Tue, Mar 21st, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Office of Culture & Design / Hardworking Goodlooking: Insights Design Lecture Series

Insights is a design lecture series for progressive creatives. A unique collaboration between the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota, the series embraces the unexpected to present diverse, exploratory, and contemporary lecturers.

Featuring perspectives from around the world, Insights avoids TED-style talks and portfolio presentations in favor of giving voice to adventurous design thinkers and makers. These designers often pose challenges and push the edges of their profession, in turn inspiring us to identify new perspectives in our own work.

The Office of Culture and Design, a studio based in Manila, is a social practice platform for artists, designers, writers, and assorted projects in the developing world.

How can the act of publishing be democratized in developing countries? How can local vernaculars be celebrated in the face of globalized aesthetics? What is the cultural significance of EXTREME DROP SHADOWS? The Office of Culture and Design is a studio based in Manila, led by artist Clara Balaguer. Running in parallel to the OCD, Hardworking Goodlooking is a publishing and design practice Clara leads with designer Kristian Henson. Balaguer describes the OCD as “a social practice platform for artists, designers, writers & assorted projects in the developing world.” With their wide network of collaborators, Balaguer and Henson embrace contemporary art and design as necessary tools for progress with the hopes of affecting real change. This occurs by way of social innovation experiments, workshops, conferences, events, and feasts. Projects include product development initiatives designed to enhance the livelihoods of Filipino craftsmen as well as microgrants that they receive and redistribute. Frequently produced in cottage industry presses in the streets of Manila and utilizing the most DIY production values, Hardworking Goodlooking’s books embody the uncertain and insecure task that authors face, when trying to self publish critical content in the developing world. They also lead book-making workshops in which they teach people how to edit, design, and print their own books in a week or less, using inexpensive and readily available tools. In their lecture, Balaguer and Henson will discuss case studies from their practice thus far, and discuss the fraught and fractured history of Filipino graphic design, which Balaguer recently wrote about in her essay “Tropico Vernacular” in Triple Canopy magazine.


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6:00 pm Cocktails 7:00 pm Lecture Single Tickets: $24 ($19 Walker and AIGA members / $10 students) + service fee Series Package: $72 ($57 / $30) + service fee (four lectures for the price of three)

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To purchase series tickets online, add all four lectures to your cart and the discount will be automatically applied. Or call the Walker Box Office: 612.375.7600. Walker Cinema 1750 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis Map »

Post-Lecture Reception

Directly following each lecture, meet the lecturer and chat with fellow design lovers in the Walker’s new Bazinet Main Lobby.

Watch Anywhere: Insights Viewing Parties

Every Insights lecture will be webcast free and in real time on Facebook Live. If you can’t make it in person, have an Insights Viewing Party. Grab a group of friends and send in your questions for the speakers via Twitter (#Insights17). Download our 2017 Insights Viewing Party Kit to get started!

About the Insights Lecture Series

For over three decades, the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota have co-presented the Insights Design Lecture Series and brought the world’s most adventurous design thinkers and makers to the Twin Cities. In 2017, we’ll take you inside the creative team of one of the world’s largest tech companies, through the looking glass with a color-blind illustrator, past the hand-painted signs on the streets of Manila, and behind the scenes at one of world’s most anarchic mainstream brands. Redefine your understanding of graphic design, dive in to the thinking behind the work, then hang out after the lectures to meet the lecturers, grab a drink, and chat with your fellow design lovers. The 2017 series features a lineup of pioneering speakers:

  • Rob Giampietro Tuesday, March 7
  • Andy Rementer Tuesday, March 14
  • Office of Culture and Design (Clara Balaguer and Kristian Henson) Tuesday, March 21
  • Richard Turley Tuesday, March 28

Past lectures are archived at channel.walkerart.org.

Insights Flashbacks

Marian Bantjes at the 2007 Insights Lecture Series presented by the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota Sara de Bondt at the 2006 Insights Lecture Series presented by the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota


Book designer and typesetter Marian Bantjes reinvented her practice as a self-proclaimed graphic artist and became widely acclaimed for projects that include intricate craft, elaborate patterning, and complex ornamentation for clients that include Wallpaper, Saks, and Wired. Video »


Cultural designer Sara De Bondt combines a love of contemporary typography with deep investigation into the history of graphic design. Her playful aesthetic is always idea-based, typography-driven, and completely fresh. Video »

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