Acconci Studio: City of Words (2010) Courtesy Maharam Digital Projects (detail)

Work / Graphic Design

Major graphic design show set to open in New York featuring the best work of the millennium

If you wanted to find out about the state of the pig farming industry you could feasibly get a load of pig farmers together, interview them and write an article about their porcine concerns and aspirations. But in a visual media like graphic design, state-of-the-industry hand-wringing seems oddly out of kilter in print – don’t tell me, show me.

Graphic Design – Now in Production aims to do just that, looking at how things have changed since the turn of the millennium, as widely-available creative software democratises the methods if not the skills, and user generated content blurs traditional boundaries. Meanwhile the rise of the polygot who works across several disciplines has challenged the way designers are seen, and see themselves.

First shown at the Walker Art Center late last year, this week it opens in New York at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum designed by heavyweight studio Project Projects.

According the organisers, the show, “explores the worlds of design-driven magazines, newspapers, books and posters; the expansion of branding programs for corporations, institutions and subcultures; the entrepreneurial spirit of designer-produced goods; the renaissance in digital typeface design; the storytelling potential of film and television titling sequences; and the transformation of raw data into compelling information narratives.”

The curatorial team sees leading museum experts joined by Jeremy Leslie of MagCulture and Ian Albison of Art of the Title bringing an eclectic mix of voices to the selection and organisation of the exhibits. Bill Moggrdidge, director of the museum said: "This ambitious exhibition looks at cutting edge ideas and breaking cultural revolutions in the world of graphic design. Focusing on design in the 21st century, this exhibition provides insight into the phenomena shaping culture today and transforming traditional conceptions of graphic design practice.”

The show runs May 26 until September 3.


Fanette Mellier: Specimen (2008)


Anthony Burrill: Oil & Water Do Not Mix (2010)


Antoine et Manuel: Comedie de Clermont Saison 2011-2012


Phillippe Apeloig: Crossing teh Line FIAF Fall Festival 2010 (Courtesy Studio Apeloig)


Christopher Clark: Web Typography for the Lonely: Cluster (2011)


Experimental Jetset: Statement and Counter-Statement (2011)


Farhad Fozouni,: 7 Commandments for Becoming Contemporary (2008)


Michiel Schuurman: BROKEN GLASS EVERYWHERE (2010)


David Bennewith: Churchward International Typefaces (2009) Photo by Franz Vos


Aaron Draplin and Coudal Partners: Field Notes (dry transfer letter version) (2011)


cyan: Flieger (2010( (Courtesy Maharam Digital Products)


Forsman and Bodenfors, Evelina Bratell and Carl Kleiner: Homemade is Best (2010)


Forsman and Bodenfors, Evelina Bratell and Carl Kleiner: Homemade is Best (2010)


Sean Freeman and Craig Ward: The Future (2008)


Acconci Studio: City of Words (2010) Courtesy Maharam Digital Projects


Laurenz Brunner: Akkurat 2005 Courtesy Lineto


Peter Buchanan-Smith: C.C.G.F. Badge Set Best Made Products, 2009


Justin Manor, John Rothenberg and Eric Gunther: Set Top Box (2010) (Courtesy Sosolimited)


Richard Spencer-Powell: Monocle, vol. 5, no. 45, July/August 2011


Jop van Bennekom: The Gentlewoman, issue 3, Spring/Summer 2011


Karen: Karen issue 3, 2007


Felix Burrichter and Dylan Fracareta: Pin-Up issue 10, Spring/Summer 2011