Phoenix Design Week Events

Tucson Kickoff to PHXDW: Tricks & Treats for Designing for Print

Date: 10/26/2017

Join AIGA Arizona-Tucson as we jump-start the statewide kickoff of PHXDW with this free and fun workshop at West Press. What to expect:

  • Behind-the-scenes benefits of both offset and digital presses to make your designs stand out!
  • Demonstration of specialty letterpress capabilities and with a special take home item.
  • Setting up your design files for success – saving time and money means more treats for you

Light snacks and refreshments.

6:00pm: Interactive West Press Workshop Tour Begins
7:30pm: Creative networking afterward at Dragoon Brewery


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ASU VCD 10th Annual Poster Show

Date: 10/26/2017

Join us Thursday, October 26 for the ASU Visual Communication Design Poster Show! For the past 10 years, this event has served as an exciting community auction that funds the VCD Senior Exhibition held every spring. This show features the work of entities out of North America, London, France, Germany, South Korea, Mexico, and more. Join us during Phoenix Design Week as we bring the most thoughtful print work in the industry to the desert and take home a poster of your own!

Tempe Annex
18 E. 10th St.
Tempe AZ, 85281

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Creative Mornings Phoenix: “PIONEER” with Payton Curry

Date: 10/27/2017

Start Phoenix Design Week bright and early in the company of your creative community! Creative Mornings Phoenix is back with the global exploration of PIONEER. Pioneers shatter expectations, widen boundaries, and reveal new possibilities in life. Join your CM family and Payton Curry, a true PIONEER in the discovery and execution of the health benefits of edible cannabis. Watch @phoenix_cm on Instagram for updates and to get tickets. Registration will open Monday, October 23 at 8:45am. FREE and includes breakfast courtesy of AIGA Arizona.


About Payton Curry

Payton Curry is a true PIONEER when it comes to the health benefits + creating recipes revolving around cannabis. He has personal experience + success throughout his life to help with depression, anxiety and his battle with alcohol. With the use of cannabis, Payton has helped others create tinctures to halt and prevent seizures, ease the harsh effects of cancer, cystic fibrosis and eating disorders. He promotes the munchies to all and encourages our country to view eating cannabis as medicine … we have always been encouraged to eat our vegetables!


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O’Neil Printing Large Format Facility Tour

Date: 10/27/2017

Join the team at O’Neil for tours and demonstrations at their Large Format showroom, and learn about their large-format production, products and capabilities. You will be amazed to see how large format can transform any environment. For over 100 years, O’Neil has been partnering with their clients and the design community on print communication needs.

This event is free and open to the public with registration. Please be respectful of our hosts and only RSVP if you definitely plan to attend so we may provide them with an accurate headcount.


Presented in association with Phoenix Design Week and sponsored by Premier Print and Large Format Sponsor, O’Neil Printing.

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PHXDW Kickoff Party with Special Edition Bar Flies

Date: 10/27/2017

Get the first taste of Phoenix Design Week in the lively company of your local design community. Join us for a special edition of Bar Flies, a monthly storytelling series, featuring the theme “Wish You Were Here.” The show will be followed by a live performance by Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra. Grab a drink, catch up with friends, and enjoy local food trucks, giant lite brite wall, and compelling stories curated by Katie Johnson.

Becky Bartkowski
Katie Johnson
Anwar Newton
Robrt Pela
Stina Sieg

BarFlies DJ:
Jason P. Woodbury

6:00 – 7:00pm Grab a Bite/Social Hour
7:00 – 8:00pm Special Edition Bar Flies (Quiet please!)
8:00 – 10:00pm Kickoff Party/Live Music

Admission is included for PHXDW/M+M two-day ticketholders, RSVP will be required. General admission for non-ticketholders $20. Your ticket includes admission to Bar Flies, soft drinks, one entree and side dish from a local food truck, and live entertainment by PAO. A cash bar will also be available. Please note, this is a 21+ event. Registration is required.

