You Got A Problem?

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What’s your complaint?! The Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach has launched its website Power of Design 2014: Complaints as an introduction to the exhibitions and live events of the same name from Thursday, March 20 to Saturday, March 22.

Dedicated to the act (and art) of complaining, this extended weekend features a slew of events, including Design by Complaint, Complaints on the Stage, Complaints Choir, Complaints Film Festival and an exhibition of posters, Complaints! An Inalienable Right (curated by me). Here’s an excerpt from the Power of Design curatorial statement:

For Power of Design we’re gathering change-makers, thought leaders, visionaries—and, yes, interesting complainers. We’re putting all of them, presenters and participants, together for a multi-day, multidisciplinary event brimming with provocative discussions, presentations, performances, exhibitions, and more. For those unable to attend, sessions will be live-streamed and posted on this website.

Participating complainers include Kurt Andersen (moderator), Andy Borowitz, Michael Chabon, Beth Viner and more. As a lead-up to the event, the Wolfsonian is posting a poster-a-day on the Complaint Blog, which is also “populated” with other posts on the Museum’s incredible holdings. I will post the complaint posters once week as they come off the press. Below are the first five.

Power of Design is conceived, curated, and presented by The Wolfsonian, in partnership with WLRN and The Miami Herald Media Company.

Milton Glaser

Pick One by Milton Glaser

Charles SPencer anderson

Politically Incorrect by Charles Spencer Anderson

Jeff Scher

Rising Tides by Jeff Scher

Lawrence Weiner

Perhaps They Don’t Matter by Lawrence Weiner

Viktor Koen

Smoke in My Face by Viktor Koen

Last Chance: Early Bird DiscountDon’t miss your last chance to take advantage of the HOW Design Live Early Bird Discount. Register by midnight tonight for HOW Design Live 2014 to save $300 off The Big Ticket option.


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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →