I went to the Design Museum’s Hope to Nope exhibition at the weekend. It was good, I enjoyed it, Russell you should go and then you can look at the screens and the Ferrari exhibition.
More about the screens later.
Hope to Nope only covers 2008 to 2018. This is smart. It makes the exhibition simpler and more focused. It’s a raw exhibition, it feels immediate and that suits the subject matter. Upfront it states that the world has been a more unstable place since the banking crisis.
I’m sure someone will tell that they’ve missed a certain movement in a certain country – but it seemed a good selection to me. From obvious things where design would normally play a part like Trump to less obvious ones like Catalonia, Turkey and Grenfell.
There’s a nice moment where they show the Hillary logo by Michael Bierut and the Remain campaign by North and acknowledge that while they are successful graphic designs the established nature of the design (and designers) has contributed to the ultimate failure of the campaign. That’s an awareness that design exhibitions often lack.
Here’s the thing that really surprised me. It was an exhibition that featured screens and the museum didn’t mess it up. They all worked, no A4 notices. It even added to the exhibits.