02.03.19
Interaction 19 Conference

From February 3rd–8th IxDA will assemble a diverse group of practitioners and academics from around the world to explore the edges of interaction design

Location
Meeting Center

Civilization built the animated interactive identity system to celebrate the global IxDA conference coming to Seattle.

Interaction 19 is a week of design events for interaction designers from around the world to help spark a transformation of the discipline to be relevant to the needs of the 21st century.

This year’s event features: Education Summit, Local Leaders Retreat, Workshops, Student Design Charette, Interaction 19 Conference, and IxDA Awards Ceremony.

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02.08.19
Design Lecture Series with Na Kim

Join designer Na Kim for a FREE lecture

Location
Seattle Public Library–Central Branch

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Na Kim is a graphic designer. After studying product design and graphic design in Korea, Kim participated in Werkplaats Typografie in the Netherlands. Kim is currently based in Seoul and Berlin, as a member of Table Union, and is involved in the artist-run-space, Common Center. She has focused on the visual language on autonomous works as well as cultural commissioned projects. Besides many other projects, she was responsible for the concept and design of GRAPHIC magazine from 2009 till 2011. Kim was selected as Next Generation Design Leaders in 2008, was awarded the Doosan Artist Award in 2013, Todays Young Artist Award in 2014, presented by the Ministry of Culture in Korea. Kims works have been showcased at many international exhibitions, including The V&A, MoMA, Milan Triennale Museum, Die Neue Sammlung, MMCA, CAFA and many more.

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02.27.19
A Conversation with Zadie Smith – sponsored by Civilization

Civilization has sponsored Seattle Arts & Lectures conversation with acclaimed author Zadie Smith

Time
7:30PM

Location
Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

Zadie Smith has been a vital literary voice since her first novel, White Teeth, became an instant bestseller almost two decades ago. She is the author of Swing Time, White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, Changing My Mind, NW, and most recently, Feel Free.

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03.22.19
Design Lecture Series with Ellen Lupton

Join Ellen Lupton for a FREE lecture

Time
6:30–8:30PM

Location
Seattle Public Library–Central Branch

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Ellen Lupton is a graphic designer, curator, writer, critic, and educator. Known for her love of typography, Lupton is the curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, NY and the director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD, where she also serves as director of the Center for Design Thinking. She has written numerous books on graphic design for a variety of audiences. She is a contributor to several publications, including Print, Eye, I.D., Metropolis, and The New York Times.

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12.06.18
Homework Opening Party

A holiday pop-up featuring objects made after-hours by the Civilization team

Time
5:00–9:00PM

Location
Non-Breaking Space

Featuring work by Alison McKay, Corey Gutch, Gabriel Stromberg, Giancarlo Cateriano, Michael Ellsworth, Molly Derse, Oscar Vinas, Raya Leary, and Shaun Kardinal.

Shop: December 6th thru 21st, 2018
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 11:00AM–6:00PM

 

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11.02.18
Design Lecture Series with Eddie Opara

Join designer Eddie Opara for a FREE lecture

Time
6:30–8:30PM

Location
Seattle Public Library–Central Branch

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Eddie Opara was born in Wandsworth, London in 1972. He studied graphic design at the London College of Printing and Yale University where he received his MFA in 1997. He began his career as a designer at ATG and Imaginary Forces and worked as a senior designer/art director at 2Å~4 before establishing his own studio, The Map Office, in 2005. He joined Pentagram’s New York office as a partner in 2010. His clients have included Grace Farms, the Menil Foundation, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Queens Museum, Santander, St. Regis Hotels, the Corcoran Group, Morgan Stanley, New York University, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), Grimshaw Architects, (ARO) Architecture Research Office, Harry N. Abrams and Princeton Architectural Press.

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10.25.18
Social Studies talk at Bend Design

Gabriel Stromberg and Michael Ellsworth of Civilization will give a main stage talk at Bend Design

A talk discussing the power of design and how it has the ability to facilitate identity, action and connection.

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10.25.18
Less is More More or Less

Less is More engages a stellar groups of working designers in a conversation centered on their participation in the business of design—a space now defined by hyper-capitalism and omnipresent marketing

Time
5:30PM

Location
Oxford Hotel, Sky Lounge

Live Beyond This Point discussion with Julie Lesseg (Visible & The Beauty Shop), Denise Hernandez (Visible & The Beauty Shop), Bijan Berahimi (FISK), and Joshua Berger (PLAZM) hosted by Gabriel Stromberg of Civilization.

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10.18.18
Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards 2018 Gala – Livestream Available

Civilization will be honored at the 2018 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum National Design Awards Gala

Time
6:00–10:00PM

Location
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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We are incredibly honored to announce that Civilization is the recipient of the 2018 National Design Award for Communication Design from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. You can honor all of this year’s National Design Award winners by attending the Gala in the spectacular Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden at Cooper Hewitt on October 18, 2018 or by making a contribution to the Awards. All proceeds support Cooper Hewitt’s programs that educate, inspire, and empower people through design.

Fran Lebowitz presented Civilization’s award. An archive video of the event can be viewed here.

The National Design Awards were conceived by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design and demonstrate to the public that design matters. The Awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement on the quality of daily life.

First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world.

Thank you to all of our clients, partners, collaborators, and everyone who has attended and played a part in our public programming and events over the years–none of this would have been possible without your trust and support!

This year’s winners include:
Gail Anderson, Lifetime Achievement; Anne Whiston Spirn, Design Mind; Design for America, Corporate & Institutional Achievement; WEISS/MANFREDI, Architecture Design; Civilization, Communication Design; Christina Kim, Fashion Design; Neri Oxman, Interaction Design; Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Interior Design; Mikyoung Kim Design, Landscape Architecture; and, Blu Dot, Product Design.

Past winners include:
Paula Scher, Milton Glaser, Massimo Vignelli, Chip Kidd, Stefan Sagmeister, 2×4, Jonathan Ive, Opening Ceremony, Rick Owens, Tom Ford, and Slow & Steady Wins the Race, Frank Gehry, and Tom Kundig.

