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SF Design Week 2010

The Designs of Our Times

If you love art but seek something fresh and very San Franciscan to feed your culture-hungry-soul this June, skip the Legion of Honor and soak in fine art’s über-hip relative: design.

With a city chock full of more than 20,000 designers spanning the disciplines of graphic, industrial, interactive, interior, fashion, architecture, and advertising, San Francisco Design Week celebrates this hotbed of creativity from June 14th to June 20th.

But don’t think for a minute you have to be a typography whiz or a color guru to enjoy and partake in the festivities. Organized by the San Francisco Chapter of AIGA (the professional association for design), and officially proclaimed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom as “Design Makes a Difference Week,” all are invited to attend the lectures, workshops, rockin’ parties, meet world-renowned designers, and of course, ogle at the innovative design work.

Here are just a few of the highlights of the week:

June 16th, D.Talks Case Study: Method
Bridging the gap between business and design, AIGA San Francisco hosts a lunchtime "D.Talks" seminar presenting a business case study on how design is employed at a single company. This year, Method is the featured company — a San Francisco-based home and personal care products brand that is also one of the fastest growing private companies in America. The company shares its not-so-dirty little secrets to success: namely, design. It’s a great pick for designers, business folks, and open-minded art enthusiasts interested in viewing “some of the finest pieces of recyclable plastic art this side of the MoMA.”

June 18th, Design Week Party: Design Makes A Difference
The Design Week Party invites designers from all disciplines of design, as well as members of the public, to celebrate Bay Area design. The event will be hosted at the Autodesk Gallery with food, wine, and music. Feast your eyes on award-winning, innovative design from AIGA San Francisco, American Institute of Architects, Industrial Designers Society of America, Interaction Design Association, and Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD).

Now-June 30th: Local By Design
Chronicle Books and Zinc Details have partnered to showcase local artists and their works in the exhibition Local By Design. Chronicle Books, longtime publisher of local designers, artists, and writers, selected 80 titles to honor the importance and success of local authors, topics, and neighborhood favorites. Works from Bay Area author/artists like Petit Collage, McSweeney’s, Jason Munn, Meg Mateo Ilasco, Derek Fagerstrom, and Lauren Smith are on display and for sale at the Fillmore Street location of Zinc Details. So be sure to bookmark, dogear, and footnote this must-see exhibit.

June 15th and 17th, Open Studios
Open Studios is an exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peak inside the doors of the Bay Area’s hottest creative studios. For two nights only, studios from all disciplines of design invite the public to this rare opportunity to meet designers one-on-one, check out their creative workspaces, and learn more about the various design disciplines that shape and influence our city. Studios include premiere interior design, architecture, and advertising agencies such as Scandinavian Details, IDEO, Hot Studio, Lunar Design, Frog Design, New Deal Design, R/GA Media Group, CCS Architecture, and more.

June 19th, Thread Show: Curated Indie Design and Fashion
For the finale weekend of San Francisco Design Week, check out the Thread Show, featuring emerging fashion, art and designs from more than 100 independent designers, as well as complementary music, food, and entertainment. This year, Thread has added a home section to the event, showcasing independent designers of furniture and house ware.

For a full schedule of events visit