VIEW CLOSING LETTER

Monday the 22nd, August 2011

Nearly seven years have passed and much has changed since the inception of Cypher13.

Now we are two, Todd Berger and Lucian Föhr. Together, we have grown considerably - in principle, in thought, and in capacity - but not in number.

We have grown in practice.

We have chosen to pursue quality in all things - over quantity. This has come to define our craft and those with whom we wish to partner and to serve. We have chosen objectivity over subjectivity, accountability over bureaucracy, and personal responsibility over ambiguity.

And so, we have decided to close Cypher13 and to open a new design studio. We will usher in a new era of socially significant, lasting, far-reaching work.

We will strive to do better.

Goodbye Cypher13.

Welcome Berger & Föhr.

Sincerely,
Todd Berger
Lucian Föhr

  • Denver Art Museum



    What Is Modern? Exhibition Graphics

    To assist curator Darrin Alfred, and the Denver Art Museum in communicating the thinking behind the works in "What is Modern?" and the exhibition itself, title, text, and label graphics were designed. The exhibition graphics system was designed to support the works on display and compliment both their modernist aesthetics and functional qualities.

    "The term modern in its simplest form implies the up-to-date, a current development, or, better still, a spirit in step with its own time. Modern can refer to an 80-year-old innovation that is still in use today as well as a forward-thinking contemporary design. The date when something was made is not as relevant as how and why it was created. Drawn primarily from the museum’s collection, this exhibition offers a glimpse into the diverse methods and ideologies explored by designers as they respond to the compelling issues of their own time.

    During the 1800s designers took advantage of recently developed machine-based production techniques and newly available materials to create unprecedented forms that added diversity and fresh interest to the decorative arts of their time. In every era since, forward-thinking individuals, often in collaboration with innovative manufacturers, have continued to demonstrate how an authentic search for form can be both topical and intensely personal. Ranging from the utilization of large-scale factory production and industrial materials to maintaining longstanding craft values and traditions, as well as to developing a synthesis between the two, design encompasses a variety of methods, materials, and concepts. And while these works may be of different generations, together they represent the past, present, and future of what is modern."

    – Darrin Alfred
    Curator, Denver Art Musuem
    Department of Architecture, Design & Graphics

    Photography by: Jamie Kripke

    December 1, 2010

    Print, Denver Art Museum