Livestream

10.17.18
Cooper Hewitt Social Good Salon

Civilization's Creative Director, Gabriel Stromberg, will participate in a discussion on the role of designers in our current political climate

Time
1:30PM–2:30PM

Location
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum

This year’s National Design Award winners, Gail Anderson, Christina Kim, Gabriel Stromberg of Civilization, and Liz Gerber of Design for America, discuss the role of the designer in creating meaningful and impactful change. This intimate conversation will touch on topics such as our changing cultural landscape, issues of access, and the responsibility of the designer. The conversation will be moderated by Cynthia Smith, Cooper Hewitt’s Curator of Socially Responsible Design.

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10.16.18
Cooper Hewitt Teen Design Workshop & Fair

Civilization will be discussing the design process with students

Time
3:30PM–6:30PM

Location
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Join Cooper Hewitt educators for an afternoon workshop for teens with autism exploring the field of design. Attendees will develop an understanding of the design process and professional opportunities in the field of design then will participate in roundtable discussions with winners of the National Design Awards, other professional designers, and college representatives.

This program is open to teens with autism, and space is limited. To confirm registration, please email chaccess@si.edu

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10.13.18
Cooper Hewitt Design Fest

Civilization will be working with attendees to create mini protest posters to show people what you care about

Time
11:00AM–4:00PM

Location
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt kicks off National Design Week with a day of free museum admission and hands-on activities led by National Design Award winners and guest designers. Audiences of all ages are invited to play designer and tackle design challenges in workshops, learn new design skills and explore the museum.

09.21.18
Design Lecture Series with Bonnie Siegler

Join designer Bonnie Siegler for a FREE lecture

Time
6:30–8:30PM

Location
Seattle Public Library–Central Branch

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Bonnie Siegler, voted one of the fifty most influential designers working today by Graphic Design USA, founded and runs the award-winning design studio Eight and a Half. She is best known for her design work for Saturday Night Live, the Criterion Collection, HBO, Late Night with Seth Meyers, StoryCorps, Participant Media, and Newsweek. She has taught at the graduate level for many years at the School of Visual Arts and Yale University, conducted workshops at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Rhode Island School of Design, and judged design competitions all over the place. She is the author of Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America and of Dear Client, This Book Will Teach You How to Get What You Want from Creative People.

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08.29.18
VOLUME: A Survey of Magazines – Final day to view exhibit

This is your last chance to view VOLUME

Time
10:00AM–6:00PM

Location
Non-Breaking Space

Magazines by their very nature are a catalyst to amplify a message, frame a conversation and create awareness. “Print is not a mouthpiece for consumerism anymore, it’s an invaluable tool for revolt,” writes Bertie Brandes, co-founder of Mushpit Magazine.

Lining the gallery walls is a small survey of magazines, some defunct, others thriving, that embody this very idea. Some choose not to be beholden to advertisers, allowing their pages to remain radical. Many showcase unlikely contributors and turn their focus to subversive topics.

The survey includes magazines art directed or created by Herb Lubalin, General Idea, Tibor Kalman, Joshua Berger, Niko Courtelis, Shaz Madani, Clay Hickson, Liana Jegers, and countless contributors.

White gloves will be available for magazine viewing.

Exhibition website

08.21.18
Citizen Designers: Conversation with Civilization, Visible, FISK, and Plazm

Join us in Portland for a conversation exploring the role of design in igniting positive cultural change in our society

Time
6:00–8:30PM

Location
Nemo Design

The conversation features participants from the upcoming program at Bend Design: Michael Ellsworth of Civilization, Jen Thomas of Visible, Bijan Berahimi of FISK, and Joshua Berger of Plazm.

Plus, mingle with some of our local favorites who will be speaking at Bend Design this October 25, 26 + 27, including Jeff Kovel from SkyLab, Kim Kovel from Nike, John Demsey from W+K, and Lynette Xanders from Wild Alchemy.

Beer generously provided by Fort George Brewery.

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08.10.18
Steamroller Smackdown

The School of Visual Concepts invites you to the 2018 Steamroller Smackdown, where up to 20 teams of top designers print gigantic posters using a steamroller

Time
2:00–8:00PM

This year’s poster theme is Linking Seattle’s History — a collaboration with HistoryLink.org. The goal of this year’s poster theme is to tell stories of who the people of Washington were, who we are, and who we might become. Competing teams will create stories that evoke the connection between movements, individuals, or moments in our history. Designers can examine subjects such as geography, architecture, transportation, culture, politics or modernize the very concept of encyclopedic knowledge.

HistoryLink Executive Director, Marie McCaffrey, and HistoryLink Board Member, Michael Ellsworth, will judge the event using three main criteria: creative interpretation of the theme, design aesthetics, and team spirit.

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08.02.18
1 ROOM – Opening Reception

A group exhibition of works brought to you by Studio e gallery

Time
7:00–10:00 PM

On view: August 2-5, 2018

Featuring work by:
Nikita Ares, 
Elizabeth Arzani, James Arzente, Brian Beck (studio e gallery), 
Saul Becker, Buddy Bunting, Daniel Carrillo (Greg Kucera Gallery), 
Dawn Cerny (SEASON Gallery), Eve Cohen, Brian Cypher (studio e gallery), Sue Danielson (Bridge Productions), Linda Davidson (G. Gibson Gallery), Sara Ann Davidson, Jon Dove, Michael Doyle, Carole d’Inverno, Warren Dykeman (studio e gallery), Christian French, 
Emily Gherard (Bridge Productions), Nancy Guppy, Robert Hardgrave, Alfred Harris, 
Damien Hoar de Galvan (studio e gallery), 
David Hytone (Linda Hodges Gallery), Reilly Jensen (Abmeyer + Wood), 
Maggie Jiang, Fay Jones (James Harris Gallery), 
Ken Kelly (studio e gallery), Amanda Knowles (G. Gibson Gallery), Josh McDonald, Molly Magai (studio e gallery), Rachel Maxi, 
Jeffry Mitchell (PDX CONTEMPORARY ART), 
Kate Murphy, 
Tuan Nguyen, Sarah Norsworthy (studio e gallery), Hernan Paganini, Leigh Riibe & Linda Sherman, Sue Rose, Brian Sanchez, 
Gabriel Stromberg, Whiting Tennis (Greg Kucera Gallery), 
Polina Tereshira (Linda Hodges Gallery), Gillian Theobald (studio e gallery), Cappy Thompson (Traver Gallery), 
Anthony White,
Heather Wilcoxon (studio e gallery, Robert Yoder (Platform Gallery)

