Non-Breaking Space is a not-for-profit exhibition space by Civilization devoted to showcasing important works of graphic design.

Current Exhibit

HoMEWORK

December 6th—21st, 2018

Past Exhibits and Events

SIGNS OF RESISTANCE

September—November, 2018

VoLUME

July—August, 2018

A SERIES OF SHAPES

April—May 2018

SURVEY I: CULTURE

February—March 2018

OPEN-EDITIoNS

November—December 2017

ToLERANCE

September—November 2017

THE DESIGN OF DISSENT

February—June 2017

532 1st Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98104

Monday - Friday

11am - 6pm

Please contact us at info@nbspgallery.com to make an appointment for weeknight, weekends or group viewings.

Current Exhibit

HoMEWORK

December 6th—21st, 2018

Past Exhibits and Events

SIGNS OF RESISTANCE

September—November, 2018

VoLUME

July—August, 2018

A SERIES OF SHAPES

April—May 2018

SURVEY I: CULTURE

February—March 2018

OPEN-EDITIoNS

November—December 2017

ToLERANCE

September—November 2017

THE DESIGN OF DISSENT

February—June 2017

SURVEY I: CULTURE

Curated by Sean Wolcott
and Civilization

Non-Breaking Space

February 1st—March 23rd, 2018

This exhibition is a small survey of cultural works from the collection of graphic designer Sean Wolcott, founder of design studio Rationale. Each work reflects the values and principles explored within the modernist tradition. With the advent of modernism (Post–WWI and the Russian Revolution), the graphic style shifted dramatically in shape, color, type and use of space.

Certain sans serif typefaces, such as Franklin Gothic, Monotype Grotesque, Futura, and Helvetica Neue, were all popularized for their clarity and impact. Artwork and pictures were used less frequently, in favor of communicating with strong simple shapes and geometric forms. Perhaps the most notable change was the establishment of the grid system which guided the designer’s use of space and helped convey consistency and order.

This selection of work promotes cultural events, exhibitions, festivals, performances, or are themselves pieces of cultural ephemera and experimentation.