The Project Passion exhibition series showcases the self-initiated work of graphic designers. This year's show, juried by Erik Brandt (Minneapolis), Mary Kate McDevitt (Philadelphia), and Jeremy Mickel (Los Angeles), features typographic pursuits. Letters, numbers, and symbols—the building blocks that make up our visual language system—are finite and yet infinite in their application. So within this creative space of both limitations and immeasurable possibilities, how are designers pushing their own creative use of letterforms and function? Without the constraints of clients' needs, where are their typographic explorations leading? These are the questions that form this year's Project Passion discourse that we, in turn, project back out to the design community.
To help open the Project Passion exhibition, Jeremy Mickel will give a free and public lecture. Jeremy runs MCKL, Inc., a Los Angeles-based type foundry that publishes original fonts and provides custom type services for clients worldwide, and has published typefaces with Village and House Industries. Jeremy has given talks at national design conferences, and his work has been honored by the Type Director's Club and AIGA, and is in the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Walker Art Center. He has taught typeface design at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Minneapolis College of Art & Design.
The exhibition runs from February 1 to February 17, 2016. Gallery hours are 9:00 am–4:00 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment (507-389-2728).