The Design Pack contains 30 crazy white cards illustrated by some of the world’s best graphic designers, including Milton Glaser (I <3 NY), Susan Kare (the Apple Macintosh), Erik Spiekermann (MetaDesign), and legendary printmakers like Jay Ryan, Yann Legendre, Olly Moss, Mike Mitchell, and Sonnenzimmer. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cards Against Humanity Releases Design Pack
CHICAGO—Cards Against Humanity announced today that it has partnered with the prestigious Chicago Design Museum to release the “Design Pack,” an expansion pack of 30 fully-illustrated cards created by world-class designers.
The 30 contributing designers interpreted George Carlin’s infamous 1972 monologue, “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” for the pack; they include: Milton Glaser (I ♥ NY), Susan Kare (the Apple Macintosh), Erik Spiekermann (MetaDesign), Paula Scher (The Daily Show), Art Paul (Playboy), Debbie Millman (Design Matters), Scott Thomas (Obama for America), Jessica Hische (Daily Drop Cap), Matthew Hoffman (You Are Beautiful), and legendary printmakers including Jay Ryan, Yann Legendre, Olly Moss, Mike Mitchell, and Sonnenzimmer.
“In our increasingly politically correct culture where the desire to protect people’s sense of identity is paid for by reducing people’s freedom of expression, I commend any chance an artist gets to fully express themselves,” said Kelly Carlin, George Carlin’s daughter, before adding: “This shit is great!”
All proceeds from the Design Pack will benefit the Chicago Design Museum, a grassroots, not-for-profit gallery that exhibits contemporary design. Similar non-profit packs by Cards Against Humanity have raised nearly three million dollars for partner organizations DonorsChoose.org, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the Sunlight Foundation.
“The Chicago Design Museum has been my dream for the last five years,” said museum co-founder Tanner Woodford. “With this pack, we will become a sustainable part of Chicago’s design culture for years to come.”
“We love the Chicago Design Museum because it has a grassroots origin similar to our own,” said Cards Against Humanity co-creator and pack contributor Max Temkin. “They’ve gone from a Kickstarter project to curating the most exciting design shows in the world.”
“Our research shows that today’s youths don’t like to read anything with words, so here’s just a bunch of pictures,” said Cards Against Humanity co-creator Ben Hantoot. “Frankly, I’m glad they’ll never read this press release.”
“We’ve been out of ideas for two years,” said Cards Against Humanity co-creator Eli Halpern. “Maybe people will like this? Who knows. Fuck it.”
“The Design Pack is being published at a critical moment in the museum’s trajectory, and will allow us to expand our efforts to strengthen design culture and build community in Chicago and beyond,” said Woodford.
The designers contributing to the pack include: Laura Park, Shawna X, Chad Kouri, Susan Kare, Yann Legendre, Paula Scher, Jay Ryan, Mike McQuade, Paul Octavious, Erik Spiekermann, Max Temkin, Debbie Millman, Art Paul, Simon Whybray, Mike Mitchell, Scott Thomas, Matthew Terdich, Jez Burrows, Jason Polan, Jessica Hische, Cody Hudson, Nick Adam, Matthew Hoffman, Magdalena Wistuba + Anna Mort, Eric Hu, Olly Moss, Tanner Woodford, Milton Glaser, and Sonnenzimmer.
The Design Pack is available through at designpack.org, or at the Chicago Design Museum, Block Thirty Seven, 108 N. State Street, 3rd Floor. Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. It is the top-selling, best-reviewed, and most-wished-for toy or game on Amazon.com. The Chicago Design Museum strengthens design culture and builds community by facilitating the exchange of knowledge through dynamic experiences.
The seven words you can never say on television are: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.
Photos by Lucy Hewitt
- Chicago Design Museum
- Great Ideas of Humanity
- Chicago Design Market, Block 37
- What’s Worth Preserving?
- O’ Little Town of Bethlehem, Palestine
- Designing Unexpected Cultural Experiences
- Clutch Gallery Residency
- Dan Friedman, Soho House Chicago
- Stage Design, Chicago Ideas Week
- The Shape of Things to Come, Threadless
- Unfolded: Director’s Letter + Paul J. Smith Interview
- Vol 2.0–2.9, Iterative Work
- Vol 1.0–1.1, Iterative Work
- You Are Beautiful New Years Hotline
- Starts/Speculations: Director’s Letter
- This is Chicago
- Blackbox Gallery, Some Office
- The Design Pack, Cards Against Humanity
- Richard Hunt, Chicago Cultural Center
- Slide Lecture Flyer, Ed Fella
- Around the Clock Identity Design
- Interaction: Clock for Identity Designers, ASU
My contribution to the Design Pack.