ChiDM: Starts/Speculations Exhibition 2014

ChiDM: Starts/Speculations Exhibition 2014

Inspired by the past century of design achievement and looking toward the future with insight and creativity, Starts/Speculations represents an anthology of work from Chicago’s graphic design legacy and a glimpse into how the tools we use to design and communicate could evolve and influence our interactions in the future.

Beginning with a letter that articulates visual design standards for the 1909 Plan of Chicago by Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett, the exhibition is a broad overview of the past century of graphic design in Chicago with a particular focus on the influence of European modernism through the establishment of the New Bauhaus in 1937. As ChiDM evolves and grows, we look forward to exploring and sharing more of Chicago’s design legacy by unearthing the stories that make our city unique, as well as highlighting dynamic influences from across cultures, borders, and disciplines. We consider this the start of something more—more ideas, more conversations and more discovery. The glimpse into the future includes work from Chris Eichenseer, Jonathan Petersen (with animation by Tommy Dalton), Matt Wizinsky, Other Forms, The Post Family, Plural and Studio Blue.