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InsideOUT: Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books

Opening Reception runs  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Exhibition Dates June 6 thru July 5, 2015 Fifty-nine binders and nine private presses from North America, Canada and Britain collaborated to form an exhibition that demonstrates the relationship of the binding design to the printed book. Because many of the binders have chosen the same title to

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Intro to the SF Design Community

This free class is an orientation to help newcomers, recent design school graduates, and anyone who wants to learn more about the local design community get acquainted with the exciting world of design in San Francisco. Attendees will learn more about Huge and its approach to design in addition to learning about great resources, tips

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Designers + Geeks: San Francisco Design Week Celebration

San Francisco Design Week Celebration Hosted by Makeshift Society, Photojojo, and Designers + Geeks Let’s Celebrate! We believe that good design and good humans are essential to all good work. Join us at Makeshift Society to celebrate San Francisco Design Week with the best of the best. We have lots in store — Have your portrait taken

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Design the Future with AKQA

Come join us for drinks, networking, and an evening full of inspiration and design as you learn how we’re collaborating with top brands to create the future.

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Mobile Design: Designing Between the Screens with Raizlabs

Event runs 6:00-7:00 PM Come enjoy free caffeine and food in the heart of the financial district at workshop Cafe. Join Kate Braham and other UI/UX designers to discuss the ever growing industry of mobile design. We will talk about our favorite applications, how design is making waves in the tech world and share our tips

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Happy Hour with Netflix Design Team

Doors open at 6:30pm Come to Netflix HQ in Los Gatos for a great evening of food, drink, and design conversation! Hang out with the Netflix Design Team, get a preview of stuff we are working on, and find out more about how we approach designing for entertainment.

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5×5 – Napkin Stories

Over the past year we’ve had many people tell us they loved our 5×5 format from the last Design Week. So we’re bringing it back – this time featuring our Napkin Stories. What is a napkin? Every designer has had the experience at one point or another of having someone draw something for them, and

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Design with Legs

The classic art director/copywriter partnership is critical to coming up with concepts from two different perspectives: Verbal —> Visual. At FreemanXP, that left brain/right brain relationship is with the strategist and the creative director. Strategy gives creative legs to stand on and creative enables the strategy to run. Join us for an intimate happy hour in

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Writing Hackathon

Event runs 12-6pm. Imagine you are drinking tea in the shower. it’s a place where your thoughts feel soft. it’s not a coincidence that so many creative types discover an “ah-ha” moment in the shower or while drinking their morning/night tea. combine them and you have uninhibited daydreams. 10 narratives will be created by 10

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Cocktails + Tours at Chronicle Books

Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 during the summer of love, and today we are still pushing all sorts of boundaries. Inspired by the enduring magic and importance of books, we create publishing recognized for its spirit, creativity, and value. And yes, we remain proudly independent. Please join us for a joyful happy hour. Meet

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The Future of Work

Doors open at 6:30p The role of the designer has shifted. More and more companies have in-house design teams and more and more designers are as comfortable working with code as they are in Photoshop. Join us for a panel discussion on the future of work with designers from Asana, Slack and InVision.

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Michael Osborne Design: Soulfood, Treasures and Trash

Coming from SF or South Bay? Big Monocle is located just steps from the Redwood City Caltrain stop. (Parking also available). Get a front row look at this award-winning entrepreneur’s soulfood, treasure and trash. From 34 years of award-winning work at Michael Osborne Design, to glimpses into pet projects and ventures with One Heart Press and

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Peleg Top: Business Development Seminar for Creative Agencies

Event runs 10am – 6 pm Running a creative business can be challenging. Combine that with all the work you need to be doing to market your business, attract new clients and lead a reliable team and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. This is especially true for creative people in leadership position — with the industry

