Alexander Polakov

Alexander Polakov

Visiting Instructor

In the course of my design career I've been a furniture designer, a journalist - writing primarily about design related subjects, and a graphic designer. These varied disciplines have informed each other and strengthened my abilities as a design teacher. My furniture designs have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Vogue, Metropolitan Home, and Elle Decor to name but a few.

During my years as a journalist I've written profiles of interior designers, architects and graphic designers, as well as articles about architecture, interior design and graphic design, the occasional  movie star and film directors. I've written for: Advertising Age, Child, Details, Elle, Elle Decor, How, Harper's Bazaar, Metropolitan Home, The  Daily News, and The New York Post.  My graphic design portfolio includes work for clients such as Interior Design, DesignTex, Bernhardt Furniture, Metropolitan Life, Ameriprize, Strathmore Paper, Independent Curators Inc., Merce Cunningham Dance Company, RedTop Architects, Duce Construction, The Carpenter Group, and Outdoor Life. In addition to my graphic design work and my teaching design I am designing furniture again - clocks to be specific. My company is called "Soho ClockWorks". Between thinking about graphic design solutions, my enthusiastic students and my burgeoning new business, my work life is very full and very satisfying.

Illustration: Nick Dial

Alexander teaches Typography I and Typography II.

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