AIGA/SF Celebrates Design Week and AIGA/LA Welcomes Debbie Millman… Read about the Latest Design Events Here

Last week I had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by the AIGA (professional association for design) Los Angeles chapter, called “Moving from Print to Web.” The lecture was the first of a three-part seasonal series on the topic of “innovations in technology that have created exciting ways to push the boundaries of creativity and communication across digital media.” Adobe’s Brian Wood proved to be an engaging and informative speaker, walking the audience through Muse, an Adobe program currently in beta testing that basically makes web design simpler for graphic designers. Muse is being released in the fall (under a different name), and definitely seems to be a more user-friendly program than Dreamweaver, with a set up similar to InDesign. The best part is that Muse will allow you to build a basic Website with little-to-no knowledge of coding. Sounds like my dream come true. Sign up to receive information about Adobe’s Muse software at this link.

I’m definitely looking forward to meeting more members of the Los Angeles design community at the next AIGA/Los Angeles “Moving from Print to Web” series. If you missed the first one– it’s okay. AIGA/Los Angeles chapter president, Jimmy Moss promises that each session is independent and non-cumulative.

In the meantime, there are some other really great events coming up. Check out details from AIGA/LA and AIGA/San Francisco below:

AIGA/Los Angeles Chapter


Date: TONIGHT Monday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Location: Beechwood, 822 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292
Cost: Free
Join AIGA/LA for a casual meet-and-greet with outgoing AIGA President Debbie Millman, her very first visit to the AIGA LA Chapter. Debbie Millman is a partner and president of the design division at Sterling Brands, one of the leading brand identity firms in the country. Millman is a chair of the School of Visual Arts’ master’s program in Branding. She is a contributing editor to Print magazine and host of the podcast “Design Matters.” She is the author of How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer (Allworth Press, 2007),The Essential Principles of Graphic Design (Rotovision, 2008) and Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design (How Books, 2009).

RSVP: Eventbrite, Limited space is available!


Date: Thursday, June 16 from 8:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.
Location: 11916 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604
Cost: FREE
Join AIGA/LA and Behance for the monthly Behance/AIGA LA Meetup! A casual evening where members of the Behance community and AIGA LA can gather and mingle over cocktails. Not a Behance member? No problem! Joining Behance is free. The June meet-up will take place in the heart of Studio City at Page 71 Lounge. From it’s recent remodel, this lounge has become a contemporary, classy and inviting space with a hint of retro. Happy hour is from 8pm – 10pm, so please arrive on time for their carefully crafted cocktails!


AIGA/San Francisco Chapter

San Francisco Design Week

Dates: June 13-19
Location: Various
Cost: Various
Details: San Francisco Design Week
is in full swing! Since 2006,
AIGA San Francisco has organized San Francisco Design Week as a way to reach out to a diverse community of over 20,000 Bay Area design professionals as well as local businesses, non-profits, entrepreneurs, students, the design-savvy public, tourists, and more. AIGA SF will be partnering with the San Francisco chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), and Adobe Systems, to sponsor a full week of events highlighting the diversity and professionalism of the design community around the bay.

Click here for more information.

Interactive Chats: Ten Things to Know about Experience Design

Date: Thursday, June 30 from 6:45 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hot Studios, 585 Howard Street, San Francisco, California 94105
Cost: FREE

This Spring, AIGA San Francisco is launching a new series of evening events that will focus on interactive design topics. Intended for designers with beginning to intermediate experience with designing and building for the web, tablet and mobile environments, each event will give you the chance to learn from local experts as well as share your own knowledge with other attendees.

The sessions will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and workshop activities, so bring your sketch pads and thinking caps.

Ten Things to Know about Experience Design
What do experience designers do? Who do they work with? What kind of things are they responsible for? What kinds of careers are there in experience design? Why is experience design a good career choice? How can you identify what type of project you are working on? How do you approach an experience design project? In this talk Aynne Valencia will give an overview with specific, practical information on the deliverables, terminology, practices, methodologies, process and principles of experience design for designing experiences in a multi-platform world.

RSVP: Eventbrite

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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