TASTE OF CHICAGO VISUAL IDENTITY



Client: The City of Chicago, Design Museum of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Studio: Span
Design Direction: Nick Adam
Design: Nick Adam
Awards:
Tokyo TDC Annual 2021
STA 100 2020 

The Taste of Chicago is the world’s largest culinary festival. More than just food, activities have included live music from artists such as Janelle Monae, Chance the Rapper, and Los Lonely Boys.

2020 marks the Taste's 40th anniversary, starting in 1980 with Mayor Jane Byrne. This year the Taste of Chicago festival has been reimagined (due to COVID-19) to showcase the diversity of Chicago’s culinary scene while supporting local nonprofits and frontline workers with free meals. This year the City of Chicago partnered with the Design Museum of Chicago to commission Nick Adam of Span to design materials that would raise money for the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund.

The design focuses on lips as through them it’s how we eat, how we sing ... it’s how we say I love you. Our lips were inspired by the legendary Magikist signs designed by Doris Greenwood that once lined the expressways. As Chicago is globally known for its style-writing (from lettering to graffiti) our Taste logotype utilizes and modifies a highly-stylized flat brush typeface from Ohno. Swear was released earlier this year through Future Fonts. The custom block lettering is inspired by Chicago style architecture and by Jackson Cavanaugh’s AGI poster.

Our identity expresses Chicago-ness while positioning the city as the United States’ culinary capital.


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This website incudes the curriculum vitae and a portfolio of projects Nick Adam lead, directed, and/or designed.
Much of the work was collaboratively designed in the internationally-awarded design studios of Span, Thrist, and Firebelly.
Some of these projects are personal explorations and some can be found in the permentant collection of museusms.


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