Not 21?
Hang out with the AIGA Poly student group at Dave & Busters at 6PM for an all ages alternative. Email Kassidy Arias ( if interested.
Dave & Busters in the Tempe Market Place
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy
Temp, AZ 85281

General Admission $20
FREE for Method + Madness conference ticket holders, confirmation number required on order form.


Admission is included for PHXDW/M+M two-day ticketholders, RSVP will be required. General admission for non-ticketholders $20. Your ticket includes admission to Bar Flies, one entree and side dish from a local food truck, and live entertainment by PAO. A cash bar will also be available. Please note, this is a 21+ event.


Still need tickets to Method + Madness and Phoenix Design Week? Everything you need to know:

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Method + Madness Conference – Day One

Date: 10/28/2017

Join us for the first day of inspirational Madness from keynote speakers and more.

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M+M Saturday Reception: Explore Your Design Archetype

Date: 10/28/2017

Relax and unwind immediately following the first day of Method + Madness with a few hundred of your new friends! You’ve been sitting all day, now get on your feet for a mix and mingle reception as we turn the conference room into an improv session! Now’s your chance to discover if you’re a Wildcard, Perfectionist, Natural, Expert, Dreamer or Problem Solver as you Explore Your Design Archetype with Nina Miller of The Torch Theatre.

This event is included for all Method + Madness two-day and Saturday-only ticketholders, plus WordCamp attendees. Tickets are also available to non-ticketholder guests for $10 admission – perfect for significant others and people who would like to view and vote on the Best of 2017 Exhibition. Light snacks and beverages will be served, plus a cash bar.

  • Free for M+M Ticketholders – please RSVP so we can get a headcount of who’s staying!
  • Free for ticketed WordCamp attendees – must RSVP and show your WordCamp badge for admittance
  • $10 Guest Admisssion



Immediately following this reception, all M+M ticketholders are invited to the WordCamp party at Phoenix Public Market, starting at 7pm. No RSVP is required, but you MUST have your PHXDW/M+M conference badge for admission to the WordCamp party!

For information, click here to view the WordCamp event on Facebook

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M+M Topic Lunch Groups

Date: 10/28/2017

Attending Method + Madness 2017 on Saturday and wondering what to do for lunch? Join one of our topic lunch groups and make some connections! Five AIGA Arizona board members will each lead a group of 8 to a nearby restaurant where we’ll have reserved seating. Group leaders will start the conversation with the topic listed below and see where it goes!

Lunch Group Details

  • Lunches are no-host – that means you pay for yourself.
  • Meet at 12:00 Noon in the designated area near the Registration Table immediately following the morning speakers.
  • Groups will walk to nearby designated restaurants
  • Restaurants have been informed that we need to be done by 1:15PM so that you will be able to return on time for the afternoon sessions.


Christina Carrasquilla
Mentorship Director / AIGA Arizona
Redesigning the Future of Design Education: What are the current trends in design education and how will we train designers of the future?

Marissa Groom
Design for Good Director / AIGA Arizona
Designing for Changing Environments: How do we share information and resources about climate change? What role can designers play in saving our planet?

Theresa Johnson (sold out)
Design for Good Chair / AIGA Arizona
Women Leading Design: We will discuss the unique challenges women face in the creative industry and brainstorm ideas how our community can address these issues.

Mat Lien (sold out)
In-House Director / AIGA Arizona
A Seat at the Table: How to bridge the language barrier between creatives and executives, and position in-house design teams as valued strategic partners in a corporate world.

Kathy Morgan (sold out)
Financial Director / AIGA Arizona
Keeping Legacy Designers Engaged: The benefits and rewards of trading design wisdom with energetic, tech-savvy upcoming designers.

RSVP now, these will fill quickly!

Psst! Want to know who they are?


