Wolfsonian to Host Graphic Design Marathon

wolfsonian-FIU.gifArt Basel Miami and Design Miami are like marathons, and by Saturday, overly ambitious fairgoers can find themselves exhausted, clutching their newly purchased canvases, melted footstools, and tattooed wooden gorillas whilst sobbing into a Marimekko cushion at The Standard. Avoid Art Basel burnout with a hefty helping of graphic design in the form of tomorrow’s Design Marathon hosted by the Wolfsonian-Florida International University museum in South Beach. Moderated by Design Matters diva Debbie Millman (so you know it’ll be good), the event will feature an all-star lineup of 25 artists and graphic designers, each of whom will take the stage for five minutes to “express themselves.” Among those poised for the challenge are Neville Brody, William Drenttel, Jessica Helfand, Chip Kidd, Richard Tuttle, James Victore, and Lawrence Weiner. The “Five Minutes of Designed Freedom” slam kicks off at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow at the Wolfsonian, but get there early to catch photographer Martin Parr‘s book signing, which begins at noon. The museum promises that “special limited edition Wolfsonian Credit Crunch Portfolios” will be for sale—probably best to pay cash for yours.