• Celebrate Austin design through a week of workshops, talks, studio tours and events this November as the city celebrates its creative economy in the second annual Austin Design Week.

Austin Design Week

Celebrate Austin design through a week of workshops, talks, studio tours and events this November as the city celebrates its creative economy in the second annual Austin Design Week. We’re inviting the community to propose and showcase the best in visual, interactive, product, industrial, architectural and civic design. The introduction of Design Week provides the opportunity to bring together the Austin design community like never before. From the spaces we’re inspired by, to the images that leap from the page, the products we use daily and the way we interact with them, Austin is pushing the boundaries of design. Explore the cutting edge work being done through some of the city’s most innovative creators.

Meet The Founders

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Lead Organizer, Communications

Danielle Barnes was previously the Regional Director of General Assembly in Austin, an education institution that empowers individuals to pursue the work they love through education and opportunities in design, tech, business and data. Danielle moved to Austin to launch General Assembly's campus in December 2014. The first event they organized was "Break Into UX", calling upon members of the UX design community to share their expertise on getting into the field.

Danielle started at General Assembly in 2012 in San Francisco as an...

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Lead Organizer, Relationships

Design Strategy Lead for Client Services at IBM

Amber Atkins is a Lead Design Strategist at IBM Design for Services where her team delivers on delightful experiences for clients who are curious about becoming a design lead entity and breaking free from "business as usual". For almost 10 years, she has helped build communities for creative education and design as the Vice President of Education and Mentorship for AIGA Colorado and now in her role on the AIGA Austin board. Amber believes in the power of what a diverse group of humans can do when they challenge one another to think -...

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Lead Organizer, Programming

Event Organizer & Marketing Lead at General Assembly

Candice Digby has over a decade of experience spanning marketing, PR, advertising, sponsorship development, artist and event management. She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Public Relations and a concentration in Advertising. Candice has worked in magazine publication, music/film festivals and global productized events. In 2011, she helped to open and run artist-owned record label, The Noise Company. In this role, Candice realized her passion for finding innovative platforms to support artists. She has...

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The 2017 Advisory Board

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Principal Designer, frog

Alexis Du Mond Puchek has 13+ years of experience in Front-End Web Development and Design, User Experience, Interaction Design, and Information Architecture. As a Principal Designer at frog, Alexis drives concepting and ideation throughout program life cycles and leads the IXD Discipline & Internship Sessions in the studio. She also volunteers her time at CreativeMornings and General Assembly (as well as other instructional institutions and design organizations).

Alexis is a teacher, mentor, and connector. She strives to lift people up and empower designers to produce exemplary,...

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Senior Urban Designer, Asakura Robinson

Brendan is an urban designer and landscape architecture project manager. His work in Austin has ranged from master planning efforts for the South Central Waterfront, Colony Park and Ecology Action of Texas’ Circle Acres to park improvements in the Travis Heights and Govalle neighborhoods. As part of GUMBULLY, he was also a finalist in the 2013 Seaholm Intake Design Ideas Competition held by the City of Austin.

Brendan is an active voice in Austin civics as an advocate for sustainable urbanism, green infrastructure and better spaces for people and relationships. He serves on the...

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@ UT Austin

Doreen Lorenzo is a successful leader of global creative firms who advised Fortune 100 companies on design and innovation issues for decades. In March 2016 she was appointed Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Design, University of Texas-Austin. She is a co-founder of mobile video insights firm Vidlet, as well as a board member and advisor of several other startups, and a columnist for Fast Company Co.Design and Medium. A recognized thought leader on business and design issues, she speaks publicly about her signature leadership style and the power of empathy to drive business...

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Design Track Lead, SXSW

Julie Yost is a proponent for good design in all its forms, and fascinated by the influence of design on the public realm. In four years at SXSW, she’s grown the organization’s focus on design, cities and social equity through thoughtful curation and creative events, including the Place by Design program and SXgood Hub. Julie views her work as an opportunity to drive cultural, artistic and informational exchange. Countless collaborations have been formed through her programming, including a permanent public art installation in Austin and partnerships advancing a hip hop architecture camp...

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Design Strategist, IBM Watson

Randy Gregory II is a designer who focuses on the intersections between experience, brand, and the systems that govern it all. Currently working in Austin as a part of IBM, Randy primarily devotes his time to shaping the culture of a 100 year old icon, developing industry focused applications as a Design Strategist within Watson, developing content as a Station Manager of IBM Radio, while running Design Thinking workshops, interviewing the next generation of design talent, developing mentorship programs, contributing to the Design Thinking & UX practices, and finding time for AIGA....

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Advisory Board's Design and Brand Liaison, Austin Design Week; Co-Founder/Creative Partner, The Label Collective

Erin and her twin sister, Kristin Waddington, found a common desire to challenge the current agency model. Their goal was to promote the idea of smart, approachable design for clients of all sizes. Together, they decided to form The Label Collective, an independent creative/marketing studio passionate about the value and impact of design and strategy.

Before becoming Co-Founder and Creative Partner of The Label Collective, Erin spent over 8 years in the National Ad Agency space, serving as a Senior Art Director and Associate Creative Director while working on clients such as Dell,...

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Advisory Board's Design and Brand Liaison, Austin Design Week; Co-Founder/Creative Partner The Label Collective

Kristin and her twin sister, Erin Pitts, found a common desire to challenge the current agency model. Their goal was to promote the idea of smart, approachable design for clients of all sizes. Together, they decided to form The Label Collective, an independent creative/marketing studio passionate about the value and impact of design and strategy.

Prior to The Label Collective, Kristin gained 10 years of experience between two agencies, in Art Director and Associate Creative Director roles, concepting and managing internal teams for clients such as Dell, Best Buy, Citi, Starbucks, and...

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