Harvey Fierstein once said “Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.” That’s the idea behind Cincinnati Design Week, explains Andrew Salzbrun, managing partner at AGAR, an OTR-based art and marketing firm.
The first Cincinnati Design Week took place in 2012 and has grown each year since, with this year’s event set to be bigger than ever. “We’ve increased the number of events offered during the week by 15 percent each year,” Salzbrun says. “The team behind it all is also working to bring on additional prestigious partners, such as TEDxCincy and OFFF.”
This multi-day event, held July 21-26, will offer attendees various resources and access to talent through workshops, panel discussions, fundraisers “and, of course, great parties,” laughs Salzbrun.
Why launch and host this particular event concept in Cincinnati? According to Salzbrun, the region is home to some of the world’s best design agencies and schools. “The kind of talent you’ll find in Cincinnati is unlike what you’ll see anywhere else in the country,” he says, adding that an annual event like this helps to attract and retain talent while keeping Cincinnati on the forefront of global design.
|Andrew Salzbrun, Managing Partner at AGAR|
Presenters for Cincinnati Design Week 2014 include Debbie Millman, Jeff Staple, Jing Liu, Megan Deal, Krista Neher, Becky Singson, Becky Sroufe and DJ Trischler.
The Cincinnati Design Week officially kicks off July 21 at the TEDxCincinnati Happy Hour. In addition, DJ Trischler and Megan Deal will speak on July 21 on the topic of “Defining a City: Cincinnati’s Big Transformation.” They plan to discuss the urban development of the city and what its residents are doing to help it grow.
On Tuesday, July 22, Jing Liu will serve as the Lunch + Learn speaker, presented by Girl Develop It Cincinnati, covering the topic of “From PSD to HTML: Turning Designs Into Code.” At this event, you’ll learn about working designs into code and break down the fundamentals of web development. Attendees will also learn how the web works, the languages that are used and how they all work together.
The Lunch + Learn on Wednesday, July 23, is themed “Launch Yourself,” and will be presented by Boot Camp Digital. This luncheon speaker will provide practical tips for building your brand to attract more clients, job offers, business partners and opportunities.
Thursday, July 24, is a conference by OFFF Cincinnati. This event will feature coders, illustrators and motion graphic designers. Speakers are Gmunk, James White, Lobulo, Cocolab, Anton and Irene, Digital Kitchen, Yuko Shimizu and Sougwen.
Then, Debbie Millman is the speaker on Friday, July 25. She will discuss branding with Cincinnati Design Week attendees. Following that luncheon, the “Liquid Courage Happy Hour” will be held Friday, July 25, at 8 p.m. to officially bring this year’s Cincinnati Design Week to a close.
Sponsors for this year’s event are 21c Museum Hotel, Adobe, AGAR, AIGA Cincinnati, Boot Camp Digital, the Contemporary Arts Center, Creative Mornings, Deskey, Girl Develop It, Get Noticed Get Found, Interbrand, LPK, Rhinegeist Brewery, Sterling Brands, TEDxCincinnati and Topic.
According to Salzbrun, this year’s environment of learning will see approximately 2,000 participants from all over the Tri-State. To see the full schedule, and to get your tickets, visit www.cincinnatidesignweek.com. Salzbrun says that events are individually ticketed online and at the door, as long as seats are available. Even if an event is free to attend, it’s still recommended that you RSVP so that you’re guaranteed a seat just in case the event fills up.