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Insights Design Lecture Series 2013: Surface Readings

      “If surface is a kind of place, or site, the designer is its geographer. Surface is folded out in order to produce value, while it is folded in to secure it.” —Metahaven   Poster design by Andrea Hyde For the 28th edition of the Insights Design Lecture Series, we’ve invited leading designers […]

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“If surface is a kind of place, or site, the designer is its geographer. Surface is folded out in order to produce value, while it is folded in to secure it.” —Metahaven

 

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Poster design by Andrea Hyde

For the 28th edition of the Insights Design Lecture Series, we’ve invited leading designers from around the world to bring their talents to the Twin Cities and leave something behind when they go. The Walker is currently in the process of reskinning itself, so we asked each designer to inhabit a different surface of the Walker, from the outside to the inside, the social to the digital. Geoff McFetridge, for example, is creating a large outdoor mural that will wrap the building site fence while we are under construction. Job Wouters will create a hand-lettered mural inside the building (and will perform a live hand-lettering demonstration during his lecture). Hort invades our virtual surface with an online intervention. And Luna Maurer of Moniker will investigate our social fabric with some experimental audience participation during her lecture. Look for documentation of these four projects soon, and in the meantime you can buy tickets here. And if you can’t make it to the Walker, you can watch the live webcast on the Walker Channel. Also, this year we are encouraging groups to host Insights viewing parties. See below for links to more information about the speakers.

 

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March 5, 7 pm
Geoff McFetridge
of Champion Studio

LA-based designer Geoff McFetridge is a leading figure in the contemporary world of graphic culture, working fluidly between the realms of art and design and the printed page and the moving image. Featured in the film and exhibition Beautiful Losers, McFetridge’s clever and engaging art has graced nearly every kind of surface imaginable—from limited-edition Nike sneakers and his own line of silkscreened wallpapers to laser-etched illustrations on toast for a music video by OK Go. His work has been shown around the world in cities such as London, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, and Amsterdam and he was featured in the Walker exhibition Graphic Design: Now in Production. His Insights lecture also celebrates the installation of a temporary site-specific mural he created for the Walker.

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March 12, 7 pm
Eike König
of Hort

As one of Europe’s most fearless design studios, Berlin’s Hort has consistently bridged the gap between aggressively contemporary aesthetics and big name clients. From glitchy animated GIFs to elegant hand-drawn illustrations, Hort’s aesthetics run the gamut, displaying an unflinching dedication to formal and conceptual play. In fact, Hort translates as “after-school care club” in German, and this spirit inhabits the multidisciplinary studio which founder Eike König refers to as a “playground for creative people.” With an early focus on record sleeve design and illustration, Hort’s output has come to span all genres and includes work for clients such as Nike, Universal Music, the New York TimesWallpaper, Volkswagon, IBM, and Playboy magazine. Hort was named Germany’s Visual Leader of 2011 by the Lead Academy. Recently, the studio was presented the unenviable task of rebranding the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, including the original signage on Gropius’ famous building. In addition to running Hort, König teaches graphic design and illustration at the HfG University of Arts, Offenbach, and travels the world conducting workshops and lectures. In conjunction with Insights, Hort will create a work specifically designed for the Walker website.

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March 19, 7 pm
Job Wouters
aka Letman

Job Wouters—better known as Letman—is a practitioner of the lost art of psychedelic and delirious penmanship, a letterer who’s precisely honed technique hides behind a world of unbridled alphabetic experimentation. Creating wildly unique work that nods to the past but transcends vernacular nostalgia, Wouters operates between illustration, graffiti, painting, and graphic design. The Amsterdam-based designer has worked for clients such as the New York Times Magazine, Audi, Tommy Hilfiger, Heineken, and Duvel, creating editorial illustrations, fabric prints, posters, typefaces, site-specific murals, and even body-paint designs. He is the recipient of numerous design awards and his first monograph was released by Gestalten publishing in 2012. He was recently commissioned by the Walker to create a mural. Wouters will perform his hand-lettering technique live during the Insights lecture.

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March 26, 7pm
Luna Maurer
of Moniker

According to the “Conditional Design” manifesto, Luna Maurer is interested in logic-based design as a tool to understand the ungraspable. Her work with interactive media bridges the divide between digital and analogue systems, often relying on deceptively simple rules to create complex organic artworks. Maurer is especially known for her participatory experiments in which she designs a process that requires the participants to implement—often in humble materials such as tape, markers, and sticky notes—algorithmic explorations of group thought that expose the process of making. Her work explores the relationship between people and technology, and she has created a breadth of projects—from an exhibition of 400,000 photos of the Amsterdam sky to a website designed in Microsoft Excel. Based in Amsterdam, her three-person studio Moniker balances applied commercial projects with self-initiated experiments. She is a visiting critic at Yale University School of Art and teaches interaction design at the Gerrit Reitveld Academy in Amsterdam. Maurer will present a “social experiment” with the lecture audience, unique to Insights 2013.

