Design Museum

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

From Our Sponsor, Simple Truth

Simple Truth logo

The Chicago Design Museum posed six questions to our sponsors about design and their sponsorship of the museum. Representing Simple Truth are Partner and Executive Creative Director/Design Susan Bennett, Partner and Executive Creative Director/Voice Mark Drozd, and Managing Partner Rhonda Kokot.

ChiDM: What does design mean to you?
ST: Design means everything. It is how purpose, order, utility and aesthetic beauty all come together to make life better.

ChiDM: What role does design play in your business?
ST: Design is at the very root of all we do. We started as a classic graphic design firm; and one of our founders, the late Arnie Goodwin, was a force in the Chicago design community. He is still our patron saint. Today we design strategic and clear brand solutions for our clients, based on what’s at their core.

ChiDM: Tell us about a recent success within your company.
ST: This year our work has taken a very Chicago-centric turn. We helped the city build their presence for the first time at SXSW; developed the brand platform and identity for UI LABS, Chicago’s new research and commercialization collaborative; worked with View Chicago to introduce the new Burnham Path from Millennium park to the Museum Campus; and we’re currently helping Choose Chicago promote summer and fall tourism.

ChiDM: How can we better connect the design community–within disciplines and across the profession?
ST: The answer lies in how you choose to define the word ‘museum.’ What our design community needs is a place to celebrate what design is, what’s going on now, and how the thinking behind graphic design influences the thinking behind experiential design, architectural design, etc. If ChiDM can be a place of experiences, present and past, instead of just another display space of artifacts, it can become the hub of all the design expression that happens in this ever-changing community.

ChiDM: Why did you sponsor ChiDM?
ST: We believe in the powerful heritage and relationship that design shares with Chicago. And while design has always had its advocates and organizations here, there has never been one galvanizing force or place to celebrate design’s many facets, or Chicago’s many contributions to them. We think ChiDM could be that place.

ChiDM: What does ChiDM do for your community?
ST: It provides a window to the large, evolving, thriving, beautiful, tumultuous, socially conscious and fascinating world of design that exists in Chicago.

2014 Project Osmosis Benefit

The Chicago Design Museum is proud to support Project Osmosis, an education and mentoring initiative that furthers design education for underserved minority youth.

Every year, Project Osmosis hosts a benefit to celebrate the program and raise money and support for the organization’s services and scholarship. The 2014 Project Osmosis Benefit in Partnership with UIC-School of Design will be held on 06 September at the University of Illinois at Chicago Innovation Center.

This year’s event asks the question, “What if?” What if we created partnerships to further the design education for students of color? What if creative communities created a system of support for our talented youth? What if design was used as a universal tool to embrace self-love?

We’re looking forward to the event, as it promises to be both energetic and enlightening. Some of the night’s features include:

  • Highlights of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s proposal to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library
  • Silent auction featuring rare and exclusive Chicago design items, including John Massey’s Vision, Chicago Cultural Alliance posters, the Navy Pier Pierscape Proposal, and Design for Democracy: Ballot + Election Design
  • Exhibition of student work
  • Meeting the year’s honorees
  • Reception with some of Chicago’s most talented artists and designers

Join us at the 2014 Project Osmosis Benefit in Partnership with UIC-School of Design on 06 September at 6:00 pm by purchasing your tickets here.

A big thanks to Project Osmosis for all that they do for the Chicago design community and for their collaboration.


Profile: Emily Haasch of Cards Against Humanity

A group of three people gather in front of a wall of posters available for purchase in the store.

Emily Haasch’s poster, top row second from left, is available for purchase in the ChiDM store. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Yu Photography.

“Keep making mistakes and don’t change who you are,” advises Emily Haasch, designer at Cards Against Humanity. That’s why she stays heavily involved in all things design, art critique, and activating communities—everything she loves. While the Chicago Design Museum helps protect and archive the past, Emily also envisions it as an open venue for discourse and the exhibition of emerging ideas within communities. She chose Chicago as her home base because of the support she receives from the community. “Like a good dollar store, it has a little bit of everything at half the price,” she says.  As for the future, Emily’s keeping her eyes, enthusiasm, and options open.

Emily’s poster, seen second from left in the top row of the above photo, can be purchased in the ChiDM store while quantities last.

