San Francisco Design Week 2017 Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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San Francisco Design Week, produced by AIGA SF, The Professional Association for Design, returns to Pier 27 this year, celebrating its 10th anniversary with the theme, “Question Everything”, attaining a reputation as one of the world's most innovative design events. Over 200 events across the San Francisco Bay Area promote ideas from more than 60 partners, representing the heart of San Francisco’s design community.

San Francisco's great influence in creativity and innovation plays an important part in the Bay Area’s success and prosperity. The community of design talent underscores San Francisco’s distinguished position as an international design destination


SF Design Week 10th Anniversary Celebration: “Question Everything”
June 14 - 22, 2017

San Francisco Design Week returns to Pier 27 this year, celebrating its 10th anniversary with the theme, “Question Everything”, attaining a reputation as one of the world's most innovative design events. This year, Design Week, produced by AIGA SF, The Professional Association for Design, will again celebrate and promote San Francisco as the country’s most influential design center, creating a platform for inspirational design initiatives. Over 200 events across the San Francisco Bay Area will be offered from Silicon Valley to San Francisco, promoting ideas from more than 60 partners, representing the heart of San Francisco’s design community.

“San Francisco's great influence in creativity and innovation plays an important part in the Bay Area’s success and prosperity. The community of design talent underscores San Francisco’s distinguished position as an international design destination,” says Dawn Zidonis, executive director, AIGA SF.

This year’s program reflects the diversity of design disciplines practiced across the Bay Area, with a series of events, talks, workshops, and exhibitions to bring these interests to life. A major part of Design Week is the Hub, a central location which houses a broad range of activities including talks, installations, and exhibitions, followed by a week-long series of events hosted across the city at design studios and other local venues in the design community.

Opening Night Party kicks off SF Design Week with a musical performance by beatbox virtuoso Butterscotch, Design Hub exhibits and installations, Off the Grid food & drinks.
June 14, 6:30pm - 9:30pm, at Pier 27, Embarcadero, San Francisco, Calif.

Event Tickets $25 - $150; All proceeds benefit and support San Francisco Design Week non-profit produced 501(c)3

San Francisco Design Week, The Hub at Pier 27, Embarcadero.

The Hub is the center of SF Design Week’s opening suite of events, including the Opening Night Reception, and an exhibition showcase.
June 14 & 15, 2017, Pier 27, Embarcadero, San Francisco Calif.

Join the Hub on Thursday, June 15th from 9:00am – 4:00pm for forward-thinking presentations, unique workshops, exhibitions, and design installations. The exhibition space will be free and open to the public throughout the day on Thursday.
The 5,000 sq. ft. exhibition showcase reaches thousands of designers across multiple disciplines. From interior to industrial, VR to product, AI to graphic and more.

Select events at The Hub:

Workshop: Designing Rituals to Nudge A Culture Of Creativity
Suzanne Gibbs Howard, Dean of IDEO U
The Hub at Pier 27 - June 15, 2017

“When designing a ritual: don’t overthink it, just build the first thing you can, then move to more sophisticated versions later.”
Tim Brown, CEO and president of IDEO

Join this workshop to identify beliefs and behaviors that foster and stifle creativity in organizations, and design a ritual to amplify collaboration with others. Link here to an article from the IDEO U Blog about Tim Brown and nudging culture. For more about workshop leader, Suzanne Gibbs Howard: Suzanne at Ideo U.

Casa Castiglioni
An international exhibit at The Hub, from Milan, Italy.
Brought to SF Design Week by The Istituto Italiano di Cultura of San Francisco and the Italian Consulate General San Francisco.
The Hub at Pier 27 - June 14 & 15, 2017.

Casa Castiglioni explores the work of Achille Castiglioni through the use of objects he designed over the course of 50 years.

Conceived by the Castiglioni Foundation for the Abitami exhibition in Milan in 2011, and subsequently restaged in Rome, the show travels for the first time to the US. In addition to the exhibition, a performance by Giovanna Castiglioni (Achille’s daughter and president of the Castiglioni Foundation), will highlight scenes of daily life, interacting with objects and visitors and creating a narrative of how industrial objects made design history.

