Posts By: SF Design Week

2017 SFDW: Airbnb, Shadow to Light

This article was originally published on Airbnb Design written by Sola Biu. One of the most compelling challenges of working at Airbnb is holistically thinking through how everything we design–whether it’s our creative work, internal culture, or team structure–can be more globally inclusive. Our ambition to create solutions that work for all, not just a

2017 SFDW: CCA, Postcards to the President

After the 2016 presidential election, students and faculty in CCA’s graphic design program were eager to respond—to use the power of design to move minds, inspire action, and bridge divides. Besides making work that expressed their own opinions about the new political landscape, the students wanted to create a forum that would enable others to

Stimulant: This San Francisco-based experiential studio brings dreams to life through digital interactions.

We’ve all had dreams about flying above a city, zooming past skyscrapers, peering into windows and whooshing past the heads of unsuspecting pedestrians. In six cities around the world, that’s not a dream. That’s a reality, courtesy of needle-sharp, pixel-perfect interactive displays at welcome centers created by Stimulant, a San Francisco–based design studio. High above

Announcing the 2017 Design Hub Workshops, Panels and Talks on June 15th

PIER 27, THE EMBARCADERO A major part of Design Week is the Design Hub, at Pier 27 which houses a broad range of activities including talks, installations, and exhibitions. The Design Hub will be open from June 14th–15th. Question everything, engage, and interact with design products from leading brands and independent makers as you enjoy

Q & A with Butterscotch

From being a strong female lead in a male-dominated field, to gay and biracial in the music industry, this year’s musical guest at the Opening Night Reception of #SFDW represents what it means to Question Everything. She fuses societal questions into inspiration for her framework and lyrics into answers. Butterscotch is the first woman beatboxing finalist from

Dynamic drawings: a new medium for art, design & communication

Since ancient times, we have been using written language, pictures, scientific notations, & symbols for thinking and communication. However, these languages and representations are primarily invented for static media (such as paper), which is often incompatible with our powerful ways of thinking and understanding.   We are now seeing the start of dynamic media to represent

A look into the Dolby Art Program

As part of SF Design Week 2017, Dolby Labs is hosting Design Lives Here, a celebration of creativity at Dolby featuring the design of the Dolby Cinema, a special screening and the premiere of the Dolby Art Series.   Dolby Cinema combines the most advanced audio and imaging technologies with innovative environmental design – creating

Designers Talk Tech and Design

  Top interior designers Catherine Kwong, Gary Hutton, Jay Jeffers and Eche Martinez reveal details of their creative process and strategic thinking. We asked, “Designers can now out-source many of their tech requirements and advances, such as virtual reality design presentations, photography tech, and communicating with clients and access to information. How are you using

Chloe Bensahel presents “J’arrive”, an installation about immigration

Chloe Bensahel is an artist whose work combines the traditions, plants, and stories linked to materials in order to address human relationships to place. Bensahel’s work often blends individual narratives and material research in order to make work that is both of a place and separate from it, a moment between past and future. For

Primer 2017: A Speculative Conference

Drawing a crowd of designers, educators, futurists, and social innovators, Primer2017—the first dedicated speculative futures conference—opened in style at the grand Grey Area theatre in the Mission district of San Francisco. Organized by Phil Balagtas, the founding member of the San Francisco based Speculative Futures meet-up, the two day conference promised a range of presentations

How can Design Thinking Help Solve Women’s Leadership Challenges?

by Shalini Sardana, originally posted on LinkedIn Pulse. We all have an inner alchemist. That latent resource within us which holds the potential to radically transform us. No one knows this better than Elise Roy. She turned her lifelong disability into her biggest gift. Her inner alchemist transformed her biggest limitation – being deaf – into

5 Tips for Asking the Right Question

  Sometimes, the first step toward a great answer is to reframe the question. Problem statements often assume that you already know what to look for, that you know the correct solution and that the only challenge lies in figuring out how to achieve it. Before you start searching for solutions, however, step back to

What if Sutro Tower had condos in it?

San Francisco Magazine’s cover features an alluring rendering of the city’s favorite tower BY BROCK KEELING San Francisco Magazine just dropped their urban design issue today. Most notably, the issue’s cover features something downright spectacular or horrifying, depending on your point of view: a rendering of Sutro Tower with a condo-conversion renovation. Prized as the

LOCZIdesign Announces its Pre-launch Event of SANCTUARY: a FUNdraiser for SFDW’s Opening

Held on May 13th, at LOCZIdesign studios, event proceeds will go to fund the June 14th Opening Reception Art Installation for San Francisco Design Week, at Pier 27. LOCZIdesign has partnered with Heavy Projects, Props2c, CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions and Keyframe-Entertainment to bring San Francisco Design Week visitors an augmented reality immersive installation exploring

