AIGA Celebrates Design Week

Good design is sometimes invisible—if something is designed well, you might never even notice just how useful/elegant/informative it is, especially if you're not a designer. So AIGA Knoxville's third annual Design Week, scheduled for May 13-17, is a good opportunity for local designers to get the credit and attention they deserve, as well as a chance for non-professionals to think about what designers do, and how they do it, and why.

The theme for this year's Design Week is Design for Good: "Design for Good is the platform provided by AIGA to help designers use their talents to do good locally, nationally and globally, through collaboration with non-profits and civic organizations," according to a press release. "This movement helps to build and sustain the implementation of design thinking and design solutions for social change. This platform creates opportunities for designers to build their practice, their network, and their visibility."

Design Week kicks off with a mixer on the second floor of Blue Coast Burrito on Market Square on Monday, May 13, from 6-8 p.m. The biggest event of the week is "Tall Tales From a Large Man," a presentation by renowned designer Aaron Draplin at the Emporium Center on Gay Street from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. (Draplin will also review portfolios at the Emporium from 4-5 p.m. that day.) Design Week will also include studio tours, a film screening, mentoring events between professionals and students, panel discussions, and a closing awards ceremony. Visit for a full schedule and more info.