Summer by Design at the Mingei Museum

AIGA San Diego is pleased to promote the following community event as we think it may be of interest to our members; this event is not hosted by AIGA.

This summer Mingei International Museum will explore connections between the exhibition KANBAN—Traditional Shop Signs of Japan and contemporary approaches to signage, design and advertising. Hear from featured players in the field reflecting on and discussing signage and design through the lens of their own expertise. Come early for a complimentary happy hour at 5 p.m., with beer, wine and snacks. The program will begin at 6 p.m., seating is limited.

$5 (includes museum admission)
Free for Mingei members

5 p.m. Happy Hour (free wine, beer, snacks)
6-7:30 p.m. Program (limited seating)

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July 21: Typography
Patricia Cue, Associate Professor in Graphic Design at SDSU will lead a discussion on typography, looking at both traditional and contemporary approaches to lettering. Dr. Hiroko Johnson, Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University will present on traditional Kanji script as seen in the Museum’s exhibition. Following, Phoebe and Roxy from San Diego Letters ( will discuss their work and love of letters.
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July 28: Sign Fabrication
Sean McCoy of Glanz Signing and Graphics and Alexis O’Banion, Design Services Manager at Mingei, will discuss their collaboration and the art of crafting signs.
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August 4: Sign Painters
Screening of the 2014 film, Sign Painters, a documentary that looks at the fascinating, 150-year history of sign painters, as told by artists across the country. Following the screening, featured local artist Roderick Treece will discuss the film, his work and demonstrate his process.
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August 11: Graphic Design
Mingei’s Design Services Manager, Alexis O’Banion will moderate a discussion on design with Don Hollis from Hollis Brand Culture and MaeLin and Amy Levine from Visual Asylum.
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August 18: Architecture
Jennifer Luce, FAIA, Principal at LUCE et Studio will discuss how she considers the integration of signage into her work, and present her design for the Museum’s coming major renovation.
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When & Where
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 - Fri, Aug 18, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Mingei International Museum
Plaza de Panama, Balboa Park
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101