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Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Marina Willer

Design Why?

November 7, 2019

Marina Willer

Marina Willer is a graphic designer and filmmaker responsible for ground-breaking brand identities such as Tate, Serpentine, Oxfam, Amnesty International, and Battersea. Before joining the design studio Pentagram as a partner, she was head creative director for Wolff Olins in London. Willer has constantly expanded her approach to graphic design to include moving image, exhibition, and experiential design. She released her first feature film Red Trees at Cannes in 2017. The film is a personal story of her family’s survival and escape to Brazil during the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War II. Willer is responsible for the design of the Design Museum’s 2018 exhibition, Ferrari: Under the Skin and the museum’s 2019 offering, Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition. Willer is the first female partner at Pentagram in London and she won the Hall of Fame award by Design Week in 2018. 

There will be a screening of Red Trees at 7:30 pm, following the talk at the Michigan Theater. Use promo code "WILLER" to purchase tickets online for $6 with no online service fee; this offer is only available online, and not at the door. 

Supported by AIGA Detroit, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES), and Design Core Detroit.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.