May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Designing a Community / Panel & Closing Party

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Join us for a panel with leaders of four creative communities, followed by our community mixer and closing party. We’ll also share some more about what’s happening next year!

Then, Help us close out Sacramento’s first Design Week!

Meet your Designing a Community
Panel Speakers!

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Phil Tretheway, Co-Founder, Creativity + Sacramento

Phil is a third generation Sacramentan. He studied at California State University, Chico where he earned a BA in Communications & Graphic Design, paired with a Minor in Marketing. He has strategized and designed for clients large and small throughout Northern California for the past 17 years, nabbing a few awards along the way. Phil is now the Creative Director at Position Interactive, a full service creative agency focusing on digital and print solutions for the best clients in the area.

 He is a founding member of Metro EDGE and now serves on the Metro Chamber Foundation Board. He has Chaired the Metro EDGE Communications Committee and Emerge Summit. In 2011 he made a few new friends in the best Leadership Sacramento class ever. After speaking at the inaugural CMND SHFT conference, he co-founded a Creativity+, an organization dedicated to championing and inspiring creativity in Sacramento. He is currently seeking final funding for a small-scale, public art project that will connect the heart of the city through a series of sculptures, called Characters on Kay.

 Comstock’s Magazine recognized Phil as one of Sacramento’s Hottest Young Designers in 2013. In 2014 he was named to the Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list. In 2015 he did not win any awards, but managed to cook a few good racks of ribs. In 2016 he made a comeback and was named the 2016 Young Professional of the Year by the Sacramento Metro Chamber and Metro EDGE.

 He asked his wife to marry him in the tea house in the middle of Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe. They now have two amazing kids and are living happily ever after.

 
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Heather Orr-Martinez, Co-Founder, Creativity + Sacramento

Heather has worked with Sacramento area businesses and organizations since 1999 creating and maintaining brand strategies. In 2016 she merged her skills in design, branding, marketing and visual storytelling to found Social Crows, LLC  a comprehensive social media content and management company.

Since moving to Sacramento, Heather has actively participated in creative and design communities, volunteering with ADAC (Art Directors & Artists Club) in the early 2000’s and co-creating Creativity+ in 2016 with Phil Tretheway and Tamara Lawrence.

 
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Rebecca Plumb, Founder, Creative Mornings

Rebecca Plumb is a multi-disciplinary designer and owner of Studio Plumb  She works to create design that reflect the people using them, whether its a home, commercial space or personal branding. Her style is best described as “collected eclectic,” combining vintage classics with modern pieces and meaningful objects. She strives to bring personality, character and color to each of her projects. She lives in Carmichael, CA with her design-agnostic husband, 4-year-old daughter and obnoxious Labradoodle.


She is also the founder/host of CreativeMornings Sacramento a free breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Our local chapter is one of 196 worldwide and exists to not only celebrate a city’s creative talent but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded people. Creative Mornings happen one Friday a month from 8:30am to 10am.

 
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Kachet Jackson-Henderson, Founder, Blog Bloc

Whether it’s advising as a marketing maven, doling out advice on living a stylish life honed from her years as an award-winning content creator, or promoting fellowship and collaboration as the leader of The Blog Bloc, Kachet delivers real stories about real people in vivid, interesting ways—sure to catch both your eye, your heart and maybe even a laugh. 

Kachet navigates those worlds easily with almost 10 years of experience in the marketing and communications industry. She worked both agency and in-house before she launched Kachet Media Group in 2015, a firm specializing in social media, PR and marketing strategy. She has been recognized by Better Homes & Gardens, the New York Times, Sacramento News & Review and can be regularly spotted on Sacramento-area news stations. Kachet is a native Sacramentan and was recently named a 40 under 40 by the Sacramento Business Journal.