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Method + Madness Conference – Day Two

Date: 10/29/2017

Continue the M+M journey for the second day of Method with breakout sessions and keynotes.

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Method + Madness Breakout Tracks

Date: 10/29/2017

Conference breakouts are included at no additional charge for all two-day Method + Madness ticketholders, or available as Sunday-only or Breakout-only tickets.

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Method + Madness Pop-Up Shops

Date: 10/28/2017 - 10/29/2017

Browse an exciting selection of design-inspired merchandise at the M+M Pop-Up Shops. Have some merch you want to market at the conference?

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Best of 2017 Design Exhibition

Date: 10/28/2017 - 10/29/2017

Claim your rightful place as part of Arizona’s design legacy by submitting a favorite project you created this year to the Best of 2017 Exhibition. Back again for a fourth year, the exhibition will be displayed during the Method + Madness conference, where attendees will cast their votes for their favorite entries. Best in Show prizes will be awarded at the close of the conference on Sunday, October 29. Call for Entry is now open through October 6.

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Grow Your Design Network with Grace and Ease: A Workshop with Pamela Slim — Sold Out

Date: 10/30/2017

The health of your art or design business is directly related to the health of your network. How do you identify your best peers, patrons, partners and High Council of Jedi Knights? How to do approach influential and busy people in a natural and organic way that gets results and attention, without being pushy? How do you nurture a passionate and enthusiastic community of prospects, customers and fans?

In this workshop, Pamela Slim shares secrets from her work teaching thousands of business owners network building including:

  • Your three critical network circles
  • The power of avatars, ecosystems and watering holes
  • How to connect with people naturally and effectively
  • Building community with peers, partners and customers on social media

This workshop will be held at Pamela’s incubator space K’é (pronounced Keh) in the heart of downtown Mesa’s revitalized Main Street. In honor of Phoenix Design Week, Pam is generously providing this workshop, valued at $300, free of charge, up to a total of 30 registered attendees. One of the local Main Street restaurants will be providing eats and beverages.

Register now to reserve your spot!

Pamela Slim Portrait

Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker and leader in the new world of work. She spent the first 10 years of her solo practice as a consultant to large corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab and Cisco Systems, where she worked with thousands of employees, managers and executives. In 2005, she started the Escape from Cubicle Nation blog, and has coached thousands of budding entrepreneurs, in businesses ranging from martial art studios to software start ups. Her new book, Body of Work, was released with Penguin Portfolio in January 2014.

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Constructing Collaborative Teams with Lego®

Date: 10/30/2017

Of course designers belong in cross-functional teams. But collaboration can be f-ing hard! Even the best and brightest people struggle to make the most of what everyone on a team has to offer. Join us for this hands-on, highly interactive session led by Idea Farm’s Tamara Christensen. You will have the opportunity to use Lego Serious Play® methods and materials to explore a collaboration challenge you are facing right now. Gain insights about yourself and others while you build new connections and ways of thinking about collaboration. Yes, we will have some time for networking and nosh. And yes, you will play with Lego. Lots of Lego.

Special shout and thanks to our collaborative hosts at Goodmans Interior Structures for their support of the Phoenix design community!

**Please note: Space is limited (so we have enough Lego to go around) so register today!

Tickets are $10 and include snacks and souvenirs.


About Tamara Christensen

Tamara Christensen is on a mission to transform the way it feels to work. The founder of Idea Farm, she is a passionate and empathetic facilitator, trainer, speaker and author. Tamara has 20 years of experience blending design thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, and research to help organizations build innovation capabilities and apply them to complex business challenges. Tamara works with a range of organizations from small not-for-profits and local businesses to global Fortune 100 companies including Honeywell and 3M. In addition to an MSD in Design Thinking and doctoral studies in creativity, she completed the Integrating Creative Leadership program at the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) and is a frequent presenter at events around the globe including CPSI, Mindcamp and CREA. Tamara has been described metaphorically as a glass of prosecco, a whirling dervish and a sharpie. Tamara’s book, F-ing Innovation: Why innovation is hard and what to do about it is now available on Amazon.