07.25.18
A Series of Shapes – Book & Tote

Now available at Drawn Down Books

Our Creative Director, Gabriel Stromberg’s exhibition: A Series of Shapes accompanying book and tote bag is available for purchase at Drawn Down Books.

Book printed in an edition of 100 by Cold Cube Press, 2018.

07.12.18
VOLUME: A Survey of Magazines

VOLUME Opening Party at Non-Breaking Space

Time
6:00PM - 8:00PM

Location
NonBreaking Space

Magazines by their very nature are a catalyst to amplify a message, frame a conversation and create awareness. “Print is not a mouthpiece for consumerism anymore, it’s an invaluable tool for revolt,” writes Bertie Brandes
@bertiebrandes, co-founder of Mushpit Magazine @themushpit
Lining the gallery walls is a small survey of magazines, some defunct, others thriving, that embody this very idea. Some choose not to be beholden to advertisers, allowing their pages to remain radical. Many showcase unlikely contributors and turn their focus to subversive topics.
The survey includes magazines art directed or created by Herb Lubalin, General Idea, Tibor Kalman, Joshua Berger, Niko Courtelis, Shaz Madani, Clay Hickson, Liana Jegers, and countless contributors.

White gloves will be available for magazine viewing.

Visit our gallery NonBreaking Space

06.14.18
Cooper Hewitt – Garden Party

Color Soirée - Cooper Hewitt Garden Party

Time
6:30 - 9:00PM

Location
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Our founders attended the Third Annual Cooper Hewitt’s Garden Party which celebrated Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color. An exhibition that reveals how designers apply the theories of the world’s greatest color thinkers to bring order and excitement to the visual world.

05.31.18
A Series of Shapes – Final Day of Exhibition

View A Series of Shapes, an exhibition at Non–Breaking Space showcasing new work by Gabriel Stromberg

Time
11:00AM–6:00PM

Location
Non–Breaking Space

In a Series of Shapes, Creative Director Gabriel Stromberg experiments with basic design elements like form, space and typography to create a body of work focused on personal narrative and creative investigation.

Featuring collaborations with Cold Cube Press, Open–Editions and a series of new screenprints.

The exhibit will be on view April 5th–May 31st.

05.08.18
Cooper Hewitt National Design Award Recipient

Civilization Receives Prestigious 2018 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum National Design Award for Communication Design!

Location
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

We are incredibly honored to announce that Civilization is the recipient of the 2018 National Design Award for Communication Design from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

The National Design Awards were conceived by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design and demonstrate to the public that design matters. The Awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement on the quality of daily life.

This year’s winners include:
Gail Anderson, Lifetime Achievement; Anne Whiston Spirn, Design Mind; Design for America, Corporate & Institutional Achievement; WEISS/MANFREDI, Architecture Design; Civilization, Communication Design; Christina Kim, Fashion Design; Neri Oxman, Interaction Design; Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Interior Design; Mikyoung Kim Design, Landscape Architecture; and, Blu Dot, Product Design.

Past winners include:
Paula Scher, Milton Glaser, Massimo Vignelli, Chip Kidd, Stefan Sagmeister, 2×4, Jonathan Ive, Opening Ceremony, Rick Owens, Tom Ford, and Slow & Steady Wins the Race, Frank Gehry, and Tom Kundig.

05.03.18
AIGA StudioWalks at Civilization

Join us for happy hour as part of AIGA's StudioWalks. This edition of StudioWalks features tours of Artefact, Blink, Strange & Wonderful, and Civilization.

Time
5:30–8:00PM

Location
Civilization

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Doors at each agency are open to registered attendees from 5:30–8:00 PM. All are within walking distance from one another so choose where you want to start and head out from there. This event is all about community: network and meet creatives from each firm and get to know other attendees like yourself.

Space is limited and attendance will be capped. Registration is required.

04.05.18
A Series of Shapes Opening Party

Join us for a party to celebrate the opening of A Series of Shapes, an exhibition at Non–Breaking Space showcasing new work by Gabriel Stromberg, Creative Director of Civilization.

Time
6:00–9:00PM

Location
Non–Breaking Space

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03.23.18
Survey Vol. 1: Culture — Closing

Survey Vol. 1: Culture exhibit closing

03.17.18
“Behind the Biennale” Civilization Design Mixer

A reception will be held at The Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia during the 21st Biennale

Time
6:00–9:00PM

Location
The Art Gallery of New South Wales

Civilization will be in Sydney meeting with the design community to discuss the creation of the 21st Biennale identity and digital platform, as well as the Biennale of Sydney brand refresh and full digital platform.

Email Civilization for details.

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03.16.18
21st Biennale of Sydney Opening Celebration

The 21st Biennale of Sydney runs from March 16th–June 11th

Location
Various venues in Sydney, Australia

The 21st edition of the Biennale of Sydney marks the 45th anniversary. The Biennale provides a platform for art and ideas and is recognized for commissioning and presenting innovative, thought-provoking art from Australia and around the globe. A leading international art event, The Biennale of Sydney has showcased the work of nearly 1,800 artists from more than 100 countries. It has attracted over 4 million visitors since its inception in 1973 and holds an important place on both the national and international stage.

