A talk with Jessica Helfand
6/3/2021 | 6 – 7p CST

Observation lies at the core of everything we do—from art to design, science to journalism, politics to poetry to everything in between.

A talk with Chantel Valentene
5/20/2021 | 6 – 7p CST

We’ve made our passion our business. How do we balance that reality with our convictions?

Date: Thu, April 29, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

Do monuments matter? Must they be forever carved in granite and steel? Who/what is worthy of monumentalization and who gets to decide?

Big Shoulders: Fonts for Chicagoans A talk with Patric King In 2020, Chicago got its first identity program, called the Chicago Design System. Its suite of typefaces, called Big Shoulders, was Patric King’s sole design task for two years. Patric talks about the process and technicalities involved in making type for an entire community, from […]

…And the world isn’t flat anymore A talk with Matt Wizinsky Wizinsky shares experiences with integrating different research and design processes into collaborative and community-engaged research and design projects. These projects are typically aimed at building immersive, communicative, and social urban experiences. Through a variety of case studies, Wizinsky will discuss how different—and sometimes competing—methods […]

The Design of the City of Chicago A talk with Jason Kunesh Jason Kunesh is the Design Director for the City of Chicago, making the City work better for residents, visitors, and businesses by building awareness and usage of digital information and services designed with the community like 311 and the Chicago Design System. To […]

Seven Things Every Designer Needs to Know About Writing A talk by Ellen Lupton Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator, educator, and designer. Lupton is the Betty Cooke and William O. Steinmetz Design Chair at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore. She serves as a senior curator at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum […]

The search for Mies typography A talk by the Narrative On December 3rd, Chicago design studio, The Narrative, shared with the Chicago Graphic Design Club, their research based approach to branding iconic Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Chicago buildings, 900 910 Lake Shore Drive. Dan of the Narrative says: “We immersed ourselves in modernist and […]

Experimenting in Graphic Design A talk by Jonathan Sangster Jonathan Sangster is a Chicago-based educator, artist, and graphic designer, that focuses on translating literary research into conceptually and physically layered visuals. They define themselves as “an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and educator that thrives on aesthetic research, experimentation and engaging process practices in design.“ Learn more […]