LOCZIdesign and Heavy Projects
An augmented reality exhibit
The Hub at Pier 27 - June 14 & 15, 2017

LOCZIdesign and Heavy Projects have partnered to bring visitors a truly unique augmented reality exhibit: exploring the changing nature of a city that questions everything. Through LOCZIdesign's award-winning interior design expertise and Heavy Project's award-winning, mixed reality projects, visitors will experience a true homage to a changing landscape that cultivates innovation and creativity.

Airbnb Experience
A spatial engagement
The Hub at Pier 27 - June 14 & 15, 2017.

"Here’s the simple truth: you can’t innovate on products without first innovating the way you build them."
--Alex Schleifer, Airbnb VP of Design

Airbnb is creating a custom installation aligned with this year's theme "Question Everything". Airbnb is a global brand based in San Francisco, California.

Mark Andrews: Storyboard Talk
A lecture by Mark Andrews, Director, Pixar Animation Studios
The Hub at Pier 27, June 15, 2017, 1:00pm

"This art form of visually telling the story is harder than it seems. To be able to convey the ideas, character, mood, motives, actions, required to tell a good story through using visual images can be like alchemy; its a very subjective medium that only works after you’ve tried it. In most cases the only way to succeed is to fail." - Mark Andrews, Director, Pixar Animation Studios

Mark will show examples of story boards from films he has worked on throughout his career; moments that have not made it into the final films but were instrumental in “finding” those memorable moments. His talk will highlight the image selection process to help build a visual narrative. Mark Andrews joined Pixar Animation Studios in December 2000 and in his time at the studio, he has worked on four of the studio's feature films. Andrews is currently working on an upcoming Pixar project.

RSVP by Eventbrite: Mark Andrews


Visitors will be able to experience a packed program of events across the Bay Area, featuring an array of activities which reflect the Bay Area as a vibrant think tank, presenting some of the most thought-provoking ideas in the design industry. Visitors will be able to hear from some of the industry’s most esteemed designers working at the forefront of their professions.

Here is a sampling:

Eight, Inc: Question This!
Fri, June 16th, 5:30pm-8:30pm
675 California Street, San Francisco
Eight, Inc. will be posting a series of questions here where visitors can share thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn with tag #8sfdw. On the evening of Friday, June 16, Eight, Inc. will be hosting mini workshops exploring each question and responses. Refreshments will be provided.
Eight Inc. designs meaningful human experiences that change the way people think, feel and do.
RSVP by Eventbrite Question This!

Inside the Studio: Snøhetta
Thursday June 15, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Snøhetta Studio, 236 8th St #100, San Francisco, Calif. 94103

Snøhetta, architects of the recent SFMOMA building, welcomes San Francisco Design Week into their design studio to enjoy a design chat about the firm's background and current projects. Attendance is limited, RSVP by Eventbrite Inside the Studio: Snøhetta

Autodesk: Design & Make Experience | Gallery Tour
Wed, June 14th, 10:00am Tour, 11:00am Design & Make
Autodesk Gallery, One Market St, 2nd Flr, San Francisco

Autodesk makes software for people who make things. Experience what it’s like to take an idea from design through fabrication at the Autodesk Gallery Design & Make Studio. Designers and makers of all ages—including students and educators—can get their hands on the latest design and 3D printing tools and equipment.

RSVP by Eventbrite Design & Make or Gallery Tour

Connected Home Design: Ammunition's Robert Brunner + Sunset Magazine
Thu, June 15th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Room & Board
685 7th St. San Francisco

Connected Home Design: what’s next? Join Room & Board and explore new design ideas for the modern, connected home. Ammunition Founder Robert Brunner will discuss the opportunities to design products that bring intelligence and connectivity to the home in meaningful ways. Sunset Home Editor Chantal Lamers will tell the story behind their Smart Cottage, which shows that function, technology and style can make a high-tech home both attainable and beautiful.

Grilled cheese and micro-brewed beer will be provided during the evening.
RSVP by Eventbrite: Smart Home Design

Design for Social Impact
Mon, June 19th, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Code For America
155 9th St, San Francisco

Code for America's mission is to ensure that government works for the people who need it most, using digital tools and practices. Learn about how designers have transitioned from for-profit to nonprofit and government.

