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LA Design Festival

The LA Design Festival celebrates this city’s rich design culture. Our definition of design is purposely broad to ensure that our festival is reflective of our city’s diversity and talent.

Where Various locations Map

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When Thu, Jun 08
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RuNT. Blunt Talk: Cannabis and Design

Join us for a round of Lightning Talks by cannabis product designers, cultural strategists and storytellers, a no holds barred Q&A, and of course, tacos.

Presented by The Creative Party®

Where ROC's rooftop
604 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401 Map

Cost $15 - $25

When Thu, Jun 08
6:30 - 9:30

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The Happening 2017: Portland’s Love/Hate Relationship with Hip-Hop

Hip-hop in Portland is growing in respect and stature, as emerging and established artist alike navigate a shifting musical landscape. Join moderator DJ Klyph as he prompts artist Karma Riviera, artist Fish Martinez, journalist Jenni Moore and promoter Anthony Sanchez to share their takes on the state of our local hip-hop scene.

Where Open Signal
2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212 Map

Cost $7

When Sat, Jun 10
1pm PT

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The MIX | AIGA Portland Portfolio Review

A curated portfolio review connecting selected applicants with creative industry leaders from companies such as Nike, W+K, Sorel, RG/A, Instrument, and Sandstrom Partners. AIGA’s intent is to create design relationships between two distinct spectrums—entry-level and established. Through round-table discussions and chances to meet and greet, participants will make connections and gain the needed insight to become strong professionals.

Where R/GA
415 NW 13th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209 Map

Cost Free application

When Sat, Jun 17
10am PT

Shake It Like a Polaroid Bowling Tournament!

AIGA Austin is taking over Highland Lanes for an evening of bowling and fun—Form a team or come solo and join the fun! Here are all the details you need to know to have an evening of friendly competition. PLUS your first drink is on us!

Where Highland Lanes
8909 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757 Map

Cost $100 - $125 per team

When Thu, Jun 22
6:30 - 10:00

2017 AIGA Los Angeles Awards

Celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the 2017 AIGA LA AWARDS honorees, Errol Gerson, Wayne Hunt and GOOD Worldwide.

On this very special evening,  attendees will also have an opportunity for individual giving that will impact and provide invaluable resources to the Los Angeles Chapter of AIGA.

Guests are encouraged to wear cocktail attire.

Where Millwick, Arts District, DTLA
800 East 4th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90013 Map

Cost $85 - $115

When Thu, Jun 22
7:00 - 10:00

Past Events

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RuNT. Priced Out

Portland faces a critical lack of housing inventory, and what’s here is getting more expensive: rents rose 34% between 2010 and 2015 alone. What does this mean for the future of creative work in this city? What will happen if the artists and creative thinkers who make our city vibrant can no longer afford to live or work here? With filmmaker Alain LeTourneau, 1000 Friends of Oregon’s Madeline Kovacs, Neighborhood Partnerships’ Alison McIntosh, and ADX Portland founder Kelley Roy.

RuNT. Alcohol Content

We explored the unique challenges to branding and marketing America’s most popular poison that, critics might say, already sells itself. With R/GA’s Dave Burg, Preacher’s Rob Baird, Hops & Grain founder Josh Hare, Butler Bros’ Jeremy Spencer, and McGarrah Jessee’s Aimee Roberge.

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Holiday Party 2016

Winter weather couldn’t stop us from getting together, enjoying seasonal libations, and pointing–lots of and lots of pointing. Welcome back, holidays. Who loves ya baby?

RuNT. Humanizing Technology with Mark Wyner

Don’t look now, but your life depends on user experience design. Smartphones lead us around by the hand, we strap computers to body parts like it’s going out of style, and autonomous cars are already on the road. Thankfully, Mark Wyner is determined to humanize those experiences.

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RUNT. The Brewing of a Brand

A good brand sets you apart, tells your story, distinguishes your product, assures your customers…and it better look great while it’s at it. Regardless of brand recipe, in the beer business you need the brew to back it up. We heard the story–both the struggles and successes–of brewers and beer branders as they walked us down the path they’re taking to leave their mark.

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Merry Creative Party Party

We gathered the troops at TILT in the Pearl to eat tater tots, drink seasonal cocktails and be merry. Like way, way merry.

