Chicago
Design Museum

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

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

GraceOhMeg

From @graceohmeg

Melloburger

From @melloburger

a_washburne

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!

2014 Starts/Speculations Opening Night

The entrance to the Chicago Design Museum.

The entrance to the Chicago Design Museum. Photo courtesy of David Ettinger Photography.

On Friday, June 13 we officially opened in our new location at Block 37. Debuting Starts/Speculations: Graphic Design in Chicago Past and Future, our first exhibition as a permanent institution and primarily funded through our Kickstarter project, we were so happy to welcome you to the space and exhibition and hear your thoughts.

Whether you are a new visitor to ChiDM or have been with us since 2012, thank you for your support. Your positive and constructive feedback invigorates us and keeps us constantly evolving and challenging what it means to be a design museum both in Chicago and the world today.

Thank you to our 2014 sponsors, without whom our status as a permanent institution would not exist:

Joe & Rika Manuseto
Leo Burnett
Block 37
50,000feet
Simple Truth
Adobe

Thank you to our media partners, who have helped spread the word about ChiDM to the masses:

Design Bureau
Design Applause

If you were hanging out in Fotio’s photobooth, find your photos on Fotio’s website here. A huge thank you to Finch’s Beer Company for providing drinks, DJ Jamie Hayes for the music, Jennifer Shaffer Photography, Dock 6 Collective for the furniture, and ALD Shows for the lighting design!

Visitors check out Studio Blue's interactive installation.

Visitors check out Studio Blue’s interactive installation. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Yu Photography.

Chicago Olympic Bid Identity, City of Chicago, VSA Partners 2009

Chicago Olympic Bid Identity, City of Chicago, VSA Partners 2009. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Yu Photography

Finding their names on the Thank You Wall.

Finding their names on the Thank You Wall. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Yu Photography.

Visitors discuss the artifacts  on display for the exhibition.

Visitors discuss the artifacts on display for the exhibition. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Yu Photography.

A visitor stands in front of Matt Wizinsky's Expo Crypto installation.

What does Expo Crypto by Matt Wizinsky know about you? Photo courtesy of Jennifer Yu Photography.

Photobooth participants check their Fotio photo, Photo courtesy of Jennifer Yu Photography.

Photobooth participants check their Fotio photo, Photo courtesy of Jennifer Yu Photography.

The Burnham Plan vitrine includes a letter from Daniel Burnham.

The Burnham Plan vitrine includes a letter from Daniel Burnham. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Yu Photography.

Dj Jamie Hayes delivers the tunes.

Dj Jamie Hayes delivers the tunes. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Yu Photography.

A mother puts headphones on her child for the video "Pitter Patterns" by Goldsholl Design & Film Associates. It's being shown courtesy of the Chicago Film Archives.

Even kids love design installations! This video is “Pitter Patterns” by Goldsholl Design & Film Associates, courtesy of the Chicago Film Archives. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Yu Photography.

The lineup of Finch's Beer Company refreshments. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Yu Photography.

The lineup of Finch’s Beer Company refreshments.