#ChiDM Kickstarter Rewards

When we shipped out the last of the Kickstarter rewards, we asked our backers to snap a photo of the merchandise, post it on Twitter or Instagram, and use #ChiDM. Here are the best photos of the group.

From @jalexleung.

From @crabbyrangoon


From @graceohmeg


From @melloburger


From @a_washburne

Thanks to all of our backers and everyone who tagged us in their photos!

Profile: Dawn Hancock of Firebelly Design

A photo of a sketch of people, including Dawn Hancock, in picture frames.

Firebelly Design’s Dawn Hancock’s profile sits second from left. Photograph courtesy of David Ettinger Photography.

Dawn Hancock is all about changing the world—one socially responsible design at a time. She and her partners at Firebelly Design are committed to working with authentic companies and their people to help change the conversation in their communities. That’s why Dawn loves Chicago: for its authenticity, work ethic, and pride. Today as she continues to do big work on her “open source playground for good,” she reminds everyone to be grateful for the little things in life.

Firebelly Design’s Typeforce catalogs are available for purchase in the ChiDM store through September 30, 2014.

Profile: Zoe Ikin of Studio Magazine

A photo of Studio Magazine in the ChiDM store.

Studio Magazine is available for purchase in the ChiDM store. Photo courtesy of David Ettinger Photography.

“Be a designer— it’s awesome,” recommends Zoe Ikin, founder of Studio Limited and publisher at Studio Magazine. She’s currently working on Issue 4 of Studio Magazine that’s solely dedicated to the Chicago design scene, i.e. profiling interesting studio spaces throughout the city from a range of creative fields. Why Chicago? Because when Zoe visited our lovely city on a three-month sabbatical in 2013, she saw first-hand all the great things the cool people of Chicago’s design community were doing— like starting a design museum. And it inspired her to devote an entire issue of her magazine to it. In the meantime, Issue 5 is brewing, says Zoe.

You can pick up a copy of Studio Magazine in the ChiDM store.

Extended Hours 31 July – 04 August

Visit the Chicago Design Museum this weekend to take advantage of our extended hours and catch Starts/Speculations: Graphic Design in Chicago Past and Present before it closes.

We will be open:

Thursday, 31 July through Saturday, 02 August from 10:00 am-11:00 pm

Sunday, 03 August and Monday, 04 August from 10:00 am-7:00 pm

If you’re heading to Lollapalooza, stop by before, after, or during the show. Next door through 04 August, Art Alliance presents The Provacateurs, a show curated by Shepard Fairey, so join the art and design fun at Block 37 this weekend!

Profile: Tyler Deal of Idiot Pull

A peacock poster designed by Idiot Pull is displayed amongst other posters.

Designed by Idiot Pull, the Rogue Wave and Caveman concert poster featuring a two-headed peacock is available to purchase in the ChiDM store. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Yu Photography.

Chicago has scored itself the talents of Tyler Deal, a young Ohio artist who’s drawn to the Chicago Design Museum for showcasing past and present works of art—including his very own hand-drawn and silk-screened posters. Tyler moved to Chicago to challenge himself and start a new business, Idiot Pull. “I had never lived outside Ohio, and corn fields and cows get old after a while,” he says. Tyler advises other young entrepreneurs to stop taking life so seriously and to be more carefree. As for his business, next in line is drawing and silk-screening a poster for Beyoncé.

Profile: Marjie Best

Marjie Best's typography bracelet cuffs.

Best Design Chicago cuffs, available at the ChiDM store. Photo courtesy of Marjie Best.

“Design is collaborative. And this museum is the epitome of collaboration,” says Marjie Best, designer at Best Design Chicago. In fact, she loves how she can draw upon the strength of Chicago’s design community for talent and support. Marjie’s currently working on everything from book covers and marketing materials to publications, logo design, and her famed cuffs (available exclusively at the Chicago Design Museum store).

For Marjie, the Chicago Design Museum is an opportunity to celebrate, honor, and showcase design history. But it also provides a sanctuary for thoughtful reflection. “If you are paying attention, you will learn something every day of your life,” she says, from the people you meet to the world of opportunities ready for the taking. For now, she’s going anywhere her imagination takes her.

Film Event Rescheduled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we must reschedule our Films of the New Bauhaus: Re-Shaping the World event for the fall. Once we determine a new date and time, we will post it on our Twitter and Facebook pages, in addition to this website.

We apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment this may cause, but we hope to see you at the event in the fall!