can explodes through a stark black background into a thousand primary-colored shards, for a sculpture that is so dynamic, you can hardly believe it isn’t moving. In a move that’s …

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs

From Thonet to Pinanfarina, the evolution of deskside seating

Of all the far-reaching implications of the information age, technical innovations in office chair design define an era that could be named the desk-bound age. Here to put the contemporary mesh panels and lumbar supports in context, “A Taxonomy of Office Chairs” surveys the evolution of the workplace staple, beginning with the start of the Industrial Revolution. Amassed by design consultant Jonathan Olivares, the book …