Chicago Design Milestones

Public installation designed for the 150 Media Stream, the largest media screen in Chicago, showcasing the evolution of design from 1920s to the present.

Pre-exhibit at Archeworks, Chicago
CAA 2020, Chicago

Design Incubation Creative Work Award

Leviathan / 150 Media Stream
Chicago Design Archive
Electronic Visualization Lab
School of Design, UIC
Columbia College Chicago

The installation of the Chicago Design Milestones visualizes the evolution of Chicago design by its examination and presentation of historic characteristics of design works in the Chicago Design Archive (CDA) collection over the last 100 years. The project visualizes new modes of connection and public conversation; it presents Chicago’s design history and promotes the public understanding of rich historic information through media design and unique technology. The installation’s content is based on the collection of original works of design from the CDA, featuring over 3,200 examples of work by 1,100 designers ranging from 1920s to the present, including posters, books and other publications, from typography specimens to identity systems.

Chicago Design Milestones was designed for the 150 Media Stream, the largest exhibition media screen in Chicago, stretching 150 feet long and rising 22 feet high, spanning 3,000+ square feet and comprising of 89 LED blades, located in the lobby of 150 North Riverside Plaza on the Chicago River. 150 Media Stream is the only structure of its kind, celebrating the transformational power of culture as a collective experience and is dedicated to showcasing Chicago artists, culture and history. Our team relied on SAGE2 data-intensive collaboration software developed by the UIC’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) to display and manage the design selection process.

This work was developed in collaboration with designers Sharon Oiga and Guy Villa Jr, archivists Jack Weiss, Cheri Gearhart, Wayne Stuetzer (Chicago Design Archive), and animators Krystofer Kim (NASA) and Ali Khan (UIC).

The project won the 2019 Design Incubation Communication Design Educators Creative Work Award, and the Society of Typographic Arts (STA)100 Award, and it is now part of the permanent collection of the 150 Media Stream.

Chicago Design Milestones installation presenting 100 years of Chicago design history (1920-2019) on the 150 Media Stream.
Team discussions during the development of the project using SAGE2 data-intensive collaboration software in the Electronic Visualization Laboratory.
Video documentation for the Design Incubator award.
Video documentation excerpt.
Chicago Design Milestones won the 2019 Design Incubation Communication Design Educators Creative Work Award.

Chicago Design Miseltones was one of the winners of 2019 STA100 award. Each year, the Society of Typographic Arts awards the best 100 examples of communication design from around the world.