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And you can always watch previous Insights lectures from designers such as James Goggin, Irma Boom, Project Projects, Experimental Jetset and more here.

Introducing The Gradient and the New Walker Blogs

It’s been seven years since we launched the Walker Blogs and with the release of our new website back in December we thought it was finally time for a refresh. You’ll notice that the design has changed to align with our new website and we’ve used the redesign process as an opportunity to rebrand each […]

It’s been seven years since we launched the Walker Blogs and with the release of our new website back in December we thought it was finally time for a refresh. You’ll notice that the design has changed to align with our new website and we’ve used the redesign process as an opportunity to rebrand each of our core blogs. It was an interesting exercise and allowed us to assess the state of our collective blogging efforts—how each of our (now) nine blogs serves a different audience, how they all have different use characteristics by their audiences, and how they could all be focused into tighter streams of content. The blogs definitely represent the long tail side of our publishing efforts—lots of small bits of specialized content for micro-niche audiences—so maintaining a strong emphasis on the personalities behind the Walker and their specific interests was key. And the rebranding process illustrated for us that when you present people with tangible criteria to change, such as a new name, tighter description, graphic—an understandable format to inhabit—it helps them better speculate on what their blog can be.

We decided on a system of flag graphics to represent the various blogs, since each blog is really a representation of a different group of people at the Walker (in most cases the individual programming departments). It’s a tricky balance to strike between striving for traditional, recognizable flag forms and having a graphic that cleverly plays off the title, but we’re glad to have a consistent vocabulary to build on in the future, especially since the blogs now match our comparatively monochromatic main site. I’m particularly fond of the Green Room’s flag.

Beyond the simple graphic forms, this is the first truly responsively designed Walker site—resize your browser window to see things reflow to fit a variety of screen sizes. Content and interface elements of lesser importance become hidden behind links at certain screen sizes. The main content area, on the other hand, stretches to fill a large width when called for. It leads to some pretty long line lengths, but gives our older, image-heavy content the space it needs to fit. We’ll be soon applying this technique to the redesigned Walker Collections, which features a strong publishing component. With the easy adaptations to tablets and mobile devices, it’s a good fit for our eventual goal of efficient multi-channel communications.

Other, smaller items of note include the addition of a grid/list view toggle in the top left to make skimming easier, smarter ordering of categories and authors (by popularity and date of last post, respectively), and a little flag animation when you roll over the left-side blog names (in full-width view).

In the Design department, we’re excited to further explore the gradient between design and art and we’ve got a ton of new posts lined up. We’re looking forward to sharing more of the work we make, what it means to work in-house for an institution like the Walker, and innovations in the field at large that we look towards. Check the far left column for a list of all the great Walker blogs and feel free to drop by the Walker Design department page.

And just for kicks, here are some rejected flag sketches:

Over-Booked: A Chapter from the New York Art Book Fair

  The Walker and Printed Matter (NY) are teaming up to create an artist book outreach program of sorts, bringing the best of contemporary artworks-for-the-page to the Midwest. In collaboration with the Walker’s book buyer Paul Schumacher, Printed Matter will curate a selection of contemporary artist books, zines, and publications which will be displayed in […]

 

The Walker and Printed Matter (NY) are teaming up to create an artist book outreach program of sorts, bringing the best of contemporary artworks-for-the-page to the Midwest. In collaboration with the Walker’s book buyer Paul Schumacher, Printed Matter will curate a selection of contemporary artist books, zines, and publications which will be displayed in an artist-designed bookshelf in the Walker Shop. As part of their mission, Printed Matter is looking for ways to spread what they do outside of NY, and this shelf will be the first in a series of shelves with other partners across the country.

To launch the shelf the Walker is putting on a weekend of book-related events called Over-Booked, two weeks before the New York Art Book Fair, Printed Matter’s gigantic annual event that takes place at MoMA PS1. Highlights of our weekend in Minneapolis include Printed Matter executive director James Jenkin’s talk about tips and trends in artists’ book publishing on Saturday, a local book arts fair, and an open house at the Walker’s library showcasing the lauded Rosemary Furtak Collection. Check it out September 13–15.