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Designing Partnerships: How to Get the Most from Your Agency

Date: 10/31/2017

Working with outside vendors is a lot like online dating: you spend hours searching for the perfect match, narrow down your selection to a few promising options, chat a bit online, and set up an in-person meeting to see if there’s a future there. Fortunately, you don’t have to walk into your agency meetings the way you would walk into a blind date. meltmedia will share a strategy for building successful agency/client relationships, based on almost 20 years of working with our own clients—and input from other leading agencies in the community. Swipe right on this engaging session; you won’t regret it. Presented by meltmedia and hosted by AZ Technology Council.


  • AZ Technology Council Members, FREE
  • PHXDW/Method + Madness Attendees, FREE with registration code “MELT”
  • Non-Members, $15
  • Includes lunch


Attendees will learn: 

When it comes to large-scale design projects, successful partnerships can save your sanity, professional relationships, and bottom line. Learn how to create a strategy that aligns internal and external teams to extract the most value possible from your agency partner.

Who should attend: 

Content will be most valuable to senior marketers responsible for driving large-scale design projects.

About the Speakers:

Will Mejia is an accomplished design and marketing leader with nearly 20 years of experience developing engaging brand communications and captivating user experiences. Currently Director of Marketing at meltmedia, his client portfolio is a veritable who’s who of leading B2B and B2C brands including Warner Bros., Arizona Cardinals, Tyson Foods, and Carvana. Team members have referred to Will as “a visionary,” “uniquely passionate,” and “that guy who stocks the office pony keg with awesome beer.” When he isn’t creating inspirational design experiences, Will can be found cooking, gardening, mountain biking, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Mary Lane is a near 10-year veteran of the design field, with a deep passion for the crossroads of technology and UX; as a senior UX designer at meltmedia, she is responsible for guiding strategy and execution—from research and whiteboarding to wireframing and client collaboration. Her professional pedigree includes a B.S. from Georgia Institute of Technology and a client roster of heavy hitters including AT&T, NCAA, Bed Bath & Beyond, UPS, and Cleveland Clinic. Mary is an active member of IxDA, AIGA, Ladies that UX, and Girl Develop It. When she isn’t masterminding mind-blowing user experiences, she can be found in both the great outdoors (hiking, camping, and traveling) and the great indoors (sewing, playing handball, and trying to keep her houseplants alive).

About meltmedia:

meltmedia is an award-winning digital strategy, design, and development agency. Established in 2000 and headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, the meltmedia team consists of over 80 onshore, in-house designers, developers, and strategists who live to create the world’s most inspiring digital experiences. Our portfolio of leading biotech, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and other industry clients includes Genentech (a member of the Roche Group), Honor Health, and Scholastic. meltmedia has been named the #1 web design agency, a top five marketing agency, a top five software company, and a best place to work by the Phoenix Business Journal, and an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing company in America. Visit or connect with us on LinkedInFacebook, and Twitter.


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Special PHXDW Ironworks Breakfast Meetup

Date: 10/31/2017

Ironworks is a monthly meetup for self-employed creatives in the metro Phoenix area. As iron sharpens iron, Ironworks was created as a way to bring self-employed creatives together over breakfast to learn from and be inspired by one another. There’s no speaker or agenda, just a casual meal with like-minded individuals.

For this special meetup, we’re celebrating Phoenix Design Week! In order to accommodate more people, this meetup will be more of a mixer-style format, instead of our traditional sit-down breakfast. Coffee and breakfast treats will be provided by Distill Mill and Strong Design.

Creatives of all kinds are welcome—designers, developers, marketers, photographers, illustrators, writers, videographers, artists, or makers of any kind. We’re an open-minded bunch, so whether you’re fully self-employed, moonlighting after hours, are interested in becoming self-employed, or just like hanging out with freelance creatives, we’d love for you to join us.

