ChiDM Presents: Great Ideas
Thursday June 28th 2018, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Amalgam Journal, presented by Pouya Ahmadi


During this talk, Pouya Ahmadi will be sharing his journey through editing and design process of his most recent project, Amalgam journal. Amalgam is an independent transdisciplinary journal that explores the intersection of typography, language, and the visual arts.

Amalgam Op.I brings together a selection of writings, transcribed performances, and interviews with a diverse group of designers, linguists, and visual artists including: Alexandru Balgiu, Philip Burton, Dinamo (Johannes Breyer & Fabian Harb), Meghan Ferrill, Devin King, Alice J. Lee, Gerry Leonidas, Paul McNeil, Peter O’leary, Rouzbeh Rashidi, David Jonathan Ross, and Gregory Vines. The highlights from this issue include: Paul McNeil’s note on the evolution of typography, text, and language; Typographische Monatsblätter cover design process by Gregory Vines; an extended interview with Dinamo discussing the thought process behind their work; and Norfolk typeface original drawings by Philip Burton and Armin Hofmann. The first issue of the journal is available on

Pouya Ahmadi is a Chicago-based designer and educator. He is the editor of Amalgam journal, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at University of Illinois at Chicago, and editorial board member of Neshan magazine. Pouya’s work has been featured in Moscow International Design Biennial, Dubai Design Week, It’s Nice That, AIGA Eye on Design, Etapes, Grafik, Type Directors Club, Print Magazine, and many others.



Save the date for upcoming ChiDM Presents:

Jonathan Mekinda and Maggie Taft, July 12, 6:00–7:00pm

Cushing, July 19, 6:00–7:30 pm

Lara Allison, Thursday, July 26, 6:00–7:00pm


3 Upcoming Events:

148 Past Events:

ChiDM Works with Office of ExperienceWednesday June 13th 2018, 5:30 pm8:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Great IdeasThursday June 7th 2018, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Art Design Chicago Storytelling SeriesMonday May 14th 2018, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Risograph: RedesignedThursday April 26th 2018, 3:00 pm7:00 pm
Great Ideas Kick-off PartyFriday April 20th 2018, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
AIA Chicago: Anthony Viola, 2017 Dubin Family Young Architect Award RecipientWednesday April 18th 2018, 5:45 pm7:30 pm
Amazon’s Kryptonite: How Emotional Branding Creates Customers for LifeWednesday April 11th 2018, 5:30 pm8:00 pm
Envisioning New Spatial Organizations by MAS ContextWednesday February 14th 2018, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Tiffany Funk and Chris TottenTuesday February 13th 2018, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Mystery League Playtest: The Unknown IslandsThursday February 8th 2018, 6:00 pm9:30 pm
Mystery League Playtest: The Unknown IslandsThursday February 1st 2018, 6:30 pm9:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: VGA Gallery with Jonathan KinkleyTuesday January 23rd 2018, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Chicago Design Market: Holiday Happy HourThursday December 21st 2017, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
Mystery League Playtest: The Unknown IslandsTuesday December 19th 2017, 6:00 pm9:30 pm
50,000feet Holiday Open HouseFriday December 15th 2017, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Mystery League Playtest: The Unknown IslandsThursday December 14th 2017, 6:00 pm9:30 pm
ChiDM Presents: Evolution of Pac-Man with Tim LapetinoTuesday December 5th 2017, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Hey! Make! with LeAnne WagnerSaturday December 2nd 2017, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
ChiDM Presents: VGA Gallery with Chaz EvansWednesday November 15th 2017, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Fragment(s): LiveOctober 14th – November 4th 2017
On Art Run: Chicago, for ChiDMTuesday October 24th 2017, 5:00 pm9:00 pm
Bamboo Bundling Craft WorkshopOctober 14th–21st 2017
Opening—HEY! PLAY! Games in Modern CultureFriday October 20th 2017, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Play Lab to Experiment with Home SpaceOctober 14th–20th 2017
The Lineage of Inspiration: From Tradition to InnovationSaturday October 14th 2017, 12:30 pm2:00 pm
Preview—Confluence • 20+ Creative Ecologies of Hong KongFriday October 13th 2017, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Second Coffee Too Soon—Screenprints by Jay RyanFriday August 25th 2017, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Chicago Design Market Happy HourFriday August 11th 2017, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
ChiDM Volunteer Celebration!Thursday August 10th 2017, 5:00 pm8:00 pm
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ChiDM Presents: OpenboxTuesday July 25th 2017, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
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Happy Hour at Chicago Design MarketThursday July 13th 2017, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
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Longhand: A hand- and letter-writing workshopSaturday May 20th 2017, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Private Tour + Open Studio—Glasner StudioSaturday May 6th 2017, 1:00 pm4:00 pm
(Re)Defining Design—Toward Innovation with PurposeTuesday May 2nd 2017, 6:00 pm8:30 pm
ChiDM Presents: Chris Pullman on Dan FriedmanSaturday April 29th 2017, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Opening Party for Dan Friedman: Radical ModernistFriday April 28th 2017, 5:30 pm9:00 pm
Type TectonicsMonday April 17th 2017, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Test Play for Competition KitchenFriday April 14th 2017, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Great Ideas of Humanity at Lost Arts!Friday March 31st 2017, 7:00 pm10:00 pm
Movie Night: Between the FoldsThursday March 23rd 2017, 5:30 pm8:00 pm
City of Ideas: Happy Hour!Thursday February 23rd 2017, 5:30 pm9:00 pm
Colonizing Heritage: Adaptive Reuse of Myanmar’s ArchitectureWednesday February 22nd 2017, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Not Just Another Book… Mapping Swiss Graphic Design HistoryMonday February 13th 2017, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Dgenerator ConfrontationsSaturday February 11th 2017, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
ChiDM Loves Color!Saturday February 4th 2017, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Archeworks, Disruptive IntentWednesday February 1st 2017, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Canada: Modern Architectures in HistoryFriday January 27th 2017, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Edgar Miller: The DesignerThursday January 26th 2017, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Graphic Conservation CompanyWednesday January 18th 2017, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Fresh Futures: Vladimir Radutny, AIAWednesday January 11th 2017, 6:00 pm7:30 pm
Second Annual Holiday Yard SaleSaturday December 17th 2016, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
50k Open House, featuring ChiDMFriday December 16th 2016, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Poetry Foundation, Poetry and ArchitectureThursday December 15th 2016, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
ChiDM Presents: Douglas SniderWednesday December 14th 2016, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Art of the Risograph—Student MembersSaturday December 10th 2016, 4:00 pm7:00 pm
Volunteer Appreciation event at the WhistlerFriday December 9th 2016, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Members Only Tour of Spectacular VernacularTuesday November 22nd 2016, 5:15 pm7:00 pm
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MAS Context: CouplingsWednesday November 9th 2016, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Journey Mapping for Better Experience DesignMonday November 7th 2016, 5:30 pm7:30 pm
Seek Conference 2016Wednesday November 2nd 2016, 9:00 am9:00 pm
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City of Ideas: Opening Night Party!Friday October 28th 2016, 5:30 pm9:00 pm
Chicago Cultural Mile Halloween Gathering ParadeSaturday October 22nd 2016, 4:30 pm9:00 pm