For the 21st Biennale Civilization created a brand system inclusive of a variety of environmental applications and a microsite that drew on the exhibition theme of the Wu Xing cycle and the Superposition principle.

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03.06.18
Communication Arts – Webpick of the Week

We are thrilled to have this site selected as this week's WebPick in Communication Arts Magazine.

We are thrilled to have this site selected for this week’s Webpick in Communication Arts Magazine. We grew up combing through its pages for design advice and inspiration. Image – screenshots of our site in “shaken” mode on mobile. One of the many hidden surprises mentioned in the interview about the site.

https://www.commarts.com/webpicks/civilization

03.01.18
Survey Vol. 1: Culture — First Thursday

Survey Vol. 1: Culture exhibit will be open until 8PM during Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk

Time
11:00 — 8:00 PM

Location
Non–Breaking Space

This exhibition is a small survey of cultural works from the collection of graphic designer Sean Wolcott, founder of design studio Rationale. Each work reflects the values and principles explored within the modernist tradition. With the advent of modernism (Post–WWI and the Russian Revolution), the graphic style shifted dramatically in shape, color, type and use of space.

Certain sans serif typefaces, such as Franklin Gothic, Monotype Grotesque, Futura, and Helvetica Neue, were all popularized for their clarity and impact. Artwork and pictures were used less frequently, in favor of communicating with strong simple shapes and geometric forms. Perhaps the most notable change was the establishment of the grid system, which designers used to control layout, scale, consistency and order.

This selection of work promotes cultural events, exhibitions, festivals, performances, or are themselves pieces of cultural ephemera and experimentation created by these iconic graphic designers.

02.24.18
SAM – Visual Arts Panel

Civilization co-founder Michael Ellsworth will speak on a visual arts career day panel at the Seattle Art Museum

Time
11:00AM–4:00PM

Location
Seattle Art Museum

Visual Arts Career Day is a free event providing young people ages 14-21 with direct access to industry professionals through networking, experiential learning, engaging conversations, and performances. Participants are exposed to a wide range of career opportunities. Visual Arts Career Day is produced in partnership with Seattle Art Museum, One Reel, and Office of Arts & Culture.

This event will start with Keynote Speakers, followed by lunch—free for all attendees—and a Table Fair featuring opportunities from local arts organizations. After lunch, attend the Breakout Session that’s relevant to your interests. We’ll finish off the afternoon with a Networking Party to help you get the most out of your Career Day, featuring DJ SassyBlack and an art activity with Tariqa Waters.

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02.21.18
Survey Vol. 1: Culture Opening Party

Join us for a party to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibit at Non–Breaking Space

Time
6:00–9:00PM

Location
Non–Breaking Space

Each work reflects the values and principles explored within the modernist tradition and includes posters and design ephemera from Armin Hofmann, Otl Aicher, Josef Müller-Brockmann and Toshihiro Katayama, among others. The exhibit will be on view thru March 23rd.

02.01.18
Survey Vol. 1: Culture Opening

Join us on First Thursday for the opening of our new exhibition on view Feb. 1st—March 23rd

Time
6:00 – 8:00PM

Location
Non-Breaking Space

This exhibition is a small survey of cultural works from the collection of graphic designer Sean Wolcott, founder of design studio Rationale. Each work reflects the values and principles explored within the modernist tradition. With the advent of modernism (Post–WWI and the Russian Revolution), the graphic style shifted dramatically in shape, color, type and use of space.

Certain sans serif typefaces, such as Franklin Gothic, Monotype Grotesque, Futura, and Helvetica Neue, were all popularized for their clarity and impact. Artwork and pictures were used less frequently, in favor of communicating with strong simple shapes and geometric forms. Perhaps the most notable change was the establishment of the grid system, which designers used to control layout, scale, consistency and order.

This selection of work promotes cultural events, exhibitions, festivals, performances, or are themselves pieces of cultural ephemera and experimentation created by these iconic graphic designers.

01.06.18
Artist Talk with Brian Beck & Gabriel Stromberg

Creative Director of Civilization, Gabriel Stromberg, and artist Brian Beck discuss Brian's latest exhibition "rot"

Time
3:00 PM

Location
studio e gallery

Beck’s latest work questions the stability of a single meaning conventionally granted to a
familiar object. Departing from what appear to be wooden children’s toys, the art pieces are composed of carefully handcrafted and tenuously related elements, abstracted to their basic shapes and color.

12.30.17
Civilization on The Neon Moire Show

The Neon Moire Show – Episode XII – was recorded live at the Graphic Matters Festival in Breda, Netherlands in September, 2017.

In this episode of the Neon Moiré Show, Thomas Dahm sits down with our studio’s principals – Michael Ellsworth and Corey Gutch to discuss the ethos of our studio, the Design of Dissent exhibition and the three-day workshop on design activism that they led at the Graphic Matters festival.

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12.23.17
Open–Editions Pop–Up Final Day to Shop

This is your last chance to shop at Open–Editions before they pack up and head back to San Francisco

Time
11:00 — 5:00 PM

Location
Non–Breaking Space

Open–Editions, a San Francisco based collaboration which commissions artists to design locally–manufactured goods, is curating a holiday pop-up shop at Non–Breaking Space from November 26th thru December 23rd.

In collaboration with Open–Editions, Civilization has created a 6–piece collection entitled Social Studies. The collection is a celebration and reflection of the forms that are found in the natural, built and social environments that make up our civilization.

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12.14.17
Electric Colors: A Celebration of Noble Neon

LIKELIHOOD boutique will host a 5-year anniversary celebration of Noble Neon with small neon fixtures designed in collaboration with Gabriel Stromberg

Time
7:00 – 9:00 PM

Location
Likelihood

The event will exhibit photos of Noble Neon’s work along with merchandise for sale, such as T-shirts and small neon fixtures designed in collaboration with Gabriel Stromberg. Enjoy delicious refreshments and a live music set by The Hollerables. This event is free.

