The AIGA Minnesota Chapter and The Walker Art Center present an Insights 2004 Graphic Design Lecture Series at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, featuring Michael Byzewski and Dan Ibarra of Aesthetic Apparatus. Tuesday, March 9, 7 p.m. "What began in Madison, Wis., as a sideline venture producing silk-screen posters for local band P'Elvis has evolved into Aesthetic Apparatus, a two-person design studio operating from Minneapolis with a nationwide clientele. A bold use of eclectic typography, a free-floating compositional simplicity and a seemingly endless supply of found imagery constitute the design elements of their coveted limited-edition posters for bands such as Har Mar Superstar, Mark Mallman, Atmosphere, Wire, Mission of Burma, Lydia Lunch and the Meat Puppets. See www.walkerart.org/tickets or call 612-375-7622 for more info.
Next in the AIGA New York's series of Small Talks is "Rafael Esquer: Design Nomad." A native of Mexico's Sonora Desert, Esquer "designs everything from uniforms for Olympic athletes (with Eiko Ishioka) to CD covers for Björk and canvas bags for collecting clothes for the needy. Other work: websites for corporate clients and logos/campaigns like NYC's 311." Thursday, March 11, at Pratt Institute's Manhattan campus, 144 W. 14th St., 6:30-8 p.m. See www.aiga.org for more info.