Design Week Birmingham
October 2015
19 - 24

Full Site and Agenda launching Summer 2015
Design Week Birmingham
Design Week Birmingham
October 20-25, 2014

DWB is a multifaceted event that includes installations, lectures, film showings, exhibits, workshops and social gatherings inspired by the belief that design matters.


Design Week Headquarters
and Design Shop

Venue / Alabama Center for Architecture

109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South, Birmingham AL 35233

Time / October 9th - 25th

Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

The ACFA will act as headquarters throughout Birmingham Design Week. Come pick up tickets, get information about events from our friendly volunteers and shop at our pop-up shop supplied with locally designed goods including furniture, home decor, personal accessories and printed material.


Alabama Chanin, bohēm, Charles Buchanan, Church Street Coffee & Books, Cliff Spencer, Fusoform, Hide&True, laurenmaryDESIGN, Matter Print Shop, Mitchell Bat Co, Morgan Hill Creative, Orbix Hot Glass, Plenty Design Coop, Project Veracity, Rangemark, The Robin & The Well, Scott Doty, The Southern Letterpress, and Wood Studio


After-School Design Workshops

Venue / Desert Island Supply Co.

5500 First Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35212
Time / Monday-Friday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Cost / FREE


The Desert Island Supply Co. and The Southern Letterpress will celebrate DWB with drop-in after-school design workshops from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Workshops will include letterpress printing and book making, product design, graphic design and illustration. More details at desertislandsupplyco.com/dwb.


The Desert Island Supply Co. is a creative writing and tutoring center for students in the Birmingham area. The Desert Island Supply Co. offers free writing and creative workshops for students, ages 7-18, plus after-school homework help and in-school programs. The Desert Island Supply Co. also serves as a hub for creative community projects and events.


Alter Your Landscape: Civic Design Challenge 2014

Hosted by MAKEbhm / Birmingham City Schools Gifted Program

Venue / Displayed at various venues throughout the week

We hope that our city's youth may one day emerge as its designers. So we challenged more than 120 gifted 3rd to 5th graders to create games that engage their environment using identical kits of parts. In an effort to further engage the students and their design community, MAKEbhm, Desert Island Supply Company, Max Rykov Presents, and Yellowhammer Creative collaborated with Birmingham City Schools to design & package 48 cylinders with everything from posters, to wood, to poems and ping pong balls. And of course, duct tape.
Additionally, the BCS program coordinator Dylan Ferniany, tailored a 2-day micro-curriculum to compliment the design challenge that included viewings of TED talks and a mini-design exercise in an effort to work the design process more thoroughly into the project. Students' games will be on display at venues throughout Design Week and you are encourage to play them and leave feedback. Also, there will be a brief presentation at the TEDx Salon by Ms. Ferniany to discuss the project and its outcomes.


Kickstarter School / Terry Hope Romero

Hosted by FEED

Venue / Carrigan’s Public House
2430 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203
Time / 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Cost / FREE


Have you ever thought about launching a Kickstarter project? Or have you started a Kickstarter project but been afraid to launch it? Join Kickstarter community manager Terry Hope Romero for a lively discussion about creating and running a successful Kickstarter project. A panel of local design-centric Kickstarter project creators will join Terry to share insights, tips and best practices from their own campaign experiences.


Design Film Screening / Stations of the Elevated and other Short Films about Street Art

Hosted by Bottletree

Venue / Bottletree

3719 3rd Ave. S, Birmingham AL 35222

Time / doors open at 6:30 pm - screening at 7:30 pm

Cost / $10

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Stations of the Elevated (1981) is a 45-minute city symphony directed, produced and edited by Manfred Kirchheimer. Shot on lush 16mm color reversal stock, the film weaves together vivid images of graffiti-covered elevated subway trains crisscrossing the gritty urban landscape of 1970s New York. Gliding through the South Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, Stations of the Elevated is an impressionistic portrait of a New York that has long since disappeared. At a time when graffiti was largely dismissed as vandalism and a symbol of urban decay, Kirchheimer explores it as a form of self-expression and a reaction to New York’s social and economic conditions.

