Drinks, snacks and design chat
$5 after 5pm

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. Kanban, a fusion of art and commerce, refers to the traditional signs Japanese merchants displayed street side to advertise their presence, denote the products and services to be found inside, and to give individual identity and expression to the shop itself. Join Mingei this summer to explore the rich, visual vocabulary of traditional advertising seen in these kanban and in contemporary graphic design today.

Hear from featured players in the field reflecting on and discussing signage and design through the lens of their own expertise.

  • July 21: Typography
    Patricia Cué, Associate Professor of Graphic Design at SDSU, will lead a discussion on traditional and contemporary approaches to typography with Dr. Hiroko Johnson, Professor Emeritus at SDSU, and Phoebe and Roxy from San Diego Letters.
  • July 28: 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.
  • 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. Prior to the screening, featured artist and sign maker Roderick Treece will demonstrate his process.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters for this event:

Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. AIGA San Diego, Neyenesch Printers