Complaints! An Inalienable Right is a poster exhibition curated by Steven Heller in conjunction with the three-day conference Power of Design 2014: Complaints. Here, Milton Glaser's "Pick One." "I don't know where it came from, but some years ago I read or heard the phrase, "'Certainty is a closing of the mind.' I quite agree," he told The Wolfsonian.

Artist Igor Hofbauer's poster. “Complaints can get us from here to there, dissatisfaction to action, action to innovation,” the Wolfsonian writes in its curatorial statement.

Jeff Rogers' poster, "No WiFi?" "Would we have the Arts and Crafts movement without dissatisfaction with industrialization? Furniture design, industrial design--any design--without discomfort, whether physical, functional, or aesthetic?"

"Rising Tides" by Jeff Scher. His poster "is about global weirding-fueled rising sea levels and how it endangers everything coastal, including New York City. It is a subject that Hurricane Sandy made personal when it destroyed my coastal Brooklyn Studio," he told the Wolfsonian.

Johnny Selman's poster. “Power of Design is definitely not a gripe-fest--instead, it’s a solutions think tank,” Wolfsonian director Cathy Leff explained in a statement.

"Perhaps They Don't Matter" by Lawrence Weiner, a central figure in conceptual art. “The eternal them and us. Which is probably my largest complaint about the world," he told the Wolfsonian about this poster.

"Angels/Demons" by Marshall Arisman. “All Buddhism is based in the belief that enlightenment can only occur in the human state. This means you cannot join the Angels or the Demons but rather stand in the space in between. At this time there are so many demons around it is hard to find this empty space," he says.

Michael Walsh's poster. “We chose a broad theme related to our collection--complaints and how they are expressed or solved--and we are linking it to contemporary issues, ideas, and culture," Curator Leff said.

Peter Blegvad. You can submit ideas for things you think need fixing and thoughts on solutions to the Wolfsonian's virtual complaints box.

Paula Scher.

Philip Brooker.

R.O. Blechman.

Sean Adams, "What I Hate." "I am slowly turning into the cranky old guy on the porch who yells at people walking by," he tells The Wolfsonian. "Of course the world is riddled with enormous issues, but I am driven to madness by people walking slowly on the sidewalk, stopping at the top of an escalator, and wearing beanies."

"Smoke in My Face" by Viktor Koen. The bottom of the poster lists the percent of adults per state in the last year "with significantly damaged looks due to direct smoke exposure to their face."

Warren Lehrer.

William Crouwel.

Co.Design

The Art Of Whining: Top Designers Visualize Their Biggest Complaints

In a new poster exhibition curated by Steven Heller, top artists and designers from Milton Glaser to Lawrence Weiner unleash their inner haters, celebrating how complaining leads to innovation.

Next time someone tells you to “quit your whining,” point them to the Wolfsonian Museum’s upcoming three-day conference this March, The Power of Design 2014: Complaints. Studded with star writers and artists like Kurt Andersen, Michael Chabon, and Andy Borowitz, the conference celebrates the art of bitching and moaning, which is certainly annoying in large doses but is also often the root of innovation and progress.

“Complaints can get us from here to there, dissatisfaction to action, action to innovation,” the Wolfsonian writes in its curatorial statement. "Would we have the Arts and Crafts movement without dissatisfaction with industrialization? Political reform without protest? Advances in transportation, urban planning, architecture without discontent? Furniture design, industrial design--any design--without discomfort, whether physical, functional, or aesthetic?"

Along with events like the Complaints Choir and the Complaints Film Festival, the Wolfsonian will feature Complaints! An Inalienable Right, an exhibition of posters curated by Steven Heller. In these posters, star designers like Milton Glaser, Paula Scher, and Lawrence Weiner unleash their inner haters, visualizing their biggest whines. They take on people who are militants about being politically correct to those who shave nude at the gym.

The most bitchin' poster of all might be designer Sean Adams’ cheerily pink “What I Hate” (subtitle: “Have You Ever Wanted To Kill Someone Annoying Slowly With a Butter Knife?”). Here, Adams calls out table hogs, hipsters, matching outfits, overzealous salespeople, and design gifts. "I am slowly turning into the cranky old guy on the porch who yells at people walking by," Adams told The Wolfsonian.

But it's not just about bitching. “Power of Design is definitely not a gripe-fest--instead, it’s a solutions think tank,” Wolfsonian director Cathy Leff explained in a statement. “We chose a broad theme related to our collection--complaints and how they are expressed or solved--and we are linking it to contemporary issues, ideas, and culture.

So, go ahead and whine about it: are you sleep-deprived? Freaked out by the spying NSA? Sick of your roommate playing Ke$ha on loop? You can submit ideas for things you think need fixing and thoughts on solutions to the Wolfsonian's virtual complaints box.

For more posters, check out the Wolfsonian's Complaints Blog. For more on the Power of Design 2014: Complaints, which runs from March 20 to 23 at the Wolfsonian Museum, go here.

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