In the coming weeks leading up to Over-Booked and the NYABF we will be featuring interviews with our favorite book artists and designers such as Christopher Schultz, Eric Wrenn, Sandra Kassenaar, Paul Chan, Lucky Dragons, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Omar Sosa, Chad Kloepfer, An Art Service, Jõao Doria, Jesse Hlebo, Ofer Wolberger, Josh Trees & Yvan Martinez, Adam Michaels, Roger Willems, David Schoerner, Alfredo Folch, Blair Richardson, Alex Fuller, Kyle Schlie, Yun Yu, Issue Press, Wayne Daly, and Other Means. We will also be publishing an interview with James Jenkins about the genesis of the bookshelf project, and an interview with A.A. Bronson about the future of the NYABF.

For more information about the event, check here.

 

Call for Applicants: The Walker Design Fellowship 2012-2013

Now accepting applications for the Walker Design Fellowship–Deadline: June 8, 2012 Take our new Walker Art Center Design Studio ART TEST to see if you’re a good match–there’s a special message for candidates who answer all 18 questions correctly. Since 1980, the Walker Art Center Design department has maintained a graphic design fellowship program that […]

Now accepting applications for the Walker Design Fellowship–Deadline: June 8, 2012

Take our new Walker Art Center Design Studio ART TEST to see if you’re a good match–there’s a special message for candidates who answer all 18 questions correctly.

Since 1980, the Walker Art Center Design department has maintained a graphic design fellowship program that provides recent graduates (both undergrad and grad) the opportunity to work in a professional design studio environment. Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, fellows come from a diverse assortment of graphic design programs, such as Art Center College of Design, California Institute of the Arts, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, NC State University, Rhode Island School of Design, Royal College of Art, Werkplaats Typografie, Yale University, and many others.

Fellows are employed full-time for one year and are assigned a wide range of graphic design projects, from designing identities and related collateral for programs and exhibitions to assisting with large-scale initiatives such as catalogues, campaigns, wayfinding systems, and websites. Fellows are involved in all aspects of the design process, from conception through delivery, and everything in-between.

How to apply Please attach a letter of interest, a résumé with the names and contact information of three references, and a pdf portfolio containing 8–10 examples of graphic design work to walker.design.fellowship@gmail.com. Keep your files under 10MB. No phone calls please.

For more information, visit our fellowship page.  Also check out the Walker’s job listings.

Insights 2012 Design Lecture Series

Poster design by Dante Carlos Insights is back! March 6–27, 7 pm Tickets. See below for this year’s lineup. In the coming weeks we’ll be posting interviews with the speakers. To watch past Insights lectures, check out the Walker Channel. March 6 Aaron Draplin, Draplin Design Company, Portland, Oregon Although he makes his home in […]

Poster design by Dante Carlos

Insights is back!
March 6–27, 7 pm

Tickets.

See below for this year’s lineup. In the coming weeks we’ll be posting interviews with the speakers.

To watch past Insights lectures, check out the Walker Channel.

March 6
Aaron Draplin, Draplin Design Company,
Portland, Oregon

Although he makes his home in Portland, Oregon, Aaron Draplin is more a product of being born, raised, and educated in the Midwest. A native of Detroit, he studied graphic design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design before heading west to work as art director of Snowboarder magazine. He founded Draplin Design Company (DDC) in 2004, producing a wide range of award-winning projects and developing products for businesses such as Coal Headwear; board designs for Ride, Forum, and Gnu; conceiving Field Notes journals with Coudal Partners in Chicago; and the array of merchandise for the DDC brand enterprise. Draplin’s iconic forms and bold designs are steeped in a no-nonsense Midwestern vernacular and work ethic. They project an authenticity and attitude that seems inseparable from his self-deprecating personality and his clients’ passions, reflected in the DDC motto, “Work hard and do good work for good people.”

March 13
Khoi Vinh, New York

As a child, Khoi Vinh emigrated to the United States from Vietnam. He studied illustration and practiced graphic design for print before moving to New York City in 1998, where he began his career in web and interactive design. From 2006 to 2010, he gained acclaim as design director of nytimes.com, working with colleagues to transform the early web version of the newspaper into the robust, multifaceted digital platform that we know and use today. Named one of the 50 most influential designers by Fast Company, Vinh shares his thoughts about media, technology, and design on his blog at subtraction.com and at conferences worldwide. Since leaving the New York Times Company in 2010, Vinh cofounded Lascaux Co., which recently launched Mixel for iPad, the world’s first social collage app that allows users to make, share, and remix their creations.

