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PEOPLETOWATCHREBECCA WIENER

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 COLOR?
Magenta

FAVORITE TYPEFACE?
Univers

FAVORITE TV SHOWS?
Six Feet Under, The X-Files, Glee

FAVORITE BOOKS?
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

FAVORITE MOVIES?
Chinatown, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The City of Lost Children

FAVORITE MUSIC?
Dolly Parton, Paul Simon

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Richard Serra, Jenny Holzer, David Shrigley

FAVORITE GADGET?
Scissors

BOOKMARKED WEBSITES?
nymag.com, nytimes.com, swiss-miss.com

DESIGN HERO?
Paula Scher

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