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Graphic Design: Now in Production

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Friday, March 28 – Sunday, August 3, 2014

Chace Center Galleries

“A big, sweeping, categorical, world-historical-moment-defining graphic design show.” — Print magazine

Designers use color, typography, images, symbols and systems to make the surfaces around us come alive with meaning. The revolutions in desktop computing and networked communication have raised public awareness of graphic design. Today, the field continues to shift as new technologies and social movements change the way we make and consume media.

Graphic Design: Now in Production explores some of the most vibrant graphic design work produced since 2000, including 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.

Graphic Design: Now in Production is co-organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York. The exhibition is co-curated by Andrew Blauvelt, Chief of Communications and Audience Engagement and Curator of Design, Walker Art Center, and Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Public Programs and Events

Exhibition curators, guest speakers, and RISD graphic designers discuss and demonstrate design principles and practices in an exciting series of public programs. Highlights include:

Double Take: Valentine Typewriter
Sunday, March 16, 2-3 pm, free

RISD professor Eric Anderson (History of Art + Visual Culture) and poet Kate Schapira (Brown University English department).

Critical Encounters with Type, Image, and Print
Wednesday, April 16, 1-5 pm and 6:30-8 pm

Two-part discussion with Andrew Blauvelt and Ellen Lupton, co-curators of Graphic Design: Now in Production. Co-sponsored by the RISD Museum and RISD’s Graphic Design department.

Design the Night: WYSIWYG
Thursday, April 17, 5-9 pm, free

The RISD Museum’s dynamic evening event series kicks off with a celebration of graphic design and designers. What you see and what you get are lively discussions with artists and designers, hands-on art making, live music, and more—all free!

Graphic Design Lecture Series
April 3, 16, 24, 6:30-8 pm

Free lecture series sponsored by RISD’s Graphic Design department. Visit for dates, speakers, and topics.

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