August 29, 2018

September 2018 Design & Art Event Hotlist

Each month, In/Visible Talks’ co-founders and long-time practicing designers Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller take a look at all the event announcements in their inboxes and curate a list of top “Must-Do” picks. For September 2018, this includes drawing with watercolors, envisioning the future of design, and experiencing a live magazine with original stories, music, film, photography, and more coming together in one brilliant night.

Whatever your role in our creative community—designer, photographer, fine artist, arts enthusiast—there’s something here to inspire you.

Pop-Up Magazine.

“A sensation” (The New York Times), “Beautiful” (Los Angeles Times), “Highbrow/Brilliant” (New York magazine)! Experience a live magazine featuring new, true stories about the fascinating world around us, with photography, film, radio, and original music mixed together and performed live on stage. Past contributors include Michael Pollan, Alice Walker, Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins, Kumail Nanjiani, Alec Soth, and Sasheer Zamata. Everyone sticks around after for drinks and conversation. Each issue is unique, and no video or audio is posted online—you have to be there to see it! September 20–22, 7:30 pm. Curran, 445 Geary Street, San Francisco. Tickets go on sale August 21 at 11 am PT. Use discount code ART5 for $5 off.

Images from Pop Up Magazine at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA on May 10, 2018.
Photo by Erin Brethauer

Architecture + the City Festival.

Every September, for all of September, this festival provides opportunities to experience and celebrate architecture and design. Take a walking tour, or participate in Sketchy Tuesdays and Films on Wednesdays. Attend exhibitions, presentations, and parties. Discover a myriad of ways to love The City. September 1–30. All over San Francisco.

Design Night: Rosie and the Robots.

It’s the dawn of a new industrial revolution, and we’re envisioning the factory worker of the future. She’s highly technical, and she works in concert with a robot to quickly and nimbly make products we previously could only imagine. Enjoy a talk, DJ, and snacks, then take part in an assembly line competition. September 6, 6:00–10:00 pm. Autodesk Gallery, One Market Street, San Francisco.

Compostmodern 2018: What’s Next for Sustainable Design?

The very term “sustainable design” has morphed over the last 15 years: What’s better now because of it, what isn’t, and what’s next? In conjunction with the Global Climate Action Summit, Compostmodern presents an interactive dialog that will challenge and inspire us to consider how we live in an interconnected designed world. September 13, 6:00-8:30 pm. AIGA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, San Francisco.

Drawing with Watercolor.

Case for Making is a slice of heaven with curated art supplies, handmade watercolors, and inspiring workshops. This month, in a new workshop, watercolor artist Lindsay Stripling will discuss tips for keeping a sketchbook practice, exploring shape and pattern, and creating color test sheets. September 13, 6:00–8:30 pm. Case for Making, 4037 Judah Street, San Francisco.

Case for Making will be back at In/Visible Talks 2019 as our Pop-Up Shop partner.

Inclusive Design in Practice.

In support of World Interaction Design Day (IXDD), Adobe Systems and IxDA SF present an evening devoted to the subject of inclusive design. Come learn about methods and tools today’s designers utilize to determine how well their products and services perform for universal audiences. September 25, 6:00–9:00 pm. Adobe Systems, 601 Townsend Street, San Francisco.

StartUp Art Fair: Small Works

stARTup Small Works is the latest edition of stARTup Art Fair: a “tabletop” style art fair in an industrial warehouse setting for select contemporary artists to show small-scale works ranging from sculptures, paintings, and drawings, to prints and ceramics. September 28-30; 1599 Tennesse Street, San Francisco.

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