The Latest Design Events in Los Angeles and San Francisco

Cut and Paste 2011 Event

Command XCV: Cut Copy & Paste

Date: April 28, 2011
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost: Free.
In this jointly produced event, students will come together, teaming up with different schools, joining in a live action design battle show down! This design battle royale launches designers into the spotlight and offers audience members the unique experience of sharing in the creative process. There will be prizes, food and music in addition to the gladiator style design face off… interested in competing? Contact René Quintanilla or Kat Fon for an application! Students, we are talking to you!

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Level Tour with AIGA/LADate: April 26
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Cost: There are 20 tickets available for this tour. No registration at the door. There are no cancellations or refunds. $10 AIGA Members & Student Members. $20 Non-Members.
“LEVEL blends a potent mix of branded content, technology platforms and connected devices to design total user experiences that amplify the relationship between brands and consumers. Join AIGA/LA at LEVEL as they get a peak of how they create innovative solutions for dynamic brand like Qualcomm, VIZIO, RIM (Blackberry) and NAMCO BANDAI Games. LEVEL delivers integrated marketing and product development for global brands. Through the interplay of branded content, technology platforms and connected devices, we design a total user experience that amplifies the relationship between brand and consumer.”

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AIGA/LA Student Portfolio Day

Date: Apr 30  2011
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
$15.00 registration, lunch is included. For AIGA student members only.
Fletcher Jones Auditorium, Woodbury University
7500 Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504

Event Description
AIGA/LA Student Portfolio Day at Woodbury University. AIGA student member’s portfolios are reviewed by industry professionals.

Special Guest: Rebeca Mendez

9:30-10:00 Registration
10:00-12:00 Review Session
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Speaker
2:00-4:00 Review Session
4:15-5:00 Closing Discussion (or open panel discussion) with Reviewers

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College Night at the Getty Center

Date: Monday, May 2
6:00–9:30 p.m.
Getty Centercollege night
Description: College students can enjoy this exclusive evening of art, exhibition tours, special presentations, music, food, and fun. Transport your imagination around the globe with tours and activities inspired by the exhibitions Paris: Life and LuxuryBrush and Shutter: Early Photography in China; and Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World. See masterworks in the Getty Museum’s collection, including the recent acquisition, Modern Rome—Campo Vaccino by J. M. W. Turner.

Getting Upper: Graphic Designers and Artists Reconsider the Alphabet

"Getting Upper" Event Flyer

Date: June 9, 2011
Time: 7:00- 9:00 p.m.
Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 East Union Street 91101
Cost: This event is free. RSVP is required. Register here.
Description: Reconsider. Re-imagine. Re-explore . . . the very symbols that define our language and meaning. Learn how twenty-six designers re-imagined the letter and explore what a letter can be. Join AIGA/LA for a discussion with featured designers from the Pasadena Museum of Art’s exhibition Getting Upper, an exhibition inspired by language-based experimentation and how it can create new avenues of cultural expression.

Studio Tour @ MetaDesign

MetaDesign StudiosDate: May 10 2011
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

615 Battery Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, California 9411
$15.00 AIGA Members, Student AIGA members.
Description: Join AIGA/San Fransisco as they get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of five influential Bay Area design studios during our Spring/Summer Studio Tours. See projects in progress, learn about different firms’ cultures and methodologies, and rub elbows with design luminaries and up-and-comings in the environment that inspires their best work.

About MetaDesign
MetaDesign is a global branding firm with offices in San Francisco, Beijing, Berlin, and Zurich. MetaDesign creates brand strategies, identity systems, and digital interfaces for emerging businesses, cultural institutions, and global enterprises, including Bloom Energy, the San Francisco Ballet, Sony, Four Seasons, UBS, and McAfee.

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Visual Media 011: State of the Art

Visual Media 011 Graphic

Date: May 12, 2011

UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center
1675 Owens Street
San Francisco, California 94143
Cost: For a complete listing of admission prices, click here.

Description: Find out what’s happening in the multi-channel communications industry at VMA’s Visual Media 011. This year’s focus is on the latest trends and technologies in design, web, mobile and marketing, including cross-media content delivery. Come for the keynote, seminars and roundtables; stay for the networking and socializing with vendors and colleagues. The latest trends and technologies in design, web, mobile and marketing will be in sharp focus.

Keynote Speakers
Brian Nemhauser, Adobe
Phil Mui, Google Analytics
Kit Hinrichs, Studio Hinrichs

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AIGA/SF Education Outreach

Date: April 30- June 4
Time: N/A

The AIGA/San Fransisco chapter is committed to offering college level graphic design students a variety of opportunities to supplement their education. “We also seek to mentor the next generation of designers by providing inspiration to our youth. Our Education Co-Chairs and Student Liaisons work with local college design programs, high schools and middle school children.”

Education Co-Chairs

If you have any questions regarding college student participation in AIGA, please contact Ann and Elizabeth at To join the AIGA SF Student Facebook Group, click here.

AIGA/SF Portfolio Day 2011

AIGA/SF Portfolio Day

Date: June 4, 2011
Time: 8:45 a.m.- 4:20 p.m.
Cost: $20 for AIGA Student Members to register, $40 for Student Nonmembers.
California College of the Arts

1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, California 94107

Description: The San Francisco chapter of AIGA invites you to Portfolio Day. Known as the best portfolio review on the West Coast, this is an opportunity for students to get valuable one-on-one feedback on their portfolio and career goals from some of the Bay Area’s best designers. Over 90 top Bay Area designers will serve as reviewers. To see the full list of 2011 portfolio reviewers, click here.

RSVPs for students opens on April 26, 2011. Students may bring your portfolio in book form, or load your images on a laptop and bring that with you. Wifi will be available.

For more information, click here.



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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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