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This week was a busy one for design events in the city … all of them sponsored by AIGA NY and a great way to kick off October.


1. Designer’s Debate Club No. 4: Designers Make The Best CEOs – This was the first event of the week, held at FIT, and featured two opposing panels either for or against the motion that "Designers Should Lead Companies". The panel for the motion featured designers Tina Roth Eisenberg (SwissMiss), Charles Adler (co-founder of Kickstarter) and Craig Shapiro (GOOD Magazine). The team against the motion featured Rick Webb (Barbarian Group), Jay Parkinson (Sherpaa) and Gadi Amit (New Deal Design). Overall, the debate was fun to watch between the onstage panel and it was interesting to listen to what the audience had to say when the floor was opened to us. However, I have to say that the argument for the motion lacked in real substance to support the main argument. We all know, as designers, how much time and effort goes into client relationships, concept development and delivering the final product(s) … but the overarching argument against the motion that once a designer becomes a CEO of a company they are less focused on their actual design work and are consumed more with running the company’s day to day activities seemed to win my vote for the night – not that I fully agree though.

2. An Evening With Vince Frost – The second event of the week, held at Aperture Foundation, featured designer Vince Frost who spoke about his work and how his company has evolved into the internationally well-known design firm Frost* based in Sydney, Australia. Vince was great to listen to and the work he presented that he has done over the years was really inspiring to see. 

3. It’s Nice That: Championing Creativity Across The World – The final design event of the week, held at Parsons The New School for Design, featured Will Hudson and Alex Bec, founders of the art website It’s Nice That … and so much more. The lecture focused on how they grew their small art feature website into a globally recognized design site with more than 350,000 readers per month tuning in to check it out and a design studio (INT Works) of now 20 members.

I have to say that this week was a great one in NYC for design. A big thanks goes to the AIGA NY board for sponsoring such awesome lectures! … here’s to more great upcoming events this month!

Written By: Joey Augustyn



A big thank you to the team at Lindenmeyr for the great paper event they had last night at Pier Sixty at the Chelsea Piers. Our team had a fun time … plus we got lots of new paper samples for the office!