Aaron Marcus: Early Computer Graphics

SFMOMA partners with AIGA and SF Design Week to present Aaron Marcus, Principal Designer of Aaron Marcus and Associates. Renowned as the first graphic designer to use computers, Marcus discusses his work on view in SFMOMA’s Typeface to Interface exhibition and reflects on his early forays into coding for art, the influence of the computer


Landing the Job You Really Want

Landing the job you really want is a journey in self exploration and awareness. You have questions. What do I want to do? What can I actually do? Who can I do it for? As a creative there are so many possibilities where your talents can shine that the questions seem endless. And the most important question is, where

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Playing in the SoundBox: The Performance Space as Laboratory

In December of 2014, the San Francisco Symphony transformed a drab, cavernous rehearsal hall into a club-like venue that offers enormous possibilities for creative performance, technological innovation, and the audience experience. The experimental nature of the space—which enables the Symphony to test program concepts, learn from their fans, and explore new directions in everything from

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High Up. Graphic Design Around Town.

For the initiative High Up. Graphic Design Around Town, curated by Marina Pugliese and Geoff Kaplan, five teams of designers were matched between Milan and San Francisco and each team produced at least one collaborative image bill-posted in strategic urban locations in both cities during the respective Design Weeks (April in Milan and June in

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The Secret Project to Disrupt Design Education

How might we think wrong about design education to empower students and faculty to revolutionize our profession and confront the challenges of the future? Join the nomads of Secret Project (a new immersive, cross-departmental program at CCA) while we blitz this challenge using the Think Wrong process. Cisco Spark is a messaging app, conferencing solution,


Posters (Affiches, Plakate, ポスター) – Organized by Manual, Hosted at Zinc Details

Exhibition June 8–15 Open daily 11am – 5pm Opening night June 8, 6–9pm Join Manual and friends of the studio as they exhibit rare modernist posters from their personal collections. Posters (Affiches, Plakate, ポスター) is a week-long exhibition featuring rare and significant modernist posters designed by notable Swiss, Dutch, German, and Japanese designers. The collection

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Designing for Astronauts and Earthlings

Richard Danne speaks about 1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue and other works. Richard Danne Owner / Design Director, DanneDesign He has been consultant to premier organizations like AT&T, Seagram, Pratt & Whitney, Paramount, Fashion Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School. Danne received the prestigious AIGA Medal in 2014, the highest honor awarded in

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Passion Shaping Perspective x 3 Designers

Join us as we delve into the origins of three Bay Area designers and uncover the idiosyncrasies that make them tick. Each speaker will share lessons that have shaped them and how their unique differences have become their greatest strengths. We’ll open up the dialogue for Q+A after the presentations. Refreshments will be provided. Per

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Playing with Type

Do you love working with typography? You’re not alone. Join Lara McCormick, Designer and Educator, as she walks you through a series of type-driven projects that will scratch that itch. Get inspired and commit to embarking on a personal side project. Lara McCormick Lara McCormick is a nationally recognized designer, educator, and author of ‘Playing

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Design, Storytelling, and Technology: Activating the new SFMOMA Experience

Get the behind-the-scenes story on how the SFMOMA Design Studio team and their colleagues in the Content Strategy and Digital Engagement Division have redefined elements of the museum experience—from a new visual identity, to online and digital platforms, to publishing, community engagement and more. Join us for a presentation and panel discussion in the museum’s

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Happy Hour with Essen International

‘What if Bank of America were Scandinavian?’ –An explorative exhibition in Scandinavian design. Most Americans know Scandinavian design as beautiful danish furniture. What many Americans don’t know is that Stockholm, Sweden, is the world’s second largest spawning pool of tech unicorns. Second only to San Fransisco. With success stories such as Spotify, Skype and more,

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Wikipedia & Data Viz

Wikipedia is 15 years old. To celebrate, the design team at the Wikimedia Foundation has collected our favorite works of Data Visualization, representing the reach, range, and diversity of the internet’s Free Encyclopedia. Join some of the designers who develop Wikipedia apps, search tools, and visual graphics for an exhibition of interactive digital art. Guest

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Wine & Words: Reception & Studio Tour

Come enjoy a blend of design, poetry, prose, and art with fine wine and premium gin cocktails at Madeleine Corson’s award-winning studio located in SOMA. This is a rare chance to visit MCD, a creative team that keeps a low profile while designing high profile projects. Your visit will include a tour of one of


Portfolio Day 2016

REGISTER FOR PORTFOLIO DAY TODAY! Produced by AIGA SF and brought to you with the generous support of Adobe. Known as the best portfolio review on the West Coast, this is an opportunity for graduating seniors in design programs, and graphic designer professionals looking to make a change to get valuable one-on-one feedback on your

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Lippincott Happy Hour

Call us the new kids on the block. We just moved in and would love to say hello! Drop by our new space and meet our San Francisco team at our Design Week open house. AIGA President and Lippincott Senior Partner, Su Mathews Hale, will provide opening remarks, accompanied by epic views, tasty cocktails and

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Designing Social Impact for Youth @ iiD

If you believe in the power of young people to change the world, how can our design work empower them to do just that? According to the Berkeley Media Studies Group, only 1% of media representations of young people are positive. Yet, the collective experience of our panelists working with youth to create social impact


Nights and Days at the Museum w/ SFMOMA, de Young and California Academy of Sciences

Join us for a candid conversation with top creatives from three of San Francisco’s leading cultural institutions. Find out what really goes on behind the sleek museum walls when design teams encounter ambitious curators, controversial concepts, imposing architecture, continuous collaboration, ever-evolving brands, and never-ending deadlines in the quest to create extraordinary experiences for the public.