Please bring proper ID for entrance

RSVP: Daniel@LIKELIHOOD.us

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12.12.17
21st Biennale of Sydney Brand Unveiling

The unveiling of Superposition

We are honored to be designing and developing branding and a website for the 21st Biennale of Sydney as well as for the Biennale of Sydney organization as a whole.

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12.10.17
Minor Matters Book Event

Meet authors Adrain Chesser and Paul Berger

Time
12:00–3:00PM

Location
Non-Breaking Space

Meet Adrain Chesser and Paul Berger and become a co-publisher of their forthcoming books! Minor Matters is a publishing platform for contemporary art, bringing books into being in collaboration with their audience. Past titles will be on sale.

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12.09.17
Gabriel Stromberg exhibit opens in the Vatican at studio e

The exhibit, curated by Kate Murphy, is an experimentation in type

Time
1:00 — 6:00 PM

Location
studio e gallery

The two-piece exhibition, curated by Kate Murphy, is an experimentation in type.

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12.07.17
Open–Editions Pop–Up Opening Party

Join us on First Thursday for the official opening of the Open–Editions pop–up shop

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Non-Breaking Space

Open–Editions, a San Francisco based collaboration which commissions artists to design locally–manufactured goods, is curating a holiday pop-up shop at Non–Breaking Space from November 26th thru December 23rd.

In collaboration with Open–Editions, Civilization has created a 6–piece collection entitled Social Studies. The collection is a celebration and reflection of the forms that are found in the natural, built and social environments that make up our civilization.

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12.02.17
Open–Editions Pop–Up Shop Opening

Open–Editions is holding a holiday pop-up shop at Non–Breaking Space before the holidays

Time
11:00 — 7:00 PM

Location
Non–Breaking Space

Open–Editions, a San Francisco based collaboration which commissions artists to design locally–manufactured goods, is curating a holiday pop-up shop at Non–Breaking Space from November 26th thru December 23rd.

In collaboration with Open–Editions, Civilization has created a 6–piece collection entitled Social Studies. The collection is a celebration and reflection of the forms that are found in the natural, built and social environments that make up our civilization.

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11.23.17
Getting Work to Work Podcast Interview with Michael Ellsworth

Michael discusses the origins of Civilization’s mission, the nature of design in today’s world, the lineage of design throughout history, the importance of education, and the impact a global perspective of design has had on Civilization

“To me, design is a series of choices. When it’s at its best, those choices are infused with meaning, empathy, sustainability, and aimed to create meaningful connections.” – Michael Ellsworth

 

 

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11.02.17
Tolerance Exhibit — First Thursday Art Walk

The Tolerance exhibit will be open until 8PM during Pioneer Square First Thursday

Time
11:00 — 8:00 PM

Location
Non–Breaking Space

10.22.17
The Design of Dissent — Final Day of Exhibition at Graphic Matters

This is your last day to see The Design of Dissent on display in Breda, The Netherlands

Time
11:00AM — 7:00 PM

Location
Graphic Matters, Breda, Netherlands

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10.19.17
Design Milk Milk Stand – West Edge Design Fair

Check out our Design Milk collaboration at the West Edge Design Fair in Santa Monica, CA

Time
10:00 – 7:00 PM

Location
West Edge Design Fair

Design Milk’s Milk Stand will be at the West Edge Design Fair in Santa Monica from October 19th – 22nd and will be featuring a whole new group of designers! Graphics by Civilization.

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10.12.17
A Lecture with Paul Sahre

Lecture + Book Signing with Paul Sahre

Time
6:30 — 8:30 PM

Location
Seattle Public Library — Central Branch

This event is sold out! Standby tickets will be available the night of.

Having just finished writing a design memoir, Two–Dimensional Man, Paul is ready to share some of what he has learned during his first 52 years on planet earth (30 as a graphic designer). Paul will use examples of his own work for wildly imaginative clients: directors, writers, musicians, and artists (as well as a series of seemingly unrelated life experiences) to arrive at an (un)expected conclusion — that ultimately, the designer’s life is one of survival. A process of questioning, inventing, failing, dreaming, and ultimately making.

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10.11.17
A Book Signing with Paul Sahre

Join us at Peter Miller Books for wine, cheese and a book signing with Paul Sahre to celebrate the recent publication of his new memoir "Two–Dimensional Man."

Time
5:30 — 7:00 PM

Location
Peter Miller Books

In Two–Dimensional Man, Paul Sahre shares deeply revealing stories that serve as the unlikely inspiration behind his extraordinary thirty-year design career. Sahre explores his mostly vain attempts to escape his “suburban Addams Family” upbringing and the death of his elephant–trainer brother. He also wrestles with the cosmic implications involved in operating a scanner, explains the disappearance of ice machines, analyzes a disastrous meeting with Steely Dan, and laments the typos, sunsets, and poor color choices that have shaped his work and point of view. Two–Dimensional Man portrays the designer’s life as one of constant questioning, inventing, failing, dreaming, and ultimately making.

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10.05.17
Tolerance Exhibit — First Thursday Art Walk

The Tolerance exhibit will be open until 8PM during Pioneer Square First Thursday

Time
11:00 — 8:00 PM

Location
Non–Breaking Space

09.28.17
WantedDesign x Visual Magnetics Debut – IDS Vancouver

Collaboration debut of WantedDesign and Visual Magnetics

Time
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Location
Vancouver Convention Center

In collaboration with WantedDesign and Visual Magnetics Civilization designed an exhibition booth to highlight the modern-day workspace.

