St. Louis Design Week 2015 + Almanac Studio Tour

| By: Nathan Sprehe
Nathan Sprehe

This year’s St. Louis Design Week website leads with this intro:

45 chances to learn something. Make something. Do something. To celebrate what design means to our city – and to the creative professionals who call it home.

I love that. St. Louis is a city of creativity and experimentation and Design Week is a great opportunity to check out creative projects, attend workshops, peek behind the curtain at area studios, and best of all, meet new people. Whether you’re a designer, writer, architect, coder, marketer, non-profit fundraiser, urbanist, artist, educator or just someone interested in what’s happening in St. Louis, you’ll learn something and be inspired.

I made a list of the events everyone at Almanac is most excited about and why, BUT FIRST, I want to invite you to our event during Design Week:

Almanac Studio Tour – St. Louis Design Week
Monday, September 21, 2-5pm

We’ll have drinks, snacks and our team will be on hand to unlock our design and marketing secrets (ie: “Just gaussian blur it. Done.”). We hope you’ll join us. RSVP on Facebook.

Ok, here’s the list:

It’s not just about the money, it’s not just about the art. Five years of Commercial Type. “Excited to hear (presumably in a British accent?) how they’ve gone about creating such a wide range of successful typeface designs, from the most practical to the most out there, and learn more about the world of type design/publishing.” – Sarah

Mackey Mitchell Studio Tour + Presentation: “The Old Cathedral: Discovering History from a Tiny Chip of Paint.” “This is a really cool opportunity to hear the architects at Mackey Mitchell talk about their restoration of the Old Cathedral, built in 1835. Plus, the MMA office is beautiful and offers a pretty stunning view of Bush Stadium.” – Angie

The Designer’s Role in Social Innovation Panel “I’m excited about this one because I think there’s a lot of power in design: applying design thinking to problems, designing better experiences, and using design to raise awareness and promote the kind of engagement that it takes to make large-scale change. I love that design is playing a more central role in discussions about how to effect change.” – Emily

Good Fucking Design Advice “I love a good punch in the gut and encouragement to push myself farther.” – Katie

Light Beer with Arcturis “You get to design a lantern and hang it up at UCBC, seems like a good time and a laid back opportunity to meet others. And a bonus: I can walk to it from my place! “- Lauren

Dining by Design “This 2-hour feast at the Contemporary Art Museum combines everything I love in one place: food, art, hand-crafted furniture and architecture.” – Me

See all 45 events on the St. Louis Design Week website. Hope to see you out and about!