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VMA 2015 Showcase Awards

Event runs 6:00-8:00pm Celebrate the winning entries of the 18th Annual VMA Showcase Awards. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and celebrate print and graphic design in Northern California! Awards will be presented for Grand Awards and Best of Show for Print and Design. Tickets available here. Discounted tickets available for VMA members. Contact Laura Vargas

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See For Yourself at Arkitektura Assembly

Doors open @ 5:30pm and runs until 8pm. Arkitektura Assembly is pleased to invite you to an evening with some of the Bay Area’s most influential designers and design thinkers sharing their candid thoughts and reflections on how they learnt to see for themselves. Rob Forbes, David Kelley, Johanna Grawunder and Eric Heiman will discuss

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Expressive and Experimental Typography

Explore experimental and traditional approaches to typography and custom lettering in the context of graphic design with instructor Lara McCormick. Understand a wide variety of technical and conceptual approaches to typography, including typeface design, experiments in conceptual lettering and real-world applications.  Review the differences between functional and decorative typography, type history, terminology, and the how and

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Inside Houzz Design: Meet the Team

Doors open at 6:00pm Join us at Houzz’s headquarters in downtown Palo Alto for an inside look at the culture that empowers designers to create and innovate every day. Get a tour of our home, enjoy drinks and small bites and meet the team behind the product that is used and loved by millions of

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Coffee with XYZ: Creating Advertising Imagery in a Fast and Changing World

XYZ‘s Senior Retouch Artist Bill Long and Integrated Producer John Gatewood provide insight into the fast-moving and ever-changing process of creating advertising imagery for major brands. They’ll discuss the relationships between brands, advertising agencies, and production houses, and how each contributes to the creative process.

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Coffee at Chronicle Books: Lifestyle and Kids Publishing

Event runs 2-3 PM. Join us for a caffeinated hour where we’ll share the creative magic and inspired collaborations responsible for the 300+ titles Chronicle Books publishes every year in subjects ranging from Entertainment, Art, Children’s, Lifestyle, and Food + Drink. Hosted by 4 of our 20 in-house designers, this session will focus on titles from

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Coffee at Chronicle Books: Art + Design Publishing

Event runs 3:30-4:30 PM Join us for a caffeinated hour where we’ll share the creative magic and inspired collaborations responsible for the 300+ titles Chronicle Books publishes every year in subjects ranging from Entertainment, Art, Children’s, Lifestyle, and Food + Drink. Hosted by 4 of our 20 in-house designers, this session will focus on titles from

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Paper is Part of the Picture: Highlights from The Strathmore Archive 1898 – 1964

A cocktail reception, pop-up exhibition, and presentation by Chris Harrold, Creative Director at Mohawk Fine Paper. The history of Strathmore Paper Company’s promotional efforts beginning in the late 19th century is intimately related to the emergence of American graphic design as a profession distinct from both printing and art. Throughout the twentieth century, Strathmore relied on

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Designing for the Workspace

Our workspaces reflect innovation, team collaboration and inspiration. Our panel discussion looks at the recent non-profit DonorsChoose.org workspaces in New York and San Francisco and how it has helped influence and grow their business through experience design. Panel members will include the designer, client and user of this project. Panel Members: Wilhelm Oehl Partner and Principal in Charge

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Designers of the Land: Dropbox Design Dinner

Dropbox design is bringing together some of the best and brightest minds in our community for an intimate dinner. It’ll be hosted in an idyllic, secret location on Wednesday, June 10th. Request an invite if you’d like to be a part of this unforgettable evening.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Designing for Web

Runs 10:30a – 1:30p Mobile to Desktop Workshop with Brian Wood: More and more print designers are branching out into web design. But, it’s never easy just to wade into the deep end of the web pool without some footing first. In this workshop we’ll cover some of the challenges you’ll encounter in your transition

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Q&A with Jim Bull

Join Moving Brands for a lecture in collaboration with San Francisco Design Week, a celebration of world-renowned designers, entrepreneurs, and innovative thought leaders in the Bay Area. We invite you to the San Francisco studio for an exclusive conversation with Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Jim Bull. Jim will speak frankly and honestly on what

