Ryan McGovern of DesignChat. Photos: Emily Lin and Ohn Ho.
Graphic designers tend to be a wild bunch, but Chicago's Society of Typographic Arts (STA) has a particularly checkered past. According to Bob Zeni, chair of the organization's Archive10 competition, after an "out-of-control Lake Michigan boat party in 1927 led the AIGA to de-certify its Chicago chapter," the disgraced creatives reorganized as the STA.
While the AIGA is better known nationally as a graphic designers' professional association, STA's a crucial player in Chicago, hosting its own events and supporting hometown design initiatives such as the Show 'n Tell Show. Plus, it knows how to party. Zeni sent us photos, above, from Archive10's August 26 Judges' Meet & Greet at the Landmark Grill. Archive10's judges—Renata Graw (Plural), Maria Grillo, Jessica Hische (Daily Drop Cap) from New York, Seattle-based Terry Marks and Steve Hartman of St. Louis—just chose recent examples of local design for permanent inclusion in the Chicago Design Archive; those winners will be announced at STA's October 21 gala.