June 25, 2018

July 2018 Design & Art Event Hotlist

We’re all about bringing the creative community together, and we get positively giddy when we see the plethora of local events that give us opportunities to celebrate art and design. The “problem,” then, is how to choose which events to attend.

That’s where In/Visible Talks’ co-founders Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller step up. As long-time practicing designers, they have thriving personal and professional networks that help them keep their fingers on the pulse of local culture. And each month they curate a list of the events they think are the Must-Dos.

This month, we’re totally geeking out on everything letterform. But that’s not all that’s happening in the Bay Area’s art and design world. There are great lectures, exhibits, fairs, and festivals, all primed to inspire your creativity.

As a bonus, many of the July events we’re featuring have free admission, so you can spend your cash on some new pieces that will inspire you for many summers to come.

Please say “Hi!” when you see us out and about!

Feeling Things Deeply with Artist & Illustrator Carissa Potter

Join us for an In/Visible Talks Salon at Chronicle Books in conversation with author and illustrator Carissa Potter of People I’ve Loved. Carissa’s work is honest, clever and cuts straight to the heart. At this fireside chat we’ll hear about the evolution of her distinct style, where she finds inspiration, and the challenges she encounters in navigating the creative process. Attendees will get a 30% discount off their Chronicle bookstore purchase during the event. Get your ticket now!

Intro Tours at the Letterform Archive.

We have a serious crush on letterforms. To get your creative juices flowing, take the free 90-minute guided tour at the Letterform Archive and discover their collection of treasures including books, posters, sketches, medieval manuscripts, and digital type. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00–3:30. 1001 Mariposa Street #307, San Francisco.


Described as “fontastic”, monthly TypeThursday meet-ups are held in cities all over the world for mingling, discussing, and critiquing among letterform lovers from all disciplines. Sign up to present your work for the group crit! Your $10 ticket includes drinks+food. Must be 21+. July 12. San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco.

Inflatable: Expanding Works of Art.

The artists/engineers behind Inflatable have infused their creations with technology, scale, and creative complexity that expand our vision of what contemporary art can look like. This event gets an extra thumbs-up from us because it’s been curated by Christopher Jobson, founder and editor-in-chief of Colossal, a phenomenal blog that celebrates visual art, design, and culture. Through September 3. Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco.

Type@CooperWest Letterform Lecture Series.

Calling all typophiles! Type@CooperWest, the Letterform Archive, and the San Francisco Public Library are co-presenting three events this July as part of a free lecture series dedicated to all things letterform. July 10, 17, and 31. Koret Auditorium at the Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco.

Renegade Craft Fair.

Hundreds of indie crafters are coming from all over the U.S. to showcase their ceramics, paper goods, home furnishings, textiles, art, and more. We know we’re going to get inspired. Free admission. July 14–15. Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco.

SF Art Book Fair.

Over 100 amazing exhibitors from around the world will be at this annual free festival. With loads of freshly inked paper with beautiful type, illustrations, and images to inspire our eyes and our brains, what’s not to love? July 20–22. Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco.

Members of the In/Visible Talks team are always on the lookout for new ways to get inspired. Check out our blog to read reviews of some of the other events and conferences we’ve attended recently.