Home to some of the world's best design agencies and schools, Cincinnati has placed itself in the forefront of global design. The wealth of resources and talent is unparalleled in the United States. Cincinnati Design Week is a multiple-day event made up of workshops, panel discussions, fundraisers and, of course, great parties.
|Morning||Lunch + Learn||Evening||After Party|
|Preview: Jeff Staple Speaks|
|Agency Crawl Kick Off
|TEDxCincinnati Happy Hour - Get ConnecTED!
|From PSD to HTML: Turning Designs Into Code presented by Girl Develop It Cincinnati
|Speaker: Jing Liu
|Launch Yourself presented by Boot Camp Digital
|Workshop: Defining a City: Cincinnati's Big Idea
|Conference: OFFFCincinnati presented by the Contemporary Arts Center
|Getting All of the Things: Strategies towards meaningful work presented by Design Impact
|Speaker: Debbie Millman
|Liquid Courage Happy Hour
Friday, June 27
Preview: Jeff Staple Speaks
CAC | 5:00pm - 6:30pm
AIGA is excited to partner with Bigger Than Sneakers to give you a preview of what's to come in Design Week with an event full of entrepreneurial story-telling from one of the most influential players in the design world, Jeff Staple
Join us in the Contemporary Art Center’s Black Box as Jeff Staple shares his story as well as motivation for designers at all levels.
Doors open at 4:30pm
Thursday, July 10
Downtown (last year's map) | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Get on the crawl! This free warm-up event for Cincinnati Design Week is your chance to get a behind the scenes tour of the design agencies in downtown Cincinnati and meet some of the amazing designers that work for them.
Friday, July 18
Creative Mornings | Multiple Speakers
TBD | 8:30am - 10:00am
CreativeMornings is a free, monthly breakfast lecture series for creative communities. Each event is free, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee!
More information on speakers coming soon!
Monday, July 21
TEDxCincinnati Happy Hour - Get ConnecTED! | Multiple Speakers
Mount Adams Pavilion | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Not your typical happy hour. Come kick off Design Week 2014! Our TEDx happy hours are different then our main stage events. They are designed for everyone to connect and network. Each happy hour will include a 30-40 minute program which will include two speakers and/or performer to do a short TED talk and performance. We will open up the mic for 10 minutes for people to share an idea on the spot. You will have 2 minutes to share your big idea to the group.
The program will start at 6:30pm with a speaker/performer and open mic. There will be plenty of time to meet other TEDsters, start new conversations and have fun. These happy hours are designed to build a strong TEDxCincinnati Community in between our larger full performance events on the main stage. Join us.
Free Parking at the Monastary Parking Lot after 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 22
From PSD to HTML: Turning Designs Into Code presented by Girl Develop It Cincinnati | Lunch + Learn
Art Academy of Cincinnati | 12:00pm
Ever wanted to turn your designs into working code? Want to learn the lingo of today's technical teams? In an age full of digital devices and desktops, many need to know how to turn their beautiful PSDs into working code. In our course From PSD to HTML: Turning Designs Into Code, we will break down the fundamentals of web development and cover the basics of getting started. You will learn how the web works, what languages are used and how they work together. If you want to learn how to communicate better with your technical team or friends, this course is for you. No previous technical experience required!
Tuesday, July 22
Speaker: Jing Liu
21c | 5:00pm - 7:30pm
A native of China, Jing Liu received her education in China, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, concluding with a Master of Architecture from Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans. In 2008 Liu founded SO – IL with Florian Idenburg, whom she met while working at SANAA on the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art. As a partner of SO – IL, Liu has worked with numerous cultural institutions on their big and small adventures. Liu helped the London-based Frieze Art Fair in designing and realizing its acclaimed structure for the inaugural New York fair; curated the cross-disciplinary event series Stillspotting for the Guggenheim Museum; researched and re-envisioned museum education spaces together with the MoMA Education Department and installed highly experimental and interactive structure Pole Dance at PS1. Liu has also worked with prominent private and public clients on building their work spaces such as headquarter offices for Derek Lam and Ideo, as well as the renovation of the facade of Queen’s Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), a major landmark in the city of Bristol.
Outside of SO – IL, Liu is passionate about cities and their architectural fabric. During her time in New Orleans, Liu was deeply involved in researching and documenting the physical environment of economically distressed communities and experimenting with urban infill housing typologies for dislocated public housing residents. She helped establish Tulane Regional Urban Design Center (TRUDC) and worked on their inaugural projects for new town planning in Yangtze Delta, China, the location of her hometown, Nanjing. While exploring the issues of rapid urbanization through these projects, Liu also worked in partnership with the American Planning Association and the Mayor’s Institute on City Design and facilitated programs and discussions to help the planning officials with making better design decisions. With her position at multiple universities including Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Syracuse University and The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Liu has led her students in delving into issues such as the preservation of the zono colonial in Santo Domingo, the first gridded city implemented in the Americas, and resilience design in post-Hurricane Sandy New York. Her studio projects have been part of the exhibitions at architectural biennales and generated valuable resources for public discussions on the important relationship between city planning and architecture. Liu is involved in the design of all current projects at SO – IL while remaining academically active.
