Talia Cotton is a designer, coder, and educator
and a leading specialist in the intersection of branding
and technology. She advocates the meaningful and
strategic application of technology as a method for
better and more authentic design.

Talia currently leads the design and development
of algorithmic and data-driven brand identities
and websites at Pentagram with Michael Bierut
and Giorgia Lupi.

Talia teaches Advanced Coding & Interaction
Design at Parsons School of Design.

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Speaking
Carnegie Mellon University School of Design
TBD
March 2023
Pittsburgh, PA
UIC School of Art & Design
TBD
March 2023
Chicago, IL
The New York Times
TBD
December 2022
New York, NY
Mother Design
TBD
December 2022
New York, NY
University of Pennsylvania
Design Senior Seminar: Meet a Designer
December 2022
Virtual
UH Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts
I Hate Technology: A Talk
November 2022
Houston, TX
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Talia Cotton and the Incessant Quest for Meaning in Technology
October 2022
Provdence, RI
InScript Experimental Type Festival (TDC)
Coding Typography: A Taxonomy
October 2022
Virtual
Brillo Festival (for illo.tv)
Dearest, Darlingest, Most Wonderful Technology: My Evolving Relationship
October 2022
Turin, Italy
Buzzfeed News
Why I Code
October 2022
New York, NY
OFFF Festival
Designing With Code
September 2022
Tel Aviv, Israel
F+F School of Art and Design Zurich: Jan Steinbach’s ‘Design for Screens’ class
Why I Code (Abridged)
September 2022
Zurich, Switzerland (Virtual)
Wix Playground Academy (Tel Aviv Outpost)
What Coding Can Do/What Coding Can’t Do
July 2022
Tel Aviv, Israel (Virtual)
EditorX / Dribbble Webinar "Digital design in 2022: How to grow as a creator"
How I became a designer/coder & other common questions I wish I knew the answers to not so very long ago but instead had to figure them out myself because desiging with code literally wasn’t a thing: A Quick Talk
July 2022
Virtual
AIGA Porfolio Development Studio
My Portfolio, What I Do, How I Got Here
July 2022
Virtual
Future London Academy: Future of Branding Week
What Coding Can Do/What Coding Can’t Do
June 2022
London, UK
Wix Playground Academy (NYC Outpost)
What Code Can Do / What Code Can't Do
June 2022
New York, NY
Design Museum Week
The most important coding lesson I’ve ever learned (and the runners up)
April 2022
Virtual
Pentagram Off-Duty Talk Series
A talk on algorithmic music visualization
April 2022
New York, NY
Prophet Visiting Designer Talks
The 8 Methodologies of Algorithmic Design (Abridged)
April 2022
Virtual
Google Visual Design Summit
Why We Do What We Do
November 2021
Virtual
Parsons Communication Design Lecture Series
Why We Do What We Do
October 2021
Virtual
Verizon Adfellows Internal Introduction
Hello
June 2021
Virtual
ModMag Conference
The Print/Digital Crossover
June 2018
New York, NY
Workshops
UH Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts
Coding Typography/Interactive Letterforms
November 2022
Houston, TX
Buzzfeed News
Interactive Headlines
October 2022
New York, NY
Google Visual Design Summit
Making the Generative Form
November 2021
Virtual
Critic
Wix Playground Academy (Tel Aviv Outpost)
Portfolio Review
Summer 2022
Virtual
Wix Playground Academy (New York Outpost)
Portfolio Review
Summer 2022
Virtual
Mason Gross School of the Arts (at Rutgers University)
Thesis Critic
May 2022
New Brunswick, NJ
Courses
Next Level Coding
Advanced coding class with a focus in designing with meaning.
Fall 2022–present
Parsons School of Design
Core Interaction: Coding
Required intro to coding course that usually converts students from fear to fierce.
Fall 2019–present
Parsons School of Design
Algorithmic Print Design
Portfolio-focused class for various print projects made with code.
Fall 2021
Parsons School of Design
Intro to Coding for Designers
Founded six week workshop for designers to learn coding basics.
Summer 2019
at index.space
Appreciation
Alon Krausz
My high school math teacher who cultivated my love for math, and made it possible to pass it on to others.
Math Department Head
S.A.R. High School
Brendan Griffiths
A former coding teacher who taught me good design is more important than good coding.
Professor
Parsons School of Design
Camila Perez
One of the most organized and reliable people I've ever met, and a true delight to work with.
Project Manager
Pentagram
E. Roon Kang
One of the most brilliant designers I've ever met, and so, so humble.
Principal
Math Practice
Gabe Smoller
Just an upbeat genuine dude. Former student, and my go-to for help in making kick-ass animations.
Designer
Pentagram
Justin Bakse
The best teacher at Parsons and an absolute gem. Has undoubtedly changed hundreds of students' lives and still going.
Professor
Parsons School of Design
Kevin Brainard
Former teacher and always an advocate. Designs with wit, brilliance and chutzpa.
Principal
Area of Practice
Melanie Martinez
A bright designer who assisted me on a few projects at Pentagram, and a delight to work with.
Designer
Pentagram
Michael McCaughley
One of the best designers I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Everything he touches turns to gold.
Design Director
Champions Design
Mohamed Elhawary
Lol. He's my ex! It didn't work out, but we spent many late nights designing side-by-side. Love him.
Designer
Independent
Nikki Makagnasar
Bright designer and coder and genuinely a lovely human.
Designer
Pentagram
Phil Cox
Brilliant strategist & more. The real mastermind behind most of the work you see on the team. Would recommend for every role everywhere.
Strategist+
Pentagram
Tamara McKenna
The patience and grace of this woman is unparalleled and inspiring.
Project Manager
Pentagram
Miscellaneous Project Press


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