Design Research Assistant

The New School New York , NY 10007

Posted 3 months ago

I am an Assistant Professor in Fashion Studies (ADHT) and I am looking for a skilled graphic designer to help me build my visual identity as a critical consultant to the fashion industry.

My aims are twofold: to produce fashion

  • culture forecasts from the perspective of a feminist cultural and social analyst and to facilitate implementation of my insights into brands DNA through consulting. The key issues I aim to address are the environmental and humanitarian impacts of the global fashion industry issues that already affect how consumers shop and how companies organize their supply chains.

This project continues in the public realm a question I have asked across my scholarship and pedagogy: what is the role of (feminist) critical thinking within an industry based on aesthetics? Also, mobilizing my knowledge of fashionable aesthetics and pop cultural values, I aim to offer a perspective on the future of fashion that channels my critical expertise through my aesthetic voice. In other words, I aim to bring together in form as well as content the themes of fashion, feminism and the future.

The work would be divided over two semesters at approximately 9hrs/wk for 30 weeks. The first semester will be focused on logo design, webpage design, business card design, and building the overarching visual identity for my critical consulting practice: fashionable, feminist and future-oriented. The second semester will be focused on building out the visuals for two forecasts, the first focused on the environmental and ethical impacts of supply chain transparency and the second on shifting global aesthetics and consumer values within the 21st century.

I will provide all research across the project, for visual identity and for forecasts. What I am looking for is someone who can synthesize this research visually, package and communicate it in a compelling way. Also, I will ask for your assistance on sourcing royalty-free images.

The student designer will benefit from the project by having an opportunity to develop a brand identity from the ground up, which s/he/they can use in her/his/their portfolio. Ideally, the student worker will be interested in both feminist critique and the critical analysis of fashion: as an expression of identity, a system of aesthetics and a global industry. If so, s/he/they will gain insights into these areas by working closely with me.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between SENS-UAW, Local 7902 and the University.

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