Designers are becoming producers: authors, publishers, instigators, and entrepreneurs employing their creative skills as makers of content and shapers of experiences.
In October we traveled to Minneapolis for the opening of the Graphic Design: Now in Production exhibition at the Walker Art Center. The international exhibition presents a compilation of the best graphic design of the past decade and the breadth of work represented is truly inspiring. We saw successful product lines from designer-founded companies, innovative, self-published magazines and books, work from independent type foundries, and an impressive range of young designers’ work represented.
We also had the opportunity to tour the Walker in-house design studio with Design Director Emmet Byrne, and check out a sampling of catalogues and books from past exhibitions, as well as attend the Opening-Day Talk: Already in Progress. We heard from the exhibition curators and featured designers, including Ellen Lupton, Andrew Blauvelt, Armin Vit of Brand New, Jeremy Leslie of magCulture, and Daniel Eatock. You can watch the video of the talk here.
If you’re in Minneapolis we highly recommend checking out the exhibit while it’s at the Walker. If you can’t make it to the Midwest before January 22, the show travels to the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum on Governors Island, New York this coming May and runs from May 16-September 2, 2012.
To quote the museums’ description, “the entrepreneurial spirit of the designer turned producer” resonated with us both and we left the weekend with more than enough inspiration and incentive for us to stop talking about collaborating and just get down the business of making it happen—so that’s what we did and we launched Kern and Burn.