Great Design Should Introduce Us to New Ways of Thinking
October 03, 2018
“In the broadest sense, design is a catalyst for transformation and a powerful instrument for social change.”
– Brad Bartlett of Los Angeles design firm Brad Bartlett Design
The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations who have dedicated themselves to excellence within, and in support of, the museum field. Design is a particular area of emphasis for AAM, and one way the Alliance champions design is by presenting the Museum Publications Design Competition, the only national, juried competition of its kind. Winners are chosen for their overall design excellence, creativity, and ability to express an institution’s personality, mission, or special features. In this year’s competition, the AAM awarded the Anchorage Museum Honorable Mention in the competition’s Education Resources category for an education booklet series.
We are always thinking about design and want to share this post on the AAM blog from Brad Bartlett, who designed the exhibition catalog “Unsettled” for the Nevada Museum of Art, which received The Frances Smyth-Ravenel Prize for Excellence in Publication Design. “Unsettled” was on view at the Anchorage Museum this past summer, presented in partnership with the Nevada Museum of Art. We hope it will get you thinking about how design can impact our lives and communities and how the design of printed material can embody a subject matter and activate a narrative from multiple perspectives.
Image credits: Exhibition catalog for “Unsettled” (Nevada Museum of Art)
Anchorage Museum education booklet series