IDS West

09.27.17
Graphic Design History Lecture

Our Creative Director will be teaching graphic design history at SCC

09.21.17
Graphic Activism Workshop

Our co–founders will be leading a 2–day workshop at the Graphic Matters festival in Breda, The Netherlands

Time
9:00 AM — 4:00 PM

Location
Graphic Matters, Breda, Netherlands

Participants will learn how to use their talents, their privilege, their connections, every tool at their disposal, to help the marginalized and spur social change. We’re living in a time when you can no longer be silent, you have to stand up for what’s right, and that’s never easy. However as designers we have the power to create platforms that can make it easier.

09.08.17
Tolerance Exhibition Opening

Tolerance will be on view September 7th — November 16th

Time
11:00 — 5:00 PM

Location
Non–Breaking Space

Tolerance, an exhibit created by designer Mirko Ilic, has been traveling around the world, with prominent designers reinterpreting the concept and adding new posters at each stop along the way. We seek a discourse on the failings of tolerance and how we, as a society, must resist intolerance.

This exhibition was made possible with generous support from Steve Jablonsky and Intentional Futures as part of the Seattle Design Festival.

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08.03.17
See Saw Opening Day

See Saw: A Visual Communication Station was created for children & families to explore during the Seattle Art Fair

Time
11:00 — 7:00 PM

Location
Seattle Art Fair

See Saw explores the principles of graphic design — Color, Shape, Type, Scale, and the Grid — through an interactive space. Created for children & their families!

The See Saw installation and coloring book were designed and concepted by Civilization in collaboration with product design studio Fruitsuper and Visual Magnetics magnetic textiles. The installation was created for the 2017 Seattle Art Fair, and will be up August 3rd–6th.

05.21.17
Interactive Mural Display at ICFF

In collaboration with Design Milk and Visual Magnetics we designed an interactive mural for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York

Location
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

On view May 21st–24th.

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05.15.17
Webby Awards Ceremony

We accepted the Award for Best Activist Website of 2017

Location
NYC

The website we designed and developed for shoutyourabortion.com won the 2017 “People’s Voice” Webby Award for Best Activist Website! Our team went to New York at accept the award at the Webby Awards Ceremony.

5-Word Acceptance Speech

05.11.17
SFMOMA Patron Tour

SFMOMA's patron group toured our gallery and studio

Location
Non–Breaking Space

We are honored to be part of SFMOMA’s Architecture + Design tour through our studio and our gallery while The Design of Dissent exhibition was on view.

04.15.17
Graphic Means — Film Premiere + Podcast

Join us for the world premiere of Graphic Means — a new documentary charting the evolution of graphic design production

Time
6:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Northwest Film Forum

The film by Briar Levit marks around 30 years since desktop publishing revolutionized the graphics industry, and explores the progression to this point from the 1950s.

6pm – Reception
7pm – #BeyondThisPoint live podcast interview with Briar Levitt

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03.22.17
Oaths + Manifestos Workshop

To Be Determined, a Portland-based discussion group, is hosting a workshop on the importance of oaths and manifestos in professional practices

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Non–Breaking Space

What is the function of a manifesto? Why must architects, doctors, and many professionals swear to an oath, but not graphic designers? Graphic designers have an incredible power to form attitudes and shape decisions. We are curious to learn why this is often underestimated. In this edition of To Be Determined, we turn our attention to manifestos and oaths in art, design, and other professional practices. Perhaps through this exploration, we can work towards an ethics of design, whether universal or personal. To Be Determined is a discussion group founded by Nicolas Meier and Nimi Einstein in Portland, Oregon.

03.10.17
Design Lecture Series with Jessica Walsh

Free lecture with graphic designer, art director, illustrator, and partner at creative agency Sagmeister & Walsh, Jessica Walsh

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Seattle Public Library — Central Branch

Walsh began coding and designing websites at age 11 and went on to study graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Walsh’s work is a blend of photography, handcraft and painting and her style has been called “bold, emotional and provocative.” She works for clients such as Jay–Z, Barneys, The New York Times, Levi’s, and The Museum of Modern Art, among many others.

Lecture followed by a discussion with illustrator and educator Kate Bingaman–Burt.

02.02.17
The Design of Dissent — Opening Party

Join us for the opening of our new exhibition, The Design of Dissent

Time
5:00 — 10:00 PM

Location
Non–Breaking Space

The Design of Dissent is a survey of prominent graphic works of social and political protest and critique spanning the last fifty years addressing war, racism, human rights, poverty, environmental protection, gun control, and corporate greed. Curated by Civilization, Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic.

01.27.17
Design Lecture Series with Saki Mafundikwa

Free lecture with designer and the founder and director of the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA), a design and new media training college in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Seattle Public Library — Central Branch

Saki Mafundikwa is the founder and director of the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA), a design and new media training college in Harare, Zimbabwe. He was educated in the USA with a BA in Telecommunications and Fine Arts from Indiana University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. He returned home in 1998 to found ZIVA after working in New York City as a graphic designer, art director and design instructor. Mafundikwa’s book, Afrikan Alphabets: the Story of Writing in Africa, was published in 2004. Besides being of historical importance, it is also the first book on Afrikan typography.

Lecture followed by a discussion with cultural critic and writer Charles Mudede.

11.20.16
GDCBC Practivism Lecture in Vancouver

Our co–founder, Michael Ellsworth, will be giving a lecture on how design can inspire reflection, conversation and action

Time
7:00 — 10:00 PM

Location
The Ironworks, Vancouver, BC Canada

In his talk he will share insights on how to unify the social, cultural and environmental value of your work and show real-life examples of how graphic design can become a catalyst for change.

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11.09.16
Beyond This Point – An Interview with Danielle Krysa

Join author, designer and curator, Danielle Krysa, for a dialogue on the creative process and defeating self-doubt with Gabriel Stromberg.

Time
12:00 –– 2:00 PM

Location
studio e

10.29.16
Private Reception with Kenya Hara

Hosted in The Junsei House

Time
5:00 — 7:00 PM

Location
The Junsei House

Wine and light fare will be provided. Hosted by Civilization, Suyama Peterson Deguchi and Peter Miller.

