Cincinnati Design Week 2015 | September 28 - October 2 | Presented by AIGA Cincinnati and AGAR Menu

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.

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.

Thurs, Sept 10

Teaser: Timothy Goodman - Getting Away With Shit

Woodward Theater | 6pm - 9:30pm | $10 - $25

Timothy Goodman talks about 'Getting Away With Shit' on Thursday, September 10th The Woodward Theater. After his talk, we're hosting a Meet & Greet / Happy Hour / Book Signing across the street at MOTR.

Like many designers, Timothy Goodman is held down by rules and parameters that constantly stifle him. So how does he get his own sensibilities into his work? A couple of years ago, he decided to redirect his design career and push himself into new, scary, and unexpected territory through drawing, writing, and personal projects. He rather approach graphic design as a practice, not as a profession. Join Timothy has he reveals his way of getting away with shit.

Timothy Goodman is a designer, illustrator, and art director based in New York City. His clients include Airbnb, Google, Ford, J.Crew, MoMA, Target, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Previously, Timothy worked in-house at Apple Inc., where he helped integrate Apple’s visual language across third party environments. He has received awards from most major design & illustration publications including The Art Directors Young Guns, Print magazine's New Visual Artist, and GDUSA’s “People to Watch.” Timothy graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where he now teaches. In conjunction with his client work, he spends a significant amount of time on personal projects and writing, including the blog and book 40 Days of Dating, that garnered 10 million unique visitors, and whose film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros., and his Instagram writing series “Memories of a Girl I Never Knew” which was exhibited at the concept store Colette in Paris, France. He frequently lectures about his work.

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Thurs, Sept 17

Teaser: Agency Crawl

Downtown Cincinnati Map of the crawl | 6pm | FREE

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. The participating studios and agencies are excited to welcome you so be prepared for some fun and a few adult beverages. Wear comfortable shoes, we will be walking.

Stops on the crawl:

  • Gaslight
  • Spicefire
  • Foster & Flux

Though this is a free event, spots are limited. Be sure to RSVP to secure your spot!

POSSIBLE is a creative agency that cares about results. With over 25 offices spanning five continents, POSSIBLE boasts some of the best creative minds on the planet. They use the power of this collective intelligence to transform the industry and elevate global brands like Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation.

About Gaslight:
Gaslight transforms businesses with technology. We design and develop custom software and feature rich websites for small- to medium-sized businesses. These apps help our clients boost profits, innovate faster, radically improve productivity, and launch entirely new businesses. We also lead online and in-person software development training for teams and individuals.

About Spicefire:
Creative Agencies come in different shapes and sizes. Some are process led, many are identified by the work that they do. At Spicefire, our people-driven culture allows us to live inspired, challenge convention, and serve as a catalyst to ignite what's possible for brands and businesses. Located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine, the transformative epicenter of Cincinnati, we are a Brand Innovation agency with a passion for solving problems and creating with purpose.

About Foster & Flux
Foster & Flux is an animation studio located in Cincinnati, OH. Sure, we're small, but we provide our clients with a passionate and personal experience that is often lost in the midst of deadlines and budgets. Our creative expertise offers us a unique opportunity to push the boundaries of video, bringing together vivid storytelling with a design aesthetic that's both thoughtful and beautiful.

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Fri, Sept 25


Location TBD | 8:30am | FREE

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!

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Sat, Sept 26

ProductCamp Cincinnati

Paycor HQ | 8:00am | FREE

ProductCamp Cincinnati is the premiere event for Entrepreneurs, Product Management, Product Marketing and Marketing Professionals as well as Designers, Engineers and Data Scientists who are interested in learning best practices, sharing insights, and networking with top minds in the local product community.

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Mon, Sept 28

The Craft Brewment: The Branding Behind the Beer Presented by RDG & LemonGrenade

Longworth Hall | 5:30pm - 8:30pm | 21+ only | $7 - $15

Have you always wondered who the designer was behind your favorite local craft brew? Us too. Enquiring minds wanna know..."Who Designed That?" Join us for an evening of introductions, discussions, and beer tasting sessions! We will feature a panel of local designers, all whom are currently working on our favorite Cincinnati beer brands. In addition, we will also be hosting a beer tasting before and after the forum, featuring the breweries from the panel. Let's kick-off design week with a hops!

Speaker panel:

This event is 21+ only!

About RDG:
RDG connects all design disciplines to create integrated design experiences – from the digital space to the physical space, we uncover human-centered solutions that drive results through processes and collaboration in a redefined way.

