Yeah, we went there. But we’re just so darn excited to bring you the second annual Baltimore Design Week that we couldn’t help ourselves.
From Sunday, October 20th through Friday, October 25th, we’re celebrating not just design but also 25 years of AIGA in Baltimore! That’s right, our chapter turns 25 this October, and what better way to acknowledge it than a week of fun-filled events? Check them out below and join the party!
Our kick-off event is exactly what it sounds like: a race through Baltimore to collect a specific set of characters before everyone else does. Use your smartphone or tablet to Instagram your findings as you race through the city. Bike, run, walk, roll, cartwheel, hop, skip, jump, or crabwalk, the choice is yours—as long as it’s human-powered!
Get some friends together, or bring the family, and take a journey through the heart of the city, hunting for typography you may never have noticed before. Your afternoon will begin at Race Pace Bicycles in Locust Point and end with a post-race get-together at Moonshine Tavern in Canton. We’ll announce the winners in various categories, including fastest completion time, most creative set of letters, and best costumes, along with featuring a slideshow of our favorite photos of the day.
Start: Race Pace Bicycles
1410 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230
End: Moonshine Tavern
2300 Boston Street
Baltimore, MD 21224
Advance Registration $5 Members / $10 Non-members
At the Door $10 Members / $15 Non-membersRegister Now Pre-registration closes at 11:59pm on 10/19
Join us at the beautiful 2640 space in Charles Village as we present an evening of discussion on the what´s, who´s, how´s, and why´s of interactive design. Khoi Vinh, former design director for NYTimes.com and co-creator of the social-collage app Mixel, will team up with local interactive pros Andy Mangold of Friends of the Web (and other ventures), April Osmanof of Fastspot, and James Pannafino of Millersville University for a lively talk about interactive design.
2640 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Advance Registration $15 Members / $25 Non-members
At the Door $25 Members / $35 Non-membersRegister Now Pre-registration closes at 11:59pm on 10/20
Get a crash course in designing type from Matteo Bologna, Creative Director of award-winning studio Mucca Design (and mastermind behind some of the most drool-worthy typography we’ve ever seen). The workshop will introduce you to the basic skills necessary for the wild journey into the mysterious world of type design. Go beyond choosing the same fonts from the type menu to creating your own typefaces. In this class you will learn the basics of designing and generating a typeface with Adobe Illustrator and the new font-design software Glyphs (Mac only).
Space for this event is extremely limited, so make sure to register early! Munchies and beverages will be provided during the workshop. Many thanks to Stevenson University for this generous donation!
Requirements: Basic Adobe Illustrator skills are necessary. You must bring your own laptop (Mac only) with a full or trial version of the font design program Glyphs or Glyphs Mini installed (download a free 30-day trial).
School of Design
Owings Mills North Campus
11200 Gundry Lane
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Advance Registration $30 Members / $45 Non-members
At the Door $45 Members / $60 Non-members
We are excited to have partnered with Refresh Baltimore: a community of designers, developers, and other new media professionals working together to refresh the creative, technical, and professional aspects of their trade in the greater Baltimore area.
This event will set the stage for Baltimore tech and social design communities to join forces and discuss the tools and methodologies employed for social impact projects. How do tech developers navigate projects that need analog solutions, and how do social designers navigate projects that require digital solutions? The discussion will focus on how both communities could better leverage each other’s skill sets to ensure maximum impact. Join the dialog.
Panelists include Ryan Clifford, Director of the MICA Center for Design Practice; Designer Bryan Connor from The Why Axis; Associate Executive Director at the Neighborhood Design Center, Jennifer Goold; and Shea Frederick, local web developer and OpenGov Champion. Scott Burkholder, Executive Director at the Baltimore Love Project will moderate the conversation.
MICA Graduate Studio Center
131 West North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21201
Advance Registration FREE for Members
FREE for Non-members
At the Door FREE for Members
FREE for Non-members
Join us for a sweet little party at The Waterfront Hotel in Fells Point, celebrating 25 years of AIGA in Baltimore! We couldn’t have made it this far without you, our beloved design community, so come eat, hang out, and drink with us as we ring in the next 25 years.
The Waterfront Hotel
1710 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
Advance Registration FREE for Members
At the Door $10 Members / $20 Non-membersRegister Now Pre-registration closes at 11:59pm on 10/23
Once again, we’re taking you inside three different design studios in the Baltimore-area so you can get a behind-the-scenes look at who they are and what they do. This is a unique opportunity to learn from some of the area’s best creative professionals about their businesses and how they’re run.
ADG’s operations are sleek and contemporary, a model for the modern design studio, featuring facilities capable of solving complex design problems through print, digital, and video. Their blog is always surprising, too.
Orange Element is a small, fast-paced, multi-tasking team responsible for identity, branding, campaigns, and other projects where the deadline comes fast, but the innovation comes faster. Check out their website.