 
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Kimberly Loseñara, Digital Product Designer & Lettering Artist, Co-Founder of Sac DESCO

Kimberly headed east to Sacramento after graduating from UC Davis in 2014 and has been smitten ever since! Being a military brat all her life, her next adventure was staying put and planting some roots. She craved community and regular events, but only found glimpses of it in her first couple of years, so she co-founded Sac DESCO with acquaintances (now, amazing friends) who felt the same way.

She works & plays doing digital product design and hand lettering under Be Wilder Creative, focusing on inclusive design and advocating for accessibility. She lives in midtown with her fiancé and is most likely going to a concert at any given night.

 
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Noelle Szombathy, Graphic Designer & Co-Founder of Sac DESCO

Noelle is a graphic designer and travel photography enthusiast who enjoys living among the bustle of Midtown, Sacramento. Having graduated with a B.S. in Human Development, she took the less-traditional route to growing a design career. In early 2018 she took the plunge, quit her day-job, and decided to pursue design as a full-time endeavor. She currently works as a graphic designer on projects ranging from logos and branding to posters and editorial materials.

Noelle is also a co-founder of Sac DESCO, a free Sacramento community for individuals interested in design and design-thinking. Through Sac DESCO, she hopes to foster the same type of community that helped her build and flourish her own design skillset.

 

Moderated by Roshaun Davis, Founder, Unseen Heroes

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When it comes to creating an unforgettable experience, Roshaun Davis, founder of Unseen Heroes-an award-winning event marketing agency, is widely known to have it down to a science. And with his urban aesthetic, meticulous execution, and deep connection with the community, it is clear why Unseen Heroes is the go to agency for creative solutions in the lifestyle and culture space.

Unseen Heroes’ colorful and uniquely curated events carry the perfect amount of creativity, vibrant visuals, and a vibe that is always original and inviting.

Unseen Heroes event experiences include: GOOD: street food + design market (2012 American Planning Association Local Vision Award Winner)- a pop up market that provides over 50 regional designers and makers with a platform to sale their products, GATHER: Oak Park – inspired by the warm California nights and the emerging trend of the food culture, this monthly block party is a take on the city as a dining table, and DISPLAY: California – the first revolving pop up shop on the west coast that changes store design and merchandise every six to eight weeks.

Since conception in 2008, Roshaun and Maritza have established a 1,700 sq ft headquarters in Oak Park-one of Sacramento’s hot spots, added 20 staff members to their team, and are known throughout the region as the most influential agency in the creative industry.

 

Amanda Sanchez, Design Week Sacramento

Lauren Kelly Sheridan, Design Week Sacramento

 

Thank you to all of our friends!

 
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Bringing Sacramento's Past into Your Designs
May
17
12:00 PM12:00

Bringing Sacramento's Past into Your Designs

A workshop with Archivists from the Sacramento Library, showcasing different methods of bringing Sacramento’s history into your designs. Use the library’s archive of local history and photos, books and paraphernalia to inform and inspire your designs!

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Thank you, Sacramento Public Library!

 
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Design with Beer in Mind
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Design with Beer in Mind

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Beer Label Design by Kilian McMann

Join us for a panel discussion on the topic of designing with beer in mind! Get the perspective from local designers, a brewery and a Creative Director at Lucky Clover, a canned beverage packaging business. Enjoy food from Squeeze Inn!

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Kilian McMann, Great Raven Design Co.

Kilian McMann is the founder & creative director of Great Raven Design Co., a one man creative studio specializing in edgy illustrations and hand crafted logos, primarily for the craft beer industry.

When he's not designing, Kilian enjoys setting routes at his local climbing gym, playing DnD, and dressing up as a Viking for renaissance festivals. You can find more examples of his work at greatravendesign.co

 
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Lily Therens, Graphic Designer, Lionakis

Lily is a designer, illustrator and independent maker based in midtown Sacramento. A UC Davis graduate who grew up in northern California without electricity, she now spends most days creating on a computer with her pug Stanley at her side. From mural design to creating enamel pins, Lily deems humor, hard work & humility central to her creative approach.


