Save The Date: Upcoming Design Events

Traveling to different industry-related events is one of the best parts of my job as an editor. Case in point: I will be covering Adobe’s MAX, The Creative Conference event in Los Angeles the first week in May (check back for blog updates throughout the conference). Being around other professionals who are as obsessed with their trade as I am is an exhilarating feeling. It’s hard not to come away refreshed, inspired and ready to create. But while you may not be able to swing a trip out west to Adobe MAX or HOW Design Live at the drop of a hat, it is important to get outside the walls of your studio or office once in awhile. That’s why the HOW team has compiled a few other happenings (mostly in NYC)  that you may be able to attend with a little planning and a smaller budget.

Screen shot 2013-04-19 at 11.22.51 AM An Evening With Massimo Vignelli

Save the date: Thursday, April 25, 2013; 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Fashion Institute of Technology, Katie Murphy Amphitheater, NYC

Ticket price: $75

This event from InSource brings together in-house creatives to network, share ideas and improve business practices. After enjoying cocktails, appetizers and opening remarks, guests will settle in to hear a keynote from Massimo Vignelli, president of Vignelli Associates, whose credentials range from creating graphic and corporate identity programs to designing architectural graphics to crafting consumer product designs. Massimo will discuss the relationships between in-house and outside creative agencies, and guests are invited to participate in a Q&A session following his talk. According to the event website, the night’s topics include:

  • Perspectives on how an agency could be an in-house manager’s advocate and resource
  • Keeping the creativity fresh within your brand and your in-house team
  • Advice for managing a creative leader’s career growth

Screen shot 2013-04-19 at 11.25.52 AMPencil To Pixel NYC

Save the dates: May 3 to 9

Where: Tribeca Skyline Studio, NYC

Ticket price: free

Originally curated in London, the “Pencil to Pixel” exhibition from Monotype is all about typography. Find out more about the torrid love triangle between technology, analog typography and digital typography 125 years after the creation of the “original hand drawings of molten metal faces.” Like two children in time outs, the pencil and pixel sections are kept separate. Opt for a guided tour to get the full experience. Still not convinced? Here’s what Dan Rhatigan, type director for Monotype, had to say about the exhibit:

In an era when most people interact with type as a digital experience, Monotype’s unique collection of artifacts relating to type history—original concept artwork, examples of precision drafting, metal and film masters, photographs and tools, and many examples of promotional material—provide a chance for visitors to explore the very physical history of the typefaces they already know. These artifacts are now simply for show, however. They are chosen and arranged so as to tell a story about how the design of typefaces is informed, constrained and even enhanced by technology, whether it’s the technology of machine and molten lead or microprocessor and bitmap. That story of the relationship of technology to analog typography connects in an unbroken chain of development to the way Monotype creates typefaces and the means of using them today, 125 years after they started.

Screen shot 2013-04-19 at 11.34.26 AM The Gerald And James Exhibition

Save the dates: May 17 to 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: 60 Reade Street (off Broadway), NYC

Ticket price: free

After two years, the culmination of  the “Gerald Project,” an ambitious adventure in which British design house Lazerian asked 105 artists, illustrators and designers to customize 120 paper dogs (Gerald the Lazerian dogs, to be exact), will come in the form of an exhibition during New York Design Week 2013. Some of the big names who contributed to the project include Oliver Hibert, Tatiana Arocha, Insa, Stanley Chow, Kai and Sunny, and Pete Fowler. Each dog incorporates the designer’s signature style. For example:

Pete Fowler, known for his “World of Monsterism,” gives his dog a wood grain finish and Los Angeles-based artist, Jimi Crayon emerges from a recent project to put his art in lights on Times Square to adorn Gerald in colourful, biological shapes resembling staring eyes and the animal’s real world inner workings.

Banksy’s right hand man and former Head of Design for SEGA Europe, Inkie takes inspiration from the gaming industry and the tattoos adorning Mike Tyson’s face to create his unique dog, while textile specialist, Felt Mistress literally dresses her Gerald in a skin of 70 meters of felt strips, hand sewn using more than 150 yards of thread.

Those who can’t attend should arm chair travel by checking out the impressive display of photos on the website.

Screen shot 2013-04-19 at 12.47.09 PM Portfolio Night

Save the date: May 22

Where: Athens, Austin, Beijing, Boston, Budapest, Chicago, Costa Rica, Dallas, Detroit, Johannesburg, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Montreal, Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Sao Paulo. Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Tokyo and Toronto.

Ticket price: Varies by event site. Get more information on the host city websites.

Specifically geared toward young copywriters, art directors and designers who want to break into the wonderful world of advertising, Portfolio Night is an annual event held all over the world on the same day. Each participant is guaranteed to meet with three creative directors who will look over and critique their books. While some young guns may receive job offers, the main focus of the event is on getting valuable advice and networking with other industry professionals. Basically, “speed dating for creatives.” The event tends to fill up quickly, so be sure to secure a ticket (they went on sale April 15) ASAP.

Have you submitted your best in-house project for the In-HOWse Design Awards & Competition yet? The deadline is May 1st, so don’t delay!

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