Visual Voices Colloquium is the Professional Lecture Series of Mason’s School of Art and Design and represents a window into the professional world of art and design. Speakers are chosen with faculty guidance to represent leading and emerging talented practitioners, as well as artists whose work lies beyond the subject areas of the program offerings. On September 9, 2021 Visual Voices featured a conversation with Eddie Opara recorded over Zoom.
Eddie Opara is a multi-faceted designer whose work encompasses strategy, design, and technology. His projects have included the design of brand identity, publications, packaging, environments, exhibitions, interactive installations, websites, user interfaces and software, with many of his projects ranging across multiple media. Opara is a partner at the New York office of prestigious design firm Pentagram. Before joining Pentagram in 2010, he founded the studio, the Map Office. He has won numerous awards including a Gold Cube from the Art Directors Club and honors from D&AD, the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD), Type Directors Club, Tokyo Type Directors Club, The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), and Communication Arts. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and has appeared in publications such as Wired, Fast Company, Creative Review, Archis, Surface, and Graphis. Opara is a senior critic at the Yale University School of Art. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Columbia University School of Architecture, and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He is a member of the distinguished design society, Alliance Graphique Internationale. Opara recently authored a book, “Color Works,” published by Rockport. He was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012 and 2014, and was featured in Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 and Adweek’s Creative 100. He studied graphic design at the London College of Printing and received an MFA from Yale University.
Learn more about Visual Voices Lectures on the website: https://art.gmu.edu/visual-voices.