Vignelli Center
for Design Studies
Rochester Institute of Technology

Design at Practise

James Goggin, co-founder of Providence-based design studio Practise, will visit RIT for a Design Conversations lecture. This lecture is open to the public.



4:00pm, Thursday, May 11, 2017


University Gallery

James E. Booth Hall

Rochester Institute of Technology


Interpreting services available upon request:

Practise is a Providence-based design studio working with clients and collaborators on projects in the academic, architectural, civic, cultural, and publishing fields across Asia, Australasia, Europe, and North America.


Founded in London in 1999 by James Goggin and Shan James upon Goggin’s graduation from the Royal College of Art, Practise’s work includes the design of identity systems, publications, campaigns, websites, posters, type, exhibitions, signage and wayfinding as well as providing content strategy. Goggin and James have built the studio in collaboration with design assistants, interns, and an extensive network of independent designers, editors, writers, web developers, videographers, printers, and binders.


In addition to his work within Practise, Goggin lectures, runs workshops, and visits as a critic at various art institutions and design schools in Europe, Australasia, and the United States. He has been a visiting thesis critic on the MFA Graphic Design programme at Rhode Island School of Design since 2012. Goggin regularly contributes writing to a range of international publications and journals. Typefaces designed by Goggin are distributed by Swiss type foundry Lineto. He is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale and has works included in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Design Archive.


Between 2010 and 2013, Goggin was Director of Design, Publishing, and New Media at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. He was previously based in Arnhem, the Netherlands, working as course director and lecturer at Werkplaats Typografie and as visiting lecturer in history and theory at ECAL (Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne) in Switzerland. Between 2005 and 2007 he was art director of UK music magazine The Wire.





James Goggin