 
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Emilee Rudd, Freelance Creative

Emilee Rudd is an award-winning multidisciplinary creative who believes that inspiration lies at the confluence of art and design. Whether it's branding, lettering, packaging, illustration, murals, or more—she’s excited for whatever creative challenge comes next!

She's had the pleasure of working with a range of clients, events, and projects from hometown favorites like Sactown Magazine and Downtown Sacramento Partnership, to national and international collaborations with wonderful folks like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sunset Magazine, and Papyrus.

In her free time, catch her sketching by the American River and feeling incredibly grateful for the good people, opportunities, and coffee that life has thrown her.

 
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Hans Bennewitz, Art Director, VSP Global

Hans Bennewitz is a designer, occasional adjunct professor, doodler, Sac State alumni and wannabe musician. In between caffeine refills he expresses his affinity for intricate identity systems, rock&roll, rad illustrations, vintage type, comic books (ahem, graphic novels), Batman and Spider-man toy collectibles (ahem, action figures). He's had work recognized in HOW and Print magazine as well as multiple Logo Lounge publications and has done work for companies like Google, House of Blues, Ghirardelli, Asics, and CBS Sports. He’s also constantly trying to find a cure for sleep. You may think a fully grown man having the same hobbies as a teenage boy is a bit odd, but… well… it kind of is.

 
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Steph Zangeneh Azam

Steph Zangeneh Azam is owner of Mighty Within. A one-gal creative studio designing electric brands and websites with vibrant photos that truly express you + your business why. With more than 20 years of creative work, Steph also has the education to back it up with a B.S. in Graphic Design and a B.A. in Photography. To view her work, check out mightywithin.com

 
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Peter Halldorf

Peter Halldorf is the General Manager of Yolo Brewing Company.  He has experience at all levels of the industry including cellaring, brewing, packaging, sales, delivery, bartending, management, and everything in between.  He has worked for Berryessa Brewing Company, Device Brewing Company, Capitol Beer and Taproom, and now Yolo Brewing.

When not at work he spends as much time as possible his wife Leanna and daughter Porter.  Any remaining time is spent playing with his band Burning Daylight People

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Chase Daley, Art Director, Lucky Clover Packaging

Chase Daley is the Art Director at Lucky Clover Packaging, a materials supplier to the craft beverage industry. There, he’s helped establish an in-house art department, that works closely with international, national and local brands to ensure beverage labels are designed and approved in a way that stands out on retail shelves. Previously, Chase worked as a Production Artist for Custom Ink, an e-commerce retail company offering custom-designed t-shirts and marketing materials. He graduated from the College of Liberal Arts at University of Nevada, Reno with a dual degree in Digital Media and Advertising.

 Chase Daley has spent nearly a decade in and out of the restaurant world, working as a chef and Sommelier, lending him extensive knowledge of beer, wine, and craft cocktails. With his partner Abbie, Chase started a new venture, Bar Baby Co., bringing their love of craft libations to the Sacramento scene. Bar Baby Co. provides a carefully curated craft beverage experience for public and private events, often sourcing local ingredients to better represent a regional/seasonal focus. They’ve converted an old, rusty horse trailer into a stunning mobile bar, rolling around all of Northern California slinging drinks.

Check them out on most social media platforms @barbabyco or their website at www.barbabyco.com

 

Thank you to our Sponsors!

 
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Bite of Design
May
16
5:00 PM17:00

Bite of Design

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Hear from the chef/owner/developer/interior designer of a restaurant and learn about the complexities of designing a food destination, as well as an opportunity to try some of the food. The event starts off with small bites, followed by a presentation and tour.

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Clay Nutting, Owner/Operator, Canon East Sacramento

Clay Nutting was born in Sacramento, but raised on a farm in Berlin, Massachusetts.

Clay got off the farm periodically throughout high school where he discovered his love for DIY music and art at the WAG in Worcester, MA. Later, while in college at Worcester State University, Clay co-founded a music and arts non-profit called Concerts 4 Charity.