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Project6 Happy Hour

Kick off your week with a casual happy hour! Meet our team, see what we do, tell us about you! Great opportunity to participate in SF Design week in the sunny East Bay. All designer types welcome! Drinks and yummy nibbles will be provided!


Happy Hour with Bonfire Labs!

About Bonfire Labs We are a team of artists, producers, directors, writers and technologists celebrating 25 years of video, design, storytelling and innovation for some of the world’s leading global brands. As part of our ongoing innovation and creativity in the video, design and production community, Bonfire Labs would like to share cocktails and small

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Coffee with a Designer

Level is a digital design firm inspired by smart thinking, visionary partners, and a big-picture mindset. Fit and Finish: The Devil in the Details – San Jose Chat with a team of designers at Level, a digital design firm, and discuss the importance of pixel perfection and quality design execution for their client productions.

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Coffee with a Designer

Level is a digital design firm inspired by smart thinking, visionary partners, and a big-picture mindset. The New Art & Copy The traditional Art & Copy team has evolved. Level will share their approaches for building diversity of thought, challenging the status quo, and making anything better.

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Design Thinking? What happened to Design Doing?

Level is a digital design firm inspired by smart thinking, visionary partners, and a big-picture mindset. Design Thinking? What happened to Design Doing? From Art, to Copy, UI, UX, Consumer Research, Behavioral Insight, Business Analysis, Product Roadmapping… why does it now take “a village” to be successful at designing solutions today? What happened to just

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Butchershop Live Totem Pole Carving

Artistry and methodology are at the core of any creative agency, and at Butchershop, the marriage of these values take the shape of…a hand-carved totem pole. Yeah, that’s right. We are honored to welcome wood-carving artist Devyon Harrison to our office for a live demonstration that will kick off our epic Open House event. Join

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Inked In – Letterpress Workshop @Butchershop

Get your hands dirty with the newest member of the Butchershop family, a 1957 Vandercook No. 3 letterpress machine that’s both beauty and beast. Lead Butchershop designer Tony DeKleine acquired it for the company after developing a passion for letterpress art and technique, and he’s giving three demos about the history of letterpress and its

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Inked In – Letterpress Workshop @Butchershop

Get your hands dirty with the newest member of the Butchershop family, a 1957 Vandercook No. 3 letterpress machine that’s both beauty and beast. Lead Butchershop designer Tony DeKleine acquired it for the company after developing a passion for letterpress art and technique, and he’s giving three demos about the history of letterpress and its

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Inked In – Letterpress Workshop @Butchershop

Get your hands dirty with the newest member of the Butchershop family, a 1957 Vandercook No. 3 letterpress machine that’s both beauty and beast. Lead Butchershop designer Tony DeKleine acquired it for the company after developing a passion for letterpress art and technique, and he’s giving three demos about the history of letterpress and its

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The Art of Basketball at Astro Studios

We love meeting new people, visiting with old friends and letting strangers into our office almost as much as we love design. So we’re having a party. And because we love basketball, we’re going to showcase some of the best basketball-related art & design we can get our hands on. Snacks, beverages, and fresh tunes

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MCD Design Mix

We’re crafting the ultimate evening for SF Design Week mingling at MCD’s Design Mix! Head over to Dogpatch and grab a drink while checking out our two new exhibitions, Lines That Tie and Constructed Communication. Shop the unique gifts, art, and jewelry in our newly redesigned MCD Store and dip into the MakeArt Lab to

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Pushing Past Your Photoshop Limits

If you have mastered the basics of Photoshop and are ready to dig deeper then you are in the right place. Expert instructor Abigail Rudner will introduce you to a wealth of little-known and under-utilized techniques that you can use to make your Photoshop work really soar. Open up to more creativity and Photoshop power

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UC Berkeley Extension Art and Design Showcase Opening Reception

See what’s next in our opening reception of the UC Berkeley Extension Art and Design Showcase on June 4. Works from future graphic designers, visual artists, landscape architects, interior designers and their instructors will be on display from May 9 through June 30, exhibiting work from courses offered by UC Berkeley Extension’s Art and Design


Type Hype

This workshop begins with creating unconventional letterforms that leads to new expressive models. Letterform combinations and systems are explored. Typographic topics include: sketching, optical issues, proportions, and pairing typefaces. The workshop begins with unconventional lettering exercises but evolves into the digital. Participants need to bring some sketching tools, laptop and have some computer skills. Required

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Traveling Lounge @SF Design Week

AIGA’s Monthly Happy Hour, networking event is making a presence at Design week 2016 and you should too! Excited to be part of this year’s Design Week? Wanting to connect with other attendees? Join us for a drink or two after the Designing Products talk at Zendesk. We have a table around the corner at

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Making A Picture Book — Designer and Illustrator

Join award-winning illustration and graphic design team Adam McCauley and Cynthia Wigginton in a happy hour event and discussion about the art of picture book making. After a studio tour in their Mission District location, there will be a presentation of selected projects which will allow attendees to follow the process of creating children’s picture

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The Future of Design Careers

Today we are witnessing significant developments that are impacting the design industry: AI-driven design, new schools, crowdsourced design, and new devices will all contribute to a competitive industry that will favor the adaptable. From gaining new skills to embracing new technologies — designers, and design agencies, will have to evolve to survive. Join Fjord on

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Cibo Talks: Print is Dead. Long Live Print.

