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Jesse Reed and Maggie Paxton

posted by CAA — Jan 13, 2020

The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

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On this week’s podcast, two young high-profile designers talk about how they use research and create meaning in Fashion and Graphic Design. They also describe concepts for experimental studio projects that could be used in a design curriculum.

Maggie Paxton is a multi-category designer with a focus in footwear, currently working for Marc Jacobs on his runway and contemporary shoe collections. Maggie is a resident of Brooklyn, but travels often to Venehtsia, Italy for shoemaking purposes. Aside from shoes of all kinds, Maggie’s other interests include antiques and oddities, folk art and Americana, mycology, counterculture art and fashion, and logos of all varieties.

Jesse Reed previously worked as an associate partner under Michael Bierut at the New York office of Pentagram. While at Pentagram, his clients included New York University, Hillary for America, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bobby Flay, Syracuse University, and Saks Fifth Avenue, among others. In 2017, Jesse co-founded Order, a design office in Brooklyn, along with fellow partner, Hamish Smyth. He and Hamish are also the co-founders of Standards Manual, an independent publishing imprint focusing on the preservation of graphic design history, such as the NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual, and the NASA Graphics Standards Manual reissues, among others. Jesse has taught at the University of Cincinnati and Parsons New School for Design. His courses covered icon/symbol systems and branding development.

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