Occasionally important materials are made available to the Chicago Design Archive. These may take the form of presentations, video interviews, essays, or articles from publications. These resources, added to the existing collection of visual material, provide viewers, researchers, teachers, and students a greater understanding about Chicago design and designers.

We invite you to submit materials relating to Chicago design history for consideration. Permission, of course, must be provided by the original source.

A Midwestern Modernist Vision

  • A Midwestern Modernist Vision

Can History be Corrected?

Bauhaus Chicago: Design in the City

Chicago Bauhaus: Past, Present and Future

Design Detective:
Discovering Hidden
Histories of Women

Institute of Design:
The Rocky Road

It Started With An Ashtray

Odd Business,
This Industrial Design

Remembering Bruce Beck

A Short, Grandiose Theory of Design

Tales From the Font

Book Excerpts

Everyday Modern:
The Industrial Design of Alfonso Iannelli

Graphic Design in Chicago

Needed: An Inclusive History of Chicago Graphic Design

100 Years of Poetry: Designing the Magazine, 1912–2012

The Bauhaus in Chicago

The Society of Typographic Arts: A Seventy-five Year History

To Build a Better Mousetrap

Why Chicago? A Brief History


African-American Designers in Chicago

The History of Chicago Design

Homage to the 27

Selling Design: 27 Chicago Designers, 1936-1991

27 Chicago Designers


IIT – Institute of Design

University of Illinois at Chicago

Nearly half of the feature CA articles about Chicago designers in this section were generously provided by Patrick Coyne, editor of Communication Arts magazine. A recent contribution by Phil Hamilton added sixteen others. Wayne Stuetzer and Joseph Essex provided more. Six of the video interviews of Chicago Designers were conducted in 1991 by Robert Even at Northern Illinois University with a grant from the NEA. Others were conducted by George Thompson at Columbia College Chicago.

Recent additions to this section include feature articles from, contributed by Steven Heller and J.J. Sedelmaier. The Chicago Film Archives has generously provided links to their collection of films by Chicago designers. Paul Young, on behalf of Bauhaus Chicago Foundation, contributed the digital copy of Institute of Design...The Rocky Road.


Resources for Sale

27 Chicago Designers

27 Chicago Designers: When Art Became Design 1936-1991

Designed by former 27 Chicago Designer Joseph Michael Essex and edited by former 27 Chicago Designer Jack Weiss, this book documents the work of the 125 cumulative members of the 27 Chicago Designers through its 55-year history. Published in conjunction with the exhibition, "27 Chicago Designers: Selling Design 1936-1991" exhibition co-curator Lara Allison said, "...without an understanding of 27 Designers, Chicago's design history cannot be fully comprehended."

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