Wichita Design Week

All events open to the public

9.28 to 10.1 | Design Makes Things Better Photo Contest

Design is a very vital presence in everyday life. But these days, life can get so hectic that design is easily overshadowed by the familiar daily grind.

During Wichita Design Week, AIGA wants to encourage you to take a moment to seek out design and appreciate the beauty and joy it provides. Maybe it’s something you take for granted – like the ornate, carefully crafted detail on that building you pass every day. Or perhaps it’s something you never thought about as design at all – like the unmistakable imprint on that Oreo cookie you dunked for breakfast. Regardless of the medium or execution, great design is everywhere, just waiting to be discovered. And part of the fun is recognizing just how much design DOES make things better! (Come on – would that Oreo taste half as good as a flat cookie?!)

From now until October 1st share your great design discoveries on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, using the hashtag #ICTDesignWeekContest. Not only are you sharing the design love, but you will be entered to win great prizes!

Winners will be announced at the official Design Week Closing Party on Friday, October 2nd at The Monarch. $10 gift cards to various local establishments will be awarded to each winning photo entry in the following categories: Architecture, Landscape Design, Interior Design, Signage, Handmade, Unexpected.

A $50 gift card will be awarded to the entry deemed Best in Show! *

So join in the fun and start sharing your pictures now to show the world how Design Makes Things Better!

*Winners will be determined by the AIGA Design Week Committee. Likes/Shares/Retweets will be taken into consideration. Contest entry ends October 1 at noon CST.

9.28, 6:30 pm | Design at Scale: Ten to Ten Million Users

At IBM, one of the world’s largest and most successful companies, we’re on a mission to bring human-centered design to our thousands of product experiences. To accomplish this goal, we’ve launched a new design center in Austin, Texas, where designers, engineers, and product managers collaborate to change our approach to product design and to impact humanity in ways that matter and endure.

Most creative professionals are familiar with commonly-practiced approaches to design thinking — but how does design thinking succeed at scale? Our products have tens of millions of users and affect billions of lives, so we’ve developed our own unique approach. We’re practicing design with a global scope and a level of complexity that has never been done before.

We don’t just make great products at IBM. We painstakingly craft experiences that delight our users and shape the future.

Seth Johnson is design advocate with IBM Design's Education and Activation Team, creating and delivering active learning experiences to IBMers during a new era of design-led innovation within one of the world's largest technology companies. Prior to IBM, he founded a Minneapolis-based consultancy focused on improving the patient product experience for pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. Seth speaks frequently at universities and design organizations around the nation, has taught at colleges in Los Angeles and Minneapolis, and is president emeritus of the Minnesota chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design.

This event is co-sponsored by the AIGA Wichita Student Group.
CAC Theatre, Wichita State University campus

Buy your tickets at the door.
Students, $10 with valid id.
AIGA, IIDA, MindFire Academy, and AIA members, $15.
Non-members, $20.

9.29, 6:30 pm | Architectural Pub Pedal with AIA

Join us for a guided architectural bicycle tour through the center of Wichita. Guests will be led through different districts of town including Delano, downtown and old town to experience a variety of spaces with stops at a variety of pubs along the way.
Starts at The Monarch in Delano at 6:30 pm
Free for all to attend (beverages on your own)
Please BYOB — Bring Your Own Bike.

9.30, Noon | Panel Discussion: Design Principles, Concepts and Strategies in Film, Motion Graphics and Game Design, with Bethany College at MindFire Academy

Three panelists representing: film, motion graphics animation and video game design, will speak to the use of visual design principles and concepts within visual communication strategies in the storytelling process of film, animation, and game design.

This event is free. Bethany College at MindFire, 3805 E. Harry Street, Suite 105.

Panelists: Ryan Todd, Colby Turybury, Wynn Ponder

10.1, 5:00 pm | Product Runway with IIDA

A design challenge with a twist! Product Runway puts teams of design professionals from multiple disciplines in a fashion design competition design and create (yes we mean fabricate) a garment or accessory out of standard architectural finish materials such as tile, upholstery, carpet, and wall coverings. Each team will have 2 hours to conceptualize, design, and build their creation. At the end of the challenge, each team will walk the runway and show off their design to a team of judges and all of Wichita╒s design community!

Can’t participate in the challenge? No problem! Join us for cocktails, mingle with fellow colleagues, enjoy the show, and make sure to vote for your favorite team!

Challenge and Show take place at GLMV Architecture 1525 E. Douglas

Schedule of events:

Participant Check-in 5pm
Challenge Begins 5:30pm
Cocktail Hour 7pm
Runway Show 7:30pm


Challenge participant: $10 Members | $15 Non-Members | $15 Pay at the door
Cocktail hour only: $5 Members | $10 Non-members | $10 Pay at the door
*Member prices are for any participating organization of Design Week 2015
Follow this link to register.

10.2, 5:30 pm | Closing Party

Join us at The Monarch to toast how Design Makes Life Better. Photo Contest winners will be announced.

The Monarch, 579 W. Douglas Ave


When & Where
Tue, Nov 30, -0001