Make sure to RSVP so that we can get an accurate count for food and beverages—reservations will close at 12pm the day before the event. Hope to see you there!

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Why Your UX Needs Conflict

Date: 11/01/2017

Join Ladies That UX Phoenix during Phoenix Design Week for an evening of great fun at Tallwave in Scottsdale. We’ll be welcoming Jody Miller, Senior Director, Office of Experience Design, at University of Phoenix. She has been with the organization for over 10 years and really knows her stuff when it comes to the student experience! More details to come on her talk.

Snacks and drinks will be provided! This is a free event.

Register today!



About our speaker

​​Jody Miller joined the University of Phoenix (UOPX) in 2007 as the Product Manager for the University website and has held key management positons within the organization, becoming the Vice President of Website Strategy and Operations in 2013.

Jody’s passion for education, along with the combination of her marketing and technology skills allowed her to continue to expand her focus on design within the fast-paced environment of UOPX and in 2014 she founded the first Office of Experience design in Higher Education under the University Provost. The focus of the Experience Design Office is analyzing the student journey, researching and testing student needs in the in-house UX lab and working to define the entire student experience from interest to commencement.

Jody’s connection to education has always been a strong one. Prior to joining the University she worked for a digital and telephony certification company that held industry leading certifications. She held multiple roles within the organization ranging from managing web development and product marketing to directing SEO, PR and marketing communications.

Throughout her 18 years in digital learning Jody realized that in every sense, a company focused on education must fulfill the promise it makes to its students. Learning is more than just going to class, completing assignments and taking tests. Learning also means providing a thoughtful and rich classroom experience and an environment that allows knowledge to flourish. This promise, coupled with analytics, experience data and user research, along with a strong focus on student needs, help deliver constant improvement in positive learning outcomes. It is this that drives Jody each and every day.

Jody holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Montana and holds certifications in digital multimedia and web design.



HUGE thank you to our sponsor!

Tallwave is a business design and innovation company, pursuing greatness for their clients through strategy, brand, design, and technology. They help ambitious clients validate ideas, leverage new tech, and reimagine their businesses to launch products and grow brands that resonate with customers.



Ladies That UX Phoenix is a monthly meetup group focused on creating a welcoming, transparent community of women that are interested and passionate in making the world a better place for users through UX! Our aim is to be a supportive place for women in UX to connect, mentor, share and build their skills with one another. Join us for a special PHXDW talk, details to come.

Come join us for all the fun and be a part of a fun, supportive and welcoming community of women in UX!

Twitter: @ladiesthatuxphx
Instagram: @ladiesthatuxphx

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Screenprinting Demo/Workshop with Illustrator and Artist Jon Arvizu — SOLD OUT

Date: 11/01/2017

Ever wanted to print your own poster art? Create beautiful, limited edition screen prints with your own two hands and break the constraints of the digital world? This demo/workshop presented by Jon Arvizu will cover the basics of screen printing including the proper materials, methods and techniques for stenciling, color separation, mixing inks and the mechanics of the printing process. Best of all, you’ll get a chance to pull your own print of a poster designed by Jon for the event.

What is Screenprinting?

In this process, ink is applied directly onto a mesh screen and pushed through with a squeegee in order to produce a work of layered art or design on a piece of paper beneath the screen.  All of the work created is original and this method of printmaking works perfectly for multiple editions.

Watch Jon Arvizu in action

Who should attend

This workshop is for beginners with little to no formal experience with screenprinting. Intermediate screenprinters are also welcome to attend. Class fee includes registration, all the tools you’ll need, and light appetizers. Class starts promptly at 6:00pm and is limited to only 20 attendees, register now, this will fill up fast.


This event will be held in Mesa Arts Center’s Printmaking Studio and is presented in partnership with Mesa Arts Center’s Studios Program.