As President Barack Obama said, “change only happens when ordinary people get involved.” Take the first step to be the change.
RSVP by Eventbrite Code for America

Get Baked with Open Table, Tartine Manufactory
Mon, June 19th, 6:00pm-9:00pm
595 Alabama Street, San Francisco

Join the Open Table Design Team for an evening of sweet treats and sweet conversations. Gather at Tartine Manufactory, one of San Francisco's newest artisanal dining spaces, for delectable delights, as well as limited edition enamel pins made by the design team. Located "around the corner" from Heath Ceramics. RSVP by Eventbrite Get Baked

Architectural Pavilions: Experiments and Artifacts, Panel Discussion, Museum of Craft and Design
Saturday June 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
2569 Third Street, San Francisco

"Architectural Pavilions: Experiments and Artifacts" presents digital and handmade architectural pavilions by Bay Area and international architects. The work included in the exhibition transforms the Museum of Craft and Design into an immersive architectural environment, demonstrating a range of projects from small-scale models to full-scale installations.

Attend a panel discussion with curator Mariah Neilson, and participating studios: Carmody Groarke, London; IwamotoScott, San Francisco; Jay Nelson, San Francisco; M&A, Los Angeles; and SITU Studio, New York.

Museum admission, drinks and snacks are included in the ticket price. Event & Ticket Info

Better Together: Exhibition AIGA SF & IDSA SF
Open May 4 - June 30, 2017
Center for Architecture + Design, 130 Sutter St, Ste 600
San Francisco CA 94104

Design has the power to inspire, and reassure - "Better Together" aims to celebrate those that utilize design to connect us. "Better Together" will celebrate the diversity and excellence of the design practice within the Bay Area, and aims to recognize Bay Area designers/companies of all disciplines. One individual/company will be awarded People's Choice Award on June 30, 2017. Better Together is jointly hosted by the IDSA SF and AIGA SF in the exhibit space of the AIGA SF offices, Center for Architecture + Design.
Here is a link to more information: Event info

The SF Design Week program is advised by an acclaimed selection of design leaders, including:

John Maeda, Automattic Global Head, Computational Design + Inclusion
Alex Schleifer, Airbnb VP of Design
Nancy Evars & Dimitra Anderson, Evars+Anderson, Co-Founders
Sade Borghei, Snøhetta Senior Architect
Ti Chang, Crave Co-Founder and VP of Design
Ana Arriola, Samsung VP of UX & Design; Champion of LGBTQ community
Trevor Hubbard, Butchershop Founder
Dawn Zidonis, AIGA SF Executive Director; World Design Week Vice President
For more about SFDW Design Advisors

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Capital One
Essen International
Green Copy
Heavy Projects
Italian Consulate General San Francisco
Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco
Modern Luxury
Modem Online
Mohawk Paper
Todd Tankersley Photography
Umpqua Bank
For more about SFDW 2017 Sponsorships

AIA San Francisco
California Academy of Sciences
Center for Architecture & Design
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Istituto Italiano di Cultura of San Francisco
Italian Consulate General San Francisco
The Book Club of California
For more about SFDW 2017 Partnering Organizations

ABOUT San Francisco Design Week:
Design Week is about exploring what makes design in the Bay Area so unique. From tech inventions to culture-changing products, human-centered design, emerging fashion and international architecture, San Francisco Design Week is the opportunity to experience the regions' unique design talents, impact and innovations.

San Francisco is a hub of innovation like no other. At the Design Week Hub, everyone comes together to discuss, debate, explore, celebrate and showcase San Francisco’s broad influence on the design world and beyond.

SF Design Week spans the entire Bay Area from Silicon Valley to the city of San Francisco, featuring world-renowned designers, entrepreneurs and innovative thought leaders with more than 60 studio tours and 200 events throughout the week.

SF Design Week is a community event led by a team of advisors and a core committee which represents the diversity of design disciplines in the Bay Area. The event is produced by AIGA SF, the professional association for design, a 501(3)c and the oldest and largest membership association for professionals engaged in the discipline, practice and culture of designing.

For further information, visit SF Design Week or the SF Design Week Blog


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