Designing for the President of the United States of America is a pretty sweet gig.
In 2008, Josh Higgins co-created an unofficial Barack Obama poster that drew national attention and caught the eye of Obama’s election team. In 2011, Higgins built and led the design team for the president’s reelection campaign, in which design and technology played pivotal roles.
Join us for a conversation with Josh Higgins, design director for Obama 2012, about the creative process, the changing nature of design in the civic sphere, the use of design skills for good, and exactly why design matters to the president.
Christopher Simmons, past AIGA SF president and creative director of MINE™, will interview Josh.
This event is in partnership with SF Design Week
About our guests:
Josh Higgins is a manager for the communication design team at Facebook. He was previously the design director for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, where he was responsible for directing the campaign’s visual identity across multiple platforms. With roots in both advertising and graphic design, Josh’s work has earned him national honors. He has worked on projects for Asics Footwear, HP, Fender Guitars, The Tony Hawk Foundation, and CBS, among others. A former member of the San Diego AIGA Board of Directors, Josh dedicates a percentage of his time to designing for social causes, including Hurricane Katrina relief, and Haiti Poster projects. @joshwhiggins
Christopher Simmons is a San Francisco-based designer, writer, educator and design advocate. As principal and creative director at MINE, he has worked on projects for Facebook, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, The Nature Conservancy of California, Chronicle Books, Simon & Schuster, Obama for America, and various non-profits. Current projects include The Message is Medium Rare. His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Hiroshima, Japan, The Pasadena Museum of California Art, The Museum of Craft & Design, The Smithsonian Institution, and the Denver Art Museum. The author of four books, Christopher is also a past president of the San Francisco AIGA, and, in 2013, he was named one of the 50 most influential designers working today. @thisiscchs