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Opening Night Reception: Early early bird tickets now on sale!

Get in now while the price is such a steal. Prices go up in a few weeks as we announce music performances and special exhibits. We’re taking over the entire cruise terminal including both floors for the most epic kick-off night yet! SF Design week kicks off with the opening night reception on June 14th.

Introducing the 2017 theme: Question everything

In 2015, SF Design Week celebrated the omnipresence of design within our unique Bay Area community with the theme “Look closer”. We celebrated our desire to push the boundaries of design, technology, and alternative thinking. We celebrated our drive to disrupt the industry, to explore and break new grounds, to tap into unorthodox thinking. But

DDW 2016 through international eyes

by Ingrid van der Wacht The coming weeks and months, the international design press will undoubtedly feature what they have discovered during the 15th edition of Dutch Design Week. Here, I will already provide some feedback from a number of international guests who came over for the founding meeting of a new global network for design

Dutch Design Week 2016: The making of

Dutch Design Week takes place October 22–30th, 2016. You’re invited to join our friends in the Netherlands to experience the making of what lies ahead. Let’s celebrate design at its best: marvel at the very latest, discover how it’s made and join the people that make a difference. Upon its 15th anniversary Dutch Design Week

East Meets West: From Big Apple to Bay Area

written by Samantha Katz. After living in New York for most of my life, I knew that moving to the Bay Area would offer an exciting new environment. After making the move, I realize that the changes go far beyond the physical. Before the move, I worked in a private office filled with monochrome furnishings, overlooking a sea

Recap of Panel: Designing for Youth Impact

originally posted on iiD’s blog. On June 7th at our SF Design Week event we were captivated by the discussion and presentations made by panelists from Adobe, Futures Without Violence, CCA, Peace First and Elefint. With only 1% of media representations of young people being positive, the panel showed a completely different outlook of young people today

5 Tips for Building Your Creative Brand Online

written by Christina Loff.   On June 7, we hosted a lively panel discussion featuring Minted Creative Director (and one of our first Minted artists) Annie Clark, Chronicle Books Design Director Kristen Hewitt, and artist and jewelry designer Lisa Anderson Shaffer. Here are the top five takeaways; view the panel recording here. 1. Cohesiveness Is Key

The Role of Joy in the Creative Workplace

by Lu, Co-Founder and CEO of Cibo. Joy powers curiosity and curiosity powers discovery, imagination, and creativity. I’m asked pretty regularly what it takes to “innovate.” What’s the process? What’s your special sauce? How do you create an environment where you have repeatable innovation? How do you run a business where you depend on the abundant

Portfolio Day: From Intern to Duartian

by Annie Li. Annie Li was a candidate the Duarte team met at Portfolio Day 2015, who would eventually become one of their designers after attending the SFDW15 studio tours. — Presentation design? What does that even mean? These were my initial thoughts as I walked into the shop that would soon become my first job out

Brand Strategy is Dead. Long Live Brand Experience Strategy

written by Alder Yarrow.   It’s all too easy to find an effective process and then stick with it no matter how the world changes around you. This is where the discipline of Brand Strategy finds itself today–armed with the equivalent of hammers and chisels when their customers need steel and glass, not dry masonry.

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

Enrichment Scholarship Judge Michael Bierut on Seeking out Mentorship

written by Allie Fisher. The Enrichment Scholarship was created by the AIGA SF Education Initiative to recognize outstanding design work by graduating students. It is judged by a panel of industry leaders nationwide, and winners are announced at Portfolio Day on June 4th. In the lead-up to this year’s event, we asked Enrichment Scholarship Judge

Poll: Pick the Unofficial Design Poster

Butchershop is abuzz for Design Week, as we plan epic events like a wine and font pairing, live wooden totem carving, a lunchtime seminar on pricing creativity, and our annual open house event, complete with piles of charcuterie.  We’re especially excited to show off our brand new Vandercook 3, a one-ton 1950s letterpress that smells like ink, sweat, and

Mind the Gap – The Five Pitfalls of Omnichannel Brand Experience

written by Bob Skubic. We’ve thankfully moved past the point where anyone wants to argue about the value of taking a comprehensive approach to designing an omnichannel brand experience. The bar for quality brand experiences continues to rise every year. Even the most skeptical companies are now being forced to improve their customer experiences for

Chelsea Handler’s New App “Gotta Go” Gets You Out Of Awkward Situations

This article originally appeared in TechCrunch on Jan 25, 2016. Chelsea Handler’s new mobile application Gotta Go! has hit the App Store. The humorous, but also potentially practical, app is designed to get you out of awkward situations – like bad dates or boring meetings, for example. The launch coincides with the debut of Handler’s new

How the Hell do You Price Creativity?

