Chicago Design Museum

Chicago Design Museum — June, 2013

Our most recent pop-up installation took place in a 17,000-square-foot vacant storefront in a mall in Chicago’s Loop. We hung four individual exhibitions—Marian Bantjes, John Massey, Michael C. Place, Wolfgang Weingart—and Re/view, an exhibition that explored optical illusions. We planned four major events and hosted 3,200 guests. The theme for the installation was Work at Play. For many, the compulsion to create is constant. It’s unstoppable. Beyond the hours at the office, we create, we make–we play. In an attempt to find our own voice, we may stumble upon a visual language that can speak for and inspire others.

Art on Track: A-Z — September, 2012

Three months after our first installation, we worked on another epic installation. Art on Track takes place on a moving six-car CTA train. Each car is curated by a different collective. This exhibition, a collaborative effort with Architectural Artifacts, removed local, historical typography from its original context, allowing visitors to understand it for what it is: form and medium, without content. The marquee letters were originally hung at the famous Chicago Theatre, and visitors were encouraged to rearrange them to change their meaning. We hung informational panels describing the history of typography, which gave context to our installation by sharing the rich history of our profession.

Chicago Design Museum — June, 2012

It started in a 6,000-square-foot, century-old porcelain and stove manufacturing warehouse in Chicago’s Humboldt Park. We hung five exhibitions—More Into Less by Ed Fella, Look Both Ways by Debbie Millman, An Homage to Alexander Rodchenko, IBM100, and Fresh Produced, an exhibition inspired by local hand-painted signage. Culminating in four major events, and welcoming 1,500 visitors, we broke barriers, connected communities, and celebrated excellent design. The installation also included a video room and a store that featured a carefully curated selection of local, handmade art and design


Lost Creature currently acts as fiscal agent for the Chicago Design Museum. It was originally conceptualized by Mark Dudlik & Tanner Woodford, the first iteration being the Phoenix Design Museum. It has now grown into a permanent institution and is working towards forming its own 501(c)(3).