About Jon Arvizu

Jon Arvizu is a nationally recognized Illustrator and Graphic Designer working in Scottsdale, Arizona. With over 17 years of professional experience, his illustration and design has been featured by the American Advertising Federation, Print Magazine, and Communication Arts amongst other publications. Jon has worked with many brands over the years including Netflix, Fossil, The National Football League and Popular Science Magazine.

Jon’s handmade Serigraphs and fine art prints are available online at and through a handful of local retail partners in the Phoenix area.

Jon and his wife Jenn collaborate on their line of HighJinks apparel. Thoughtful design for thoughtful humans, including graphic tees, hats, patches and accessories.

Also find Jon online at:




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19th Annual Animation Show of Shows

Date: 11/01/2017

The Animation Show of Shows is a traveling selection of the year’s best animated short films, curated and presented by Acme Filmworks founder Ron Diamond.

For this year’s 19th annual screening, the Animation Show of Shows will present 16 individual animations in a variety of formats, including stop-animation, hand-drawn and computer animations from filmmakers around the world.


Featured Films:

  • Can You Do It – Quentin Baillieux (France)
  • Tiny Big – Lia Bertels (Belgium)
  • Next Door – Pete Docter (U.S.)
  • The Alan Dimension – Jac Clinch (Great Britain)
  • Beautiful Like Elsewhere – Elise Simard (Canada)
  • Hangman – Paul Julian & Les Goldman (U.S.)
  • The Battle of San Romano – Georges Schwitzgebel (Switzerland)
  • Gokurosama – Aurore Gal, Clémentine Frère, Yukiko Meignien, Anna Mertz, Robin Migliorelli, & Romain Salvini (France)
  • Dear Basketball – Glen Keane (U.S.)
  • Island – Robert Löbel & Max Mörtl (Germany)
  • Unsatisfying – Parallel Studio (France)
  • The Burden – Niki Lindroth von Bahr (Sweden)
  • Les Abeilles Domestiques – Alexanne Desrosiers (Canada)
  • Our Wonderful Nature – The Common Chameleon – Tomer Eshed (Germany)
  • Casino – Steven Woloshen (Canada)
  • Everything – David OReilly (U.S.)

Advance Online General Admission $10.00
(includes service charge)

$12.00 at the door, $11.00 for students with i.d.

Doors open at 6:30PM, show starts at 7:00PM


Sponsored by AIGA Arizona for Phoenix Design Week


General Dentistry of Dr. David Weiss, D.D.S.
(“Your Downtown/Midtown Dentist!”)

Carly’s Bistro

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Creatives Collide

Date: 11/02/2017

It’s not just another networking event or your basic happy hour. It’s an agency vs. agency night playing crazy, hilarious games until we have one victor. Delicious food and adults beverages will be in attendance, along with some new and some old faces from the agency world. Don’t believe the hype? Take a look at the first year:

Who should attend
Agencies (the team sizes are 3+) and then a cheering squad!

About Creatives Collide
The Creatives Collide team is made up of individuals from the Phoenix community who want to bridge the gaps between local agencies.

$150/3-person team


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Calligraphy Boot Camp with Associate Professor Alison King — Sold Out

Date: 11/01/2017 - 11/02/2017

Do you draw brush script with a pencil? Does your lettering lack spark and flow? Much lettering looks unnatural because it defies the physics of calligraphy and uses ordinary materials. Our Boot Camp will suit you up, shape you up, and develop muscles you never knew you had using your brand new calligraphy kit!

In this two-day hands-on workshop, you’ll build up the muscle memory while learning five different calligraphy styles that will help take your hand lettering skills to the next level. You’ll emerge with a better understanding of both historical and contemporary letterforms, deepening your appreciation for the evolution of the western alphabet.

Day 1 will introduce your new toolkit while learning Uncial and Blackletter style calligraphy; Day 2 continues with Brush Script, Modern Script with Pointed Pen and Folded Pen.