Along with the feature film, we’ll show a series of short films focusing on modern street artists.



TechBirmingham / Jennifer Driskell

Hosted by TechBirmingham

Venue / Kinetic Communications

2025 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203

Time / 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Cost / $10 non / Free to members

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Form Follows Function

Understanding the Art and Science of Web Design


Designing for the web involves so much more than an eye for layouts, typefaces, and color schemes. While today's web designer must have a solid balance of technical knowledge and visual design expertise, an understanding of the end user is ultimately the key to creating a positive UX. Designers are communicators, problem solvers and ultimately responsible for designing an experience that engages users and connects with them in a personal way – all while using a non-traditional medium.


During this presentation, we’ll take a look at how starting with purpose can change our processes as well as our understanding of web design as a whole.

Jennifer is a Senior Web Designer at Kinetic Communications, a website design, development, and marketing firm based in Birmingham, AL since 1995. Jennifer wears many hats as a talented graphic designer with an eye for the visual, but more importantly has the technical programming skills to make great web designs work on a variety of devices. As the leading designer in her class at Harding University, Jennifer apprenticed with Kinetic before graduating with a B.S. in Graphic Design in 2011. Interestingly, Jennifer won’t eat any food that’s green.


Birmingham Museum of Art / Art Break

Hosted by Birmingham Museum of Art

Venue / Birmingham Museum of Art

2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham AL 35203

Time / 12:00 pm

Cost / FREE

The Art of Finding a Brand’s Soul

Ford Wiles, Chief Creative Officer of Big Communications and James Williams, Creative Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art will take you through the creative process of shaping the future of a legacy brand.

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!


Sidewalk’s E-Series /Maker

Hosted by Sidewalk Film Festival

Venue / Red Mountain Theater

301 19th St. N, Birmingham AL 35203

Time / 6:00 pm

Cost / $5 Students / $8 Advance / $10 At the door

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The “Maker Movement”, sometimes called the "Third Industrial Revolution," subverts traditional manufacturing by building on innovative concepts such as open source, local manufacturing, crowd funding, and digital fabrication. Breaking the hobbyist movement stereotype, "Maker" delves deep into this ecosystem of design and manufacturing in the Internet era. The film explores the ideas, tools, and personalities that are driving the Maker Movement – and returns with a timely snapshot of one of the most transforming influences of the current age.




TEDx Birmingham / Design Salon

Hosted by TEDx Birmingham

Venue / The Stream

4924 5th Ave S, Birmingham AL 35222

Time / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Cost / Free with required reservation



At this special TEDxBirminghamSalon we'll feature a curated list of TED Talks around design topics, and provide an opportunity to discuss these ideas worth spreading with others. Note: there will not be any live speakers at this TEDxBirminghamSalon.

TEDxBirmingham is an independent TEDx event operated under license from TED and organized by local volunteers.  TEDxBirminghamSalon events are smaller, shorter TEDx events. At an evening TEDxBirminghamSalon event, attendees can connect, brainstorm, and discuss in a more intimate atmosphere.

Registration will open at 12pm CT on October 7, and close at 12pm CT on October 17. Register early, as seats are extremely limited.



Andrew Freear / Rural Studio Lecture


Hosted by DWB

Venue / Birmingham Museum of Art

2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham AL 35203

Time / 4:00 pm Lecture / 5:00 pm cocktails (cash bar)

