5 Topics to Explore During ADW20

Every year, Austin’s creative community puts forward event proposals for Austin Design Week that blow us away. And it’s not just that they’re thoughtful, timely, interesting, and inspiring, but that they represent a broad cross-section of disciplines, topics, issues, and formats.

We want to help you get the most out of this opportunity, so we’ve made a list of five topics to help you kick off your plan for ADW20, or inspire you to branch out of your discipline and maybe even your comfort zone. The events listed here are just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t forget to check out the full schedule and remember as always, these events are all free to attend!

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Explore the relationship between community and environment

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Dear Austin ... Embracing Identity Through Policy: Erasure and Displacement of Black and Brown Communities

  • NOVEMBER 12, 2020, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
  • Join Latinos in Architecture as we bring ADW a unique panel of local leadership shedding light on the historic racial divide within the black and brown communities of Austin.

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Hostile Design in the Built Environment

  • NOVEMBER 9 - NOVEMBER 13, 2020, 8:00AM
  • A self-guided tour around Austin to study examples of everyday design decisions that impact usability, with particular emphasis on “hostile design”, or design that is intentionally exclusionary.

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Exploring Context to Inform Design: An Austin Tour

  • NOVEMBER 10, 2020, 10:00AM -11:00AM
  • Re-engage with your city and surroundings in new ways in this virtual cycling tour and discussion exploring the historical, geographical, and architectural factors that have shaped the city’s built environment and how they shape current buildings and the work of Matt Fajkus Architecture.

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P A R K S P A C E: Reimagining Our Parks for Physical Distancing and Access for All

  • NOVEMBER 9 - NOVEMBER 13, 2020, 8:00AM-5:00PM
  • Join the Austin Foundation for Architecture and community partners to learn about P A R K S P A C E, a social distancing intervention for Austin-area parks.
  • Virtual Event / Various Locations Around Austin
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11

From Parking Lots to Parks – a Catalyst of Transformation at Highland ACC

  • NOVEMBER 11, 2020, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
  • This session focuses on the two signature gateway parks within the Highland Mall redevelopment. The parks are prime examples of “parking lots to parks” and reinforce the role and importance of open space and environmental performance in these times of social distancing.

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Learn a new skill

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Ready, Set, Animate! DIY Animation Workshop For All

  • NOVEMBER 11, 2020, 4:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Learn simple techniques for creating simple, but impactful hand drawn animations using our Gonzo Viz process and ubiquitous or DYI design tools. Great for folks of all skill levels and backgrounds

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11

Becoming Digital Sherlocks: Uncovering Insights in Remote Research

  • NOVEMBER 11, 2020, 5:30PM - 7:00PM
  • What can we learn about others via remote research? In this workshop, we will teach attendees to hone the art of observation via digital interaction. Together, we will use design research practices to uncover insights from each others’ physical environments and everyday artifacts as seen through our laptop lens.

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Embrace the Stretch

  • NOVEMBER 11, 2020, 9:00AM - 10:30AM
  • “Embrace the Stretch” is about using your strengths to expand what you think is possible. We will have a panel discussion about our experience using soft skills such as self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and communication skills and how to use those skills to be resilient and flexible.

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11

Design Improv - Introduction to Industrial Design Process

  • NOVEMBER 11, 2020, 7:30PM - 9:00PM
  • In this workshop we will be combining the fun of Improvisational Theater with the Industrial Design process! Join us to learn how Industrial Designer's embrace the unknown to generate ideas, and find creative solutions to everyday problems.

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Engage in conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Design Community

  • NOVEMBER 11, 2020, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
  • Join a diverse group of Austin Designers and Architects for a discussion on Equity and Inclusion in Design Firms, the Design Process, and Professional Organizations.

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Embracing Our Roots

  • NOVEMBER 13, 2020, 5:30PM - 7:00PM

    In this panel of creative foodies of different diasporic identities, speakers will share their experiences and discuss the meaning behind reclaiming their culture via food. The first half of the panel will be a multicultural discussion, and the second half will be a fun food demo that viewers can follow along...

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12

Stake Out: What’s on the table for BIPOC designers in this era?

