Design Museum

Block Thirty Seven, 3rd floor
108 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Tues-Sat, 12-7p

Mission Statement

The Chicago Design Museum strives to unite, inform, and inspire. As a resource for the design community and beyond, the museum facilitates an open dialogue about contemporary and historical design through limited-engagement exhibitions, events, public programs, and digital media. We are an adaptable and non-traditional organization that celebrates and shares design excellence.

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Starts/Speculations in Film: Expanding the Design Conversation

Starts/Speculations in Film

The Chicago Design Museum is proud to present a selection of films from the Chicago Film Archives for a special screening night. As an extension of our first exhibition, Starts/Speculations: Graphic Design in Chicago Past and Future, each of the chosen films represents an area for future exploration, and another avenue for examining the role of design within our city and our lives.

Please join us at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, 24 September, as we learn about the early years of the International Design Conference, consider design for medical safety, witness the translation of moving image to a printed page, and remember the sights and sounds of Chicago in the seventies.

The evening will include work by Gary Brown, the Film Group, Goldsholl Design & Film Associates and Rhodes Patterson.

The event is free to all our members and students and is $10 at the door for non-members. There will be an open bar for those 21 years old and over (IDs will be checked at the door).

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2014 Summer Exhibition – Starts/Speculations: Graphic Design in Chicago Past and Future

Starts Speculations text on the wall at ChiDM

Photograph courtesy of David Ettinger Photography

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
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
IIT Archives, Paul V. Galvin Library
John Massey Inc.
University of Illinois Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections Department
VSA Partners

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.

Curatorial Committee: Robyn Paprocki, Morgan Walsh; Exhibition Director: Matthew Terdich

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Volunteer Openings: Project Managers

We are currently seeking volunteers for project manager positions. Please read the below description and if interested, email Lauren Boegen.

The ChiDM Project Manager will be a committee member on the Administrative Committee. Each PM will be “assigned” to another ChiDM committee and work closely with the committee’s director and members.

Project Manager responsibilities include:

  • Working with assigned committee to establish deliverables and incorporating them into schedules.
  • Establishing schedules and communicating these schedules with other ChiDM personnel in order to make sure deadlines are met.
  • Facilitating communication between committees.
  • Helping with production management.
  • Completing administrative tasks, including scheduling meetings.
  • Weekly check-ins with Administrative Director (method TBD).
  • Attending 1 Administrative Committee meeting per month.
  • Attending assigned committee’s meetings as necessary.

We are especially looking for people with experience in exhibition development and exhibition design.