Skidmore College | Deb Hall




The Communication Design concentration at Skidmore College consists of Communication Design I, Communication Design II and Advanced Communication Design(which is a repeatable course). Computer Imaging, Digital Photography, and Digital Media courses can also be taken. Internships provide additional experience.

The pre-requisites for Communication Design are Visual Concepts, Drawing and Color. Photography, English, New Media, Computer Science and additional drawing courses are highly recommended.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
~e.e. cummings

Class of 2010

Ellen Lupton

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ellen is director of the MFA program in graphic design at
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, the
editor of _D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself_ (2006) and curator of
contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
in New York City, where she has organized numerous
exhibitions, each accompanied by a major publication,
including the National Design Triennial series (2000 and
2003), _Skin: Surface, Substance + Design_ (2002), _Graphic
Design in the Mechanical Age_ (1999), _Mixing Messages_
(1996), and _Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home
to Office.

Ellen had lunch with several design students and also looked at their portfolios.

Ellen was the Malloy Visiting Artist and gave a lecture at Gannet on Design

Willie Cole

Thursday, March 3, 2009

The 2009 Malloy Visiting Artist Lecture was delivered by sculptor Willie Cole, on. Tuesday, March 3, in Gannett Auditorium. Cole is renowned for imbuing elements of nature, industrial culture, and West African religion and mythology into sculptures made up of household objects such as steam irons, bathroom fixtures, old electric irons, and bicycle parts. “I want the objects to have a life of their own: I think that is what makes them real,” Cole has said. “When a piece gets to a point where all the parts are put together in the right way, it has a power of its own and you know not to mess with it.”

A New Jersey native, Cole took Saturday children’s art classes at the Newark Museum and majored in fashion design at Newark’s Arts High School. He went on to earn a BFA at the School of Visual Arts and study at the Art Students League in New York City. As the 11-year-old “man of the family” for his mother and grandmother, who worked as housekeepers, he had picked up broken lamps and other appliances on the street to repair and re-use; as a young man, he filled his rented loft in Newark’s Ironbound district with industrial leftovers, thrift-shop items, and street-found castaways and began to turn them into artworks. During a 1988 residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Cole’s discarded industrial goods began to come together in ways that one critic described as “assembling artifacts from a throwaway culture into iconic artworks.”

Willie spent most of the day with Communication Design students.


Barbecue at Deb's House Thursday, May 15th.

Ben+ Jerry's Free Ice Cream Day!




PJ Loughran

Monday, March 24, 2008

4:30 PM Saisselin Art Building, Seminar Room

Come and hear PJ Loughran talk about his work.

PJ Loughran began his career doing illustrations for the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times while attending Parsons School of Design. Since then PJ has created thousands of illustrations for clients including Sports Illustrated, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes, Nike, Ford Motor Company, Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins, Scholastic, Burton Snowboards and the New York Times. Over the last 10 years, PJ's work has been recognized by The Art Directors Club of New York, American Illustration, Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, RSVP, the Society of Publication Designers and the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles.

In his initial years following graduation, PJ also worked in the interactive world, serving as Design Director and Creative Director at AGENCY.COM, one of the largest multimedia development firms in the world. During his tenure there, PJ helped AGENCY.COM win over 30 prestigious awards through his contributions on projects for clients including Coca-Cola, Nike (Michael Jordan), British Airways, American Express, Hitachi, Harvard Business School and the independent film showcase, Urban Desires.

Most recently, PJ founded Kerosene Creative Services, a multi-disciplinary creative firm with offices in New York and Chicago. Their initial work includes projects for New Line Cinema and TOCA percussion.

PJ is also an accomplished musician and songwriter. Since 2003, he has completed two full-legnth records and performed for audiences across the country, including opening spots for Maroon 5, R.E.M., Johnny Lang, Taj Mahal, Todd Rundgren, REO Speedwagon, and The North Mississippi All-Stars.

In addition, PJ is an adjunct professor at Parsons and has been teaching classes there in web design, illustration, and drawing for the past 7 years. He has also been a frequent guest lecturer at schools and design organizations nationwide, including the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, Columbus College of Art, Oklahoma Christian University and the North Carolina Design Association.

Posters designed by Kate Kaunitz '08 and Ryan Basile '08

Friday, February 29, 2008
8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

Panel Discussion: TYPETALK
9:30-10:30 Davis Auditorium
A panel of alumni working with HELVETICA and other TYPES
will discuss typography in the real world and answer questions about type,
design and making your way in the design world.

Other Events:
Schick Gallery Opening
6:30-7:30 pm The New American Sublime.

Also showing at the Case Gallery
Visual Poetry



Bookbinding, Spring 2007


Woody Pirtle established Pirtle Design in Dallas, Texas in 1978. Over the next 10 years the firm produced some of the most important and celebrated work of the decade, for a broad spectrum of clients. In 1988 Woody merged Pirtle Design with Pentagram, the international design consultancy founded in London in 1972. For almost 20 years Woody was a partner in the New York office of Pentagram and worked on some of the firm’s most prestigious projects, for many of its A-list clients. In 2005 Woody left Pentagram to re-establish Pirtle Design.


Tyler Hicks, photographer from the New York Times, visited Communication Design classes in Spring 2006.

Zach Gage and Charlie Whitney attend Font Tech workshop in NYC at the Type Director's Club and get special help
from Adobe System's Thomas Phinney in Open Type programming.


Senior Show 2006




Associate Professor of Art
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Saratoga Springs, New York 12866



Deb Hall's work has been included in the 53rd Chautauqua Exhibition of
Contemporary Art at The Strohl Art Center ,at The Chautauqua Institute in
Chautauqua, New York. The national juried exhibition was curated by
Kim Foster, The director of the Kim Foster Gallery in Chelsea. The
exhibition will run from June 27 through July 20th.


Recently exhibited at The Pearl Conard Gallery at The Ohio State University : Abstractions, 2010


Deb Hall, will be exhibiting at Der Zeitgenosse: A National Exhibition of Contemporary Art at Eastern Washington University's Gallery of Art

February 28th-April 3rd, 2008



visited Communication Design classes and shared her bookbinding expertise. Spring 2007



In February 2007, 10 students attended a lecture given by Woody Pirtle at The College of Saint Rose. Before the lecture there was a reception at the college's gallery celebrating an exhibit of his work.


visited Communication Design, classes and shared his experiences covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a photographer for the New York Times. Spring 2006


visited Communication Design classes and addressed questions on branding and design. Fall 2005

Student Comments:
"...typography goes deeper than aesthetics; it serves as an unconscious method to propagate thoughts and emotions in any sort of endeavor."
"Overall I found his lecture a font of information, some of the topics he mentioned
I actually want to investigate further."


Animation Artist for Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromet, and many other animated movies visited classes Spring 2005