10.29.16
Beyond This Point – An Interview with Joseph Becker

Joseph Becker, the Associate Curator of Architecture & Design at SFMoMA, discusses the changing roles of art and design, the role of the museum as a repository for culture, and the connection between digital design and design history

Time
10:00 AM — 12:00 PM

10.29.16
Beyond This Point – An Interview with Kenya Hara

Acclaimed Japanese designer and art director of Muji, Kenya Hara, discusses the importance of emptiness in design, his recent housing project, and design's role in the growth of cities

Time
12:00 –– 2:00 PM

Photo by Andrew J.S.

10.28.16
Design Lecture Series with Kenya Hara

Free lecture with Japanese designer, curator, author, educator and renowned design thinker Kenya Hara

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Seattle Public Library — Central Branch

Kenya Hara graduated from the Musashino Art University in 1983 with a master’s degree in design and soon after, joined the Nippon Design Center. In 1991, he founded his current practice, Hara Design Institute, a design think–tank working across all fields of media and design — from graphics and products to architecture and exhibitions. Hara is the author of several notable books on design, including Designing DesignWhite, and Ex-Formation, and has curated several highly acclaimed exhibitions.

Lecture followed by a discussion with designer Fumi Watanabe James.

10.27.16
A Book Signing with Kenya Hara

Join us at Peter Miller Books for wine and a book signing with Kenya Hara

Time
5:00 — 7:00 PM

Location
Peter Miller Books

Join us on Thursday evening October 27th at the shop — come meet Kenya and have him sign a copy of one of his books. We’ll have a number of his books for sale. This book signing is free & open to the public.

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09.23.16
Visual Language Lecture at IDSWest — Vancouver, BC

Our co–founders will be giving a talk on "Visual Language"

Time
10:00 — 11:00 AM

Location
IDSWest

Pictured here is a tote designed by Civilization for the conference. The design is composed of shapes from iconic pieces of furniture, architectural interiors and design objects. There are shapes from classic and contemporary designers such as Gerrit Rietveld, Frank Gehry, Shiro Kuramata, Charles & Ray Eames, Fruitsuper and Eric Trine.

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09.17.16
Beyond This Point – An Interview with Emory Douglas

The Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party discusses his work designing the Black Panther newspaper, the acts of sabotage they faced from the FBI, and the Party's history of perception issues

Time
10:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Photo by Andrew J.S.

09.16.16
Design Lecture Series with Emory Douglas

Free lecture with graphic designer, illustrator and activist Emory Douglas

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Seattle Public Library — Central Branch

Graphic designer, illustrator and activist Emory Douglas has created decades of graphic work that has activated communities, inspired change and came to represent black American struggles in the 60’s and 70’s. As Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, Douglas was the art director and main designer of the The Black Panther, the party’s official newspaper from 1967 to roughly 1980.

Lecture followed by a discussion with Marissa Jenae Johnson of Black Lives Matter.

09.16.16
Plus: Tools for Sitting

A 10–piece collection of one-of-a-kind stool designs debuting at IDS West–Vancouver

Time
10:00 – 5:00 PM

Location
IDS—Vancouver

Fruitsuper, in conjunction with JOIN, conceived, designed, curated, executed, and participated in this group show which debuted at IDS West in Vancouver, BC. The result was a collection of 10 one-of-a-kind stool designs from studios across the United States. Showcasing a wide variety of functionality, scale, and materiality within the given constraints.

Participating designers: Bosque Design, Fleet, fruitsuper, Look Luk Studio, Melanie Abrantes Designs, Parallel Lines, Piano Nobile, Speechless Studios, Studio Gorm, Trey Jones Studio

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08.26.16
Beyond This Point – An Interview with Bruno Maag

Renowned Swiss type designer and founder of UK type foundry Dalton Maag discusses the Rio Olympics, Swiss type, and his favorite glyph

Time
10:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Location
TypeCon

Photo by Oliver Schöndorfer.

05.16.16
Reflect – Site Unseen OFFSITE

A collection of 15 one-of-a-kind objects curated by JOIN

Location
Sight Unseen

The exhibition is debuting at Sight Unseen OFFSITE during NYCxDESIGN. The event is sponsored by Civilization.

Participating designers: Alice Tacheny, Avandi, Brian Beck, byAMT, Cofield, Daniel Michalik, Fleet, fruitsuper, Gabriel Stromberg, John Hogan, Grain, Look Luk Studio, Melanie Abrantes Designs, Pigeon Toe, Small Craft, The Granite

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05.07.16
Beyond This Point — An Interview with Karel Martens

Graphic designer, educator, and artist Karel Martens shares why inquiry and investigation are so important to the creative process and how he has balanced five decades of independent and client work

Time
3:00 — 4:30 PM

Location
Frye Art Museum

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05.06.16
Design Lecture Series with Karel Martens

Free lecture with designer and artist Karel Martens

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Seattle Public Library — Central Branch

When Karel Martens began studying art in Holland in the late 1950s, “graphic design” did not exist as its own course of study. Today, he is widely recognized as one of the most important practitioners of that very discipline, with an esteemed client list that includes major publishers, architects, and institutions.

Following the lecture Karel will be joined in conversation with educator Doug Wadden.

04.07.16
West Coast Design Showcase

A month-long event of designers celebrating the values of west coast design

Time
6:00 – 9:00 PM

Location
Poketo

9 Studios, presented by POKETO, curated by JOIN.

Featuring: Eric Trine, FARIS, fruitsuper design
Gabriel Stromberg / Iacoli & McAllister, Matthew Philip Williams, Melanie Abrantes, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Pigeon Toe

Dates: April 7th – May 7th

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02.20.16
Beyond This Point — An Interview with Experimental Jetset

Join us for a live podcast session with Experimental Jetset in Portland

Time
5:30 — 7:30 PM

Location
52 Limited

Join us for a dialogue on design with Marieke Stolk, Erwin Brinkers, and Danny van den Dungen of Experimental Jetset. The conversation will be audio–recorded for the Beyond This Point podcast.

