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Twelve Words about San Francisco Graphic Design
Guest Editorial by Tim Belonax

The Museum of Craft and Design’s current exhibit, San Francisco Graphic Design, is a show made of 12 mini-exhibits. Each one is attributed to (and designed by) a local designer/studio. The exhibit, curated by Michael Osborne, showcases 12 San Francisco designers, and presents their design projects including exhibits, packaging, posters, books, and much more. In honor of the exhibitors, my review for each is 12 words long.

San Francisco Graphic Design

The entrance to the Museum of Craft and Design is set back from the sidewalk, with a quaint sculpture garden.

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Introduction It began with printers.
Then came Landor, Primo, and all the Michaels.

San Francisco Graphic Design

A brief timeline of San Francisco Graphic Design.
Photo: Christopher Simmons

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Michael Schwab, Michael Schwab Design If only life were as simple and as beautiful as a Schwab.

San Francisco Graphic Design

Michael Schwab makes Muir Woods iconic again.

San Francisco Graphic Design

Recycle or Die, by Schwab.

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Mitchell Mauk, Mauk Design Graphic designer given exhibit designer’s job.
Twenty-three years later, still rockin.’

San Francisco Graphic Design

Mauk’s sewer grate reminds people where their water flows.

San Francisco Graphic Design

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Joshua Chen, Chen Design Associates Gave me color.
Gave me texture.
Gave me form.
Give me opinion.

San Francisco Graphic Design

San Francisco Graphic Design

San Francisco Graphic Design

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San Francisco Graphic Design

Designer’s statements about what design in San Francisco means to them were displayed on a separate wall.

San Francisco Graphic Design

Detail of Cinthia Wen’s statement.

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Sara Schneider, Chronicle Books Chronicle Book + my lap = necessity.
Still wishing there was more to read.

San Francisco Graphic Design

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Cinthia Wen, noon Not searching for God in the details,
just looking for Cinthia Wen.

San Francisco Graphic Design Photo: Christopher Simmons

San Francisco Graphic Design

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Barbara Vick, Barbara Vick Design Branded, beautiful designs for things that I will consume,
then poop out.

San Francisco Graphic Design

Photo: Christopher Simmons (Barbara Vick)

San Francisco Graphic Design

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Jennifer Jerde, Elixir Inspiring jealousy in Joseph Cornell;
will lavish design continue in this economy?

San Francisco Graphic Design San Francisco Graphic Design

San Francisco Graphic Design

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Adam Brodsley & Eric Heiman, Volume Charles and Ray,
Pen and Teller,
Bert and Ernie,
Adam and Eric.

San Francisco Graphic Design

Looking through Volume’s exhibit into the next room.
Photo: Christopher Simmons

San Francisco Graphic Design

San Francisco Graphic Design

Photo: Christopher Simmons

San Francisco Graphic Design

Quotes and silly graphs adorn one half of Volume’s exhibit.

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Tom Ingalls, Ingalls Design We drink wine. We golf.
We drink tea. We design.
Life’s rough.

San Francisco Graphic Design

San Francisco Graphic Design

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Christopher Simmons, MINE™ There is no way
that I’m wasting twelve words
on these mother

San Francisco Graphic Design

San Francisco Graphic Design

Photo: Christopher Simmons

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Jennifer Bostic, Paper Plane Studio I want to hold your hand, because it is holding graphic design.

San Francisco Graphic Design

San Francisco Graphic Design

San Francisco Graphic Design

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Philippe Becker, Philippe Becker Design A! B! C!
Always! Be! Communicating!
Write it down!
Don’t forget it!

San Francisco Graphic Design

San Francisco Graphic Design

San Francisco Graphic Design

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San Francisco Graphic Design

San Francisco Graphic Design

Artifacts outside of the 12 exhibitors works are incorporated into the exhibit. Alphabetilately was a project that expanded from a local AIGA event into a set of stamps now on display at the Smithsonian. Each stamp was designed by a San Francisco graphic designer.

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Conclusion San Francisco is a cyclical city
of creative inspiration:
always evolving, growing.

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Afterword Lucky to have more than 12 great graphic designers
in San Francisco.

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Tim Belonax is a designer at MINE™ and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

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PUBLISHED ON Feb.11.2009 BY Speak Up
WITH COMMENTS
Comments
Laura’s comment is:

Loved this! Best article I've read in this Spring' 09 semester. woot!

On Feb.11.2009 at 10:39 AM
Jennifer Hennesy’s comment is:

Nailed a screw into a giant hole in the wall, it's magic.

On Feb.11.2009 at 09:01 PM
Emily Craig’s comment is:

Are you thinking wrong?
I think I'm right.
Young Guns: watch out.

On Feb.12.2009 at 02:07 AM
cchs’s comment is:

Where is this "San Francisco"? Is it left of the Brooklyn Bridge?

On Feb.12.2009 at 10:28 AM
dha’s comment is:

twelve. inspired. inspiring. one dozen amazing designers; hundreds more to choose from!

On Feb.13.2009 at 03:37 AM
Christapher’s comment is:

On Jennifer Jerde,
one must spend
in order to earn
$tylish consumers.

On Feb.13.2009 at 09:09 PM
Andre Andreev’s comment is:

no mende and no bob?

On Feb.18.2009 at 05:23 PM
access repair’s comment is:

Very Beautiful graphic design. wanna see more from this company.

On Feb.20.2009 at 01:39 AM