With the closing last month of Knoxville's most renowned design firm, Yee-Haw Industries, it may seem like awkward timing to celebrate the concept of Knoxville graphic design. Or maybe it's just the right moment to remind us that Knoxville has a strong design scene, even without our letterpress champions. The Knoxville chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Artists is organizing Knoxville's Second Annual Design Week, May 14-18, with special events to "engage, inspire, educate and spotlight Knoxville's thriving design community," according to its announcement. Here's what's in store:
Monday, May 14, at Remedy Coffee (6-8 p.m.): The AIGA Fellow award will be presented to Deb Shmerler, associate professor of design at the University of Tennessee; an AIGA Knoxville Presidents Award for 2012 will also be presented. Meanwhile, the Dart Knoxville photo challenge will be kicked off—attendees will throw darts at a map of Knoxville, and over the next few days, participants will visit the area where their dart landed and take a photograph. The photos will be displayed at the closing event.
Tuesday, May 15: A "Day in Design" mentoring program will occur all day, as design students shadow professional designers, documenting the experience with photos, videos and comments to be presented online in real-time at knoxvilleaiga.tumblr.com.
Wednesday, May 16, at Calhoun's on the River (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.): The Evolution of Design is discussed with veteran designers, entrepreneurs, and educators, including Chuck Morris of Morris Creative, David Gilbert of Pellissippi State, Brian Potter of Tombras, and Robin Easter of Robin Easter Design. Michael Richards of Richards Design Group will moderate. There will also be design studio tours starting at 3 p.m., and continuing on Thursday starting at 2 p.m.
Thursday, May 17, at Goins Auditorium, Pellissippi State (6-8 p.m.): A screening of Linotype: The Film, a feature-length documentary centered around the Linotype type casting machine ($5-$15).
Friday, May 18: A workshop on using Adobe Creative Suite CS6 occurs at the Knoxville Hilton's Hiwassee Room (1-4 p.m.), and then the final mixer and Dart Knoxville unveiling happens at the Underground at the Crown & Goose (5:30-8:30 p.m.).