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Before you start filling up your fall calendar we wanted to share a few upcoming design events, exhibits and other goings on that you won’t want to miss. Sure to inform and inspire, these graphic design exhibits and events will help recharge creative batteries. From the “friendly competition” of the AIGA Texas Show to an “intimate conversation” between Louise Fili and Paula Scher at the Type Directors Club and everything in between, they offer a great way to keep on top of industry trends and stay connected to the design community.

Of course this is just a smattering of events in New York City and nearby—if there’s something happening near you that you’d like us to know about, please post a comment and let us know!


The Texas Show
August 3–September 28
Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, Texas battled it out in AIGA’s biennial communication design competition The Texas Show. The traveling show features award-winning design from each of AIGA’s four Texas chapters and for the first time winners’ work is being shown at the AIGA National Design Center in New York from August 3–September 28. AIGA National Design Center gallery is located at 164 Fifth Avenue (between 21st and 22nd Streets) in New York. Hours are Monday through Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. and Friday: 11:00 a.m–5:00 p.m.

Art Directors Club

BUTTER: An Evening of Pop Culture and Popcorn
September 6
The Art Directors Club sets the stage for an evening of nostalgia-tinged film and fun complete with over sized beanbag chairs from Fatboy and old-fashioned popcorn machines for its first BUTTER movie night. If you’re a filmmaker, director, producer, designer or cinemaphile this event is for you. There will be a screening of Any Day Now by director Matt Jay and Thunderball Productions and a selection of creative short films. BUTTER will take place September 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Art Directors Club Gallery located at 106 West 29th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues) in New York.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

National Design Week
October 13-21
Held in conjunction with the National Design Awards program, National Design Week is a week filled with design events, talks, exhibits and educational programs including free museum admission and public programs. The mission—“to draw national attention to the ways in which design enriches everyday life.” National Design Week culminates with the National Design Awards gala ceremony honoring the National Design Awards winners. Check for details to be announced on the website.

Type Directors Club

Louise Fili in Conversation with Paul Scher
September 13
Celebrating the release of Louise Fili’s book “Elegantissima, The Design & Typography of Louise Fili” the Type Directors Club hosts an intimate conversation between two eminent women of design—Louise Fili and Paula Scher, followed by a book signing. Fili was recently interviewed by our own Evan Johnston. The event will be held on September 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Type Directors Club located at 347 West 36th Street, Suite 603 in New York.


2012 Brand New Conference
September 7
An extension of UnderConsideration’s blog of the same name, Brand New is a one day conference being held at SVA focusing on “the practice of brand and corporate identity.” Hosted by UnderConsideration co-founders Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit the conference promises to pack a powerful punch with speakers Howard Belk, Siegal+Gale, New York; Simon Manchipp, Someone, London; Aaron James Draplin, Draplin Design Co., Portland; Miles Newlyn, London; Mike Rigby, Interbrand Australia, Sydney; Yolanda “Yo” Santossa, Ferroconcrete, Los Angeles and Yah-Leng Yu, Foreign Policy Design Group, Singapore. Brand New will take place September 7 at the School of Visual Arts Theater located at 333 West 23 Street, New York, NY.

Check out our design events page for select special conference discounts for our readers. To submit an event contact [email protected].