AIGA Upstate NY Design Week is a week-long celebration of the diverse and talented design community that makes up our chapter. This year features workshops, lectures, meetups, and more across five area codes and culminates with Create Upstate in Ithaca, NY.



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    Lettering Meetup

    Location: Spot coffee upper Room is reserved

    Time: 3-4:30PM

    Price: Free

    Join us at Spot Coffee on East Ave for a Lettering Meetup hosted by Owl Post Lettering. We'll be in the room on the 2nd floor. Bring your favorite pens and markers if you have them or just yourself!



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    Design Crawl

    Location: Roberts Communications

    Time: 5:15 - 9PM

    Price: FREE

    Come visit three incredible spaces at Rochester’s High Falls and discover great views, incredible teams and beautiful design work.

    5:15 - Roberts Communication

    6:00 - Partners & Napier

    7:00 - Brand Networks

    8:00 - Genesee Brew House

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    Location: Brown's Brewing Co. Taproom 2nd floor 417 River Street Troy, NY

    Time: 6-8PM

    Price: Free for AIGA members, $10 for non-members

    Please join AIGA Upstate NY for a fun 2017 Design Week evening in Troy, NY with a new event we're calling 16x16x16: 16 speakers showing 16 slides for 16 seconds each. Also, there will be 16 oz. beverages available. This will be a fast-paced, fun event with each speaker spending about 4.5 minutes talking about 16 slides on their choice of topic.

    Presenters: Paul Engel, Emily Jahn, Jesse Gardner, Andrew Gregory, James Lewis-Van Vorst, Doug Bartow, Sarah Harbacz, Krystal Hinckley, Ally Shivka, Emily Borst, Jared Schafer, Caroline Corrigan, Jennifer Wilkerson, Greg Matusic, Delaney Weber, The Foundry for Art, Design & Culture.

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    Laser cutting for designers!

    Location: Ithaca Generator

    Time: 5-8PM

    Price: Free

    Designers, bring your vector art to Ithaca Generator! We'll help you manifest your vector art and transform it into physical goods via the laser cutter.

    Paper and wood will be provided, but if you're interested in cutting another material please reach out to us to approve it beforehand. Please note, we'll be cutting only, not engraving, for time reasons.

    This event is FREE and open to all, and is part of AIGA Upstate Design Week.

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    T-Shirt Printing

    Location: Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory at 8 N.Cherry St. in Poughkeepsie

    Time: 6-8PM

    Price: Free

    Join us at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory where Anita Fina Kiewra will be helping us screen print t-shirts with an 845 design created by our very own Milo Axelrod. Anyone is welcome! The shirts we make are specifically to be made for us to wear to Create Upstate together, but also just to have some AIGA845 pride!

    Parking There is off-street parking, and free on-street parking on N. Cherry St

    Any questions, get in touch with Theresa Hans on slack



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    Letterpress Workshop with Moon Rabbit Press - Chris Charles

    Location: Flower City Arts Center 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

    Time: 6:30-9PM

    Price: $45 AIGA Members, $55 non-members

    Put down the mouse, step away from your tablet and come play in a real live print shop!

    Chris Charles of Moon Rabbit Press will be leading a very hands-on letterpress workshop. Ink up some vintage wood type and experience the magic of pulling your very own print- or two! Space is limited to 10 people.

    Chris Charles took her first letterpress class in 2009 and immediately fell in love with the process. One year later she founded Moon Rabbit Press, under which she produces her own line of art as well as work for a variety of clients.

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    Lunch Meetup

    Location: The Sweet Praxis, 203 East Water St, Syracuse NY

    Time: 12-1:30PM

    Price: Free

    Casual, pay-your-own-way lunch with Syracuse-area designers and friends.

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    Portfolio Review

    Location: AWP (120 E. State Street - The Commons - 2nd Floor)

    Time: 5-7PM

    Price: Free

    Drop-in for a portfolio review with experienced designers and creative agency professionals. Students and early-career pros welcome.



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    Micro Merch with AIGA Upstate NY

    Location: Onondaga County Central Library, 447 S Salina St, Syracuse, NY 13202, MakerSpace Level 1

    Time: 4:30–6:30PM

    Price: Free

    Buttons! Badges! Pins! It’s AIGA Upstate New York Design Week and we're making them. Come join local professional designers to make 1.5" buttons and more. Ages 12 and up.

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    An Evening of Design Todd Radom & Carla Rozman Lecture

    Location: SUNY Adirondack - Regional Higher Education Center Forum

    Time: 6-8PM

    Price: Free

    AIGA Upstate NY Proudly Presents An Evening of Design: a lecture on graphic design, branding, advertising, & how to be a freelancer. Our two speakers for the evening are Todd Radom & Carla Rozman. Todd is a sports branding specialist whose work includes logos for Super Bowl XXXVIII, the 2009 NBA All Star Game, & the Los Angeles Angels. Carla is a Hudson Valley designer, former Art Director of Chronogram Magazine (Kingston, NY), and works with Smithsonian Magazine. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd from 6 to 8 PM at the SUNY Adirondack Regional Higher Education Center Forum (640 Bay Road Queensbury, NY). We look forward to seeing you!



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    Create Upstate - Upstate Discussions

    Time: 12:30-4PM

    Price: Included with Create Upstate Event Pass

    What if you had the chance to hear first-hand just how top Upstate design teams absolutely rock their projects? What would you ask them? That's what Upstate Discussions is all about: 4 sessions of focused conversations, led by the best design shops in the area. Sure, there'll be presentations, but the best part is the ensuing panel discussions where no question is off limits.

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    Create Upstate - Kickoff Party

    Time: 7-11PM

    Price: FREE for active AIGA members and included with Create Upstate Event Pass

    Hosted by AIGA Upstate New York, we'll celebrate coming together again, this time in Ithaca. The Kickoff Party is always a must-attend part of the program, and this year we’ll have trivia, the Student Design Challenge, and the first two rounds of Cropped to kick things off.



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    Coffee with Creatives

    Location: Waffle Frolic 146 East State Street Ithaca, NY 14850

    Time: 7-8AM

    Price: Free

    Join everyone for coffee and a quick bite to eat before a full day at Create Upstate (just down the street). The official AIGA Design Week breakfast location!

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    Create Upstate

    Time: 9-5PM

    Price: Included with Create Upstate Event Pass

    The main event, this year hosted by the everyone's favorite design professor, Mitch Goldstein! This year features talks from Gemma O’Brien, Cap Watkins, Catt Small and Tad Carpenter.



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    Create Upstate - Satur-Yay!

    Time: 9-4PM

    Price: Included with Create Upstate Event Pass

    Ever wish you had time to explore Ithaca? Do you often feel like conferences just kinda end abruptly? Stick around for Satur-YAY, where we'll be discovering the area together and cultivating the awesome relationships you've made. From brunch to hikes, this is a must for Upstate enthusiasts!