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January 21, 2021

February 2021 Design & Art Event Hotlist

INVT’s curated list of “must do” creative events is designed to inspire.

It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, and we’re fired up to channel all the goodness from In/Visible Talks 2021 into our creative lives!

A shout-out to anyone who is getting our monthly “Hotlist” post for the first time. Here’s what they’re about: Each month, INVT co-founders and practicing designers Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller review their many invitations to Design & Art events around the San Francisco Bay Area and create a curated list of what they “must-do”. In sharing their list, we hope to motivate you to try new things, explore new places, and get inspired.

In keeping with the sheltering-in-place precautions, this month’s events are virtual. We hope we all get our vaccines soon so we can gather together in person again. Till then…

Outsider Art Fair.

Now in its 29th year, this fab fair includes seven exhibitions across five locations. Check out “Semiotic Terrain: Art from Australia and New Zealand”, “Figure Out: Abstraction in Self-Taught Art”, and “The Realm of Minnie Evans”. We’re also excited to support the 13 artists from San Francisco’s Creativity Explored who will be part of it. $15 for an all-access pass. January 29 to February 7. Online (and at multiple locations across New York City, if you’re lucky enough to be there).

IXDA 21.

Interaction Week is a series of design events that will inspire us to engage in conversations about “Design in Perilous Times” and delve into the themes of anger, accountability, and action. What led us to this place? How can we solve the problems of our generation? Let’s figure out how we—as a global interaction design community—can come together and change our path forward. $165–$500. January 31 to February 5. Online.

Poetry & Calligraphy with the Asian Art Museum.

We’re celebrating the Year of the Ox! Poets Michael Warr and Chun Yu will read works in English and Chinese (Mandarin) that reflect the essence of the New Year (vanquishing the past, embracing new beginnings, and venerating ancestors), while internationally renowned artist Aiqin Zhou illustrates some of the poems with her calligraphy. $0–$25. February 4 at 7:00 pm PST. Online.

Landing Day! Countdown to Mars LIVE.

On February 18, the newest Mars rover, Perseverance, will attempt to land on the Red Planet. This is NASA’s latest mission to Mars, and the Exploratorium is bringing us live coverage of Landing Day. If you’ve ever dreamed of being an astronaut, here’s your (virtual) chance to investigate the journey to Mars, experience the nail-biting excitement of landing, and learn about what the scientists will be looking for. Free. February 18 at 12:00 pm PST. Online.

MOVE IT! Dazzling Type Animation Workshop.

Whether you’re creating an Instagram post or an ad, or simply looking for a way to tell a story in a new way, making letters move is super cool. Zipeng Zhu, aka Mr. Dazzle, will teach us how to animate type and give it the ultimate dazzling splash. Bring your own words and learn how to use After Effects transformations and transitions to bring them to life. $360. February 27, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm PST. Online from Letterform Archive.