Trevor Hubbard is the founder and executive creative director of the fastest growing San Francisco creative agency, Butchershop™. A multidisciplinary designer, he has led hundreds of award-winning brand transformations, product launches, and marketing strategies. His work has shaped the trajectories of startups and  global brands alike, including The San Francisco Giants, C3 Energy, Google, Microsoft,

An Interview with James Tucker of Aesthetic Union

When we live in a time where products are mass produced, or we trust the latest gadget to tell us how and when to make our every next move, it’s crucial to remember the importance of honoring history, process and tradition. Amidst the masses there are still those few who move against the status quo.

Nintendo Controller Teardown

This post is by Fictiv and originally appeared on their blog. As a bunch of Nintendo nerds, we’re really excited about this week’s teardown, where we’re looking at the evolution of Nintendo controllers since the very beginning. From the old-school NES controller with only 8 buttons to the game-changing N64 controller with the first joystick

Rapid Prototyping Google Glass

Rapid prototyping is a method used to accelerate the innovation process. At TEDYouth 2012, Tom Chi explains how this method was used to create one of Google’s newest inventions, Google Glass. Tom Chi outlines this method into three rules: Find the quickest path. “Using this set up, within one day we were already able to

Intuit’s CEO on Building a Design-Driven Company

A version of this article appeared in the January–February 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review. When Scott Cook cofounded Intuit, in 1983, many other companies were already offering software to help people track their finances. In fact, at least 46 similar products launched before Quicken, the product Cook created, which is why we sometimes joke

Time to Go Abroad with Away

This post originally appeared in Design Milk in 2016, by Vy Tran. I consider myself a “packing enthusiast.” There is nothing that jumpstarts my pre-vacay excitement like packing for a trip, because it’s the start of one! However, travel issues like flight delays and luggage that magically break right at check-in can instantly make me wish I was back at

28 Daily Creative Exercises For Building Better Habits

This piece originally appeared on Creative Live in Feb 2016. Getting in a creative rut is unfortunate – staying in one is a choice. These 28 creative exercises are designed to get you back in the habit of making cool stuff. Get 28 free daily creative projects in your inbox: sign up for #28toMake today. We often lapse

eBay Inc. Leaders Discuss the Company’s Design Playbook

What does it take to create a design playbook for everyone at eBay Inc. to benefit from? Talented designers and thinkers from around the company have been conducting design workshops and developing the answer to that question for months.  The good news is that eBay Inc. has unveiled the completed design playbook ( find it at ebay.com/design

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:

Look Closer: SFDW Kicks Off Strong

On the evening of June 4, over 2,500 people gathered at Pier 27 for the start of SF Design Week. The impressive cruise ship terminal transformed into the center for all things design, where lighting and furniture met interactive play, and guests mingled amidst the monolithic letterforms of SFDW and played digital ping pong thanks

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

Arena

Arena is a hexagon ping pong table with sensors to trigger LED lights and sounds. It made its debut at Market Street Prototyping Festival in April and will be available at the SF Design Week Hub with WestEdge SF June 4 and 5. We interviewed David Mayman from Gensler, who is one of the lead

SF Design Week + WestEdge SF Present an Exhibition of Modern Design

You’ve heard us talking about the amazing lighting and furniture designers that are going to be featured at the SF Design Week Hub with WestEdge SF on June 4th-5th. Here’s a preview of the incredibly unique, and equally amazing work that will be on display. Modern furniture designers such as Osidea Furniture, known for its sleek, yet strong pieces