March 20
Michael Lejeune, Metro Design Studio,
Los Angeles

Michael Lejeune is charged with “making public transportation cool,” a not-so-easy task in the car culture of sprawling Los Angeles. As creative director of LA Metro, Lejeune heads a studio with a staff of more than 20, applying design strategy and thinking to the nation’s third-largest transit agency, which serves some 1.5 million people each day. Their projects, ranging from wayfinding systems, schedules, and maps to vehicle identity graphics and advertising campaigns to promote ridership, have been honored with more than 80 awards. This mix of consistent design standards, commonsense approaches to complex information, and engaging communications strategies has made LA Metro a standout in the public sector for embracing design and the capabilities of in-house teams.

March 27
David Pearson, London

David Pearson celebrates the printed book in all its
dimensions despite the publishing industry’s woes and its headlong dive into e-books and other digital platforms. He began his professional career in 2002 at Penguin Books, the venerable British imprint, where
he fused a contemporary sensibility with classical bookish elements to reinvigorate the brand. His seemingly traditional designs can be both unorthodox and unexpected, such as all-typographic book covers for Penguin Classics, the rainbow spectrum applied to the book spines of Pocket Penguins, or the use of letterpress and tactile papers in the Great Ideas series. He formed White’s Books with editor Jonathan Jackson in 2008, repackaging classic texts by Shakespeare and Dickens as well as titles such as Jane Eyre and Treasure Island.

Metahaven’s Wikileaks Fundraiser on eBay

Metahaven (the designers behind the Facestate installation in the exhibition Graphic Design: Now in Production) has created a series of WikiLeaks-inspired products to raise funds for the whistleblower group. Scarves, mugs, and t-shirts are currently on display at the Museum of the Image in Breda, The Netherlands, and is available on eBay for purchase/sniping. Installation […]

GD:NIP: Anthony Burrill Lecture

Mark your calendars! On Thursday, December 1, Anthony Burrill will lecture at the Walker. Walker Cinema, 7 pm FREE tickets are available from 6 pm at the Bazinet Garden Lobby desk.   Above, page 98 of the Graphic Design: Now in Production catalogue featuring Burrill’s posters.   Anthony Burrill is a graphic designer living and […]

Mark your calendars! On Thursday, December 1, Anthony Burrill will lecture at the Walker.

Walker Cinema, 7 pm
FREE tickets are available from 6 pm at the Bazinet Garden Lobby desk.

 

Above, page 98 of the Graphic Design: Now in Production catalogue featuring Burrill’s posters.

 

Anthony Burrill is a graphic designer living and working on the Isle of Oxney in England. He designs and prints posters that combine bold typography and strong color with a witty use of language. “Work Hard and Be Nice to People” sounds like a sensible motto, while “Oil & Water Do Not Mix,” which was screenprinted with spilled oil from the Gulf of Mexico disaster, delivers a well-deserved admonition. Burrill’s posters demonstrate a keen interest in printmaking processes such as woodblock and silkscreening. His unique approach translates well to other media, including collaborations with filmmakers and musicians on moving-image work and installations for Colette in Paris and the Design Museum in London, among others. His work has been exhibited in England, the Netherlands, France, Italy, and now in the United States in our exhibition.

 

 

POSTSCRIPT: Burrill conceives a new poster during email correspondence with Walker staff:

Hey!

i’m happy that you are happy – wait a minute, that sounds like an idea for another poster!

best wishes,
Anthony

 

GD:NIP Book Party and More Upcoming Design Events

The next few days are going to be quite busy for designers in the Twin Cities! On Monday night, join Andrew and me for a brief discussion about the ideas behind the Graphic Design: Now in Production catalogue, followed by a book signing, and then step right next door and check out the closing night […]

The next few days are going to be quite busy for designers in the Twin Cities! On Monday night, join Andrew and me for a brief discussion about the ideas behind the Graphic Design: Now in Production catalogue, followed by a book signing, and then step right next door and check out the closing night of the WOMN: Women in Minnesota Design exhibition. And before that goes down, there are three great design lectures for you to choose from (Åbäke and Dexter Sinister in the same weekend?). So here is the schedule:

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 7:30 PM, College of Visual Arts:
173 Western Avenue North, Saint Paul (across from W.A. Frost)
Graphic Design: Now in Production
book party

Join Common Good Books in welcoming Andrew Blauvelt and Emmet Byrne to a special book-signing event on Monday evening, November 14 at the College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul. Andrew is the curator of the current international design exhibition on view at the Walker Art Center and editor and co-designer of the companion catalog Graphic Design: Now in Production. Emmet Byrne is the Walker’s design director and co-designer of the catalog. Join them for a sip of wine and a brief discussion about the book and exhibition, followed by a book-signing. This event is thoughtfully and generously hosted by Common Good Books, a super charming independent bookstore at the intersection of Selby & Western. Don’t have the catalog? No worries. Books will be for sale at the event. For more information, please contact claudette@commongoodbooks.com.

