The black images were sourced and credited from the assembled library. L to R: Will Miller’s lettering and Micheal Renaud’s sketch.
Credits
Studio: Firebelly
Client: Spudik Press
Design
Design Direction: Nick Adam
Design Execution: Nick Adam
Workshop Design and Facilitation: Nick Adam
When Chicago’s community-based art center Spudnik Press reached out to Firebelly for an activity during the Printer’s Ball event, Nick Adam was tapped to create a interactive workshop, a gallery exhibition of work, and a print campaign the publicized the event and welcomed the design community to a design workshop of collaborative making.

Fascinated by the passed over concepts, early ideas, and experimental image making that a design process brings into the world this workshop explored designer transparency and and equality trough communal making.  

Prior to the workshop, a library of logos, patterns, type, and artwork — that for whatever reason, never went further than process work or an initial presentation — was assembled as resource to use and explore. Workshop attendees were also invited to bring examples of their early work and with our collective library they'd recontextualize the work while also learning how to use a Risograph.

Wanting the exhibition poster to be true to the brief that others had met, the designed intention was to serve as an example of what participants could expect to create in our time together. As well, it needed to be representative of work that occurs early in my process. So I approached the poster in the way that I begin most projects—spacial relationships with meaningful type selection. To stay true to the brief, I stopped, made a proof, and began utilizing the library of images to assemble a series of veritable posters upon the Risograph’s scanning bed. 

This process of collage, deconstruction, and appropriation provided context and contrast to see how, as graphic designers, we have both similarities and differences. We'd also revisit the approach of graphic designer as an assembler of existing material. Purely as form through play, participants gained an heightened awareness to the depth of different designers’ processes. The hope being that the more we understand another person the better we may understand ourselves and, in this context, the breadth of our field.
L to R:  DAAP Professor, Matt Wizinsky of Studio Junglecat circuit lettering, next to Nate Beaty’s comic sketch

Featured here is Tanner Woodford’s proposed identity for the Chicago Design Museum’s retail space
Joined together in a mix of emotive with iconic: Matt Wizinsky, Micheal Renaud, Some Odd Pilot, Bud Rodecker, Nate Beaty, Tanner Woodford and myself 

Credits
Studio: Firebelly
Client: Spudnik Press
Design
Design Direction: Nick Adam
Design Execution: Nick Adam
Workshop Design and Facilitation: Nick Adam
Print Production
Risograph Printing: Nick Adam at Spudnik Press
Project Deliverables
Branding, Creative Direction, Poster Series, Graphic Design, Workshop Creation and Facilitation
Collaborative Content Library
Kim Knoll & Kyle Ertmoed—Knoed, Matthew Hoffman, Tanner Woodford—ChiDM, 
Annika Olsen—Wright, Nate Beaty—Firebelly, Bud Rodecker—3st, 
Michael Renaud—Pitchfork, Joy Burke—Pitchfork, Matt Wizinsky—Studio Junglecat,
Annika Weilander—Some Odd Pilot, Chris Eichenseer—Some Odd Pilot,
Nick Adam—Firebelly, Cheryl Towler Weese + Hillary Geller + Silja Hillmann +
Maggie Lewis + Tuan Pham + Brad Sturm + Denise Rynkar all from Studio Blue,
Will Miller +  Ross Burwell—Firebelly, Matthew Terdich—Programme, 
Renata Graw—Plural, and Mary Foyder—IDEO
In order of participation.
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