2016 AIGA UPSTNY Design Crawl

The Upstate NY Chapter of AIGA is hosting their annual Design Crawl tomorrow in Troy. The idea is that of a bar crawl, but visiting where local designers work as well as bars.

Come out and see where local creatives work, then join us as we tip a few and ‘crawl’ to another studio, then another pub, etc… Should be a fun night—get a tour of local agencies, meet other creatives in your area and get those steps in! All are welcome (you must be 21+ to drink at pubs). Giddy-up!

Troy Schedule:
6:00 pm Meet at id29, 425 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
6:20 pm Crawl to Brown’s Brewing Co., 417 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
6:50 pm Crawl to CCA, 2 Third Street, Troy
7:20 pm Crawl to The Ruck, 104 Third Street, Troy
7:50 Crawl to Boogie, 333 Broadway, Suite 460, Troy
8:30 pm Crawl to Troy Innovation Garage, 24 Fourth Street, Troy

Tickets are $10 if you’re not an AIGA member and are on sale now. If you’re a current AIGA member, this event is free. If you’re in a creative line of work this is the perfect opportunity to meet other area creative folk and check out their work spaces, and have a few pints in the process.


Adobe’s Tim Brown at Opalka Gallery

AIGA Upstate NY has put together an awesome event April 20 at Opalka Gallery featuring Tim Brown, Head of Typography for Adobe Typekit and Adobe Type.

The web is universal and, in this talk, Tim Brown shows us how to practice typography in a way that is equally universal. Focusing on traditional typographic principles, while also embracing progressive enhancement, Tim explains how fonts, CSS, web-enabled devices, and user contexts coexist. Together, we will reevaluate what it means to successfully set type — and inform our routine decisions about typefaces, font sizes, and white space.

Tickets are currently available, but limited. Get yours quickly if this is something you’d hate to miss.


Unrestricted at ACG

ACG recently announced a cool show that will have it’s opening reception Friday at 5pm. Unrestricted is a showcase of personal work from artists that work at Vicarious Visions, a local video game company responsible for many games you’ve heard of. Many designers and artists have their side projects and other creative outlets, but they rarely get shown, let alone their own show.

The artists at VV have been recognized for their work on groundbreaking video games including Skylanders: SuperChargers and Guitar Hero – but are excited to come together for the first time to share their most personal work. Unrestricted is a glimpse into the inspirations and passions that fuel their creativity.

Artists include: Jeff Bellio, Bill Castagna, Steve Derrick, Kevin Dobler, Arzu Fallahi, Wyatt Glen, Matt Helsom, Eric Johnson, Brian Labore, Danielle Morales, Scott Moore, Dave Phillips, Christian Portwine, and Daniel Williams.

For more info, check the event page from ACG.


Create Upstate 2016

Create Upstate, a conference in Syracuse for designers is back for another year. This year’s conference is set for May 12 and 13.

Speakers include Kelli Anderson, Dan Cassaro, Ben Cline, Danielle Evans, Jonnie Hallman, and Becky Simpson.

There are workshops as well that let you not just be inspired from the talks, but let you cut your teeth at a new skill. Workshops include Designing Sustainable Websites, One App, Two Apps: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Screens Big & Small, Like A Boss, Selfish Accessibility, Modern Calligraphy for Beginners, and Chalk Lettering.

If this seems like your kind of conference, head to the Create Upstate website and get yourself reigstered.