Design Lecture Series 2018-19 by Civilization

The Design Lecture Series is back for its fourth season at the Seattle Public Library. The series, produced by design studio Civilization, is there to champion diversity in design. All invited designers share their studio ethos around using design to inspire connection and action.

This season Bonnie Siegler, Eddie Opara, Na Kim and Ellen Lupton will share their story.
Each of the lecturers is also paired with a notable guest that moderates a conversation following the lecture. During the first lecture which is September 21st 2018, Cleo Barnett of Amplifier talks with Bonnie Siegler.

The Design Lecture Series is free, and sells sold out within minutes of going live. So mark the ticket release dates and get your ticket.

The Design Lecture Series brings world-class designers to the stage to share their knowledge for free.
— Civilization

Lecture September 21st, 2018 – Bonnie Siegler lecture (Tickets available August 23rd at Noon PST)

Bonnie Siegler, voted one of the fifty most influential designers working today by Graphic Design USA, founded and runs the award-winning design studio Eight and a Half. She is best known for her design work for Saturday Night Live, the Criterion Collection, HBO, Late Night with Seth Meyers, StoryCorps, Participant Media, and Newsweek. She has taught at the graduate level for many years at the School of Visual Arts and Yale University, conducted workshops at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Rhode Island School of Design, and judged design competitions all over the place. She is the author of Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America and of Dear Client, This Book Will Teach You How to Get What You Want from Creative People.

Bonnie Siegler will be curating, Signs of Resistance, an exhibition for Non–Breaking Space, the gallery run by Civilization, that will be on view and open to the public September 20th thru November 29th, 2018.

Bonnie Siegler

November 2nd, 2018 – Eddie Opara lecture (Tickets available October 4th at Noon PST)

Eddie Opara was born in Wandsworth, London in 1972. He studied graphic design at the London College of Printing and Yale University, where he received his MFA in 1997. He began his career as a designer at ATG and Imaginary Forces and worked as a senior designer/art director at 2×4 before establishing his own studio, The Map Office, in 2005. He joined Pentagram’s New York office as partner in 2010. His clients have included Grace Farms, the Menil Foundation, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Queens Museum, Santander, St. Regis Hotels, the Corcoran Group, Morgan Stanley, New York University, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), Grimshaw Architects, (ARO) Architecture Research Office, Harry N. Abrams and Princeton Architectural Press.

Eddie Opara
Eddie Opara

February 8th, 2019 – Na Kim lecture (Tickets available January 10th at Noon PST)

Na Kim is a graphic designer. After studying product design and graphic design in Korea, Kim participated in Werkplaats Typografie in the Netherlands. Kim is currently based in Seoul and Berlin, as a member of Table Union, and is involved in the artist-run-space, Common Center. She has focused on the visual language on autonomous works as well as cultural commissioned projects. Besides many other projects, she was responsible for the concept and design of GRAPHIC magazine from 2009 till 2011. Kim was selected as Next Generation Design Leaders in 2008, was awarded the Doosan Artist Award in 2013, Todays Young Artist Award in 2014, presented by the Ministry of Culture in Korea. Kims works have been showcased at many international exhibitions, including The V&A, MoMA, Milan Triennale Museum, Die Neue Sammlung, MMCA, CAFA and many more.

na kim
Na Kim

March 22nd, 2019 – Ellen Lupton lecture (Tickets available February 21st at Noon PST)

Ellen Lupton is a graphic designer, curator, writer, critic, and educator. Known for her love of typography, Lupton is the curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, NY and the director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD, where she also serves as director of the Center for Design Thinking. She has written numerous books on graphic design for a variety of audiences. She is a contributor to several publications, including Print, Eye, I.D., Metropolis, and The New York Times.

Ellen Lupton


1000 4th Ave
WA 98104, Seattle

Design Lecture Series by Civilization

Share on

Twitter iconFacebook iconLinkedin icon

Get the latest design conference news
in your inbox!

Join over 2,000 readers and receive a curated mix of upcoming events, inspirational talks, and links at the intersection of tech, design, and culture every Monday.