15 June 2014

I love this magazine cover's use of color to highlight two of the many voices of type — delight and power — as well as the sophisticated punch of the font itself. Created in 1965 by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase, the cover is among the array of typographic wonders in the exhibit, "100 Years of Type in Design," organized by Monotype and designed by AIGA Medalist and Pentagram partner Abbott Miller for the AIGA National Design Center. If you'll be in New York by July 31, 2014, treat yourself to this. Free admission.
Here in Chicago, there are two more excellent opportunities (right in the Loop! also free!) to consider design's pervasive role in our world. "CHGO DSGN, Recent Object and Graphic Design," curated by Rick Valicenti, 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and head of Thirst; displays designed by Tim Parsons, Associate Professor Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute. It's on view at the Chicago Cultural Center through November 2. http://chgodsgn.com
And, the Chicago Design Museum just celebrated the launch of its first exhibition as a permanent institution, on the third floor of
Block 37. "Starts/Speculations" runs through September 30.

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