The Inaugural Austin Design Week Kicks Off on Monday

Doreen Lorenzo, Director of the University of Texas at Austin’s new Center for Integrated Design and Design educator and designer, James Victore, are the keynote speakers during Austin Design Week. Photos courtesy of Austin Design Week.

Doreen Lorenzo, Director of the University of Texas at Austin’s new Center for Integrated Design and Design educator and designer, James Victore, are the keynote speakers during Austin Design Week. Photos courtesy of Austin Design Week.

Design is “more important than ever before,” in business, according to Wired.

And Austin takes design seriously.

That’s why a team of creative minds launched the first Austin Design Week, which kicks off on Monday. The week includes a variety of events where people can share their work, ideas and work spaces and learn from one another.

“Each day we’re inviting the community to participate in riveting design talks from local leaders, hands-on workshops like jewelry making, or interesting new topics like design in government,” according to a post by Danielle Barnes, Austin Design Week organizer and co-founder.

Doreen Lorenzo, director of the University of Texas at Austin’s new Center for Integrated Design, will deliver the keynote address at the Austin Design Week Kick-Off Party at Austin Beerworks on Monday.

Design educator and designer, James Victore, will deliver the keynote talk at the Austin Design Week Closing Party on Friday at Canopy.

The rest of the week features a variety of speakers, workshops, studio tours and parties. It even includes a silk screen workshop in which attendees are encouraged to bring their our shirt to design. And Isa D’Aniello is teaching an introduction to hand lettering session to teach typography basics and lettering styles.

IBM Design has also created The HUB, an interactive installation, to inspire design exploration and learning at the E. William Doty Fine Arts Building, 2301 Trinity St. on UT’s campus.

Another highlight is the Fisterra Projects Studio Tour, a collaborative project between the Design Institute for Health, Fisterra Studio, the Thinkery, ThinkEAST, and Johnson & Johnson. It looks at ways to improve health at the community level.

There’s even a storytelling event which seven Austin designers will give five to seven minute lightning style talks about how design has affected their lives.

Check out the full schedule for Austin Design Week here and make sure to RSVP for events.

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