Wednesday, July 23
Launch Yourself presented by Boot Camp Digital | Lunch + Learn
Art Academy of Cincinnati | 12:00pm
Your Online Brand Matters: Learn exactly how to build a powerful brand that draws clients, job offers, business partners and opportunities to you.
Launch Yourself! Define, Design and Deliver a Powerful Personal Brand Online was created to teach professionals exactly how to create a powerful personal brand using best practices in brand building and online marketing.
Launch Yourself! was created by Krista Neher, the CEO of Boot Camp Digital, to help professionals accelerate their success with a powerful online brand. Boot Camp Digital has been providing social media and internet marketing training since 2008, and has consistently helped businesses grow their brand using social media.
The Launch Yourself! program combines the branding success principles that Krista learned while working at P&G with online marketing and social media success.
Wednesday, July 23
Defining a City: Cincinnati's Big Idea | DJ Trischler + Megan Deal
CAC | 6:00pm
The late, great Wally Ollins said this: It's the inevitable paradox: the more the world goes global, the more we prize the local and the authentic. Continuously recognized for its low-cost of living and high quality of life, the Queen City is quickly becoming a place more and more people are proud to call home. Yet, longtime residents and new recruits agree that Cincinnati is often overlooked or misperceived by those who've yet to experience all the city has to offer. As development continues throughout the urban core, and the mass of civic-minded doers continues to grow, Cincinnatians have an opportunity to seriously consider the story they'd like to share with the rest of the world.
This workshop will prompt participants to consider the perceptions that shape Cincinnati's story today; the existing assets that might contribute to shaping a story for the future; and how designers are uniquely positioned to impact and influence the city's identity.
Thursday, July 24
Conference: OFFFCincinnati presented by the Contemporary Arts Center
Aronoff Center | 9am - 6pm
The best creative conference in the world is coming back to Cincinnati! On Thursday, July 24, Héctor Ayuso and Pep Salazar will return to town for OFFF Cincinnati 2014!
OFFF Cincinnati is an event for the entire creative community, bringing artists and designers from around the world to share their work and inspiration with you. What differentiates OFFF from other conferences is the passion and diversity of techniques that the presenters share, from analog and handcraft to cutting edge digital processes. This year's edition - held in partnership with Cincinnati Design Week - will once again be held across the street from the CAC at the Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater. Following two consecutive sold out conferences, expect this year to be no different.
Once again, OFFF Cincinnati features some of the world’s biggest names and brightest minds exploring design and technology at this moment - including coders, illustrators and motion graphic designers. This year's speakers are:
- JAMES WHITE
- ANTON & IRENE
- DIGITAL KITCHEN
- YUKO SHIMIZU
Friday, July 25
Getting All of the Things: Strategies towards meaningful work presented by Design Impact | Lunch + Learn
TBD | 12:00pm
How can designers carve a unique space for themselves that ties their passions into their work?
Finding meaningful work is driving more and more young professional’s decision making process as they pursue their careers. You’re already doing all of the things that you’re supposed to do: Education? Check. Internships? Check. Experience? Check. Portfolio? CHECK!
But, what strategies can you employ to score your dream job?
Come learn how to focus your career and make the world a better place by identifying your strengths, passions, and opportunities for innovative and meaningful design practice. This mini-workshop will engage you with real world examples and analysis tools that will help you move your ‘designing good’ career forward.
Friday, July 25
Speaker: Debbie Millman
Rhinegeist | 6:00pm
Named one of the most influential designers working today by GDUSA, Debbie Millman is a designer, author, educator and strategist. She is President and CMO at Sterling Brands where she has worked on the redesign of over 200 global brands. Debbie is also Co-Founder and Chair of the world’s first Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is President Emeritus of AIGA, the largest professional association for design in the world and a contributing editor at Print Magazine. In 2005, she began hosting, “Design Matters,” the first podcast about design on the Internet. In 2011, the show was awarded a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. She is the author of six books on design and branding.
Friday, July 25
Liquid Courage Happy Hour
Rhinegeist | 8:00pm
In concurrence with this year's Cincinnati Design Week, AIGA Cincinnati will hold July's Liquid Courage event following Debbie Millman's talk at Rhinegeist, July 25th. We invite all attendees of Debbie's talk to stick around and mingle with other Cincinnati creatives.
Make sure you come thirsty and bring your cornhole skills and most articulate smack talk, because the bags will be-a-swingin' and the beers will be-a-pourin'! In case you need any more incentive to make this event, your first brew is on us! We speak the TRUTH, so SPIKE this event on your calendar, invite your favorite UNCLE and get ready for a evening of fun. COUGARS welcome.
Liquid Courage is open and free to all members and non-members alike. You can purchase tickets for the Debbie MIllman talk here: http://cincinnati.aiga.org/event/debbie-millman-speaks/
Events will be individually ticketed online and at the door, provided there are still seats available. If an event is free to attend, it is still important to RSVP, as some events have a maximum number of seats and your RSVP guarantees you will recieve one.