December 27, 2019

January 2020 Design & Art Event Hotlist

What better way to kick off a new decade than to inspire ourselves at exciting design and art events. To help you decide which creative adventures you must do this month, In/Visible Talks’ co-founders (and long-time practicing designers) Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller have perused all the options around the Bay Area and picked their favorites. You might get a new perspective on fonts, learn how to fine-tune your hand-lettering techniques, and celebrate innovation in art, design, and dance. We’ll see you there!

A Crash Course in Type Selection.

We’re pretty much type geeks, but finding the perfect font for every job isn’t always an enjoyable task. At this weekend event, typographic consultant Stephen Coles and type designer Christopher Slye will help us build a broader and smarter selection criteria, understand the connections between font and function, and catch up on the latest suppliers and purchasing models. $360. January 11 and 12, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Letterform Archive, 1001 Mariposa Street #304, San Francisco.


Mingle with designers, artists, and makers as you experience projects featuring the themes, concepts, and materials found in Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience and Linda Gass: and then this happened…. We’ll get in on the creating, too, by learning hand-lettering techniques from graphic designer Lara McCormick and acknowledging Zero-Waste Month with a cast-off fabric banner-making workshop led by Shu Bertrand, product designer and founder of Aplat. $8. January 16, 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 3rd Street, San Francisco.

In/Visible Talks & Workshops. 

It’s our third annual design and art conference event! The boundaries of design are constantly evolving, so to kick off the new decade, we’ve asked our speakers to GO BEYOND the expected perspectives, guardrails, materials, and thinking of the creative practice. Join us for candid conversations with our world-class lineup of mainstage speakers, Lunch + Learn moderators, and workshop facilitators. And meet everyone for extended networking at our Happy Hour on the 16th at Make (see above). $450 (talks), $150 (workshops), $20 (hackathon). January 16: Conference, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at The Pearl, 601 19th Street; and Happy Hour, starting 5:30 pm, at Make, Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 3rd Street. January 17: Workshops at CCA Graduate Center, 184 Hooper Street. All in San Francisco.

Untitled, Art.

Founded in 2012, this international art fair focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. We love that this fab event is held the same weekend as In/Visible Talks, as it extends and expands of our art and design inspiration. Be sure to check out Creativity Explored’s booth. $40. Free for In/Visible Talks 2020 attendees. January 17 through 19. Friday noon to 8:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday noon to 6:00 pm. Pier 35, 1454 Embarcadero, San Francisco.

FOG Design & Art Fair.

Celebrating today’s most significant creatives and leading contributors to the worlds of design and visual arts, this fair assembles 48 leading international galleries, prominent 20th-century and contemporary design dealers, and 21POP, a special installation created by Stanlee Gatti. FOG also features a series of conversations and panel discussions throughout the fair, included with admission. $25 in advance, $32 after January 15. January 16 through 19. Thursday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco.

San Francisco Movement Arts Festival.

San Francisco’s iconic cathedral will transform itself into many staging areas—on the main floor and in attached chapels, hallways, stairways, and the front entryway—to allow 300+ performers to celebrate their movement art. Artists from the Bay Area and beyond will present rotating short pieces (about 4 minutes each) that explore subjects including female empowerment, artistic beauty, social issues, cultural heritage, personal loss, and family love. $28–$45. January 24, 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, 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.