New Book! What's Worth Preserving?
After a three year hiatus, we have launched a second Kickstarter project, a book that collects and publishes 50 handwritten letters to a broad, philosophical question.
What's worth preserving?
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Relaunching ChiDM Membership
Hello Kickstarter backers!
So much has happened since we last wrote. We have hosted over 60 events ranging from receptions with hundreds of guests to intimate podcast recordings, organized four... Read more
Announcing an exhibition on Design in Detroit
We had an enormous 2014—becoming a non-profit, hosting two major exhibitions, planning nearly two-dozen events, with nearly 11,000 in-person impressions. Your foundational support was critical, but we are still growing.... Read more
Bonus Reward—Your name in our exhibition catalog!
As of this update, there are only six more days to see Starts/Speculations: Graphic Design in Chicago Past and Future, an exhibition you very generously supported. September has been... Read more
Upcoming events—Catalog Release Party, and Film Night!
It's hard to believe we're entering the final month of Starts/Speculations. It's been an incredible run so far. Since our grand opening as a permanent institution this past June,... Read more
Rewards Are Shipping!
I’m happy to report that we shipped two-thirds of the rewards yesterday morning and the rest will be shipping in the next week. When you receive your rewards, share... Read more
We're Open! (and an update on other rewards)
On Saturday, June 07 we delivered our first of many rewards to the $250+ backers with a preview of the new space. It was an amazing evening—the space... Read more
Starts/Speculations Photos + Reward Reminders
We’re a week from our opening reception, and are nearing completion on the space and exhibition. With it all so close to being finished, I’m in awe of... Read more
Space, Rewards, and Opening Updates
It's hard to believe we've been working on the build out of this exhibition for nearly a month, and it's been a week since we've sent you an... Read more
Starts/Speculations Update + More Photos
It's hard to believe that we’re only three weeks from the opening of Starts/Speculations: Graphic Design in Chicago Past and Future, the first exhibition in our new home,... Read more
ChiDM Opening Reception & Space Updates
We've made tremendous progress this week! Many thanks not only to those of you who donated, but also to those of you who are helping us build. Regardless... Read more
Space Photos & Reminder to Complete Surveys
I'm happy to report that the space is coming together nicely. By Monday night, the walls should be completely painted and we'll be ready to move on to... Read more
Thanks again for your support in this campaign. We're all reeling from how it ended on Friday. What a rush!
We have some rather aggressive deadlines to fulfill your... Read more
We did it, team!
First and foremost, I want to thank each of you individually for your trust, support, enthusiasm, and generosity throughout this campaign. In total, 536 people pledged to support us... Read more
We're so close!
Our progress so far today has been incredible! We've grown 27% since the last update, which was only five short hours ago. We are within funding range. Check out the... Read more
8 hours remain!
Big news—the Chicago Tribune published an article about our campaign this morning! It's caused a surge of support in the final hours, pulling us closer to our goal,... Read more
We're in the final stretch. The countdown has turned to hours, and the support has been pouring in. We've gained over 50 backers since our last update—only two... Read more
Answers to your questions
Your support is simply astonishing. We can't thank you enough for everything.
We're currently 41 percent funded. Nearly 250 backers have pledged an average of $86 per person. The... Read more
Curatorial update for the summer exhibition
As a supporter, you already know that June 1st will be an exciting day for us—the day we welcome you into our new home. In celebration of our next... Read more
Jan en Randoald—ChiDM lecture recap
Last night, we hosted our first event of 2014—a lecture by Jan en Randoald, a collaborative studio by Jan W Hespeel and Randoald Sabbe. The event took place in the Morningstar auditorium,... Read more
Help us get to 200 backers!
Thanks for all you've done so far! We're making great progress. We've received 21% of our funding in about a quarter of the time we set for the campaign. We... Read more
ChiDM presents—Jan en Randoald
I am pleased to invite you to our first event of 2014.
On Tuesday April 15 at 6:00p, the Chicago Design Museum will host Jan en Randoald, a collaborative studio by Jan... Read more
Two exciting developments!
On behalf of the ChiDM board and volunteers, I'd like to thank you very sincerely for your generous support in the beginning of this campaign. Frankly, it's overwhelming. You... Read more