First STL Design Week Explodes With Creativity April 18-23

AIGA St. Louis (American Institute of Graphic Arts) , along with several local firms, is presenting the first STL Design Week, April 18-23, 2011.
April 19, 2011 - PRLog -- St. Louis, MO—St. Louis is home to a talented and growing pool of design professionals, who are putting this region on the (very well designed) map.  Local creative firms continue to gain significant national attention and are currently doing work for clients all over the country. In effect, Saint Louis has become a net exporter of creative and design services, creating jobs and vitality for our region.

To both celebrate and broaden this trend the AIGA St. Louis (American Institute of Graphic Arts) , along with several local firms, is presenting the first STL Design Week, April 18-23, 2011. This series of events will feature studio tours by day and main events by night in locations throughout Saint Louis. The studio tours include design and architecture firms, advertising agencies, new media agencies, photographers, printers and more.

“Design affects everyone.  It defines our culture and builds our businesses through powerful communication, engaging environments and breakthrough products,” said Enrique Von Rohr, President of the AIGA St. Louis. “It has the power to improve our lives, save our collective resources and bring people together. It’s your morning cup of coffee, your workspace, your must-have app, your favorite shoes, and your neighborhood. Design surrounds us and inspires us.”

The remarkable vitality of St. Louis creative design has inspired the organizers of STL Design Week to build on this local success, while taking a practical approach to design.  “Each day will highlight another way that design impacts our community, influences commerce and improves our lives,” said Eric Thoelke, President of of TOKY Branding and Design.

Each night of STL Design Week the program focuses on a different design topic with practical applications: Design for a Cause, Design for the Planet, Design for Business, Design for Everyone, Design for Designers and the Design as Craft tour. The nightly events will be held at a different venue each night and include Robert’s Orpheum Theatre, Cannon Design, Centene Auditorium at Centene Plaza, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and Mad Art Gallery.  Please see below for the full schedule:

April 18: Design for a Cause

A celebration of design, photography and life to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research at the Roberts Orpheum Theater in honor of local hero, photographer and cancer survivor, Scott Raffe.

Location: The Roberts Orpheum Theater (416 N 9th St St Louis, MO 63101)
Time: Reception is from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Evening program is 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
Program to Include:
·      Raffe’s Circus — a one-hour performance by members of Circus Flora and the Zoppé Family.

·      Acclaimed musicians Peter Martin (piano), Chris Thomas (bassist) and Erin Bode (vocals) in a live one-hour jazz concert.

·      Scott Raffe’s Fine Art Circus Photography — 15 years of artistry. Exhibit and Benefit sale.

·      Art auction of hoops/rings made by STL design community members.

·      Exhibit of photographic works by Eric Gretiens.

·      St. Louis Government leadership proclamations officially kicking off STL Design Week

·      “St. Louis Design Legends” video and site premiere.

April 19: Design for the Planet

A timely and engaging program on sustainable architecture, living and making something new again at Cannon Design's spectacular headquarters in downtown St. Louis.

Location: Cannon Design (1100 Clark Avenue Saint Louis, MO 63102)
Time: Reception is from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Evening program is from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Program to Include:

·      Cannon Design will open up their incredible space, give guided tours and share the story of their LEED Gold building.

·      Phil Hamlett, one of the founders of The Living Principles for Design will share this understandable, integrated, and most importantly, actionable framework for driving positive cultural change.

·      Revinylize STL kicks off a city-wide vinyl recycling program, turning billboards into fashion and accessories.

Concurrent Programming:

·      Apartment Therapy St. Louis Design Evening at Lawrence Group

o   Location: 319 N 4th St # 1000 Saint Louis, MO 63102

o   Time: 5:30 to 7:00 pm

·      Take part in the fun of the second “DART” throw and photographic essay exhibition at Katzman Studios.

o   Location: 2745 Locust Street Saint Louis, MO 63103

o   Time:  7 pm to 10 pm

April 20: Design for Business

Design is good business. We’ll show you four powerful examples in the fabulous new Centene Auditorium at Centene Plaza in Clayton.

Location: Centene Plaza in Clayton (7711 Carondelet Ave # 500 Clayton, MO 63105)
Time: Reception is from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  Presentations are from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
*The event is free, but limited to just 250 people, so RSVP today!

Program to Include:

·      Armstrong Teasdale’s move to Clayton brought a major shift in the way they present themselves to their clients. AT’s AJ Chevetta and STUDIOS Architecture’s Jason DeChampbeau will show AT’s stunning, new offices.

·      Coffee mogul Tricia Zimmer of Kaldi’s Coffee is going to bring us up to speed and provide baristas and beverages to super charge the night.

·      InFuz will fill us in on the “State of StL Tweets”

·      From the people who created Twitter, meet Square. You've seen them all over the news, now hear about St. Louis' newest start-up in person.

Concurrent Programming:

·      “Coffee with Experts” Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurship at Washington University presents a morning design and business seminar.

o   Location: Forsyth and Olympian Way, Simon Hall, Room 100, St. Louis, MO 63130

o   Time: TBA

April 21: Design for Everyone

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis will host the next Pecha Kucha Night. Pecha Kucha Night, — devised in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public — has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world including St. Louis.

Location: The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard Saint Louis,  MO 63108)
Time: Reception is from 5:30 pm to 7pm. Presentations are from 7 pm to 9:30 pm.

Concurrent Programming:

·      Big Ass Building Tour. Architects Sue Pruchnicki and Tom Peterson’s story of an urban home renewal on a colossal scale.

o   Location: 822 Wilmington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111
o   Time: Tours from 5 pm to 6 pm

April 22: Design for Designers

The annual AIGA STL Show at Mad Art Gallery in Soulard. STL’s best graphic competition winners work will be on display for viewing.

Location: Mad Art Gallery (2727 S. 12th Street, St. Louis, MO 63118)
Time: The reception is from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.

*Visit the website for further info at:

April 23: Design as Craft

The Moving Brunch Studio Tour.
*Moving Brunch Studio Tour schedule to be posted soon.

AIGA St. Louis (American Institute of Graphic Arts), the professional association for communication design, is committed to furthering excellence in communication design as a broadly-defined discipline, strategic tool for business and cultural force.

STL Design Week is being spearheaded by AIGA St. Louis, with engagement and participation by several sibling design organizations: AdClub St. Louis, The American Institute of Architects (AIA), The Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and Art Director's Club.  For additional information, please visit

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