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April 28, 2021

Ije Nwokorie in conversation with David Yager

University of the Arts Philadelphia

Ije Nwokorie. Courtesy of University of the Arts Philadelphia.

Ije Nwokorie, Apple Inc., in conversation with University of the Arts President and CEO David Yager. Hosted by Angela Riechers, director of UArts’ Graphic Design program.

Ije Nwokorie works for Apple in London, where he leads a team responsible for the creative program Today at Apple. He studied architecture at Columbia University before embarking on a career that has spanned online gaming, service design, and branding. Nwokorie previously spent 11 years as CEO of branding consultancy Wolff Olins and oversaw offices in Dubai, London, New York and San Francisco. Though Nwokorie was born in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, he spent his early years in rural Nigeria, which he credits for his creative outlook and affinity for wonder.

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President and CEO David Yager joined University of the Arts in 2016 as the institution’s fourth president since it gained university status in 1987. An accomplished visual artist, photographer and designer, he also has an extensive background as an academic, a researcher utilizing design to improve the healthcare space, an entrepreneur and a business executive. During his tenure, University of the Arts has begun millions of dollars in campus construction and renovation projects; among them, the creation of the Center for Immersive Media, a new student center, a high-tech makerspace, a film screening center and state-of-the-art music studios. The university has also launched unique new programs over the past year, most prominently a groundbreaking PhD in Creativity and an innovative international MFA in Dance. He also oversaw the university’s acquisition of the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the Lightbox Film Center.

Angela Riechers is an award-winning writer, art director, and educator. She writes primarily about typography in her weekly column for the AIGA blog Eye on Design, as well as for numerous design-related publications. Prior to her arrival at UArts, she founded the TypeLab summer residency at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York; taught design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Queens College and SVA; and developed an online learning program, The Complete Typographer, for SVA. In her previous incarnation as an art director, she created concepts and layouts for everything from Harper's Magazine to iPad apps for O, the Oprah Magazine, with stops at Dr. Oz the Good Life, Condé Nast Portfolio, The New York Times, and Martha Stewart Living.

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