is the co-founder and chair of a two-year graduate program in Design Criticism at the School of Visual Arts
in New York City. She is also a PhD candidate in the History of Design department at the Royal College of Art, London; her research examines the changing relationship of design criticism to its publics in the UK and the US since the 1950s.
Twemlow has written about design for publications including Eye, Design Issues, Design & Culture, I.D., Print, New York Magazine
, and Architect’s Newspaper.
She is the author of What is Graphic Design For?
(Rotovision, 2006) and her essays are included in books such as 60: Innovators Shaping Our Creative Future
(Thames and Hudson, 2010,) The Barnbrook Bible
(Booth Clibborn, 2007,) Looking Closer 5
(Allworth Press, 2007,) Graphic Design Words/Worlds
(La Triennale Design Museum, 2011,) Design Icons,
(Berg, 2013,) The Aspen Complex,
(Sternberg Press, 2012), and Popular Design & Entertainment,
(Manchester University Press, 2009.)
Twemlow often serves on design and architecture juries and editorial boards, and moderates conferences such as the "Tasmeem Doha Conference" at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar and "Abstract: The Future of Design in Media Conference" in Portland Maine. She has recently lectured at the ICOGRADA Congress, AIGA National Conference, AIGA Chicago, and MoMA.
atwemlow [at] sva.edu