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Ugly Duckling Happy Hour

Lookout’s hosting a Bring Your Worst Design Happy Hour! Bring your less-than-favorite designs to celebrate how far you’ve come in your design practice or in the evolution of a project. We’ll have ugly duckling examples of our own to share, along with the swans they turned into! Grab a waffle and enjoy brunchy drinks like

General Assembly (Lecture)

This free class at General Assembly is an orientation to help newcomers get acquainted with the exciting world of design in San Francisco. Attendees will also learn more about Huge and its approach to design, in addition to learning about resources and great design events in the SF area. After the class you are encouraged

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We Live Here

Our neighborhoods, towns and cities depend on vibrant, engaging and stimulating experiences to make them sustainable. Our panel discussion looks at how two recent projects: 1945 Hyde Street in San Francisco and Bently Heritage Estate Distillery in Minden Nevada are using adaptive re-use as a springboard for revitalizing the experience of the places in which

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Portfolio Review

In support of San Francisco Design Week, Eight Inc. will provide portfolio reviews for currently enrolled design students pursuing interdisciplinary work and seeking to gather review outside of their current curriculum. These reviews are not part of a employment review process and are intended to allow a fun, honest dialog and inquiry between students and

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Studio Tours Day 2

Studio Tours is a free two-nights event during which guests meet the designers and creators behind some of the most admired products, designs and brands. Studio Tours are held at various architecture and design studios, shops, galleries and startups around San Francisco allowing studios to share their products and projects to professionals and design enthusiasts. Experience the best

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Coffee at Chronicle Books: Pop Culture + Food Publishing

Event runs 11 AM – 12 PM. Join us for a caffeinated hour where we’ll share the creative magic and inspired collaborations responsible for the 300+ books and products that Chronicle Books publishes every year in subjects ranging from Entertainment, Art, Children’s, Lifestyle, and Food + Drink. Hosted by 3 of our 20 in-house designers, this

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House Lettering & Printing Master Workshop Day 2

This event spans two days. Check out Day 1 > Held in Heath’s Mission District tile factory, this intense two-day workshop will introduce, develop and enhance skills that will help conquer any creative challenge. Participants will spend one full day each with master lettering artist Ken Barber and master screen printer David Dodde. Presented in

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Get Hooked at MKThink

Please join us at MKThink for an evening of exploration with Nir Eyal who writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and

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How to Ace the Design Interview

Event Runs 6:00pm – 7:30pm You’ve heard it before: interviewing is a full-time job. So, how do you get the most out of your interview process and make sure you’re standing out among the rest? This workshop will teach you key interview techniques for interviewing at a startup and explore different types of interview questions,

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House Industries Party at Heath Ceramics

A celebration of all things House at Heath. Join these long-time collaborators and co-conspirators at Heath’s Boiler Room for nibbles, beer and wine, then kick back as The Mattson 2 give a live performance to launch House’s month-long Object Shop at Heath. About Heath: Founded in Sausalito California in 1948, Heath Ceramics is best known

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WaterSmart Coffee with Designer

WaterSmart’s Lead Designer, Deborah Sherwin (@debsherwin) can discuss how we address the challenges of Designing sticky, user-centered products for municipalities and for the general public Being the first staff designer at a mission-driven startup Communicating a brand across a broad product and marketing platform that spans web, mobile and print.

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#FF0000 Happy Hour @REDSHIFT

Stop by Redshift’s SOMA studio to meet our designers, talk UX/UI, and enjoy a colorful cocktail crafted by our resident mixologist (who also happens to be our Principal).

