Phoenix Design Week Events

Phoenix Design Week opens with the Kickoff Party and Method + Madness Conference, followed by an impressive series of events hosted by individual groups across Phoenix. See the current schedule below.

Friday, October 21

Creative Mornings

8:30am @ O'Neil Printing, 3614 E Southern Ave, Suite 2, Phoenix AZ 85040

Creative Mornings is a creative morning lecture series. Join us after the talk for the O’Neil Large-Format Facility Tour.

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O'Neil Printing Large-Format Facility Tour

11am @ O'Neil Printing, 3614 E Southern Ave, Suite 2, Phoenix AZ 85040

You probably know O’Neil for their commercial print capabilities, but did you know they also have a full range of large-format capabilities? Stick around after Creative Mornings to see for yourself!

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Letterpress Workshop

1-4pm @ Hazel & Violet (in the Bragg's Pie Factory building), 1301 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007

Cindy Iverson from Letterpress Central and Nancy Hill from Hazel and Violet Ink are teaming up to host a creative afternoon in the land of letterpress. Small groups will work together to design, print and take home posters created from wood type, vintage cuts or polymer plates. No prior experience necessary but bring an apron so your clothes don’t get inky! The cost is $45 and spots are limited to 20 people.

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PHXDW 2016 Kickoff Party

7pm @ Monorchid, 214 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

TGIF! Get the first taste of Phoenix Design Week in the lively company of your design community. The event is free to M+M Conference ticket holders, and non­-conference attendees can purchase a ticket individually.

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Saturday, October 22

Method + Madness Day 1

9am–6pm @ The Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Let the Madness begin. The conference kicks off with inspiring talks given by designers and professionals who have helped shape the industry into what it is today.

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Method + Madness Evening Reception

7pm @ Moses Inc., 106 E Buchanan Street Phoenix, AZ 85004

After the end of the first day, keep the adrenaline high at the Evening Reception, where you’ll get to mingle with both conference speakers and other attendees.

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Sunday, October 23

Method + Madness Day 2

9am–5pm @ The Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Learn the Methods behind the Madness. The day kicks off with keynote presentations, then you’ll have the opportunity to attend educational breakout sessions with local professionals eager to share their secrets. Our six breakout tracks will include presentations from local experts on In-House Design, Diversity & Inclusion, Adobe Training, Design Thinking Workshops, UX/Dev, and Presentation & Storytelling Skills.

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Monday, October 24

Calligraphy Boot Camp: Day 1 – Lessons in Lettering with Professor Alison King

5:30-9:30pm @ The Art Institute of Phoenix, 2233 W Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021

In this two-day workshop, you’ll build up the muscle memory and use the right tools to learn five different calligraphy styles that will take your hand-lettering skills to the next level. It won’t be easy. There may be tears. But you’ll emerge a stronger designer with a better understanding of historical and contemporary letterforms, and new strength to back it up. Class fee includes light supper and all the tools you’ll need. Separate registration required, watch for announcement. Light supper is included at 5:30pm.

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Behance Portfolio Review in Tucson

5:45pm @ Madden Media Inc 345 East Toole Avenue Tucson, AZ 85701

Join fellow digital, print, and web designers (pros and students!) in Downtown Tucson for our Behance Portfolio Review

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FLUXX Game Mixer

6pm @ The Vig Fillmore, 606 N. 4th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

There’s nothing like a night with friends to come to terms with the flux of the world. Meet up with your emcees from Monomyth Studio who will introduce you to FLUXX: a game that fully embraces the chaos of life. Join us for a casual game evening with appetizers provided by Monomyth Studio.

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Tuesday, October 25

Ironworks Creative Freelancer Meetup

9am @ Switch Studio, 1802 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

For this special meetup, we’re celebrating PHXDW with a mixer-style format, instead of our traditional sit-down breakfast. Come enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with fellow local creative freelancers.

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Calligraphy Boot Camp: Day 2 – Lessons in Lettering with Professor Alison King

5:30-9:30pm @ The Art Institute of Phoenix, 2233 W Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021

Continue the lessons you learned on Monday and emerge a stronger designer with your newfound calligraphy skills. Watch for registration announcement. Light supper is included at 5:30pm.

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TechShop Studio Tour and Workshops

5:30–9pm @ TechShop, 249 E. Chicago St, Chandler, AZ 85225

Join TechShop in celebration of Design Week! We will kick off the day by offering a 30 min tour to anyone who has never been to our shop. We will be offering optional fun workshops and a free demonstration starting at 6:00pm.