Gilah is a boutique design studio, specializing in handcrafted designs, printed in limited runs on hand-fed, antique letterpresses. Check out the unique charm that Gilah offers as the the ink, paper, and presses spin into action. See some of their work on their portfolio.
Advance Registration $5 Members / $10 Non-members
At the Door $10 Members / $15 Non-membersRegister Now Pre-registration closes at 11:59pm on 10/24
Khoi Vinh is a designer, writer and entrepreneur. He was the CEO and cofounder of the groundbreaking mobile startup Mixel, which was acquired by Etsy in January 2013. Previously, he was digital design director for The New York Times, and he was a cofounder of the award-winning design studio Behavior, LLC. In 2011 Fast Company named him one of "The 50 Most Influential Designers in America." He writes about design, technology and culture at Subtraction.com.
Matteo Bologna is the founding partner and Principal of Mucca Design, where he also serves as Creative Director.
Under his direction, the Mucca Design team has solved numerous design challenges and created uniquely successful work for a wide variety of companies, among them Victoria’s Secret, André Balazs Properties, Barnes & Noble, Rizzoli, Starr Restaurants, Patina Restaurant Group, Adobe Systems and Target.
The work produced by the Mucca Design team has been widely recognized by industry publications, competitions and exhibitions, including: AIGA, Communication Arts, Eye, Graphis, HOW, PRINT, STEP, the Art Directors Club, the James Beard Foundation, and the Type Directors Club.
Matteo is the Vice President of the Type Directors Club. He frequently lectures about branding and typography around the world.
Andy Mangold is a designer. He works with his best buds at Friends of The Web in Baltimore making websites and mobile apps and co-hosts “On the Grid,” a podcast about design in the world at large. He is a 2011 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art where he is now teaching Graphic Design 1.
April Osmanof is is the director of user experience at Fastspot, an interactive agency with a focus on higher education. She has worked collaboratively with her team on critically acclaimed sites for major US universities Tufts, DePauw, and recently Johns Hopkins University.
April is a contributing author on the blog thinkdesigninteract.com and has contributed to the books Graphic Design: The New Basics and Indie Publishing: How to Publish Your Own Book. When she is not working or eating spicy foods, she can be found belting out tunes at local karaoke joints.
James Pannafino is an associate professor at Millersville University in Pennsylvania in the Art and Design Department, where he teaches graphic and interactive design courses. Before teaching at the college level, James worked as both a graphic and interactive designer in the professional field. His research interests include interactive design fundamentals, interdisciplinary design, visual storytelling and digital narrative forms. James recently published Interdisciplinary Interaction Design: A Visual Guide to Basic Theories, Models and Ideas for Thinking and Designing for Interactive Web Design and Digital Device Experiences. Web site.
Ryan is the Associate Director of the MICA Center for Design Practice, a multidisciplinary studio that prepares the next generation of design leaders to make a positive impact on society. He is also graduate faculty in MICA’s Master of Arts in Social Design program. Ryan is an advisor for Project M, an international social design initiative which is committed to helping young designers use their skills to create positive change in the world, and leads yearly design intensive, community-based Project M Blitzes with MICA students in Greensboro, AL and Belfast, ME.
Bryan is a designer from Baltimore writing for The Why Axis, teaching in MICA's Master's in Information Visualization Program and leading Infusd.
Jennifer is the Associate Executive Director at the Neighborhood Design Center, The NDC, founded in 1968, leads pro-bono design projects in support of community goals in Baltimore and Prince George's County. A Baltimore resident since 1993, Jennifer has been involved in may of the city's largest historic building rehabilitations in her previous role as Development Director at Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse./p>
Shea has spent the majority of his career in web development and first began developing web applications for Tower Records combining the call center interface with inventory and fulfillment. Since then, he has worked as a developer for several companies- building and implementing various commerce solutions, content management systems, and lead tracking programs. Integrating new technologies to make better applications has been a driving point for Shea's work. He strives to use open source libraries as they are often the launching pad for most creative technological advances. In February 2013, Shea was named OpenGov Champion by Sunlight Foundation.
Scott came to Baltimore in 1998 to attend Johns Hopkins University and earned chemical engineer and biomedical engineering degrees in 2002. After several years in the field and a full time entrepreneurship he formed while in college, Scott was invited by mural artist Michael Owen to oversee the business side of the Baltimore Love Project. The project is the largest self-initiated public art project in Baltimore. The combination of art and entrepreneurship has captured Scott's attention. He believes art is powerful with it's ability to show the world as it is, and more importantly, as it can be. He promotes art full time in Baltimore and is working to create a Social Venture Capital Firm that serves Baltimore's creative community.
Events are subject to selling out, so advance registration is strongly encouraged! Space for some is extremely limited, so be sure to get a spot before they’re gone.
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