Even if you’re not heading back to actual “school” this month, there are plenty of great opportunities in the Bay Area for you to learn and grow. In/Visible Talks’ co-founders (and long-time practicing designers) Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller have picked their “must do” events, among them a conference featuring zines and independent publishers, a night of live performances, an eco-friendly fashion show, and a discussion with a panel of creatives about how we might “futureproof” our careers. Tickets are going fast for many of these, so reserve your spots now!
SF Zine Fest.
Exhibitors come from all over the world to attend this annual conference. Show your support for independent and underground publishing as we celebrate independent thought, new ideas, experiments, and creativity. The focus, naturally, is on zines, and you’ll also find comic, arts and crafts, literary presses, and more. Free. September 1. 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
The Idean Summit: The Power of Design Systems.
Come and hear how and why various global organizations have built their design systems. How did they start their journeys? What are the impacts they’ve already seen? Hosted by Idean and Adobe, design leaders will share their stories, talk about their challenges, and explore ways to evolve successful design systems. $229, which includes a copy of the book Hack the Design System. September 12. 12:00 to 6:00 pm. San Francisco (location to be announced).
Early bird $149 tickets are no longer available!
Co-Creating Hong Kong: a design+ exhibition.
Featuring 14 projects by Hong Kong’s leading and emerging creative talent, “Co-creating Hong Kong” illustrates how design can foster innovation and bring new perspectives on technology, sustainability, and community. Starting with interactive technology-oriented projects, all of the works are supplemented with captions and behind-the-scene materials supplied by participating designers to offer a multi-layered experience. Free. September 15 to 21. 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Chandran Gallery, 459 Geary Street, San Francisco.
Pop-Up Magazine, The Escape Issue.
If you have not yet been to a Pop-Up Magazine event, we say: GO! This is a night of live storytelling, music, art, and performance. “The Escape Issue” is their first themed tour, produced in collaboration with The California Sunday Magazine. We could all use a little escape. From politics and the past. From hostile countries and climate change. From the Internet and negativity. Maybe even from ourselves. Cost varies. Receive $5 off with the code ARTS. September 21. 7:30 pm. Paramount Theatre-Oakland, 2025 Broadway, Oakland.
Sept 21 at the Sydney Goldstein Theater in SF is sold out!
Emerging Designs & Sustainable Fashion Show.
We love emerging designers, and those pushing the goal of sustainable fashion are always on our watch list. This afternoon is dedicated to raising awareness toward conscious living, featuring Emerging and Sustainable Fashion Designers by Sustainable Fashion Week. Take in a vibrant runway show featuring extravagant eco designs, with proceeds benefiting a local cause. And check the link for information about the three other shows in this series. $30+. September 22. 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Hotel Zelos, 12 4th Street Street, San Francisco.
Design/Work: Futureproof Your Design Career.
How design is executed is constantly changing. New apps, devices, and expectations are emerging at an alarming speed. A panel discussion with creatives from Facebook, Adobe, Apple, and IBM will address questions such as Should I combine design disciplines or specialize? and How should I deal with ageism in the workplace? $15 to $25. September 26. 6:30 to 9:00 pm. AIGA, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco.
Want more? Check out the In/Visible Talks blog for reviews of design and arts events we’ve attended recently and to learn about upcoming opportunities.