Founding

DesignInquiry is a collaborative non-conference founded by Peter Hall, Margo Halverson, and Melle Hammer. It received its not-for-profit status in 2007. A diverse and lively cast of thinkers, makers, practitioners continue to contribute to DesignInquiry’s expanding and evolving notion of design and work.

Poor Farm

one > Margo Halverson was founder and director of msigd Maine Summer Institute Graphic Design beginning in 1992. She invited Melle Hammer as faculty in 2000 & 2002.

two > Together Margo & Melle designed a new program, inviting Peter Hall to help drive this experiment in 2004.

three > DesignInquiry left the umbrella institution Maine College of Art and began again on an island off Maine so we could all cook. Literally.

four > In 2007 DesignInquiry became an educational 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a board of directors. Now we’re flying, grateful, busy, determined, and happy.



History

Maine Summer Institute of Graphic Design, 1992–2002

2002

  • Elliott Earls
  • Michael Rock & Susan Sellers
  • Lorraine Wild
  • Melle Hammer
  • Mark Jamra

Poster design by Elliott Earls, Michael Rock & Susan Sellers, Lorraine Wild, Melle Hammer, Mark Jamra, Margo Halverson Poster design by Elliott Earls, Michael Rock & Susan Sellers, Lorraine Wild, Melle Hammer, Mark Jamra, Margo Halverson

2001

  • Douglass Scott Inspiration and Influences: New Ways of Thinking about Design
  • Frans Oosterhoff Recharge: Exercises in How to Analyze, Transform & Reload Images
  • Lucille Tenazas Lost/Found: Journey Through Public Space

Poster design by Melle Hammer Poster design by Melle Hammer

2000

  • Bruno Monguzzi Image Interaction/Interacting Images
  • Melle Hammer A room with a view/for a few–a journey through typography
  • Nancy Skolos/Thomas Wedell Type, Image, Meaning

Poster Design by Wigger Bierma Poster Design by Wigger Bierma

1999

  • Hans-Ulrich Allemann Graphic Identity
  • Wigger Bierma Typography as Attitude
  • Lucille Tenazas Visual/Verbal Exploration

Poster Design by Lucille Tenazas Poster Design by Lucille Tenazas

1998

  • Wolfgang Weingart Basic Typography
  • Hans-Ulrich Allemann Graphic Identity
  • Lucille Tenazas Experimental Typography

Poster design by Hans Alleman Poster design by Hans Alleman

1997

  • Nancy Skolos/Thomas Wedell Poster Form and Application
  • Wolfgang Weingart Basic Typography
  • Ken Heibert Image Transformation Studies
  • Dorothea Hofmann Drawing from Still Life & Nature

Poster design by Ken Hiebert Poster design by Ken Hiebert

1996

  • Wolfgang Weingart Basic Typography
  • Deborah Sussman Exploring the Environment Emphasizing Color
  • Nancy Skolos/Thomas Wedell Poster Form and Application

Poster design by Nancy Skolos, Thomas Wedell Poster design by Nancy Skolos, Thomas Wedell

1995

  • Wolfgang Weingart
  • Steff Geissbuhler
  • Dorothea Hofmann

Poster design by Steff Geissbuhler Poster design by Steff Geissbuhler

1994

  • Ken Hiebert
  • Wolfgang Weingart
  • Dorothea Hofmann

Poster design by Ken Hiebert Poster design by Ken Hiebert

1993

  • Hans Ulrich Allemann
  • Inge Druckrey
  • Wolfgang Weingart

Poster design by Inge Druckrey Poster design by Inge Druckrey

1992

  • James Cross
  • Rudolph de Harak
  • Bruno Monguzzi

Poster design by Rudolph deHarak Poster design by Rudolph deHarak

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