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Working Late Series: Dan Stiles

Doors open at 6:30pm You don’t have to start with a good idea, you just have to finish with one. For internationally acclaimed designer Dan Stiles, the process of design and discovery started with the notion that he could make “legalized graffiti.” Though the medium has changed from ink to Adobe, Stiles art continues to

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Marin Design Mixer

Join Active Ingredients for an after work happy hour and behind the scenes studio tour. Get to know your peers in the Marin design community while enjoying free food, drinks and ping pong battles in our beachside creative brainstorming space. Note that the event will extend beyond 7pm for guests.

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Type Quiz with Allan Haley of Monotype at CreativeLive

Can you pick Garamond out of a crowd? Been around the typographic block a few times? Then hold June 10th for the San Francisco Design Week Typographic Quiz, sponsored by CreativeLive and Monotype. There will be prizes – lots of prizes: t-shirts, fonts, books on type, posters, design classes, and more! The answers will be

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Helvetica Panel Discussion

Chances are you’ve used the classic Helvetica font for all sorts of design projects. What is it about this simple typeface that many designers are obsessed with? In collaboration of Mondaine, The official Swiss Railway watch and clock manufacturer, Zinc Details will host a lively panel discussion to explore the evolution of the Helvetica. Mondaine

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Happy Hour @ Idean

Happy Hour! It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, right? Although it may only be 2pm in San Francisco, it will be 5pm in New York — and what a better way to celebrate than with some Big Apple-themed drinks and hors d’oeuvres! Join us for a spirited afternoon Happy Hour at our SF studio (431 Bryant St) starting at 2pm on Thursday, June

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Starting your Design Career

Note: Event starts at 8:30am Just finished college or have a starter job? You’re probably beginning to ask yourself “at what point should my ‘work’ become my ‘career’”. How do you steer things to end up where you want to be? How do you take control of your career? Topics covered will include: How do

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Screenprint Poster Workshop with Lil Tuffy

SF-based designer/artist, Lil Tuffy, will lead a poster screen printing workshop wherein participants will learn a 3-color layering process, and print their own poster on site. Each attendee will get to keep their poster. Drinks and small bites provided. Lil Tuffy is best known for his minimal style which relies heavily on typography and incorporates

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Two Ladies, One Talk

The ladies of Guts & Glory will discuss the following topics: • Leaving the corporate world to pursue a life of design mischief • What it’s like being a #bossbitch • How to flip internet haters into content • What to do when someone from the NRA calls your personal cell phone • Why sleeping

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House Lettering & Printing Master Workshop Day 1

This event spans two days. Check out Day 2 > Held in Heath’s Mission District tile factory, this intense two-day workshop will introduce, develop and enhance skills that will help conquer any creative challenge. Participants will spend one full day each with master lettering artist Ken Barber and master screen printer David Dodde. Presented in

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Why Presentations Matter

Doors open for happy hour & guided tours from 6:30pm onwards, and our talks will commence at 7:30pm! More than just a tour! Of course there will be tours, and hors d’oeuvres, and drinks. But what would a tour of a presentation agency be without a presentation? After experiencing a guided tour through our building

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Designtrepreneurs

Hear from designers, founders, and LGBT entrepreneurs about their successes and challenges, and why many find a strategic advantage when personal and professional identities converge. Speakers include (more TBA very soon): Josh Silverman, Moderator. Josh is a designer, serial entrepreneur, community builder, educator, and eternal optimist. As the Founder & CEO of Startnership.com, Josh and

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Thoughts on Paul Rand

Celebrate the design of Paul Rand, 20th century advertising art director, illustrator, graphic designer and children’s book author. His logos for IBM, ABC, and UPS were curtain raisers for what has become known as branding. In addition to his logos for corporate America, Rand was also a design educator, and espoused his own design philosophy

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San Francisco Neon

Event doors open @ 5:30p and runs until 8p. Between 1920-1970 the vibrant glow of neon signs was synonymous with a prospering commercial and entertainment district of a city. From Times Square to the Vegas Strip, neon once ruled the night. Yet fame soon turned to infamy and neon fell out of favor. At the