OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
Lorna Alkana mixes language and line drawings into interactive installations, speculative events, and found poetry. Post grad (USC, Creative Writing), Alkana taught middle school English, founded and co-hosted a weekly open-mic, and visually arted around Los Angeles and on her process blog (lornaphone.com). In the MFA Graphic Design program, she reevaluated and expanded her understanding of the histories and futures of graphic communication, information organization, and the means of production. Alkana began creating tools to build a time traveling design practice (@dplpdcrcrs) and to orchestrate speculative public protests, parties, and conferences where people can come together to discuss and plan around underlying issues of equality and freedom. For the 2019 AICAD Conference, Alkana co-presented a music video essay, “SyllabUS,” to examine the college syllabus as a contract and the extent to which students fit in to the language of accreditation. She currently freelances and writes autobiographies in third person.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
Long Beach CA / Between Seal Beach and Santa Ana CA
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
FAVORITE SOCIAL PLATFORM?
FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
BBC Sounds, The Missing Cryptoqueen
The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
FAVORITE DESIGNER WORKING TODAY?
Hanna Bergman (The Reading School)
AREA OF SPECIALTY?
IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
THE BEST THING ABOUT DESIGN SCHOOL?
Questions and conversations, library time
A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Constraints free the artistic mind