The challenge was to make a compelling exhibit – fifty of the best books and fifty of the best covers – appealing to AIGA members who had seen many of these exhibits in the past.
Chermayeff & Geismar chose a very simple color palette – white, black, gray, and orange – and tried to make single large design moves using as much space as possible. The books themselves do the communicating; visitors can pick up each item on display and there are plenty of well-designed captions to answer questions.
Community Architexts, a non-profit arts organization, developed and implemented a public design program within the depressed commercial district along Chicago Avenue in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. The program was intended to collect and articulate the collective public voice of the largely invisible community of mothers, daughters, and caregivers in this inner city neighborhood.
Design as process was the focus of Design360's collaboration with AIGA on the 365:AIGA 27 Exhibition at AIGA headquarters in New York. The project allowed Design360 to focus on design's basic elements—technique, materials, and colors—and how each is influenced by the others.
Responding to a vocal group of students and staff who wanted healthier dining options and more environmentally friendly products, Vanderbilt University converted an outdated convenience store in a 1940s dormitory into a "natural" food and grocery space.
To engage citizens in a dialogue about the crisis of urban violence in some Boston neighborhoods, Remembering Boston's Children 1980-2005 memorializes the many Boston children born in the last 20 years of the 20th century who will not become Boston adults in the 21st century.
The intent of this exhibition was to convey the process by which contemporary architect Frank Gehry designs a building, in particular the Peter B. Lewis Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. To make the gallery feel like a working space, worktables like those used in a model-making studio were constructed out of plywood, two-by-fours, and carriage bolts. The basic steps of the Gehry process were simplified into five sections, communicated through didactic text panels made of aluminum but fashioned to look like stainless steel.
The designers sough to create a child-focused, friendly, easy-to-understand environmental graphic design program that remained consistent with the identity that they previously established – the identity consists of five children's hands of different shades arranged to form a star-like shape. They used handprints from children involved in Westside Children's Center programs as the centerpiece of the system. The primary focus was to design everything with the child in mind as well as adhere to necessary code requirements.
This memorial exhibition on legendary outspoken New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan was mounted by Moynihan's friends and colleagues, as a personal tribute to his life through words and pictures. A gifted writer and politician, Moynihan was well known for his pithy commentary and passionate correspondence, typed out on his trusty Smith-Corona typewriter.
The design solution for this boutique hairdressing salon is deceptively simple. Working with a small budget, the idea was to unify the long, tunnel-like interior space by wrapping the salon's name diagonally up the walls and across the ceiling.