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ExposeUX Season Premiere

6pm @ mod, 2828 North Central Avenue #100, Phoenix, AZ

Be the first to see the Season 2 Premiere of Expose UX in person before it’s released online! Expose UX is the web TV show where startups compete for prizes while getting feedback from user experience experts. It’s Shark Tank for UX design. Learn from the experts’ advice and improve your own product! Come to MOD coworking to be part of the first audience to see the only UX focused TV show and discuss the importance of UX with peers in the tech, startup, design, and programming communities!

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Framer PHX: Intro

6pm - 9pm @ MeltMedia, 1095 W Rio Salado Pkwy Suite 104 Tempe, AZ

Hey Phoenix designer! You’ve heard a lot about Framer, but what is it exactly, and how hard is it to get started? And what’s CoffeeScript? Here’s your chance to learn more. Join us for an intro to Framer and a basic code demo. Already using Framer? We’d love to see what you’re working on!

Come prepared to eat, drink, code, and to be generally amazed. Huge thanks to meltmedia for hosting us, and Framer for sponsoring us. Event starts at 6pm. Food, drinks, and knowledge are free! 😉

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News & Advertising Panel Discussion

5:30pm @ Filmbar, 815 N. 2nd Street Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix Ad Club and the Arizona Broadcasters Association are co-hosting “News and Advertising”—a moderated panel discussion. Hear local news directors discuss the landscape of traditional news departments and how advertising is crossing into the traditionally off-limits area of news broadcasts. Tickets are $35 per person for Members, or $45 per person for Non-Members. Ticket price includes one cocktail and appetizers.

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Get Out the Vote Picnic & Tour

12:00pm @ Arizona State Capitol Museum, 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

A perfect Tuesday afternoon break! Bring a sack lunch and enjoy Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza before touring the Arizona State Capitol Museum. This is an opportunity to tour the museum with the exhibit designers, see the Get Out the Vote exhibit, and learn how the State Library Digital programs do their work.

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PHXDW Morning Meetup in Flagstaff

9am @ Firecreek Coffee 22, Historic Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Keep it casual and grab a cup of joe during a celebratory week of design across the state of Arizona. We’ll be sharing ideas, struggles, and accomplishments with efforts of working together more collaboratively.

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Wednesday, October 26

Design Disruptors FIlm Screening

6:30pm @ Filmbar Phoenix, 815 N. 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

The future of business is being written by companies and products that—intentionally or not—shake billion dollar industries. Enter the world of 15+ industry-toppling companies—valued at more than $1 trillion dollars combined—with one unifying secret advantage: the transformative power of design. Design Disruptors reveals a never-before-seen perspective on the design approaches of these companies and how they are overtaking billion dollar industries through design.

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Women in Leadership Panel

12:30–1:30pm @ CoHoots, 221 East Indianola Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012

In tandem with Phoenix Design Week, join us at CO+HOOTS to hear from a panel of women in leadership positions discuss the hurdles, lessons, wins and everything in between. The panelists range from leading projects, small teams, multiple companies and the community of Phoenix. Come with questions and the desire to be inspired!

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Thursday, October 27

A night with... Aaron Draplin and The Harrowing Account of Making His First Book

6:30pm @ The Department, 1 N 1st St. #600, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Come get the inside scoop with Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co. and learn what goes on behind the scenes! He’ll give an in-depth walk through of some of his projects and answer questions in a more intimate setting. He opens his laptop, and dip you inside it! Tips, tricks, tales and threats from his questionable existence! Questions answered. Riddles solved. Enigmas discussed. Free door prizes! Don’t miss out!The cost of the event is $60 and seats are limited.

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Phoenix InDesign User Group Event

5:30pm @ Scottsdale Community College, Room SL-116, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale AZ

Join us as President Rick Burress presents “Adobe Apps Tips and Tricks” to our members. Admission is free and there will be food and drinks. Plus, download the meeting flyer on the registration page and bring it to the meeting to get an extra raffle ticket!

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6pm @ SEED SPOT, 2828 N Central Ave. #700, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Meet with IxDA Phoenix and participate in a group exercise to brush up your interaction design chops. In a workshop style format, IxDA will guide you through the key points of conducting user interviews.

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Friday, October 28

PHXDW 2016 Closing Party

7pm @ New City Church, 1300 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Get together with the community en masse one more time as we bring back the National Poster Retrospecticus for a second year. Hear NPR founder JP Boneyard speak about his life journey, hang out with your new friends, chat about the amazing ideas you heard all week, and get pumped for another year in the wonderful world of design. This event is free and open to the public, with special goodies for M+M ticket holders!

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