Students to Watch in 2012
Rhode island school of design
Andrew LeClair grew up in New England, with a brief formative stint on an island in the Pacific, where he rode his bike everywhere and watched nuclear missile tests for fun. He received his BA from Swarthmore College, where he wrote his senior thesis on the visual perception of objects suspended in empty space. After graduation, Andrew realized he was as interested in the design of his research as the research itself — and decided to study graphic design. Since coming to RISD, Andrew has worked on a range of self-initiated projects and with startups in Boston MA, The Design Office in Providence RI, and Project Projects in New York NY.
What have you gained from attending design school?
As an undergraduate, I thought that education was mostly about learning to think, but I've learned since coming to RISD that education can also be about learning to see.
Favorite TV Shows?
The Wire (of course), Louie
Ficciones, Jorge Luis Borges; Finite and Infinite Games, James P. Carse
Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation, and Beeswax (the first three films by Andrew Bujalski)
Hip Hop (indiscriminately)
Favorite Fine Artist?
New Year’s Resolution?
One Thing You Can't Live Without?
Talent You Wish You Possessed?
Best Gift Ever Received?
Mantra or Saying You Live By?
“The really important kind of freedom involves attention,
and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”
— David Foster Wallace, This is Water