Design Museum

Design Lecture Series: Jan en Randoald

Woodwork created by Jan en Randoald

Photo courtesy of Jan en Randoald.

Join us on Tuesday, April 15 for the start of our design lecture series with guest speakers Jan W. Hespeel and Randoald Sabbe of the design studio Jan en Randoald.

Jan W. Hespeel and Randoald Sabbe graduated in the free graphics and graphic design department, respectively, at Sint-Lucas Ghent, Belgium. Though polite to each other, they had never shared a conversation. In 1997 they both started teaching at Sint-Lucas and soon a noticed a certain synergy.

In 2004 they started their collaboration, naming their studio “Jan en Randoald.” It is now one of the most awarded graphic design studios in Belgium. Some of their clients include: Antwerpse Musea, STAM/Stadsmuseum Gent, Concertzaal De Bijloke, Witte Zaal, De Werf Brugge, Theater Artemis & Véronique Branquinho.

Welcome them to Chicago as they share their journey and expertise with us.

Date: Tuesday, April 15
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: Morningstar (22 W. Washington St.)
Tickets: Eventbrite
Admission is $15. There are special discounts for our Kickstarter backers and students. Please see the Eventbrite page for details. 

Special thanks to the MFA Graphic Design Department at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, and AIGA Chicago.

Design Week Opening Reception

We’re kicking off Chicago Design Week and celebrating the museum’s opening with a reception on Monday, June 10 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Please join us for an opportunity to see our 2013 exhibitions and mingle with the Chicago design community. Beer will be provided by Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Chicago Design Week is a five-day design celebration that brings lectures, events, schmoozing and high-fiving, this time with a distinctively 2013 flavor.

Design Talk: Marian Bantjes


The Chicago Design Museum is delighted and honored to host Marian Bantjes for a design talk from 2:00–4:00pm on Saturday, June 08 to help kick off Chicago Design Week and celebrate the Museum’s June opening.

Marian Bantjes is a designer, typographer, writer, and illustrator whose work ranges from vector art, hand illustrations, and patterns that move beyond traditional genres. Art enthusiasts from students to experienced formalists identify with her work, which features a creative juxtaposition in combining underlying structures with beautiful fluidity.

Her inspiring career captures ChiDM’s 2013 work at play theme, as she spent her early career working as a book typesetter and then opened her own design firm, where she worked for 10 years. She left the firm to pursue passionate work that she says is “highly personal, obsessive, and sometimes just plain weird.”

We invite you to join us on June 08 to hear more from Marian about this play that is now her work as we spend the month celebrating the blurred line between work and play. You can purchase tickets for $20.00 through Eventbrite or at the door, if space is still available.

For more on Marian Bantjes and her work, please visit her website.

Art on Track: A–Z

Chicago Design Museum Presents: A--Z

The Chicago Design Museum is excited to participate in Art on Track this weekend. Our exhibition focuses on the found, historical typography that informs our landscape in Chicago. Come out and ride around with us for a night and explore our exhibit, alongside others. Visit the Art on Track website to see the full list of participants and to buy tickets.

About the Event:
Art on Track is the world’s largest mobile art gallery. AoT takes place on board a moving six-car CTA train. Each train car is given over for free to a different local artist or arts group to curate. You are invited to board the train and view the artwork. Once aboard the train, passengers in the gallery are encouraged to explore and engage with the artists and artwork.

The AoT train will run along the Blue Line traveling back and forth between the Logan Square and UIC-Halstead stations. The Art on track train will only be making four stops as it goes up and down the Blue Line. The Public may purchase tickets and board the train at any of the four stops along the route:

1 Logan Square
2 Damen
3 Clark and Lake
4 UIC-Halsted

2012 Opening Reception Photobooth Pictures are Posted!

We’ve posted the photobooth pictures from our opening reception. See the gallery here, and grab high-resolution versions of your favorites. Many thanks to Jennifer Shaffer for setting up the booth, and to Plural for the awesome backdrop.

2012 Exhibition: About Our Sponsors

Title Sponsors

Nelson Cash
Nelson Cash is passionate about creating iconic branding, intuitive interfaces and memorable copy. They work closely with clients to realize their visions in innovative and powerful ways.

Catherine Caravette, Inc.
Catherine Caravette, Inc. is a real estate development, brokerage and consulting firm located in Chicago. Caravette, a Chicago native, has 30 years of experience and her firm has developed a reputation in the industry for strategic and savvy advice. The boutique firm provides its clients with loyal, diligent and confidential service.

