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Design Exhibit at Mount Ida

Posted by Ben Terris  February 17, 2009 02:41 PM

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By Ben Terris

I headed over to Mount Ida College to check out the show in their gallery called 365: a Year in Design.

The show is a collection of design related works (if you couldn't guess from the name) ranging from public service posters, to magazine layout, to corporate branding, to design in film and television.

The nearly 200 works in the gallery are all selected pieces from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a group founded in 1914 that is now made up of 19,000 designers.

Here are some of my favorite pieces that I saw today:

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These Vincen Object Bags designed by the company Ena Cardenal de la Nuez in Madrid show that shopping bags can have a playful side.

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Citizens for a safer Minnesota commissioned the designers Martin/Williams to make these posters indicating the danger guns pose to children. The simple yet powerful image of changing these figures into shooting range targets, along with the shocking facts in the corner (ie: each day 9 children are killed by gun violence), sends a strong message.

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It's nice to know that even bags of birdseed deserve to be treated as potential canvasses for art.

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