Design Week 2015!

This year’s Design Week has a myriad of wonderful events. From student-focused events, to hands-on workshopping in letterpress, we have an array of activities for one and all. Here’s a brief break down of events:

Monday, March 30: Film Screening
On opening night, we will be showing the documentary Finding Vivian Maier. If the weather is nice, we’ll be showing it outside.
At Ijams Nature Center
Doors open at 6:30PM
Cost: $5
Savory and Sweet Food Truck will be in attendance!

Tuesday, March 31: Letterpress Workshop at Striped Light
For Design Week 2015, AIGA Knoxville is happy to announce a partnership with Striped Light! They will be holding a specially themed class, targeted to our members. Learn to set a small composition using wood and metal type while exploring what generates your creative spark. Each participant in this action-packed class will leave with their own portfolio consisting of pieces from every participant in the workshop. There are limited spaces, so sign up quick!
At Striped Light with Bryan Baker (formerly of Yee-Haw Letterpress)
Morning Session: 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM (REGISTER)
Afternoon Session: 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM (REGISTER)
AIGA member cost: $50 | non-member cost: $65
Limited availability!

Wednesday, April 1: Panel Discussion night
We’ll be back at Ijams Nature Center on Wednesday evening. Tonight’s event will be a panel discussion night. Our three topics, of which we will have professionals and experts in the subsequent fields, are: UI v UX / App Development v Mobile Web; Hand Illustrating In A Digital World; Project Management and Process Improvement. Each panel will last approximately 30 minutes, with a 10 minute break in between.
At Ijams Nature Center
Cost: $5
Doors open: 6:30 PM
Program start: 7:30 PM

Thursday, April 2: Creative Spark powered by PechaKucha
Again, at Ijams Nature Center (and outside if the weather permits), we’ll be channeling the PechaKucha format with a grouping of eight speakers. Set to speak are Jack Neely, Beth Meadows, Anna Marie Rogers, Jessie Williams, Carl Gombert, Kirk Eddlemon, and the architecture firm Smee + Busby.
At Ijams Nature Center
Cost: $5
Doors open: 6:30 PM
Program start: 7:30 PM
Poutine Mobile Food Truck will be in attendance!

Friday, April 3: Design Week 2015: Budding Creativity – An Art Benefit
We’re going out with a bang! We have partnered with AAF (AdFed) Knoxville, and will be holding a First Friday exhibit at Paulk + Co. This is a benefit to raise money for a school’s underprivileged art program, and the Sam Littleton scholarship. We will have both student and professional art. The student art ranges from little children, all the way up through college-aged kids. The professional’s art will be a silent auction. We will show the art in a gallery format at Paulk & Co. We’ll then sell the pieces, and 100% of the money will go to the school and scholarship. Any overhead for that evening will be covered be AIGA, AAF, and our sponsors.
At Paulk & Co.
Cost: Free! But please feel free to donate to the cause and purchase art!
Doors open: 5:00 PM
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By Jody Collins
Published March 18, 2015
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