Bright Bright Great
Creating engaging interactive experiences from the heart of Logan Square.

Leadership Sponsors

Adobe is the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. Adobe tools and services enable customers to create groundbreaking digital content, deploy it across media and devices, measure and optimize it over time, and achieve greater business success. Adobe helps our customers make, manage, measure and monetize their digital content across every channel and screen.

AIGA Chicago
AIGA, the professional association for design, is committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force.

The Society of Typographic Arts (STA)
STA is focused on the Chicago design community. STA strives to engage our members through open, intimate and thought-provoking communication. STA invites all design professionals to get involved and be heard to build a personality unique to Chicago.


Premiere Sponsors

88 Brand Partners
88 is a full-service creative agency that specializes in building and extending brands. They merge strategy and creativity to elevate brands, strengthen connections to audiences and grow marketshare.

2012 Exhibition: STA Presents—The Chicago Design Archive: 27 Chicago Designers

We’re very excited to announce that the Chicago Design Museum will host an exclusive film, presented by The Society of Typographic Arts, entitled “The Chicago Design Archive: 27 Chicago Designers”.

The Chicago Design Archive is an interactive collection of rich and significant works from Chicago designers, design firms, clients, and patrons gleaned from a variety of juried sources.The Archive’s world-wide audience includes design professionals looking for inspiration, scholars and students exploring a unique segment of design history, writers seeking creative story lines and historical references, and enthusiasts who love and appreciate good design. Founded in 2002, the CDA is sponsored by The Society of Typographic Arts.

For Chicago Design Week, the Chicago Design Archive committee identified the work of sixteen 27 Chicago Designers who’s work is included in the Archive collection. Much more work of the 27 Chicago Designers is, in fact, included in the Archive collection, but not identified as such.

The 27 Chicago Designers, founded in 1936, and continuing to 1991, was dedicated to promoting the work of its members—illustrators, typographers, photographers and designers—to design buyers. Important founders were type designers Oswald Cooper and R. Hunter Middleton. The collaborative effort that included 4-page inserts by each member  produced what might have been the first source book for design in the US. Selections for the exhibition include work by the 27 that appears in the CDA and additonal work scanned from some of the books that were produced over fifty-five years.

2012 Store: Featured Artists

The Chicago Design Museum Store is proud to announce a few of our Summer 2012 featured artists & designers.

Delicious Design League
Bone & Bell Records
Jason James
Lucius Art
Matthew Hoffman (Multi Polar Projects)
Jeremiah Chiu (Plural)
Chad Kouri (Post Family)
Studio Chris

Many more artists to be announced!

2012 Exhibition: IBM100

IBM 100 Icons of Progress

ChiDM is proud to announce its fifth exhibition for the 2012 pop-up museum, IBM100: Icons of Progress.

IBM’s 100th anniversary as a corporation, marked in 2011, offered an opportunity to reflect on the core ideas that have defined the company from its birth to the present day. The company’s evolution from a small business making scales, time clocks and tabulating machines to a globally integrated enterprise with more than 400,000 employees, a distinctive culture and a strong vision for the future is a tale of big bets, lessons learned and discoveries that have transformed the way we all work and live.

Telling that story required a process of research, curation, design, writing and publication carried out by multiple teams. The result: 100 iconic moments when IBM and IBMers have contributed to the science of information, the reinvention of the modern corporation and new ways in which the world literally works.

2012 Exhibition: Fresh Produced

Fresh Produced

ChiDM is proud to announce its fourth exhibition for the 2012 pop-up museum, Fresh Produced: Exploring the Craft of Hand-Painted Signage.

A drive through the city of Chicago, and you’re bound to see small, colorful local grocery stores plastered with fluorescent signs advertising the specials of the week (e.g. “Catfish: $1.89/pound!!”). Fresh Produced is an exhibition celebrating the traditional craft of these hand-painted grocery store signs. For this poster exhibition, designers were invited to take inspiration from and re-interpret hand-painted store signage to create an original piece for the Chicago Design Museum. Alongside these re-imagined pieces, we will be showcasing the skill and craft of Chicago sign painters by exhibiting original, hand-painted signage created for local grocery stores.

Exhibitors include: Ivan Chermayeff, Rick Valicenti, Paul Sahre, Martin Venezky, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Plural, James Edmondson, Kenneth Fitzgerald + Ivanete Blanco, Kyle Fletcher, Craighton Berman, Luke Williams, Steve Juras, Michael Freimuth, Matthew Avery, Nick Adam and Alison Yard Medland.