Mohawk Maker Quarterly Issue 14 Launch party

This event is by invitation only. Please contact Joe O’Connor to request an invite. What began in 2013 as a celebration of makers, creativity and the culture of craft, The Mohawk Maker Quarterly has become an indispensable source of inspiration for graphic designers around the world. Each issue of the Maker Quarterly seeks to push

The Balance Between Brand and Function

Join us on Tuesday, June 12th as we discuss the balance between building a brand and ensuring that the goals and functionality behind your brand come together. We’ll have strategists from well-known digital creative agency Hello Monday in the house to talk about the importance of a strong brand identity and ROI·DNA’s own CEO/Founder, Matt

The Storytellers Art Hosted by Kit Hinrichs

Join Kit and his staff of talented designers in San Francisco’s beautiful Presidio for an evening of conversation, food, and drink. Kit will be giving a presentation at 6:15 pm and we’ll have a raffle as well as plenty of freebies to take away. Off the Grid Twilight at the Presidio will be in full

Creative Brew: Navigating the competitive design market

Before you send out one more resume, relax, grab a beer, and come learn about what you really need to be doing in your job search. Our panelists are some of the top creatives in the Bay Area who know what this competitive job market is like. They have made it through and want to

The California Sunday Magazine Issue Release Party at Heath Newsstand

The California Sunday Magazine, known for ambitious features and cinematic photography from across California, the West, Asia, and Latin America invites you to learn about how an issue comes together and to celebrate the release of our June issue at Heath Newsstand as part of Articles + Anecdotes, Heath’s monthly live event series. Speakers Jacqueline

Explorations in Typography

Master the art of fine typesetting in this workshop with Carolina de Bartolo, author of the award-winning book Explorations in Typography. Using examples from her book, Carolina will show you how to attend to every typographic detail and wrangle your favorite typefaces into the most beautiful, interesting, and readable pages. You’ll learn how to create

Evolving Design Culture at Google

Google designers get the unique chance to design incredible products that touch the lives of billions and billions of people across the planet—but the role of actually being a designer at Google, making beautiful things that get turned into products, that’s a different story. It’s a story that’s evolved and changed significantly over the past

No House Like In-House: Peak Design’s Brand Recipe

Peak Design makes award-winning products, runs record-breaking Kickstarter campaigns, started its own nonprofit, and has legions of fervent followers who consider themselves fans more than customers. How do they do it? They do it in-house. Come meet the team that weaves together product design, graphic design, copy writing, photography, videography, environment design, web design, and

Watercolor Brush Lettering Workshop

In this Watercolor Brush Lettering workshop, you’ll learn how to gain confidence with a brush (even if it’s your first time using it) to create modern lettering. You’ll learn from one of Brit + Co’s favorite online class teachers, Nicole Miyuki Santo (@nicolemiyuki). Nicole will guide you through various ways to create and define your

Introducing the Go-To Notebook: The ultimate notebook for seeing things differently and getting things done

SMART DESIGN. SUPERFINE QUALITY. A new notebook is born. These notebooks—designed especially for makers, thinkers, dreamers, and doers—are made with Mohawk Superfine, the finest paper made today. Mohawk has been producing its premium papers from mills in upstate New York since 1931, and no other paper has the same reputation for quality, consistency, and uniformity

Beyond the Screen

Come celebrate your analog design skills in this block-printing session for the pattern-obsessed. As a digital design studio, we spend most of our time thinking about screens. But we’re also devoted to cultivating the skills that made us passionate about design in the first place. Our design team comes from an incredibly diverse set of

Inside the Studio at Blend’s HQ: Design’s Lead Role in Transforming Formidable Industries

Design holds the power to transform and drive progress, especially in industries that have historically been underserved by design due to regulation or other intimidating challenges. But the value of design’s role in this transformation is still underappreciated by the broader community. At Blend, design is at the center and forefront of the transformation we’re

Raw Design: Exhibition and Design Mixer at MCD

Kick off SF Design Week at the Museum of Craft and Design for a special party hosted by MCD Salon, a new young design collective. Start the night off with an interactive talk and tour of MCD’s three new summer exhibitions, including “Raw Design” curated by Glenn Adamson. Special guest speakers include Lisa Ellsworth and

Creating for People

Come and hang out at our Oakland headquarters, listen to some music, have a drink and meet the members off the Pandora creative and design organizations. We are a diverse group of makers specializing in: product design, brand design, strategy, copywriting, ad design, audio/video production, motion graphics, development, and more. We are united by a

Mucho Creative Director Brett Wickens Talks: “From Joy Division to The Sopranos, and Everything In Between.”

