Pratt Institute, Graduate Communications Design, New York NY
A native of swampy Houston, TX, Rebecca Wiener first saw snow when she ventured north
to study history and fine art at Brown University. After graduation, she moved to New York City,
where she worked on the editorial side of independent magazines, serving as the managing
editor of artist Peter Halley's arts publication, Index, and as editorial director of humor and
culture magazine Heeb. After a quarter-life crisis and a bit of soul-searching, Wiener decided
to go back to school to pursue graphic design at Pratt Institute, where she was a participant
in Pratt's collaboration with Barnes & Noble to design back-to-school items. Since changing
course, she has also done freelance work for a number of nonprofit organizations. She
lives in Brooklyn with a roommate, a cat, and a really big printer.
What makes you want to study design? Coming from fine art and editorial backgrounds, I think of design as the perfect marriage
between aesthetics and communication. No other medium satisfies both my left and right brain, my creative and analytical impulses.
Design is a powerful tool for shaping ideas and connecting people, and it just feels right to me.
FAVORITE TV SHOWS?
Six Feet Under, The X-Files, Glee
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates; Bird of America by Lorrie Moore; Goodbye,
Columbus by Philip Roth; The Brief Wondrous
Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Chinatown, Eternal Sunshine of the
Spotless Mind, The City of Lost Children
Dolly Parton, Paul Simon
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Richard Serra, Jenny Holzer, David Shrigley