Not Design goes to Chicago

Written by Alex Barger



Looking at architecture in cities is probably one of my favorite things to do, and Chicago does not disappoint. Like how the hell did they build the Jay Pritzker Pavilion?


Chicago Art Department
This place is a reminder that there are opportunities to apply graphic design outside of what one might consider typical of the medium. A collaborative space where creatives can work to present artists’ perspectives to the public, which can help the community grow by affording it opportunities it wasn’t otherwise aware of. Nat Soti spoke to us about CAD’s desire to provide free education to youth in the area, which is very inspiring, however ambitious. There seems to be a general consensus among artists that education in our field is lacking, mostly in pre-college settings. Students aren’t aware of the opportunities a career in art has to offer because they’re never exposed to it. Knowing that there are people like CAD seeking to perpetuate art as a career, gives me hope for the future and inspires me to get myself involved in that cause.


Make and Co.
This would be my second time meeting Abby and Jesse; their willingness to advise us as aspiring artists and designers is much appreciated. (I’d love to have them on our podcast one of these days)
I think creating a studio like theirs is where most of us would love to end up.


The Happy Film
I think Stefan Sagmeister set out to find the definition of happiness, but instead ended up analyzing his love life. Which can be one way of measuring happiness. I don’t think his results were any less valuable because of this and in the end I don’t think he answered and of the questions originally posed.
The film gives us love stories framed by three experiments – happiness found in meditation, therapy, and drugs. There were some noticeable gaps in the film that seemed to be filled in after the fact to help the narrative “read” properly. This, and the nature of the third woman who Sagmeister was engaged to, made the legitimacy of his findings questionable. While the film might have ended up being different than what was intended, Sagmeister presents us with a relatable film that provides valuable insight into the pursuit of happiness.



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