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Talking Pictures: The Visual Book Now Symposium

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Auditorium, Room A106, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, A 106 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

TALKING PICTURES – The Visual Book Now is a series of events, presented on the occasion of the New York Rights Fair, which will look at contemporary publishing through the lens of visual language and imagery.

-A free symposium at Parsons School of Design on May 29 to open the TALKING PICTURES program

-Three TALKING PICTURES panels held at the New York Rights Fair on May 30, 31 and June 1 (attendees of the symposium will receive free access to the New York Rights Fair)

-The selection of the inaugural best visual books of the year

As the culture has become increasingly visual, the visual book has flourished in the publishing industry and has attracted a broad audience. TALKING PICTURES will discuss contemporary visual books, focussing on the phenomenon of the graphic novel, the extraordinary revival of children’s and adult picture books both in Europe and United States, the importance of book cover design, new trends in visual cook books and the book-as-object. TALKING PICTURES will explore the convergence of visual artists and the publishing industry in generating innovative projects and new visual forms.

Register here. 

Presented by Parsons School of Design. 

Event Type

Conferences and Symposia


General Public


Art and Design, Writing and Literature, Education and Learning


Parsons School of Design, School of Art, Media and Technology


Graphic Design and Illustration, Storytelling and Communication, Publishing and Journalism





Additional Details


9:30-10:00 am:

10:00 am -10:15 am:
Welcome remarks by Steven Guarnaccia and Hamelin Cultural Association

10:15 am -11:00 am:
Keynote: The Visual Book Now
Jo Steffens, Independent Writer and Curator, Editor of the Unpacking my Library series

11:00 pm-12:00 pm:
After Munari: The Book as Object


Seymour Chwast, Graphic Designer, Co-founder of Push Pin Studios
Keith Godard, Graphic Designer, Principal of StudioWorks
Alessandro Sanna, Author/ Illustrator of The River

12:15 pm-1:00 pm:
Covers Uncovered
Paul Sahre, Graphic Designer, author of Two-Dimensional Man: A Graphic Memoir

1:15 pm -2:00 pm:
The Raw and the Cooked / The Cookbook as Art Book


Lauren Tamaki, Illustrator, Delicious Dessert Cocktails
Marti Guixé, Designer and author of Food Designing
Debbie Millman, Host of the podcast, Design Matters and Editor of Leave Me Alone With the Recipes: The Life, Art and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles

2:15 pm -2:30 pm:
Wrap Up

2:30 pm -3:00 pm:
Book Signing

Recent Activity

Getting Here

Detailed Directions

By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

Event Registration Required

This event requires registration.