About LemonGrenade:
At LemonGrenade Creative, we believe amazing graphic design has the power to tell amazing stories. If a picture is worth a thousand words, our design talks volumes.

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Tue, Sept 29

Iterative Development in Corporate Environments

The Garage Group (Longworth Hall) | 12:00pm | $5 - $15

Practical Approaches to Translate and Adopt Hallmark StartUp Approaches Within Big Corporations for Strategy, Idea, Product and Service Development

Corporate brands and teams are asking: “How can we be more entrepreneurial?” They want to innovate and grow faster, iterate more effectively, and compete with smaller, more nimble players. We’ll share practical approaches and case studies for translating StartUp approaches within a corporate environment, specifically around MVP development, brand strategy/architecture, idea development and insight discovery. You’ll learn how to take iterative approaches to the next level, the why and how of developing multiple directions and what’s on the horizon for new StartUp inspired approaches.

Free lunch will be provided.

About The Garage Group
The Garage Group is a new kind of strategy firm with a mission for enabling corporate teams and brands to innovate and grow like startups. We bring an entrepreneurial approach to innovation and growth challenges for existing brands and businesses as well as new ventures groups through insights, ideas, concept development, and brand architecture. Our clients include Fortune 1,000 companies like Mars Petcare, Abbott Nutrition, Heinz, Staples and Reebok, and Brands like Pringles, Nutro, PediaSure and Yankee Candle.

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Wed, Sept 30

SEGD Event

Location TBD | 12:00pm

Event information coming soon!

About SEGD:
We are the global, multidisciplinary community of professionals who plan, design, and build experiences that connect people to place.

We are graphic and information designers, fabricators, architects, exhibition designers, technology integrators, interaction designers, brand strategists, students, wayfinding specialists, teachers, and others who have a hand in shaping content-rich, experiential spaces.

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Wed, Sept 30

Cincinnati Design Awards 2×4

21c Museum Hotel | 6:00pm | FREE

The Cincinnati Design Awards program (CDA) has been honoring the best design projects for the built environment by local creative firms for almost 20 years. “2×4” is your chance to see recent award winning work and hear the designers speak about influencing the built world from diverse disciplinary perspectives.

Four creative disciplines will each be represented by two projects presented in a 15 minute time frame—for an hour long fast paced event. All projects are recent award winners that represent the most cutting edge design Cincinnati is producing in architecture, interior design, experiential graphic design, and landscape design.

The CDA program is a collaboration between AIA (architecture), IIDA & ASID (interiors), SEGD (experiential graphics), and ASLA (landscape).

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Thu, Oct 1

Tech Leaders: Presented by WomanUp + Girl Develop It

Rhinegeist | 8:30am

Join us for a panel discussion with five leaders in tech who are paving the way in their field. We'll talk about what it takes to be a leader in the always changing creative community, how they got their start, and and learn more about the digital side of our industry. Our panel will include professionals in web design and development, social media, and more. Come early to network, enjoy coffee and light breakfast at 8:30. The panel discussion will start promptly at 9:00 am, with time for questions from attendees.

About WomanUp:
AIGA Cincinnati is ready to increase diversity in our creative community by championing female talent. We’re ready to empower the professional development of female leaders. We’re ready to build a creative network that supports gender equality. We’re ready to WOMAN UP!

About Girl Develop It:
Girl Develop It Cincinnati exists to provide affordable, judgement-free classes for women looking to advance their knowledge of technology and web development, as well as create a community of female techies in the Tri-State area.

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Thurs, Oct 1

A Different(ial) Startup Story

Differential | 12:00pm | $5 - $15

What started in 2012 as a small group of people with a big idea has evolved into a successful and sought after development studio in downtown Cincinnati. Tim Metzner will give us the low-down on Differential’s life cycle and the importance of doing meaningful work, having core values and creating a high-trust environment.

Free lunch will be provided.

About Differential:
Differential a leading Meteor development shop. We work with innovators around the world to develop cutting edge web and mobile apps. Our team is made up of good people (actually, we think they’re pretty great) with deep technology & innovation experience - which includes creating, marketing, growing and successfully exiting our own startups, to helping Fortune 100 companies fill their pipelines with game-changing new products and services. We’re more than a collection of coders. We’re also coaches and connectors that can help you bring meaningful ideas to life, through technology.

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Thurs, Oct 1

QCMerge Drinkup: Drink & Draw Edition

Location TBD | 5:30pm | FREE

The QCMDrinkup is open to all individuals who love to talk about technology, digital design, and digital marketing - and, of course, drinking!

Registration opens soon!

