The Chicago Design Archive (CDA) offers an extensive digitized archive of design excellence created in Chicago between 1927 and 2002. Chicago has a long history of graphic design; throughout the first half of the twentieth century, the city was home to the Society of Typographic Arts (founded in 1927), the 27 Chicago Designers (founded in 1936), and the New Bauhaus (founded in 1937). Design researchers, students, and enthusiasts are encouraged to browse the CDA in a number of ways. Design experts may want to explore the collection by Designer or Firm, while those interested in exploring the evolution of design over the twentieth century may prefer to browse the collection by Date. This section may especially appeal to art history or social studies instructors, as it provides a simple and engaging way to learn about the prominence and relative influence of a variety of design movements and styles. Visitors may also choose to explore the CDA's rich collection by project type, including Identity (brand logos), Environment (outdoor signs and urban architecture), and Print.
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