 

ALSO IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS:

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 1 PM, Minneapolis College of Art and Design:
Åbäke
lecture

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 1 PM, Minneapolis College of Art and Design:
Dexter Sinister (as represented by Stuart Bailey) lecture

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 5:30–7:00 PM, Varsity Theater:
Policy and a Pint: Can Design Change The World? 

When you hear the word “design,” you might think of iPods or I.M. Pei: artfully-conceived objects, be it architecture, gadgets, automobiles, or clothing. But can design be something that’s much more than pleasing to the senses? Can it actually serve a greater human good? That’s the question we’ll tackle at our next Policy and a Pint, presented by 89.3 The Current and The Citizens League and sponsored by Best Buy. Join us as we discuss how designers are going beyond simply making cool stuff to solving problems, filling needs, and maybe even making the world a better place. Our guests will be Bill Thorburn, CEO and Chief Design Officer at The Thorburn Group; Bernard Canniffe, Professor and Chair of Design, MCAD; and Tom Fisher, Professor of Architecture and Dean of the College of Design University of Minnesota. It’s sure to be a fascinating and fun evening, complete with the usual tasty beverages of course.

Gary Hustwit to discuss Urbanized at Walker screening

With Helvetica, director Gary Hustwit zeroed in on an iconic typeface, and with Objectified he panned out to look at the realm of industrial and product design. In a kind of Powers of Ten move of his own, his latest documentary goes macro: Urbanizedscreening Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Walker — completes his design trilogy with a look at city design.

With Helvetica, director Gary Hustwit zeroed in on an iconic typeface, and with Objectified he panned out to look at the realm of industrial and product design. In a kind of Powers of Ten move of his own, his latest documentary goes macro: Urbanizedscreening Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Walker — completes his design trilogy with a look at city design.

A global investigation into how we plan and use shared space, the film includes interviews with three dozen design thinkers, policy makers and city planners, including Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, New York City planning director Amanda Burden, New Orleans–based artist Candy Chang, 103-year old Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and activist Sheela Patel, who advocates for “pavement dwellers” in Mumbai, among others. Considering the context of a planet that by 2050 will have 75 percent of its residents living in cities, the film looks at mounting concerns worldwide about mobility, housing, economic development and environmental policy.

Screenings:
October 4, 6:30 pm, followed by a Q & A with Hustwit
October 4, 9:00 pm

Call for Applicants: The Walker Design Fellowship 2011-2012

Now accepting applications–Deadline: June 20, 2011 Since 1980, the Walker Art Center Design department has maintained a graphic design fellowship program that provides recent graduates (both undergrad and grad) the opportunity to work in a professional design studio environment. Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, fellows represent a diverse range of graphic design […]

Now accepting applications–Deadline: June 20, 2011

Since 1980, the Walker Art Center Design department has maintained a graphic design fellowship program that provides recent graduates (both undergrad and grad) the opportunity to work in a professional design studio environment. Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, fellows represent a diverse range of graphic design programs, such as Art Center College of Design, California College of Art, California Institute of the Arts, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, NC State University, Rhode Island School of Design, Royal College of Art, Werkplaats Typografie, and Yale University, among many others.

Fellows are employed full-time for one year and are assigned a wide range of graphic design projects, from identities and related collateral for programs and exhibitions, to assisting the design director and designers with large-scale initiatives such as catalogues, campaigns, wayfinding systems, and  websites. Fellows are involved in all aspects of the design process, from conception (the “thinking”) through delivery (the “inking”), and everything in-between. Throughout the year, the studio supports and advises our fellows and the fellow inspires and energizes our studio>>>>>

>>>>Take our COMPATIBILITY TEST if you’re interested in this kind of symbiotic relationship.

Below: A small sampling of projects executed by the Walker’s design studio–including the work of 4 fellows–between the years 2008 and 2011

 

How to apply Please attach a letter of interest, a résumé with the names and contact information of three references, and a pdf portfolio containing 8–10 examples of graphic design work to design.fellowship@walkerart.org

2011/2012 Fellowship deadline: June 20, 2011

All candidates will be notified of their application status by July 31. No phone calls please.

For more information please visit the Design Fellowship page on the Walker Art Center Design website here.   Also check out the Walker Job Board.

 

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