From Joy Division to ‘The Sopranos’, and Everything In Between”. Mucho Partner Brett Wickens presents highlights from his esteemed career as a creative director, and will present his latest project, “SEEN”, his first art photography publication launching June, 2018, showing his artistic observations through his smartphone camera. The publication will be available for purchase at

Happy Hour with Upperquad

Join us for a happy hour at our new space and meet the team. Come drink, eat, tour our studio, and get a peek behind the scenes at some of our recent work and process.

Eyes on the Enterprise: A discussion on visual design for enterprise customers

Designing for enterprise customers comes with a unique set of challenges and opportunities. As more start-ups focus on solving problems for enterprises with technology, the world of B2B visual design has begun to cross traditional boundaries and flourish. This intimate panel will be focused on the lessons learned in visual design for enterprise-facing software products,

UMBER: The Tactile Relationship Event

Umber is Oakland’s first-ever print magazine of Black and Brown creative design culture. Join us Saturday June 9th at the release party for Issue Two: “The Tactile Relationship.” Be immersed in the unique visual experience of Umber while you enjoy music from DJ Flow (At The Ave Records), sip cocktails or coffee, and ponder, “Where

How Do You Structure Creative Thinking?

What do you do at the crucial turning point between gathering information and producing creative deliverables — the point when research becomes ideas and ideas become creative concepts? Join us to hear from industry leaders on how they approach these moments with their teams, complete with details about their unique processes and methodologies. You’ll learn

Reimagining the Future: Visual Style Beyond Identity

What happens when you dream bigger than a logo? Astro Studios presents a Letterform Archive exhibition examining everything but the mark, exploring how designers have extended a brand’s visual language beyond a trademark. This exhibition will show suites of work by designers that create or expand a brand’s visual style through consistent use of visual

Designer Pinewood Derby Race

First annual Designer Pinewood Derby Race, open to design studios and individual entrants. Attendees must provide their own car. Official pinewood derby cars can be purchased at: Enlisted Design will officiate the event and provide a new aluminum racetrack! Music and booze for all – racers and spectators Design, Make, Race

Letterpress Notebook Cover Printing

Participants will print preset letterpress design in “rainbow roll” onto notebook cover in red and blue, and overprint initials, short name, or year in gold ink. Each participant will print three notebook covers. Each participant receives three notebooks, with the cover they can print in two passes, one with the year or their initials or

Intel Music Series x SF Design Week

Join Intel Agency Inside for a live musical performance powered by experiential technology. We’ll be featuring an emerging music artist at our San Francisco studio location and showcasing a new event experience service that could extend to event design, conferences, concerts, and more. Speakers Nam Nguyen, Global Director of Experience Design at Intel Yogi Graham,

Designing Your Career Path

A designer may be fresh out of school, working their way up the corporate ladder or recognized as a thought leader. No matter where you are in your design career, we challenge San Francisco’s community of designers to ask themselves, “what’s next?” In the design industry, there isn’t just one clear path – there are

The Path to Design Leadership

Whether you’re just starting out as a designer or you’re a well-seasoned veteran in the design industry or anywhere in between, join Affinity as we host a panel of talented designers discussing their roles, histories, and career trajectories. Find out how they became leaders in the world of design. Learn about the life stories and

Maps, at Your Fingertips: On-Demand Tactile Maps for the Blind

Blind and visually impaired communities have little to no access to graphic information that would help them learn about their surroundings. Braille and tactile maps have proven useful, however, historically these maps have been difficult and costly to design, manufacture, and distribute. Tactile Maps Automated Production (TMAP) is a tool for on-demand creation of tactile

Crack the Spine! at Chronicle Books

Come get the inside story on over 50 years of inspired publishing with Crack the Spine! — a game show revealing some of the oldest and most unbelievable design anecdotes from the history of Chronicle Books. Speakers: Sara Schneider, Vanessa Dina, Jen Tolo Pierce, Michael Morris, Kristen Hewitt, and with help from the entire design

VMA Design Conference

Visual Media Alliance presents a full-day conference featuring stories of design across all media held during the 2018 San Francisco Design Week. Come and be inspired by creative thinkers featuring over 10 fascinating speakers, exhibitors, and industry experts. *Ticket includes full-day program, lunch, and exhibits

Talent Experience | Re-designed

From the moment you post a job or update your profile, your brand is being evaluated. Learn how to position your company and personal brand on social media and other job board platforms from our panel of experts. Hear from some of the most talented connectors on how to elevate your brand to make it