Vignelli Center
for Design Studies
Rochester Institute of Technology

Vignelli Center’s 2016-2017 Visiting Scholar/Designers

Michael Burke is the annual Vignelli Center for Design Studies Visiting Scholar for 2016-2017 academic year. A major European design scholar, Burke is an expert on information graphics, author of note, outstanding teacher and international figure in design, is a Professor, now retired, at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Schwäbish Gmünd, one of Germany’s leading design schools, where he has been on the faculty for 20 years.


He is presently working on a new book on the history of corporate standards manuals. He studied graphic design and later taught at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in England, at the University IUAV Venice, Italy, and at the Dessau Department of Design, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau, Germany. As a design professional he worked with Otl Aicher on the extensive graphics for the 1976 Olympics in Munich. He was a member of the team in the UK that produced the groundbreaking publication OCTAVO between 1984 and 2001. With colleague Peter Wildbur, he produced the seminal volume INFORMATION GRAPHICS in 1998. Burke was also guest editor of Graphics International, contributing a major article on Herbert Bayer’s WORLD GEO ATLAS . For the London Design Museum, Burke curated a major exhibit on information design. He has also collaborated with Professor Joachim Krausse on basic research on the history of the Isotype movement and Otto Neurath. He has also collaborated with Wellcome Trust in London on interpretive exhibit design. While in residence this year, Burke lectured on Isotype and Braun product design. In addition he worked with several RIT faculty and their studio classes.


Again this year, Anne Ghory-Goodman is Visiting Design Scholar at the Vignelli Center. Ghory-Goodman comes to RIT as Professor Emeritus from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Previously she was a Professor, Department Chair, and Director of Graduate Studies during nineteen years at the University of Cincinnati, one of America’s premier graphic design schools. In that capacity she had been an instrumental figure in the emerging careers of a number of major American designers including Pentagram partner, Michael Bierut. Her own design practice has included leadership roles in textbook publishing and children’s literature in Boston. Selected for the first undergraduate class including women at Yale University, Ghory-Goodman also received a graduate degree from the Yale School of Art and later pursued advanced study at the School of Design in Basel, Switzerland. Ghory-Goodman’s career has included many awards and grants, notably from the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) and the National Endowment for the Arts, from which she received both a Visual Artists Fellowship in Photography and a Design Arts Fellowship. She has also been recognized for her publication design, web design, and poster design projects. Ghory-Goodman has lectured and published on topics ranging from photographic history to the role of design in social change. She has lectured at national and international venues and exhibited her work widely, most recently in Beijing, Lima, and Havana. “We are very fortunate to have a colleague of Anne’s stature on our faculty,” says R. Roger Remington, the Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design in CIAS. “I have known Anne for many years and she is indeed a most experienced teacher and design professional, a major figure in the world of graphic design education.” Ghory-Goodman also works part-time for the Vignelli Center as a Program Design Specialist.