Cost / FREE

Approved for AIA 1HSW


Andrew Freear is the Director and Wiatt Professor at Auburn University Rural Studio, an internationally recognized design-build program in Newbern, Alabama.  The Rural Studio is a hands-on architectural undergraduate program that teaches students to design and build sustainable homes and public structures for socioeconomically challenged communities in West Alabama.  Freear became the Director of the Rural Studio in 2002, following the untimely death of the program’s co-founder Samuel Mockbee.  Educated at the Polytechnic of Central London and the Architectural Association, London, England, he has practiced extensively in London and Chicago, and has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and as a Unit Master at the Architectural Association.  In 2006, Freear was honored with The Ruth and Ralph Erskine Nordic Foundation Award which aspires to promote excellence in urban planning and architecture which serves underprivileged and deprived groups in any society. He is the first American-based architect to win this prestigious award. Additionally, he was nominated as one of five finalists in the second edition of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2008.  His work at the Rural Studio continues to be published internationally in premiere design publications including Architectural Record, Dwell, Domus, and Lotus magazines.  Accompanying the printed notoriety, Freear has also toured the world conducting numerous lectures and exhibitions in Chicago, Vienna, Barcelona, Sao Paulo and New York, including the 2002 Whitney Biennial and MOMA NYC in 2010.


AIGA Exhibit Opening / Highlights from Birmingham Graphic Design History

Hosted by American Institute of Graphic Arts Birmingham Chapter

Venue / Alabama Center for Architecture

109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S, Birmingham AL 35233

Time / 7:00 pm

Cost / $10 donation suggested

In honor of AIGA 100th anniversary,  AIGA Birmingham will exhibit highlights from the Magic City’s design history from the past century. Experience this look at our city’s creative heritage, and be inspired to contribute to Birmingham’s exciting revitalization and innovative future. Join us for refreshments while mingling with creatives and creations from the city’s past and present.


Birmingham Creative Roundtable / Henry H. Owings


Hosted by Birmingham Creative Roundtable

Venue / Sound and Page

5529 1st Ave South Birmingham, AL 35212

Time / 7:30 AM

Cost / FREE - RSVP


HENRY H. OWINGS is a graphic designer, author and Chairman at Chunklet Industries based in Atlanta, Georgia. Henry has been behind three books that carry the Chunklet moniker: The Overrated Book (Last Gasp, 2006), The Rock Bible (Quirk, 2008) and The Overrated Book (Penguin, 2011). Grammy Award nominee Henry Owings provides a no-holds-barred chronicle of the music industry through Chunklet Magazine. Also at various times, Henry has been a booking agent, DJ, promoter, record producer, and toured with rock bands and stand-up comedians since 1988.  He currently resides in Atlanta where he is a father, husband, pet owner and in-house art director for two of the preeminent reissue record labels in the world: Numero Group and Light in the Attic. Website(s): Chunklet.com and chunkletgraphiccontrol.com


Birmingham Creative Roundtable is a community of creative professionals and entrepreneurs seeking to learn from others, network, and recharge their creative batteries. This event is free of charge, so bring a friend! Coffee will be provided by Finergrind Coffee Roasters and we’ll as well to feed your sweet tooth.



Rotary Trail Tour / Jane Reed Ross

Hosted by American Society of Landscape Architects Alabama Chapter

Venue / Alabama Center for Architecture

109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S, Birmingham AL 35233

Time / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Cost / $15 (includes lunch)

Approved for 1 AIA HSW

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The Rotary Trail is a linear park that follows a depressed rail bed along 1st Avenue South from 20th Street to 24th Street.  It is part of a larger trail project that will run from Red Mountain Park in the West to Ruffner Mountain Nature Center in the East.

The Trail is a part of a larger project called the "Cross to Sloss" which includes 2 million dollars in street/trail improvements. This street based/greenway trail starts at the Cross-plex at Five Points West and follows the streets to Railroad Park and then along 1st Avenue South to 32nd Street near the historic landmark of Sloss Furnace.


Join local Landscape Architect Jane Reed Ross on this tour of the downtown trail and discover how this developing greenspace is following the ideas of place and presence based on an ethic of function and art. This tour will discuss the historical significance of the trail as well as the benefits of investment in public space, accessibility + engagement with the streetscape, and upcoming site amenities along the trail




IIDA Tour - N.E. Miles Jewish Day School 

Hosted by International Interior Design Association Alabama Chapter 

Venue / N.E. Miles Jewish Day School

4000 Montclair Rd., Birmingham AL 35213

Time / 4:30 pm

Cost / 20$

Approved for IDCEC credit

Approved for 1 AIA HSW

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Led by Stephanie Pope of Davis Architects, IIDA Alabama Chapter welcomes you to tour the renovated N. E. Miles Jewish Day School.  This project involved the renovation of an existing dining area into a new Innovative Learning Center and an existing Media Center into the updated Dining Facility, as well as general finish and furniture upgrades throughout. The strict project parameters included demolition and construction completion during the school’s summer term, technology upgrades, age appropriate furnishings conducive to a high level of collaboration, security measures, daylighting, appropriate finish selections, and branding opportunities.


