Newcity Design 50 Shaping Chicago

"Darnstadt works at the scale of the hyper-local...design makes sense when it is aligned with local demands and constraints."

Design is the watchword of a wave of makers for whom it defines the very act of creation. Today, design describes a broad and ever-expanding swath of human activity. We design objects and services, experiences and interfaces, infrastructure and superstructures, meals and microchips, commercial images and hidden meanings. At this cultural moment, design has come to embody both the capacity for creative vision and the means of realizing it. For the second annual issue, Chicago’s most respected—and most promising—designers from across industries. They are visionaries and doers. They are Chicago’s top creatives. 

The Design 50 entries celebrate a cultural shift. 

Katherine Darnstadt