What's worth preserving?

What's Worth Preserving?
50 Handwritten Letters

In an effort to preserve people's voices through their handwriting, Tanner Woodford (executive director of ChiDM) has sent hundreds of letters to people across all walks of life, asking a broad, philosophical question.

"What's worth preserving?"

Some writers shared a few simple words, while others penned long essays. The answers were wildly different—from fountain pens to expressions of true love, and the pursuit of question. A few of the 75 respondents: Elizabeth Crane (The History of Great Things), Dave Eggers (McSweeney's), Jane Goodall (UN Messenger of Peace), Debbie Millman (Design Matters), and Christoph Niemann (New York Times).

The first collection of 50 letters was published on Kickstarter, where 300 backers pledged $22,455. It's also available for pre-order here for a limited time, shipping before the holidays.

John Massey Vision

John Massey Vision: Signed + Numbered
ON SALE NOW—45% off!

This 250-page hardbound tome documents the life and career of John Massey, a designer and artist practicing in Chicago from the late 1950s to the present. The book is a limited edition production, signed and numbered by the artist.

John Massey is a design legend at the forefront of the modernist movement in American design. Along with being an AIGA medalist, Massey was Director of Design and Corporate Communications at Container Corporation of America from 1964 to 1983 and Research Professor Emeritus of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he taught from 1984 to 2000.

Unfolded: Made with Paper: Exhibition Catalog

Explore the unique properties of paper in the exhibition catalog for Unfolded, a 75-page softbound book that features photographs, interviews, and essays.

Chicago: A Map of Neighborhoods & Curiosities

Rediscover Chicago's neighborhoods and curiosities with illustrative swagger through an award-winning 18×24” screenprint, designed and produced by DigitasLBi Chicago.

Kiss Fork: From the SAIC Whatnot Collection

Designed by Errin Kancal for the SAIC Whatnot Collection, the Kiss fork punctuates the engagement between people and food during catered events. Email for bulk orders.

Resketch Mini: Made With Reclaimed Paper

Resketch books are open-ended idea notebooks made of high-quality reclaimed paper sourced in and around Chicago. These are 3.5×4.5” and around 40 sheets.

Minimalist 2017 Wall Calendar: By Kyle Eertmoed

Ring in the new year with an 18×24” calendar. It has 7 columns, representing 7 days of the week, starting with Sunday. Each row represents a week. Tick marks divide months.

Chicago Design Museum Tee: Artist Shop Highlight

Wear your Chicago design pride in the form of a graphic tee, as designed by Yun Jee Nam, ChiDM intern and SAIC alumni. Shirts are available in men's, women's, and kid's sizes.

Chicago Design Museum Artist Shop!
Home Goods, Men's, Women's and Kid's Apparel

We are pleased to introduce the Chicago Design Museum Threadless Artist Shop, featuring a tightly organized selection of exclusive, lovingly-crafted products. The contemporary and historical imagery is featured across men's, women's, and kid's apparel, as well as home goods.

From a century-old map that marks a significant moment in Chicago's design history to a contemporary interpretation of a Benjamin Franklin statement on liberty and security, these products are intelligent, fashionable, and unique. Threadless' Chicago-based community of artists inspires awesomeness, and we are responding to the call in-kind.

NSFW: Cards Against Humanity Releases Design Pack
Proceeds Benefit the Chicago Design Museum

In the Cards Against Humanity Design Pack, Laura Park, Shawna X, Chad Kouri, Susan Kare, Yann Legendre, Paula Scher, Jay Ryan, Mike McQuade, Paul Octavious, Erik Spiekermann, Max Temkin, Debbie Millman, Art Paul, Simon Whybray, Mike Mitchell, Scott Thomas, Matthew Terdich, Jez Burrows, Jason Polan, Jessica Hische, Cody Hudson, Nick Adam, Matthew Hoffman, Magdalena Wistuba, Anna Mort, Eric Hu, Olly Moss, Tanner Woodford, Milton Glaser, and Sonnenzimmer illustrate the seven words you can never say on television: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. This has been a very long sentence.

Buy the Design Pack in the Cards Against Humanity Store.

John Massey Vision
Limited to 400 signed and numbered copies

John Massey is a design legend and was at the forefront of the modernist movement in American design. He is an AIGA medalist and was director of design and corporate communications at Container Corporation of America from 1964 to 1983 and research professor emeritus of graphic design at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Vision is the definitive volume on John Massey's life’s work. This 250-page hardbound tome documents iconic graphic designer John Massey’s career as a designer and artist in Chicago from the late 1950s to the present. Printed by Classic Color, the book features roughly 125 full-color images and essays by Victor Margolin and Maren Nelson. Designed by Matthew Terdich. Vision is available exclusively from the Chicago Design Museum, and is limited to 400 signed and numbered copies.