  • NOVEMBER 12, 2020, 2:30PM - 3:30PM
  • Join us as we host a roundtable discussion with emerging Austin BIPOC design creatives. This conversation will be centered around the challenges and opportunities encountered by designers of color.
  • Virtual Event
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Where are the Black Graphic Designers?: 50 Years of History and Advocacy

  • NOVEMBER 13, 2020, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

    Design legend Cheryl D. Holmes Miller shares the legacy of 50 years of Black Graphic Design History and her own role in that history as a Black, female designer, scholar, writer and business owner.

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What Designers Need to Know About Disability

  • NOVEMBER 13, 2020, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Did you know texting originally started out as a tool specifically for people who are hard of hearing or deaf people? Now, we have many industries and cultural appreciation surrounding this form of communication. What many people see as a taboo, or point of pity in the topic of disability in reality, has a invaluable input into mainstream design and our ways...
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Reshaping the Face of Design

  • NOVEMBER 13, 2020, 1:30PM - 2:30PM
  • Design has a diversity problem. The 2019 Design Census by AIGA reported that 71% of designers are White and only 3% are Black. Reshaping the face of design, starts with design education. In this discussion, Nashville Design Week and Austin Design Week join together for the first time to explore efforts to increase diversity and access in design education...
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Learn ways you can make an impact

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Embrace Unlearning: How Changing Our Language Can Reframe Our World

  • NOVEMBER 11, 2020, 10:00AM - 11:00AM
  • In design and tech, we are often careless about our language. We use terms like 'master', 'whitelist' and 'war room' despite their connotations and impact. This talk will help designers avoid repeating discriminating terms and enable them to become active shapers of language.

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Antiracism Activation Kit

  • NOVEMBER 10, 2020, 8:30AM -10:00AM
  • Deepen your personal antiracism journey with a guided workbook where you learn antiracism fundamentals and walk away with a personalized action plan.

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Allied Voices: Designing for Marginalized Communities

  • NOVEMBER 10, 2020, 1:30PM - 2:30PM
  • How do you use your storytelling powers to amplify the voices of the marginalized? We will walk you through a case study of how a six-person team designed Allied Voices, a platform to help users handle race-related incidents, both as victims and allies.

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Embracing Equitable Decision-Making: Using Design Techniques to Get S*** Done—At Work, At Home, In Life

  • NOVEMBER 9, 2020, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Learn design techniques to help you make tough decisions by building radically collaborative environments— creating equitable spaces for all voices to be heard, reaching shared outcomes, and removing leadership biases.

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More than Elevating Voices: Changing Power Structures Within Design

  • NOVEMBER 10, 2020, 5:00PM - 6:00PM
  • How does one become a designer? What about growth within your practice? Join AIGA Austin to explore how education, professional networks and hiring practices perpetuate an exclusive and inequitable design industry—and what we can do about it.

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Do Better, Hire Better: Building Teams That Reflect Our Communities

  • NOVEMBER 9, 2020, 12:30PM - 1:30PM
  • How do we change industries to represent the communities we live in? And most importantly, how do we do it ethically and legally? We'll be learning right alongside you as we talk to experts about the way(s) forward.

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Envision the future of work

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Blueprint for the Future of Work

  • NOVEMBER 13, 2020, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
  • How the blending of remote work, culture, technology and wellness are colliding to create the new multi-faceted, flexible working experience.

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Unmute: How to Design Engaging Digital Events

  • NOVEMBER 13, 2020, 12:00PM - 1:00PM
  • The Capital Factory team is here to share what we've learned about what separates a dull zoom from an engaging digital event experience.

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Embrace Your Colors: Code-Switching While Working Remote During a Pandemic

  • NOVEMBER 12, 2020, 7:30PM - 8:30PM
  • Due to the pandemic, the "new normal" presents unique challenges for those working remotely. In this panel, we will unpack code-switching at work with individuals working remotely during a pandemic.

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Embrace and Amplify

  • NOVEMBER 12, 2020, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
  • What happens when you combine the forces of an architecture firm dedicated to creating people–centric spaces with a technology company that develops software platforms to empower creators across industries? Join us as we share how IA and Unity Technologies are embracing new ways of virtually making a physical place.

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