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Starts/Speculations: Graphic Design in Chicago Past and Future

Inspired by the past century of design achievement and looking toward the future with insight and creativity, Starts/Speculations represents an anthology of work from Chicago’s graphic design legacy and a glimpse into how the tools we use to design and communicate could evolve and influence our interactions in the future.

Beginning with a letter that articulates visual design standards for the 1909 Plan of Chicago by Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett, the exhibition is a broad overview of the past century of graphic design in Chicago with a particular focus on the influence of European modernism through the establishment of the New Bauhaus in 1937. As the Chicago Design Museum evolves and grows, we look forward to exploring and sharing more of Chicago’s design legacy by unearthing the stories that make our city unique, as well as highlighting dynamic influences from across cultures, borders, and disciplines. We consider this the start of something more—more ideas, more conversations, and more discovery.

The glimpse into the future includes work from:

Chris Eichenseer
Jonathan Petersen, with animation by Tommy Dalton
Matt Wizinsky
Other Forms
The Post Family
Plural
Studio Blue

The reflection on the past features work on loan from the following institutions and/or collections:

AIGA Chicago
AIGA National
Bauhaus Chicago Foundation Archive & Collection
Edward H. Bennett Collection, Ryerson & Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago Film Archives
Crosby Associates
Firebelly
IIT Archives, Paul V. Galvin Library
John Massey Inc.
Morningstar
Studio/lab
University of Illinois Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections Department
VSA Partners
Wright

Starts/Speculations: Graphic Design in Chicago Past and Future will run from June 12 through September 30, 2014. During this time, the museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00-7:00 pm.

The store will also be open during this time, featuring items for purchase from the following designers and studios:

Craighton Berman, Craighton Berman Studio
Marjie Best, Best Design Chicago, Inc.
Ivan Brunetti, Columbia College Chicago
Sharon Burdett, Strand Design
Jay Byrnes, Fourth is King
Tyler Deal, Idiot Pull
Nick Disabato, Draft Design Inc
Sarah Dodson, MAKE Literary Productions
Firebelly Design
Kyle Fletcher, USKLF
Ryan Ford
Iker Gil, MAS Context
Emily Haasch
Steven Haulenbeek, Steven Haulenbeek Design Concepts Inc.
Heart & Bone Signs
Matthew Hoffman, You Are Beautiful
taylor hokanson, chicago knit works
Jesse M Hora, MAKE and co.
Quinn Keaveney
Joseph Klomes, _unproductive
Kim Knoll, RFRM Jewelry
Legacy Frameworks
Frances MacLeod
Mike McQuade, McQuade Inc.
Julie Morelli, Nourishing Notes
Ork Posters
Po Campo
Public Media Institute
Thomas Quinn, Blank is the New Black
Michael Renaud, Pitchfork
Erin Rensink, Kozie Prery
Lance Rutter
Ben Stagl, ChiLab
Jude Stewart
Studio Limited
The Society of Typographic Arts
Roman Titus and Tanner Woodford, Applied and Chicago Design Museum
Eric Weber, RightAngle Workshop