Identity, Physical, Digital, Environmental
For the 2017 Seattle Are Fair our studio devised an immersive space for children and their families to explore and interact with concepts in art and design. The playful exhibition consisted of five activations corresponding to five design tools: scale, color, type, shapes, and the grid.
The Seattle Art Fair, founded in 2015 by Paul Allen, brings together over 100 international art galleries, museums and arts institutions. During the four day fair they have over 18,000 attendees. Galleries showcase work from contemporary and historic artists, including Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Yayoi Kusama, Pablo Picasso, Gary Hill, Andy Goldsworthy, Mark Rothko, Dan Webb, Riusuke Fukahori, John Grade, McArthur Binion and Kurt Cobain.
Children’s Interactive Installation
Create an interactive space for kids ages three and up for the 2017 Seattle Art Fair
The art fair attracts people of all ages. As such, we wanted to create an experience that would be educational and interesting for anyone that attended the fair.
Art Market Productions and Vulcan, Inc.
2017 — Present
Seattle, WA USA
We were immediately inspired by the materials created by Visual Magnetics, which we had previously worked with on a concept booth for Design Milk at ICFF in New York. The magnetic textiles seamlessly lend themselves to being manipulated and played with.
With Visual Magnetics signed on as a partner we began concepting alongside Fruitsuper Design, a design duo inspired by the interactivity of simple playful shapes and design history.
We wanted to create a space where children and adults alike could physically play with the tools of visual communication — Shape, Color, Scale, Type and the Grid, so we created a hands–on visual communication station.
The installation was composed of magnetic textiles that could be moved, stacked, or combined to create new pictures, words and ideas. We designed a movable type wall where you could construct new words by breaking apart magnetic shapes that form letters. Through different size balloons, they could take with them, they gained an understanding about scale. They learned how the world is made up of simple shapes by spotting the shapes found in pictures hidden on the walls. And they constructed their own city within a grid to learn the importance of structure.
We also designed coloring activity worksheets and a coloring book where children could learn about influential artists and designers who have used these tools in their own work.
History of Kindergarten, Noguchi Playscapes, Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color
“The only booth I’ve ever seen at an American art fair that intentionally shifts the commerce–driven dynamic of the art fair model to be inclusive, accessible, and education based. Politics and Play. So smart and inventive.”
Animations, Identity Manual, Print Collateral System, Digital Collateral System, Environmental and Exhibition Graphic System, Promotional Print Materials, Exhibition Concept and Strategy
See Saw is an interactive space where children and their families can physically interact with elements of visual communication.
Verbalizing design is another act of design.Kenya Hara from Designing Design
Your culture (whoever you are) is as important as our culture (whoever we are).Colors Magazine
A designer’s role is a role of good citizenship.Milton Glaser
The goal of design is to elevate expectations and make something artful.Paula Scher
We have to overcome the obstacles and rise up to the challenges.Emory Douglas Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party
Graphic design is not a luxury, but a necessity.Wim Crouwel
Consider everything an experiment.Sister Corita Kent
Good art inspires; Good design motivates.Otl Aicher
Design is art that people use.Ellen Lupton
Design is just language and the real issue is what you use that language to do.Tibor Kalman
To complicate is simple.Bruno Munari
To simplify is complicated.
Everybody is able to complicate.
Only a few can simplify.
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