RUNT. Be Part of the “Seen”

Four of LA’s most influential creative-industry hiring managers discussed what they love, hate, and ignore about portfolios, and the people who present them. Our panel included Owen Williams—a creative recruiter at advertising agency 72andSunny, Raymond Sanchez—a creative director with BLKBX Creative Group, Bridget Prophet—a freelance creative director whose work includes global campaigns for JetBlue, Mercedes-Benz, American Express, AT&T, Apple, and Starbucks, and Peter Buck—the former creative director at Kastner & Partners and new creative director at Spark 44.

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RUNT. Accidentally Awesome with Matthew A. Rhoades

Matt Rhoades is a man on a mission. During his two decades of exceptional creative leadership, no product has been more uniquely crafted than his career itself. Matt is a former global creative director at Nike, an advisor/faculty member at PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy in Portland, and the founder of his own creative agency: Mattelab.com. As a classic overachiever, Matt decided fours years ago to go back to grad school to get his MBA. Not everyone would do it that way, but screw the order of operations!

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World Bad LinkedIn Photo Day

Each August, we shock the world by flipping vanity the bird and showing everyone our bad side. This year, you all looked atrocious, abhorrent, BAD—but we couldn’t look away. Click the link below to see the best of the best, and learn how to participate next summer.

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Extremely Happy Hour at M+P

Summer kicked off with Extremely Happy Hour at the remodeled offices of Mathys+Potestio, the staffing firm behind thousands of happily employed people and the infamous World Bad LinkedIn Photo Day. Folks schmoozed, boozed, and had their photo taken for the contest in August.

RUNT. The Great Resume Debate 2015

A year later, we again posed the question: what makes a great resume? Three of Portland’s top creative industry recruiters told us what they thought. What changed in a year’s time? Andy Shearer of adidas, Rick Watson of Citizen, and Moira Losch of Swift described what they look for, what they dislike, and what each considers a “great” resume. TLDR: teal.

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RUNT. UI/UX!

The line between UI and UX is blurry. One billion new smartphones are sold every year. How are designers adapting their skills to reach the masses, what skills are needed, and what paths can you take in your career? adidas Interaction Designer Scotty Mazariegos and Downstream Sr. Designer Maggie Bethke told us all about their design process, and how they came to work in the field.

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The Creative “Holiday” Party 2.0

What even is a “holiday” anyway? Regardless, it was an absolute blast partying with all our wonderful contractors, their friends and our families.

RUNT. CORIZONTAL with Mark Lewman

Every creative confronts the challenge of how to differentiate your work, define yourself and score that magic gig. Mark Lewman is a creative director and partner at Nemo Design whose unconventional career has been condensed into a 45ish minute illustrated hot geyser of advice, inspiration, mistakes, comebacks and worthwhile clichés.

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RUNT. Big Brands? Big Deal!

You hear it all the time. Portfolios and resumes featuring big brands are better than those without. Big brands are cool, right? They’re global after all. But does it really matter? And if it does, how do those of us without this experience overcome, or get it? We dispeled the myths and exposed who works at these big brands and how they got there….what do they know that you don’t?

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RUNT. The Great Resume Debate

What makes a great resume? It depends on who you ask, so we asked three seasoned creative recruiters what they thought. David Gurley of Wieden+Kennedy, Andy Shearer of adidas, and Rick Watson of Citizen described what they look for, what they dislike, and what each considers a “great” resume. They also shared their favorite “Hall of Shame” stories. Let’s hope your resume was not one of them.

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The Creative Party Holiday Party…2013

We laughed, we saw old friends and colleagues, we took photos with complete strangers, and may have had a beer or two. Oh my, what a time.

RUNT. What Employers Want

The real scoop on what employers look for when hiring in the creative industry. Creative Agency Owner Kate Ertman, Vizify Creative Director Jason Blackheart,  Global Creative Director at Thunderhead Matt Adams, and Senior Recruiter for Knowledge Universe Sara Stowe provided insight through presentations from their perspective followed by a panel discussion led by Steve Potestio, partner of Mathys+Potestio.

CUD: Portland Inspired

Produced, in partnership, by Sockeye and M+P, CUD was a hands-on happening. A benefit with schmoozing, live music and beer. Attendees paid five bucks for a canvas space to paint whatever inspired them about Portland. Then we auctioned those off. All donations were matched, and used to buy art supplies for the Boys & Girls Club of Portland.

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