Design, design. All the world is design.


The cover an e-book produced by SECCA in association with the Graphic Design: Now in Production exhibition. Click to access a copy.

The cover an e-book produced by SECCA in association with the Graphic Design: Now in Production exhibition. Click to access a copy.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — If money makes the world go ’round-design makes it stop. Take notice. Feel. Think. React. And buy.


Today, design is all around us. We’re immersed in it. It permeates our daily lives, influences our behavior and is defining the human experience as a strikingly visual one. Once the exclusive domain of skilled professionals, new tools, channels and software have emerged in the last decade to create opportunities for anyone to design, distribute and put their ideas on display. With Graphic Design: Now In Production, come explore design as it exists today-in a state of constant re-imagination.


The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is presenting Graphic Design: Now in Production opening Oct. 24, 2013. SECCA is the only venue in the Southeast to host the show. The show will close on Feb. 23, 2014. Throughout the run of the exhibition, SECCA will host dynamic programming related to design for both professionals in the industry as well as the general public.


Graphic Design: Now in Production is co-organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York. The show was co-curated by Andrew Blauvelt, Chief of Communications and Audience Engagement and Curator of Design, and Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. The Winston-Salem presentation of Graphic Design: Now in Production is generously sponsored by the John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation.


Featuring work produced since 2000, Graphic Design: Now in Production is a dynamic exploration of communication design in all its vitality. Come see this incredible showcase of design-driven magazines, newspapers, books and posters that inform and entertain. Included in the exhibition are some of the proliferation of branding programs for companies, communities and individuals that shape our views. The entrepreneurial spirit of designer-produced products that re-assert style as part of the sale. The second coming of typography, thanks to digital media, is examined. See the storytelling aspect of film and TV titles that pick up where the James Bond opening sequence left off. And see how the design of information itself, transforming dull data into compelling visualizations and narratives that enlighten our thinking and open our minds.


Mark Leach, executive director of SECCA, said, “SECCA is proud to be the only venue in the Southeastern United States to have this exhibition on view. Design has emerged in recent years as one of the most remarkable changes to our lives. We may never stop to think about the design of the tool that you use to peel an apple or the title screens of a movie you’re about to watch. That’s the point of this exhibition really — design is truly all around us and it’s changed our way of living, learning and interacting with our environment and one another.”


To preview some of the work from Graphic Design: Now in Production, visit


SECCA, located at 750 Marguerite Drive, is open Tuesday through Saturday. For hours, please visit SECCA is an affiliate of the N.C. Museum of Art, within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources and a funded partner of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.


About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit