Who are you & what do you do:

I’m Darrin Alfred, associate curator of architecture, design and graphics at the Denver Art Museum. I’m responsible for the management of the AIGA Design Archives and for the organization of the Museum’s design exhibitions and programming, such as The Psychedelic Experience: Rock Posters from the San Francisco Bay Area, 1965-71, which was on view in 2009. Prior to arriving in Denver in 2007, I worked in the Department of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for seven years, where I curated numerous architecture and design exhibitions. I also write about design and I’m a contributor to Brazilian furniture designers Fernando and Humberto Campana’s new monograph, Campana Brothers: Complete Works (So Far), just published by Rizzoli.

Tell us about some your outside interests
(beyond the day to day work fun):

I’m an avid collector of work on paper. Rock posters, one-of-a-kind screen-prints, drawings, typographic experiments, collages… It’s an addiction. Oh, and I’m also working on a curatorial project (non-museum related) for the next pop-up shop happening this November or December. It’s all about tote bags. You could say I am a little obsessed with them.

What will you be looking for in this years deck designs?

I’m always looking for work that I personally respond to on an emotional level, and I’m very interested in images or responses to the task at hand that I have not seen before.

What inspires you?

Any of the numerous graphic and industrial designers, architects, interior designers, craftsmen, artists, and design enthusiasts that I have the pleasuring of working with on a daily basis.

Name a few of your favorite websites:

Dezeen, an online architecture and design magazine edited by Marcus Fairs; BLDGBLOG, an architecture blog authored by Geoff Manaugh, a senior editor at Dwell magazine; and The Pursuit Aesthetic, a carefully crafted style blog for men; and the blog for SPUR, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, because I’m still captivated  by the issues that affect San Francisco’s urban environment and planning.

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