Chicago Design Week’s best events | Bleader

Friday, October 20, 2017

Chicago Design Week’s best events

Posted By on 10.20.17 at 05:42 PM

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

click to enlarge Cloud of Communication, by Freeman Lau, part of "Confluence 20+" at Block 37 - BLOCK 37
  • Block 37
  • Cloud of Communication, by Freeman Lau, part of "Confluence 20+" at Block 37


Chicago Design Week—a partnership between AIGA Chicago, the Chicago Design Museum, and the Society of Typographic Arts—is a chance for designers to converse, collaborate, and learn about new developments in the industry. This year's theme is Intersections, with a week of programming offering "a deep examination of the various intersections impacting the design world and our broader communities." The full schedule of events spanning October 20-27 can be found at chicagodesignweek.com. Here are our five best bets:

Fri 10/20-Fri 10/27: The traveling design exhibition "Confluence 20+" showcases the "creative ecologies of Hong Kong." This week it sets up shop at Block 37 (108 N. State). Noon-7 PM, free

click to enlarge A promotional image for "Hey! Play Games in Modern Culture" - COURTESY CHICAGO DESIGN MUSEUM
  • Courtesy Chicago Design Museum
  • A promotional image for "Hey! Play Games in Modern Culture"

Fri 10/20:
Design week hits the start button with the opening of "Hey! Play! Games in Modern Culture," a new exhibit curated by DePaul University professors Brian Schrank and LeAnne Wagner at the Chicago Design Museum (Block 37, 108 N. State). Artists and designers have written video games reflecting past struggles and newfound insights, available to anyone willing to pick up a controller. Opening reception 5:30-9 PM, $15. Through Fri 10/27

click to enlarge Nathan Eddy's short documentary Starship Chicago, about architect the uncertain future of Helmut Jahn's James R. Thompson Center, screens at 4 PM during MAS Context: Analog 2017. - STARSHIP CHICAGO
  • Starship Chicago
  • Nathan Eddy's short documentary Starship Chicago, about architect the uncertain future of Helmut Jahn's James R. Thompson Center, screens at 4 PM during MAS Context: Analog 2017.

Sat 10/21:
At MAS Context: Analog 2017, hosted by MAS Context, a local quarterly journal about urban issues created by the Wicker Park-based MAS Studio, designers discuss their works as they relate to the themes of food, institution, music, and prototype. These chats will run throughout the day at the Joinery (2533 W. Homer). The event also includes a screening of Nathan Eddy's short documentary Starship Chicago, about the uncertain future of famed architect Helmut Jahn's James R. Thompson Center screens at 4 PM. 1:30-11 PM, $15 suggested donation

click to enlarge Typeface by James Edmondson - COURTESY THE ARTIST
  • Courtesy the artist
  • Typeface by James Edmondson

Tue 10/24:
James Edmondson, an accomplished type designer based in San Francisco, speaks at Leo Burnett (35 W. Wacker) about how technology can be utilized to create new fonts. Attendees receive $20 of credit toward purchases of Edmondson's fonts. 6-8:30 PM, $30

Thu 10/26: At the workshop Einstein's Nightmare: When Our Creations Do Harm, designers are divided into groups and given a creative brief and two hours to complete a fake ad campaign. Much like the advertising industry normally operates, the organizers modify the briefs, testing the team's design skills and agility. The event takes place at Reunion Chicago (2557 W. North), and snacks and drinks will be provided. 5-8:30 PM, $15

Visit Agenda for more Reader-recommended goings-on.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Steve Heisler

Agenda Teaser

Music
October 15
Performing Arts
Manic Mondays Frances Cocktail Lounge
November 20

Tabbed Event Search

The Bleader Archive

Popular Stories