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02.19.16
Design Lecture Series with Experimental Jetset

Free lecture with Amsterdam–based graphic design studio Experimental Jetset

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Seattle Public Library — Central Branch

Founded in 1997 by Marieke Stolk, Erwin Brinkers and Danny van den Dungen, Experimental Jetset focuses on printed matter and site-specific installations (and describing their methodology as “turning language into objects”), Experimental Jetset have worked on projects for a wide variety of institutes, including Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Centre Pompidou, Dutch Post Group and Whitney Museum of American Art.

01.15.16
Social Design Workshop

Our co-founder is teaching a workshop at Western Washington University

Location
Western Washington University

During the Winter 2016 term, our co–founder Michael Ellsworth will be teaching a design workshop , the goal being to use design thinkingto bring awareness to a social issue that we will collectively decide on. Students will work in teams to research, conceptualize, design and present a project.

12.11.15
Design Lecture Series with Paula Scher

Free lecture with acclaimed graphic designer Paula Scher

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Seattle Public Library — Central Branch

Paula Scher, one of the world’s most acclaimed graphic designers, has pushed the boundaries of visual communication for over three decades. Iconic, smart and unabashedly populist, her images have entered into the American vernacular. She began her career as an art director in the 1970’s and early 80’s, when her eclectic approach to typography became highly influential. Since 1991 she has been a designer and partner in the New York office of international design consultancy, Pentagram.

Lecture followed by a discussion with graphic designer April Greiman.

12.10.15
Beyond This Point — An Interview with Paula Scher & April Greiman

Paula Scher and April Greiman, two graphic design legends, sit down to discuss the blurring lines between art and design, the many forms inspiration can take, and what the ultimate purpose of design is

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Cornish College of the Arts

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11.20.15
Why Not School? Opening at the Frye Art Museum

Join us at the Frye Art Museum for the unveiling of the new exhibition #WhyNotSchool

Time
1:30 — 3:00 PM

Location
Frye Art Museum

This exhibit is the culmination of a 12 session afterschool class at the Yesler Community center that we led on using graphic design for social change. We are so proud of the work that the six high school students created.

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11.06.15
Beyond This Point — A Two–Part Dialogue

Join us for a two–part dialogue on design featuring artist agent Maria Bianco and choreographer Kate Wallich, followed by a discussion with designer and author Ayse Birsel and design strategist Cameron Campbell

Time
6:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Design Within Reach

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11.05.15
A Lecture with Ayse Birsel

Join us for a free lecture by product designer Ayse Birsel on "Designing the Life You Love"

Time
6:45 — 8:30 PM

Location
Seattle Public Library – Central Branch

11.04.15
A Book Signing with Ayse Birsel

Join Ayse Birsel for a book signing to celebrate the publication of her new book "Design the Life You Love"

Time
5:30 — 7:00 PM

Location
Peter Miller Books

10.24.15
Beyond This Point — An Interview with Adrian Shaughnessy & Peter Miller

Publisher and author Adrian Shaughnessy talks with bookseller and author Peter Miller about the new era of print

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Suyama Space

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10.24.15
Beyond This Point — An Interview with Lance Wyman & Sean Wolcott

Graphic design legend Lance Wyman talks with user interface designer and creative director Sean Wolcott about wayfinding graphics

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Suyama Space

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10.23.15
Design Lecture Series with Lance Wyman

Free lecture with graphic design legend Lance Wyman

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Seattle Public Library — Central Branch

While he is best known for his legendary design work for the 1968 Mexico Olympics, Lance Wyman has become an unquestioned master of transforming space through branding and wayfinding over his 50+ year career as a designer and teacher.

Lecture followed by a discussion with writer and educator Adrian Shaughnessy.

09.11.15
Beyond This Point — An Interview with Fruitsuper Design & Olderbrother

Product designers Sallyann Corn and Joe Kent of Fruitsuper Design talk with slow fashion designers Bobby Bonaparte and Max Kingery of Olderbrother about materiality

04.11.15
Less is More — Panel Discussion

During the ByDesign Film Festival Gabriel Stromberg will moderate a panel to discuss how the current design climate is defining our present and shaping our future

Time
5:00 — 7:00 PM

Location
Northwest Film Forum

04.18.14
Design Lecture Series with Ken Garland

Free lecture with graphic designer Ken Garland

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Seattle Public Library — Central Branch

Ken Garland is a world–class British graphic designer, writer and game designer. He is well known for his anti–war campaigning in the 1960’s, as well as his First Things First manifesto, in which Garland encouraged designers to use their artistic talents for more humanitarian efforts and to shy away from consumer industries. Signed by over 400 graphic designers, the manifesto was originally released in 1964 and re–released by Adbusters in 2000.

01.24.14
Design Lecture Series with David Carson

Free lecture with graphic designer David Carson

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Seattle Public Library — Central Branch

David Carson is an American graphic designer, renowned magazine art director and former professional surfer. He is most known for his unique typographic style.

11.08.13
Design Lecture Series with Stefan Sagmeister

Free lecture with graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Seattle Public Library — Central Branch

Stefan Sagmeister is a critically acclaimed New York based designer from Vienna. With a focus on concept rather than style, Sagmeister has worked with a wide spectrum of clients such as Lou Reed, The Rolling Stones, HBO and the Guggenheim Museum. In his lectures and art, Sagmeister often explores the subject of personal happiness and balance between work and private life.

09.28.13
Design Lecture Series with April Greiman

Free lecture with celebrated graphic designer April Greiman

Time
7:00 — 9:00 PM

Location
Seattle Public Library — Central Branch

April Greiman is an internationally acclaimed American graphic designer and artist. She is recognized as one the first designers to utilize computer technology as a tool for design in the 1980’s, and to pioneer the American “New Wave” design style. She currently runs the multi–disciplinary design consultancy Made in Space in Los Angeles.

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