Tomorrow: Drafts + Draughts pregame for the Ellen Lupton Lecture

I think those behind Drafts + Draughts have figured out the perfect pregame for a creative lecture. Drafts + Draughts is a laid-back hand-lettering pregame at the Madison Pour House. All you need to do is bring your favorite writing utensil and they provide the canvas.

After the pregame, everyone will head over to the Ellen Lupton lecture at St. Rose’s Thelma P. Lally School of Education.

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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.


‘Cultural Corridor’ Proposed for Northern Berkshires

From the New York Times:

The project, intended to draw more visitors to the northern Berkshires and to help the economy of North Adams in particular, would include a new contemporary art museum, the renovation of a 1938 movie palace and the building of what Mr. Krens calls a museum for “extreme model railroading and contemporary architecture,” all in or near North Adams. The plan was announced at a news conference in North Adams.

This looks amazing and would make the Berkshires day-trip draw even stronger. This is all very early in the process but I sincerely hope this makes it through all the red tape.

Rendering: Gluckman Tang Architects

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Fall at Opalka Gallery

The Opalka Gallery at Sage has released their lineup of events for the fall semester.


“From Concept to Console: Art and Aesthetics in Video Game Design”
September 4 – December 13
Opening Reception: Friday, September 4, 6-8 p.m.
Curator’s Tours: 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 2, Friday, November 6, Thursday, December 3

Artist Lecture Series

Co-sponsored by the Opalka Gallery and the Department of Art + Design

Tuesday, September 8, 6:30 p.m.
Dave Phillips, concept artist on Skylanders: Swap Force

Tuesday, October 6, 6:30 p.m.
Virginia Durruty, exhibition designer

Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.
Matt McElligott, author and illustrator

Tuesday, December 8, 6:30 p.m.
Fernando Orellana, new media artist

Panel Discussion

Women in Video Game Design, Sunday, October 27, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
A panel of women from across the industry, from art and design to engineering, will discuss their careers and the issues facing women in the gaming industry.

Co-moderated by Opalka Director Elizabeth Greenberg and Jennifer J. Goodall, Director of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Women in Technology Program at UAlbany
Panelists: Arzu Fallahi, Concept Artist at Vicarious Visions, Danielle Godbout, User Interface Artist at Vicarious Visions, Kathleen Ruiz, Associate Professor of Integrated Arts, RPI and Tobi Saulnier, Founder and CEO, 1st Playable Productions

Film Series

Thursday, September 24, 6:30 p.m.
IndieGame: The Movie

Thursday, October 8, 6:30 p.m.
GTFO: The Movie

Thursday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.
Tilt: The Battle to Save Pinball

Thursday, December 3, 6:30 p.m.
Us and the Game Industry

PechaKucha Night

Friday, October 16, 6:30
Short talks by interesting people. PechaKucha is a format in which speakers present 20 slides for 20 seconds each.


Friday, November 6, 6:30 p.m. and Friday, November 20, 6:30 p.m.

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company
Performances in response to the current exhibition

Head over to their website to get more info on these events and be sure to mark your calendars!