September 7  — November 30, 2017

Designed by Tarek Atrissi from Lebanon.

Design by Alejandro Magallanes from Mexico.

Designed by Peter Bankov from Russia.

Tolerance, an exhibit created by designer Mirko Ilic, has been traveling around the world, with prominent designers reinterpreting the concept and adding new posters at each stop along the way. In previous iterations of this exhibit, posters were displayed in outdoor public spaces, and have been both celebrated and defaced.

Now, within these walls, we seek a discourse on the failings of tolerance and how we, as a society, must resist intolerance. We encourage you to think about how these posters communicate the discrimination and hatred faced by marginalized groups and individuals, as well as how hate groups continue to manipulate, distort and co-opt these messages to spread propaganda and violence.

This exhibition was made possible with generous support from Steve Jablonsky and Intentional Futures as part of the Seattle Design Festival.


  • Hamzah Abdel'al

  • Reza Abedini

  • Tarek Atrissi

  • Peter Bankov

  • Marian Bantjes

  • Hoon-Dong Chung

  • Seymour Chwast

  • Sue Coe

  • Steff Geissbuhler

  • Milton Glaser

  • Jianping He

  • Ovidiu Hrin

  • Anette Lenz

  • Aleksandar Macasev

  • Saki Mafundikwa

  • Alejandro Magallanes

  • Istvan Orosz

  • Paula Scher

  • Sarp Sozdinler

  • Slavimir Stojanovic

  • Felipe Taborda

  • David Tartakover

  • Niklaus Troxler

  • Un Mundo Feliz


Mirko Ilic

Mirko Ilic, born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, illustrated and art directed posters, record covers, and comics in Europe before moving to the U.S. in 1986. He has served as art director for the international edition of Time and the New York Times Op-Ed pages. In 1995, he established Mirko Ilic Corp., a graphic design and 3-D computer graphics and motion picture title studio. Ilic has taught at Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts. He is the co-author of Genius Moves, Handlettering, Anatomy of Design, Presenting Shakespeare, Stop Think Go Do, and Lettering Large, all with Steven Heller.


Civilization is a design practice that works with causes, clients and partners that share their commitment for creating positive change. They do this by building identity systems, digital experiences, printed materials, environmental graphics and exhibitions. Through hosting workshops, lectures, their interview series–Beyond This Point, and their non-profit gallery, Non-Breaking Space, they hope to inspire conversation and connection. They are the recipient of the National Design Award for Communication Design from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Webby Award for Best Activist Website. Their internationally recognized work is included in the permanent collection of SFMOMA and the Milton Glaser Design Archives at SVA.