Chicago Ideas Week Lab: Office of ExperienceSaturday October 22nd 2016, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Open Source Furniture: Enzo Mari Workshop at Lost ArtsSaturday September 17th 2016, 1:00 pm4:00 pm
Chicago Design Works: Office of ExperienceTuesday August 30th 2016, 5:30 pm7:30 pm
Behind the Scenes with Cards Against HumanityWednesday August 24th 2016, 7:30 pm9:30 pm
Unfolded Closing Reception—Summer’s not over!Thursday August 18th 2016, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Chicago Design Works: Student bookbinding workshopSaturday August 6th 2016, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
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Mohawk presents: The Strathmore ArchiveThursday July 21st 2016, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Art of the Risograph: Free Workshop!Thursday June 23rd 2016, 4:00 pm7:00 pm
Wide Range: ChiDM × AIA LectureTuesday June 21st 2016, 5:30 pm7:00 pm
ChiDM × STA Chicago: Risograph WorkshopFriday June 10th 2016, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Your Stories: Live Podcast with the Nerdologues, Design Week EditionWednesday June 8th 2016, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
AIGA Chicago: Breakfast Club at ChiDMWednesday June 8th 2016, 8:00 am10:00 am
ChiDM × Pantone: Intro to Color Theory WorkshopSunday June 5th 2016, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
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Unfolded Opening Reception: Spring FlingThursday April 28th 2016, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Heft, Gravy & Swing: Ian LynamWednesday April 20th 2016, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Message for Details: Underground improv comedySaturday April 16th 2016, 8:00 pm10:00 pm
ChiDM × Chicago Public Library: Maker LabThursday April 14th 2016, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Office of Experience Workshop: Telling Stories with DataTuesday April 12th 2016, 5:30 pm8:30 pm
Mixer at the Whistler!Tuesday March 22nd 2016, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Chicago Design Works: Student Risograph workshopSaturday February 6th 2016, 1:00 pm4:00 pm
New Horizon: Closing receptionThursday January 28th 2016, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Your Stories: Live Podcast with the NerdologuesSaturday January 23rd 2016, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
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Distortion Social: A tøpographic scene from 50k × ChiDMFriday November 20th 2015, 6:00 pm10:00 pm
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Panel Discussion with New Horizon architectsSaturday October 3rd 2015, 2:00 pm3:00 pm
New Horizon: Opening ReceptionFriday October 2nd 2015, 6:00 pm10:00 pm
Art Paul Loves to Wonder: Opening ReceptionSaturday September 19th 2015, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Open Source Furniture: Enzo Mari WorkshopSaturday August 29th 2015, 10:00 am2:00 pm
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Reception to New Horizon: Architecture from IrelandThursday July 23rd 2015, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
A Day in the Life of a Curator: Apple Store TalkThursday July 16th 2015, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
The Good City Panel: What Can We Do For ChicagoTuesday July 14th 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Lights Out: Design Week Closing ReceptionFriday June 19th 2015, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Your Stories: Live Podcast with the NerdologuesWednesday June 17th 2015, 8:00 pm10:00 pm
ACTIVATE with Chicago Loop AllianceFriday June 12th 2015, 5:00 pm10:00 pm
The State of Detroit: Friends & Family ReceptionWednesday May 13th 2015, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Ask me Anything! with Debbie MillmanThursday May 7th 2015, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Guideline: Student Portfolio ReviewTuesday April 7th 2015, 6:00 pm8:30 pm
Book Release: An Evening with John MasseyTuesday March 24th 2015, 6:00 pm8:30 pm
Member Reception, Print ExchangeThursday February 26th 2015, 6:30 pm9:30 pm
Workshop: ChiDM Loves Fashion!Thursday February 5th 2015, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Workshop: ChiDM Loves Interiors!Saturday January 24th 2015, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Workshop: ChiDM Loves Color!Saturday January 17th 2015, 1:00 pm4:00 pm
Creative Cloud: From Print to Web to Object DesignerThursday January 8th 2015, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Adobe Creative Cloud: From Print to Web to Object DesignerThursday January 8th 2015, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Lecture: ChiDM Loves Paul PrejzaWednesday December 17th 2014, 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Fundraiser: Designing Hope for ChicagoMonday December 8th 2014, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles! Preview NightWednesday November 12th 2014, 6:30 pm9:30 pm
Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles! Member ReceptionWednesday November 12th 2014, 4:30 pm6:30 pm
Guideline: Student Portfolio ReviewMonday October 27th 2014, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Starts/Speculations in Film: Expanding the ConversationWednesday September 24th 2014, 6:30 pm9:00 pm
Starts/Speculations: Catalog Release PartyThursday September 18th 2014, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Chicago Ideas Book Club Series: Veronica RothThursday September 18th 2014, 11:30 am1:00 pm
Neil Dixon Smith: Presented at Stage 37Tuesday August 5th 2014, 5:00 pm6:00 pm
Living in Pretend: Presented at Stage 37Tuesday July 29th 2014, 5:00 pm6:00 pm
Starts/Speculations: Opening ReceptionFriday June 13th 2014, 6:00 pm10:00 pm
Starts/Speculations: Private Member ReceptionSaturday June 7th 2014, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Lecture: Jan en RandoaldTuesday April 15th 2014, 6:00 pm7:30 pm
Adobe Workshop: Create NowTuesday June 18th 2013, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Work at Play: Design Week Kick-off ReceptionMonday June 10th 2013, 7:00 pm11:00 pm
Design Talk: Marian BantjesSaturday June 8th 2013, 2:00 pm4:00 pm
Work at Play: Announcement PartyThursday May 2nd 2013, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Typeface Screening: Hamilton Wood Type FundraiserTuesday January 15th 2013, 7:30 pm9:00 pm
U.S.: More Hope with Rick Valicenti at Inland SteelThursday November 1st 2012, 5:00 pm10:00 pm
Adobe Presents: Creative Cloud and CS6 for DesignersWednesday June 20th 2012, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Design Talk: Debbie MillmanWednesday June 13th 2012, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Inaugural Exhibition: Opening ReceptionMonday June 11th 2012, 7:00 pm11:00 pm