Thurs, Oct 1

Oen Hammonds: People + Practice + Places = Outcomes

NKU (Votruba Student Union) | 6:30pm - 9:00pm | FREE

Oen Michael Hammonds, a designer, mentor and lead facilitator at IBM Design, has designed across the gamut—advertising, graphic, interactive and environmental. Oen's previous work with diverse clients in the consumer, business and technology industries demonstrate his ability to jump in and solve tough challenges. At IBM Design, Oen works with the award-winning Education + Activation team to develop education programs and experiences for executives, software development teams. In this role, Oen facilitates workshops that activate participants to effectively apply IBM Design Thinking to build iconic products with human centered experiences.

Outside of his 9-to-5, Oen teaches design as an adjunct instructor and has shared his design experience at a variety of colleges and universities throughout the country. He is a passionate mentor to early and mid-career design practitioners and enjoys sharing his stories of failures and successes with those who are willing to listen to his Southern drawl.

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Fri, Oct 2

BLDG: Behind the Antlers

BLDG | 8:30am | FREE - $5

The creative Kentuckians at BLDG invite you into their gallery to give a full look into what makes them work. Less of a presentation and more of an experience, this exposé explains how their Covington locale, their connection with the urban contemporary art world, and their branding prowess work together to create inspirational, visionary and uncommon design solutions for clients.

Free coffee and breakfast will be provided.

About BLDG:
We are a creative refuge that fosters the inspirational, the visionary and the uncommon. Where copious creatives challenge the norm, stand on the ceiling, change what’s possible. Transformation is inevitable, ordinary is unacceptable. Enter the front door. Play on every floor. Leave different. Let’s create.

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Fri, Oct 2

Designing the Future: Ignite What’s Possible

Spicefire | 12:00pm | $5 - $15

A truly innovative brand creates unforgettable experiences. No matter the touch point, they obsessively strive to challenge convention and find new ways to connect, provoke, soothe, or simply empathize. Their experiences bleed outside the boundaries of the brand itself and seamlessly into your life. These are the brands we remember.

SpiceFire is a brand innovation agency located in the transformative epicenter of Cincinnati - OTR. Our people-driven culture allows us to live inspired, challenge convention, and serve as a catalyst to ignite what's possible. We continuously feed off of the energy and vibrancy of the community around us and look for ways to be influenced by our surroundings. We invite you in to help us create a memorable experience of discovery, inspiration, and connection.

Free lunch will be provided.

About Spicefire:
Creative Agencies come in different shapes and sizes. Some are process led, many are identified by the work that they do. At Spicefire, our people-driven culture allows us to live inspired, challenge convention, and serve as a catalyst to ignite what's possible for brands and businesses. Located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine, the transformative epicenter of Cincinnati, we are a Brand Innovation agency with a passion for solving problems and creating with purpose.

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Fri, Oct 2

Brian Singer: How to Get Rich in Design

Location TBD | 6:00pm | $10 - $25

Brian is rich. Filthy rich. All because of design. In this talk, he’ll share the path he took, the secret to success, and provide detailed, step­by­step instructions on how you too can get rich in design.

About Brian Singer:

Brian Singer is a San Francisco-based artist and designer. He is currently the Design Manager for Brand Creative at Pinterest. Prior to joining Pinterest, Brian managed design teams at Facebook, and ran his own studio working with such companies as Apple, Adidas and Chronicle Books.

Brian is best known for his provocative social projects, such as TWIT Spotting (Texting While In Traffic), which attracted international news coverage (including The Today Show, Time, and Gizmodo) as an unconventional approach to curbing distracted driving. He is also the creator of The 1000 Journals Project, a global art experiment that resulted in a book, a feature length documentary, and was exhibited at both the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. 

In 2013, Brian joined the national board of AIGA, the professional association for design. Prior to that, he was president of the San Francisco Chapter of AIGA and served on the advisory board for the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery.

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Fri, Oct 2

Design Week After Party

Location TBD | 7:30pm

Event information coming soon!

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  • AIGA Cincinnati
  • AGAR
  • AIA Cincinnati
  • ASID - American Society of Interior Designers
  • ASLA - American Society of Landscape Architects
  • BLDG
  • CreativeMornings
  • Differential
  • The Garage Group
  • Girl Develop It
  • IIDA
  • KIND Bars
  • LemonGrenade Creative
  • NKU - School of the Arts
  • The Pharmacy Co.
  • ProductCamp Cincinnati
  • QCMerge Drinkup
  • RDG - Ruttle Design Group
  • SEGD
  • Spicefire
  • Such + Such
  • The Woodward Theater