In an increasingly digital world, what is the role of the physical book and how is it changing? How are some companies using books as key moments of their brand experience? Join Blurb.Com Chairwoman and Founder Eileen Gittins for a discussion of the innovative ways that designers and companies are using books in an era

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Design//Work: Iterate Fast: working at a start-up

With more new companies filling heretofore unforeseen needs through apps and technology the Bay Area has become a sea of startups. Whether they are the size of Google or just 4 people in a loft, chances are you’ll work in a startup at some point in your design career. With everything just a flick of

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re:think 2016: VMA Design Conference

re-think:2016 is a full-day forward-thinking design conference, exploring what it means to be a creative professional today, and how to realign new ideas with tried-and-true industry know-how. Featuring 10 sessions and speakers.

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New Frontiers in Interactive Design

Hosted by Oaklean, we welcome you to join us for an evening discussing changes in interactive design based on technology advances. Vibrant. Edgy. Inspiring. The Oakland digital design and development community mirrors the city itself. Oaklean is an open event fostering creative connections, practical ideas, and intelligent conversation. SPEAKERS Andy Pratt Executive Creative Director US,

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The Storytellers Art Hosted by Kit Hinrichs

Join Kit and his staff of talented designers in San Francisco’s beautiful Presidio for an evening of conversation, food, and drink. Kit will be giving a presentation at 7:15pm and we’ll have a raffle as well as plenty of freebies to take away. Off the Grid Twilight at the Presidio will be in full swing

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Critique with Show + Tell

Show + Tell is a design critique meetup. We value honest discussion, and are hell-bent on creating a supportive, friendly, and relaxed community. The premise is simple: We provide the space, the food and the booze. You show up to share your work or to give great feedback. Not rocket science, just a good time.

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20th Anniversary Tour of San Francisco Center for the Book

This year San Francisco Center for the Book celebrates it’s 20th anniversary. Join us for a guided tour through San Francisco Center for the Book’s 7,000 square foot facility, which includes a fully equipped letterpress printing studio, a large collection of wood and metal type, a bookbindery, and a gallery. During the tour Studio Manager

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Coffee with Mike Monteiro and Erika Hall, co-founders

Curious about how to run a design practice? Want to know how designers can save the world? Why is it important to teach the value of research throughout your organization? Mike Monteiro and Erika Hall, co-founders of Mule Design Studio, will answer your questions this morning over coffee (or Irish coffee, if you prefer).

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Vintage Letterpress Workshop

Explore and experiment with letterpress printing of vintage wood type from the collection of the San Jose Printers’ Guild at History Park. In this event you can peruse a few dozen cases of wood type dating to the 19th century, as well as metal photoengravings and printers’ dingbats in the shop. Then compose and print

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Wikia x Fandom Happy Hour

Stop by Wikia’s SOMA HQ to meet the Design team, talk branding/UX/UI, and enjoy complimentary drinks and noms on our rooftop deck, complete with an Instagram-worthy view of downtown. Connect with other designers, hang out with the Wikia Design team, and learn more about our approach to designing for pop culture entertainment fans. Or we


The Power of One in Publishing

Join Blurb for cocktails, appetizers, and a lively discussion, “The Power of One in Publishing.” New York-based independent magazine publisher, Elana Schlenker, will share her expertise and love for magazine design and creation. She’ll be joined by Blurb photographer and magazine designer, Dan Milnor. Come hear Elana’s story of her magazine Gratuitous Type, the importance

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Cocktails + Tours at Chronicle Books

We make beautiful books, covetable products, and we also make a mean cocktail. Stop by the headquarters of Chronicle Books, the proudly independent San Francisco publisher that has been doing design-forward bookmaking since the Summer of Love. Tour our space to see how ideas come to life here, mix and mingle with our designers, and

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Panel: Entrepreneurship in the Digital Design Community

Design studios Airlift, Awasu, Landscape, Northern, and Stamen join together to discuss the ins and outs of entrepreneurship in the digital design community. Presence brings together their design partners for a personal panel moderated by the founder of Method, Kevin Farnham, to illustrate what it takes to start and run boutique design studios. Join us

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#28tomake Design Challenge at CreativeLive Open House

Over the past month we’ve had many people tell us they loved the creative prompts we created for #28tomake, our successful design challenge. So we’re bringing it back – this time focusing on the rule of threes! Join us at our SF Design Week event as we host a special, interactive open house from our