Call for Volunteers

As an Event Volunteer, you will be attending events and helping them run smoothly. During SF Design Week AIGA hosts panels, events, and open studios. As an EV you will be asked to: arrive early to events 30 mins is standard, some events require more or less set up chairs, tables, food + drinks, and

How to Deal with 4 Major Employment Deal-Breakers

If I ask my friends about their dating deal-breakers, I get a long, hilarious, and highly specific list. One friend won’t date a guy if his car has a spoiler (and in case you’re wondering, this friend is not 19, but 35). I have a guy friend who’s ghosted on smart, cute, funny girls for

Saying No to Say Yes to the Jobs that Bring You Joy

If you’re an entrepreneur or freelancer that has a problem saying no, raise your hand. Thank you, and welcome. Saying no is not fun but it is indeed a complete sentence. A few of these scenarios might seem familiar to you: A) You’re on your last dollar with no checks in sight. You recently quit

What is Color? TEALEAVES presents Color In Sight

“There are many products that are well designed, but don’t get the traction they deserve because the color’s not right.” Color In Sight: A Documentary on the Details of Color in Design by TEALEAVES from Tealeaves on Vimeo. In an increasingly digitally connected world, research has shown that the average human attention span has fallen

Code for America’s Next Chapter

originally posted on Medium, written by Lou Moore. Reposted with permission. Government can work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century. This is the vision that Code for America was founded upon. It’s a vision of every government service being as simple, reliable, and delightful to use as our favorite consumer products.

What is the Next Step in the Evolution of City Riding?

Bicycles are efficient machines, they always have been. Our goal with the Lyra project was to take that efficiency a step further. Sacrificing neither form nor function, we’ve built a high end commuter that increases safety and security both on and off the bike. ​​ “I think the modern story of bicycle design in cities

Yves Béhar Elevates the Co-Working Space

originally posted on Curbed, written by Brock Keeling. Reposted with permission. Esteemed designers open Canopy, a stunning shared workspace in Pacific Heights “We wanted to create something we call ‘work nirvana,’” says Yves Béhar, “which means being able to walk to work.” The famed designer, along with Amir Mortazavi (co-founder of M-Projects) and Steve Mohebi,

How Discrimination Shapes What Your City Looks Like

Originally published to attn:, written by Lucy Tiven and reposted here with permission. America’s cities may be home to individuals belonging to thousands of cultural groups and myriad socioeconomic statuses. But these urban centers are surprisingly no melting pot. As Nate Silver pointed out in several infographics, diverse cities are often the most segregated, especially

Essen International x SF Design Week

San Francisco Design Week is one of the most awaited and revered events within the design sphere. It is a week fully devoted to celebrating design in a city considered by most to be the quintessential mecca of design and technological innovation. Essen International was asked to create an identity and campaign that could illustrate

Exhibit With Us

San Francisco Design Week is returning to Pier 27 for this years Hub. The Hub is the center of SF Design Week’s opening suite of events, including the Opening Night Reception. The Hub is also the center for showcasing your latest products. Taking place on June 14th and 15th, the Hub will hosts thousands of

2016 Enrichment Scholarship Winners

Congrats to the Three 2016 Enrichment Scholarship Award Winners! The Enrichment Scholarship program was created by AIGA San Francisco to enhance the quality and diversity of design education. Scholarships are awarded annually based on the overall excellence of a student’s work and his/her strong academic achievement. Thanks to our distinguished panel of judges – Michael

Social Sketch Design

A casual pop-up for creatives : Social Sketch

Recently, Rachel Frankel, Bay Area artist and illustrator, had time to sit down and chat with local artists Courtney Cerruti and Michael McConnell about one of their latest projects, Social Sketch. Social Sketch began organically as a casual get together of like-minded creatives, and now takes the form of a pop-up where the Bay Area’s

Heath Ceramic Design

National Design Award: Heath Ceramics

This piece originally appeared on Heath Ceramics in 2015. • • • Here’s a little recap of what landed us the honor of the Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award in Corporate & Institutional Achievement. Our submission – Business by Design – was organized around five key principles, each with two projects that illustrate our approach:

NOW: Digital Mural

Now is a collection of interactive prototypes designed to provide the AIGA San Francisco design community with unique platforms for participation and engagement. Community members will be invited to participate in and contribute to prototype projects through this new AIGA SF initiative in the future. The first Now project, Digital Mural, is debuting at the 2015

The Chance to Win a “Weekend of Design” Trip

Free and open to the public June 4th and 5th daytime hours, the SF Design Week Hub with WestEdgeSF is command central for all things design. From exhibitions to panel discussions, the opening reception, and more, this is where you want to be to kick off a week celebrating design in the Bay Area. For an added