A Favorite Project: The Flexible Identity System

Museums like the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Museum of Modern Art are changing how they visually represent themselves and (for better or worse) are leaders in a museum rebrand trend, with a goal to market museums to a wider audience. After conducting a brand audit with GMD board members Heather Olson and Jessica Huang, I developed a flexible identity system for GMD. The process included identifying GMD’s competitive edge – what special quality it has that others do not. For GMD this is the collection, a strength and focus of the museum’s educational activities. I knew GMD was…

The Designer-Museum Symbiosis

Graphic Design Inspiration from a Historic Collection At the Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD) research center at the University of Minnesota College of Design, my office is walled off by a constantly-changing rack of multi-colored, garments.  They are plain and extravagant, large and small, long and short, old and new. It is so much more exciting than a boring gray cubicle. I overhear students learning firsthand about the different fabric weaves and knits of these objects. I get to sit in on a surface design talk, examining a wide variety of patterns on scarves and textiles. As a result of…

Acts of Hope

Responding to Violence with Printmaking in Falcon Heights “I’m not brave enough to [break a law and risk going to jail] but I can say rather freely what I want to with my art.” -Corita Kent Corita Kent Kent, a nun, teacher, printmaker, and non-violence activist believed she could make the world a more peaceful place through art. Her screen prints were part of the Hippie Modernism exhibition at the Walker Art Center, and each of the four times I visited the exhibition (twice alone, twice with students), I was struck by work like Kent’s from the 1960s and 70s…

Typography & Contemporary Art 

  Type has the unique ability to express an idea visually and simultaneously say it, verbally.  Both an explicit statement and an implicit visual, type design has the potential to mean more than the words it spells, reaching far beyond typesetting and magazine spreads. It is this relationship between word and image, and their potential for cognitive disconnect, that gives typography a foothold in the world of contemporary fine art. The creation of characters has a long history of artistic self-expression – from Chinese calligraphers whose work was (and still is) considered fine art, to the humanist type designers like Geofroy Tory…

A set for Supergroup

This collaboration was super-fun!  I called it Jackson-Pollack printmaking because I laid out the set pieces on the floor and stood on screens to print-intutive registration to the max. Plus, it traveled and made it into the TIMES! (Yeah, my name in the NYT – yeah!):