Our Top Picks for Austin Design Week 2017

The second annual Austin Design Week finally starts on Monday, November 6, 2017. ADW is a week-long celebration of Austin’s design economy with workshops, talks, studio tours and events. This year, ADW is hosting over 60 events–almost double the number of events from last year! Left Right Media is honored to work very closely with the folks over at ADW, so we are extremely excited to see the success of this year’s design week. We are also holding our very own event with McCray & Co. and Linda Asaf where attendees learn about the very first step in the design process: creating a moodboard! Just like last year, we planned out the events we especially want to hit up.  Read on for our staff’s top picks.

Left Right Media’s Staff Picks for ADW

Business Development /

Urban Observations

NOVEMBER 6, 2017 12PM – 1:30PM
516 Navasota St.
Austin, TX 78702

This seems like a really cool way to be present and appreciate your surroundings, especially in a city as amazing as Austin. Using watercolor as a tool to paint an interpretation of what’s around you seems like an inspiring way to become more in touch with the community. We’ll see if my end result ends up looking anything like what I’m painting. I am designer, but definitely not a painter.

Landscape As Lens: Design Thinking Your Goals 

NOVEMBER 9, 2017 12:30PM – 1:30PM
1401 E 7th St.
Austin, TX 78702

I am excited to really explore design thinking and use the tools I learn to better position my work/life balance. Understanding your place in the world–especially the constantly evolving design world– is important to producing the best work you can while being the most authentic version of yourself.

Art Director

Canales & Co. Studio Tour

NOVEMBER 6, 2017 4PM – 6PM
32 Reese Dr.
Austin, TX 78745

From the picture alone, this place is totally #studiogoals, and I’m a sucker for clean and modern architecture. I’m sure the inside is just as aesthetically pleasing as well. I also feel like I learn so much by talking to other agencies about their work and process. I like to take smart tidbits and ideas back to our office.

Find Place in My Career as a Designer

NOVEMBER 6, 2017 12PM – 1:30PM
701 Brazos St.
Austin, TX 78701

As a young designer, I am always looking for places to grow and learn. This workshop further analyzes our role in the design world and how we keep up with the fast-paced, ever-changing industry. I am looking forward to exploring more of who I am in the career that I love.

Co-Founder /
Creative Director

INTAKE ON THE LAKE: A Night of Projection, Music and Design at the Iconic Seaholm Waterfront

NOVEMBER 6, 2017 6PM – 9PM
100 West Avenue (intersection of West Avenue and Cesar Chavez)
Austin, TX 78701

The opening night of Austin Design Week kicks off at the Seaholm Waterfront building, just south of the power plant. The facility will be activated with digital projections, music, and activities that make it sound like it will be part Waller Creek Creekshow and part Pecha Kucha – two events that always make for great company. It’s also a good excuse to check out the new Central Public Library before-hand if you haven’t had a chance yet.

Finding Yourself in the Best User Interview Ever

NOVEMBER 7, 2017 12PM – 1:30PM
11501 Burnet Road, Bdg 903
Austin, TX 78758

I’m hoping to gather a few tips and ideas from this workshop on conducting great user interviews. The great set of facilitators (Ellen Kolsto and Farzana Sedillo) have a diverse background that should make for an engaging dialogue – and I’m just interested to see how they work. Beyond being excited to visit my former workspace (and seeing the new Design Center), I’m betting that the interview guides and hands-on activities will be something we can adapt to our clients and process here at LRM.

Home of the Future

NOVEMBER 8, 2017 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Umlauf Sculpture Garden
605 Robert E Lee Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

Architecture is one of my favorite art forms and types of history. This event at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden sounds like it will be a blend of both. Architect Scott Specht will lead a multi-screen video presentation that will showcase “houses of the future” from the 1940’s to today. I’m always intrigued by past generations’ anticipations of our current “future,” and how eerily close their predictions often are.

Co-Founder /
Creative Director

Studio Tours

As a partner in a creative agency, I’m always looking up to mentors and other companies who have achieved the goals we’ve set for ours. These three agencies are innovative, successful, growing companies that I want to learn from. I’m excited to tour their spaces!

Making Design for Good a Part of Your Career 

NOMEMBER 10, 2017 6PM – 7PM
916 Springdale Rd; BLDG 4 Suite 101
Austin, TX 78702

I’m driven by work that makes the world a better place, and I’m most proud of the work we’ve done in that area. I’m looking forward to learning about how other creatives are incorporating design philanthropy in their careers. 

Reflection by Design

NOVEMBER 8, 2017 8:30AM – 10AM
701 Brazos St.
Austin, TX 78701

Decision-making by design. With a job, two kids and a side hustle, I make hundreds of decisions every day. I”m excited to learn some strategies to ensure I’m making the right ones based on this creative approach!

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