Adobe Workshop / Photoshop for Designers

Hosted by  Adobe &  American Institute of Graphic Arts Birmingham Chapter

Venue / Social Venture

5529 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35212

Time / 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cost / $25 for non-members and $10 for AIGA members

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Adobe Certified Instructor Kevin Stohlmeyer presents the latest innovations to improve productivity and take your projects to the next level in Adobe Photoshop CC. Learn how to...

•Improve workflow to streamline font management and eliminate errors
•Control and sync changes with improved layer comps
•Master content-aware color adaptation for exceptionally smooth gradients


Plus more insider tips to help you work smarter in Adobe Creative Cloud


Keynote Lecture / Aaron Draplin


Hosted by Design Week Birmingham

Venue / Good People Brewing Company

114 14th St. S, Birmingham AL 35233

Time / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cost / $15 / students $10

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Using scientific proof and state-of-the-art multimedia techniques, Aaron James Draplin of the Draplin Design Co. delivers a suckerpunch of a talk that aims to provide bonafide proof of work, the highs and lows of a ferociously independent existence and a couple tall tales from his so-called career in the cutthroat world of contemporary graphic design.

Just a regular guy with a trajectory a little dirtier than yours, Aaron’s talk is open to all oncomers brave enough to show up. If you are a youngster, you may find yourself inspired to attack your design future in a different way. If you are established, you may just leave feeling grateful you don't have anything to do with him. Hard to say. Be there!

Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to the Print, Identity, Illustration and Gocco Muscle categories. We make stuff for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Field Notes, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Timberline, Chunklet, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Hughes Entertainment, Megafaun, Danava, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration. We pride ourselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps us up late into the wet Portland night.


How to Master The Language of Personal Style: Decoding your Personal Brand in 3 Easy Steps / Megan LaRussa Chenoweth

Venue / The Nest
130 41st South Birmingham, AL 35222
Time / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Cost / FREE


Join Stylist Megan LaRussa Chenoweth of Southern Femme as she teaches you how to decipher your personal style. She will teach you 3 simple techniques you can quickly incorporate into your busy life to ensure your overall look reflects who you are. Research has shown that your unique style is a form of social communication and visual currency. The way you dress is a walking business card for yourself, both professionally and socially. By learning the language of style, you will know and feel confident about what your style says about you.


Flag Design Workshop with Aaron Draplin

Hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Venue / Abroms - Engel Institute of Visual Arts

1221 10th Ave S Birmingham, AL 35205

Time / 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Invitation only

UAB will host a half day workshop led by Aaron Draplin, charismatic designer and Field Notes creator, during the second annual Design Week Birmingham. Draplin, with his penchant for bold simple graphics and Americana, will guide us through the process of reimagining a new flag for our beloved city of Birmingham. Our current flag was created nearly 100 years ago, and the North American Vexillological Association ranked the design #39 out of 150 city flags—which is not too shabby, but we’re going for that number one spot.


Re-thinking Avondale

Hosted by Auburn University’s Urban Studio 

Venue / Avondale Brewery
201 41st Street S Birmingham, AL 35222
Time / 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost / FREE


Auburn University architecture and planning students will be sharing their design ideas for the Avondale neighborhood at a public presentation. The students, from AU’s Urban Studio in Birmingham and from main campus, are collaborating on the creation of proposals for public street improvements and suggestions for future development. Their primary area of focus is the 41st street corridor, though proposals will address the larger Avondale district. Come see their ideas for making Avondale a more walkable and livable place!


