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Leslie Atzmon

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Winter, 2018

On Leave, returning Fall, 2018


Leslie Atzmon received her MFA in graphic design at EMU, and her PhD in design history at Middlesex University in London, England. She has published in the journals Design Issues, Design and Culture, Eye, Visual Communication, and Book 2.0. Atzmon edited the collection Visual Rhetoric and the Eloquence of Design (Parlor Press 2011), and she is currently co-editing the anthology The Graphic Design Reader (Bloomsbury 2015) with Teal Triggs of the Royal College of Art and the collection Encountering Things with industrial designer Prasad Boradkar (Bloomsbury 2015). Atzmon and colleague Ryan Molloy were awarded an NEA grant to run experimental book workshops, and to edit, design, and produce the book The Open Book Project. The Open Book Project explores the history and future of the book through written essays and an exhibition catalogue. Atzmon is an editor for the new Journal of Communication Design (Bloomsbury, first issue forthcoming spring 2015).

Artist Statement

My work includes graphic design, animation, and artists books, as well as design historical research. I've published articles in the journals Design Issues, Visual Communication, and Design and Culture. In fall 2009 I had two articles published on the Eye: The International Review of Graphic Design blog. Most recently, I have edited a collection of visual culture essays entitled Visual Rhetoric and the Eloquence of Design (Parlor Press 2011)

I've presented my work at the College Art Association conference, the Design History Society conference, at the Modern Language Association conference, at the AIGA Design Education conference, and at the International Conference of Design Studies and Design History. My principle areas of research interest are late nineteenth-century fantasy imagery, book history, and the history of typography.

recent exhibitions and publications

  • Roger Green, exhibition review _Open Book: An International Survey of Experimental Books_, April 3-June 15, 2010, University Gallery, EMU, curated by Leslie Atzmon and Ryan Molloy,, _Sculpture_ magazine, May 2011, Vol. 30 No. 4

  • Visual Rhetoric and the Eloquence of Design. Anderson, South Carolina: Parlor Press, 2011

  • "Forms of Persuasion: The Visual Rhetoric of Design Artifacts," in The Triumph of Design / O Triunfo Do Desenho, Eduardo Corte Real, Editor, Lisbon: Livros Horizonte and UNIDCOM/IADE, 2010

  • "Dimensional Typography and the Unbearable Flatness of Being" Eye: The International Review of Graphic Design,, September 2009

  • "What We Mean when We Talk about Form," Eye: The International Review of Graphic Design,, August 2009

  • Exhibition review, “Dimensional Typography: A Survey of Letterforms in Space and Time,” I Space Gallery. Chicago, Illinois, USA, January 9 – February 7, 2009, _Design and Culture_, March 2010, Vol. 2 No. 1

  • The Graphic Design Reader, editors Leslie Atzmon and Teal Triggs, London: Bloomsbury Press

  • Encountering Things: Design and Thing Theory, editors Leslie Atzmon and Prasad Boradkar, London: Bloomsbury Press