Designing for Installation

Frequently, architects, designers, artists, and fabricators are focused on the end goal—bringing their magnificent sketch, model, or render to life. Quite a bit of time is spent on the details—the materials of construction, the finishing work, the proper sizing of every component. However, something which is frequently left out of the equation is the final,

7 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Accessibility

This article was first published in Salesforce UX, a collection of stories on Medium. Illustrations by Cordelia McGee-Tubb. Accessibility enables people with disabilities to perceive, understand, navigate, interact with, and contribute to the web. Imagine a world where developers know everything there is to know about accessibility. You design it and they build it… perfectly. In this world, only

The SF Design Week Hub with WestEdge SF

“Design matters and is changing the world around us,” says Dawn Zidonis, executive director of AIGA SF. She strikes at the core of San Francisco Design Week, a week-long event that highlights human-centered design capable of enriching even the simplest parts of our lives. This is why SF Design Week Hub with WestEdge SF is focusing on an incredible

Inside Out: Judy Kameon of Elysian Landscapes

Article originally published on the Heath Ceramics blog.  Bringing the inside out (and the outside in) is a big part of Heath’s design DNA. Coming of age as we did in California, the outdoors was an inherent part of who we were. In fact, you could say that we and our tile were instrumental in

Architecture Abounds in San Francisco

Take a look at San Francisco’s skyline and you’d be hard pressed to pinpoint one particular style—and that’s a good thing. From skyscrapers to Victorians and everything in between, there’s no shortage of beautiful buildings. Think Gothic Revival, Beaux-Arts, Modern, decorative flourishes, adaptive re-use, and even Byzantine. These architectural styles converge in a way that’s

Design Installation

Market Street Prototyping Festival

Crowds who walked along Market Street this weekend may have been intrigued by the many small built structures sprinkled along both sides of the thoroughfare from Civic Center to the Embarcadero. Some of these tiny installations spun, some squirted and squeaked. Upon investigation, they belonged to an initiative from the Market Street Urban Prototyping Festival.

5 Ingredients for Building Community

Article originally published on Designer Fund.  Over the past few years, people often ask how Designer Fund has built a community of over 100 top designers including founders, leads and angels. Building and sustaining our community from the ground up hasn’t been easy. I’ve learned that you need to intentionally design a community with at

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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson SF Celebrates 50 Years

This Thursday, join Bohlin Cywinski Jackson for a special exhibition celebrating 50 years of architectural practice. Images and artifacts from projects completed during the past five decades will be on display at the San Francisco office. This is a great opportunity to add some architecture and history to your First Thursday evening. April 2, 2015 |

101 Swiss Contemporary Posters

SFDW 2015 recently checked in with internationally renowned Swiss graphic designer Jean-Benoit Levy, who recently exhibited 101 Swiss Contemporary Posters, a collection featuring work created by himself and 30 other Swiss design studios. Levy, who now lives in San Francisco, says the collection pays homage to his native Swiss discipline of design. Levy is known for his uniquely expressive and iconographic

High Style

 High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection comes to San Francisco following a successful run at the New York Metropolitan and Brooklyn Museum. Curated by Jan Glier Reeder, the show presents masterpieces of American and French fashions from the 20th century. In addition to showcasing the fashion pieces as traditionally seen on mannequins, the exhibit

Looking Back: SFDW 14

Last year, over 24,000 design professionals flocked to Airbnb’s spacious headquarters to begin celebrating the opening of SF Design Week. The house DJ and party lights fueled an enthusiastic crowd, who were abuzz with cheery hellos. Over the course of a week in June, design enthusiasts sat in on powerful talks by industry leaders, mingled

Looking Closer

We are constantly shaping the world around us. From the buildings we work in to the roads we used to arrive at them, from the tools that we work with to the ways we unwind—nearly everything that surrounds us has been designed. And, as it often should, much of this great design amidst us goes

Small Firms, Great Projects

San Francisco Design Week is only a few months away and we are already getting in the spirit. Spanning over two weeks in the month of June, some of the best minds in the industry will be coming together in the Bay area from Silicon Valley to San Francisco. It’s a time of collaboration and recognition