This workshop is for beginners with little to no formal experience with calligraphy. Intermediate lettering artists are also welcome to attend. Class fee includes two-day registration, all the tools you’ll need and a light supper, served at 5:30pm, class starts promptly at 6:00pm each day. Limited to only 18 attendees, register now, this will fill up fast.




Alison King is Associate Professor of Graphic Design at The Art Institute of Phoenix, where she teaches traditional typography, font design, design history and expressive type. She is also the founder of Modern Phoenix LLC, Arizona’s go-to source for information and inspiration through midcentury modern design.

Instagram and Twitter: @modernphoenix
FB: Modern Phoenix

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Tucson Makers: Creating Change

Date: 11/02/2017

Tucson Makers, presented by AIGA Arizona, is an annual fundraiser during Phoenix Design Week featuring fast-paced visual presentations by Tucson creatives. This year’s theme is Creating Change. From protest songs to editorial cartoons to political theater, art has long been a powerful tool to express dissent, influence policy, and inspire social action. Tucson is home to numerous artists and creatives whose work is motivated and inspired by local, national, and global issues. This year’s event is inspired by these courageous individuals, the political climate, and AIGA’s own Design for Good initiative.


Jade Beall

Liane Hernandez
Community Life Director,
YWCA Southern Arizona

Debi Chess Mabie
Executive Director,
Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona

Melani “Mele” Martinez
UA Writing Program / Director,
Tucson Flamenco Studio

Lisa M. O’Neill
Writer | Editor | Educator | Creativity Usher

Soleste Lupu and Joey Rodgers
Co Artistic Directors of Dancing in the Streets AZ

MC: Cathy Rivers
Executive Director,
KXCI Community Radio

Ticket Prices:

$10 Members/affiliates
$15 Non-members


To learn about sponsorship opportunities for this event please contact Julie Ray at 520.329.7175 or by email at

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Back to the Eighties: PHXDW Closing Party celebrating Phoenix Ad Club’s 80th Anniversary

Date: 11/03/2017

Time to grab your spandex, leg-warmers and headbands, folks. It’s the AAF PHX 80th Anniversary and we’re kicking it back to the 80’s for the Phoenix Design Week 2017 Closing Party.

You know what that means? Totally Radical 80’s – All. Night. Long. Whether you’re more into the spandex or the hammer-pants – we want to see it all. You bring the fresh outfits and we’ll bring the totally awesome food & drink. Party starts at 7:00 pm and will be hosted at the radical Warehouse 215 @ Bentley Projects in Phoenix. Let’s motor!

Your ticket includes admission to Back to the Eighties, appetizers, cash bar, soft drinks, photo booth, and live entertainment by one of the Valley’s favorite bands, Rhythm Edition Band! Admission is included for PHXDW/M+M two-day ticketholders, RSVP strictly required with ticket number. General admission tickets are only $25 for AIGA Arizona and AAF Phoenix members, $40 for non-members and at the door. And because we think our members are like, gnarly, your AIGA AZ and AAF Phoenix member number will get you one complimentary drink ticket, too.

Attendees under 21 years of age are welcome; we will be carding and wristbanding all attendees. Children 12+ may attend with parent supervision at all times. All attendees must have their own ticket. Registration is required.


  • $25 for AIGA Arizona and AAF Phoenix members registered in advance
  • $40 for non-members and at the door
  • FREE for Method + Madness conference ticket holders, confirmation number required on order form.


Rhythm Edition Band
This incredibly talented band has been performing around the Valley since 1990. They are an eight piece band, with a 2-piece horn section and energy for days! They are known for incredible set lists and their interaction with the crowd. Rhythm Edition has a solid schedule of events well into 2018, playing at almost all of the Casinos in Arizona and beyond!
They will be covering all of your favorite 80’s hits….from Prince to Bowie to Bruce! So bring your leg warmers and your 80’s requests along with you!
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