For the last 6 months or so, every week I have been doing seemingly strange things in libraries and book shops across the UK (sometimes to the annoyance of my girlfriend!). I enter said bookshop, choose 5 books from the shelves based on their great cover designs and then display and present them somewhere publicly in the shop. This simple and satisfying act is part of an ongoing project I have just launched entitled 'Gallery setting'.
'Gallery setting' is a project that pulls the act of appreciating great design away from the trendy, exclusive walls of design blogs and museums/galleries (- not that they're is anything wrong with these whatsoever!) and places good design in front of the eyes of everyday people who may not necessarily go to exhibitions all that often. The thinking behind the project is that great design is available for everyone, so being able to appreciate great design should be available for everyone too. There is also the added bonus that you can touch, buy or take away the exhibits there and then too!
This is the very early stages of 'Gallery setting' with my first exhibit choice being books because of their variety in cover design, their availability and the fact that they can also be free from within the public library system, but in the future the archive will grow and I also hope to include other exhibit types such as record sleeves, packaging design, posters etc.
'Gallery setting' exists as a website here - gallerysetting.tumblr.com
If you would like to get involved and set up your own impromptu design exhibition, please email me your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.