Rapid Fire powered by Pecha Kucha

Hosted by Design Week Birmingham

Venue / Woodrow Hall

5504 1st Ave. N, Birmingham AL 35212

Time / 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Cost / $15 / students $10

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Pecha Kucha is an innovative presentation style started in Tokyo and has now spread to over 700 cities. Rapid Fire powered by Pecha Kucha will bring together 12 creatives from art and design communities across the Southeast to share their inspiration, talents and ideas. Each presenter has 20 slides with 20 seconds for each slide. Doors open at 6:00 pm for happy hour with presentations kicking-off at 7:00 pm.


Sean Doyle







Nat Slaughter

Cartographer & Information Designer

Slaughter Studio




Cal Breed

Glass Blower

Orbix Hot Glass




Jeff Dungan


Dungan Nequette


Carter McGuyer

Industrial Designer

Carter McGuyer Design




Tom Sweeney


Sweeney's Grocery


Robert Lee and 
Mark McDevitt

Graphic Designers

Methane Studios



Terry Slaughter

Graphic Designer

Slaughter Group


Cliff Spencer

Furniture Designer

Cliff Spencer Furniture Maker



Cathy Still McGowin


Birmingham Home & Garden


Letterpress and Screen Printer's Fair 

Hosted by Design Week Birmingham

Venue / Trimtab Brewing Company

2721 5th Ave. S, Birmingham AL 35233

Time / 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost / FREE

A celebration of the printed and those who print. Join us for an experience in bringing design to life through letterpress, screen printing, and block printing, as well as features on bookbinding, engraving, and even 3-D printing. We’ll have demonstrations and goods for sale from printers across the region and delicious local food trucks on site.   

Featured Vendors

Standard Deluxe  Draplin Design Co  Yellowhammer Creative  Methane Studios  Native Bear  The Southern Letterpress  Cotton & Pine  30 Silent Mockingbirds  Rangemark Textiles  University of Alabama Book Arts MFA Program  Pocket Knife Press  Alexander Lazzari  Happy Penguin Press  Scott Doty


Stamp Making Workshop

Also join Leela Hoehn Robinson of Native Bear for a stamp making workshop where each person will sketch a shape and hand lettered look that fits their personal style.  There is a 12 person limit so sign up today!

Cost / $35 


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Urban Sketches

Hosted by AIA Birmingham Urban Sketchers

Venue / Theater District – Meet in front of Alabama Theater

1817 3rd Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203

Time /  2:30 pm

Cost / FREE

Edward Degas once said, "Drawing is not what one sees but what one can make others see."  We now know a sketch can serve a number of purposes. From recording something an artist sees to developing an idea for later use, the sensory experience of sketching engages creative thinking and exploration.

AIA Birmingham Urban Sketchers, a Birmingham-based chapter of the international organization, seeks to encourage the people of Birmingham to explore and experience our city one drawing at a time. All skill levels are welcome. The only requirement? Your sketchbook and your sketching supplies of choice.


Bham FEAST / A Community Action Dinner

Hosted by bhamFEAST

Venue / Social Venture

5529 1st Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Time / 6:00 PM

Cost / $25

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Many of us, at one time or another, have thought about improvements to add to our communities such as new signage, urban gardens and public murals. But have you ever had someone listen to your idea? Better yet, have you ever had someone want to fund it?

Welcome to Bham FEAST.

Inspired by the Brooklyn-model, Bham FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) is a public micro-granting supper in which diners vote to democratically fund a project that uses design as a transformative tool to better their community. The winner will be awarded a grant of $5000 at the end of the dinner. Unlike conventional grant programs, Bham FEAST seeks to bring people together for conversation centered on design and innovation. The group seeks to empower residents, promote action and change, foster critical dialogue and instill neighborhood pride.

For more information visit www.bhamfeast.com

Doors open at 6:00. Presentations start promptly at 6:30.

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Pike Road Millwork


REV Birmingham


Dungan Nequette Architects



AAF Birmingham


Carey Hollingsworth

Architect Inc. 


Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds


Dogtrot Studio


Local Bicycle Racks


Phillip A. Morris


Pepper Place Market

Scout Branding Co.

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