Shortly after graduating, Clay moved back to Sacramento where he began to throw shows at an art loft in downtown Sacramento raising money for music and art education projects. Through these shows Clay became very involved in Sacramento’s music and arts community and has been an advocate ever since.

 
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Ashley Rodseth, Creative Director, Honey

With a BFA in Graphic Design from Kendall College of Art & Design and a background rooted in design thinking and concept-driven design, Ashley leads the Honey design team in creating innovative and strategic work.

Drawing from her experience working in various studios in Grand Rapids, Monterey, San Francisco and now Sacramento, she brings a holistic approach to design, starting with extensive visual research, culminating in process-focused design strategy which is unique to each project she oversees.

Ashley is committed to empowering the design community in the Sacramento region. She has spoken at events to include the Emerge Summit and Design Week Sacramento on the topics of collaboration in the workplace and women in design and leadership. She seeks out local design community events, volunteering and mentoring others within her field. She continues to work closely with Design Week Sacramento with the ultimate goal of celebrating good design in the Sacramento region and inspiring the local creative community to come together.

 
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Emily Wilder and Kaila Niles, Co-Owners, WOOL

WOOL is a multi-disciplinary design studio based in Sacramento, the collaboration of friends and designers, Emily Wilder and Kaila Niles. We focus primarily on interior design, brand development and creative consultation.

 

Thank you to AIA Central Valley for sharing this event with us!

 
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May
16
4:00 PM16:00

Studio Tour: R Street Corridor

Meet us to tour four design firms along the R Street Corridor. We’ll conclude the tour at Arthouse on R, where you can stick around to check out the shops, studios and restaurants.

Studio Information:

This ticket is for the Thursday studio tours along the R Street Corridor. The estimated walking distance will be approximately one (1) mile broken up between tour stops. Detailed walking instructions TBD.

 
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The Federalist Story
May
16
3:00 PM15:00

The Federalist Story

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While researching event venues, our founder came across this Comstock's article about Marvin Maldonado, and worked with his team to create this event after reading his story. Get a look at Federalist before the crowd arrives and listen to Marvin (who also just opened Neighborhood Pizzeria) talk about how his life led him to open a restaurant out of shipping containers.

Enjoy $3 drink specials and flatbread and cookies! The kitchen and full menu start at 4:30 pm, when the restaurant opens.

 

Thank you, Marvin and the Federalist crew!

 
 
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Food Styling Workshop
May
16
12:00 PM12:00

Food Styling Workshop

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Join us at the gorgeous Prickly Pear for this fun workshop! Erin Alderson from Grove Haus will show us how to style our food like a pro! Thank you Erin for your generous donation towards this event so we could keep it free!

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Erin Alderson, Grove Haus

Grove Haus is a California based studio that captures the story of our food and farms through photography and videography. Erin Alderson, the owner of Grove Haus, has spent the past decade focusing on sharing the beauty and deliciousness of food through photography and recipes. Erin's work has been featured in numerous national publications, books, and on a range of food and lifestyle websites.

 

Thank you, Erin!

 
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High School Student Exhibit & Mixer
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

High School Student Exhibit & Mixer

Start your night off with an Open House at Uptown Studios. They will also host a High School Student Exhibit and Mixer. Bar Baby Co. will serve hand-crafted non-alcoholic beverages. Local high schools, such as New Tech High School, will be exhibiting their design work. See what the future of design looks like.

Bar Baby Co. will also be serving hand-crafted non-alcoholic drinks!

 

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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May
15
5:00 PM17:00

Open House at Honey

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Come hang out with us for a Design Week + Happy Hour at the Honey office where they will be pouring delicious wines and serving snacks. Doors open at 5:00 pm - bring your friends, your latest favorite thing to drink, your stories - or bring nothing at all.

 

Thank you to Honey for hosting us for this event!

 
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Making Your Print Interactive
May
15
12:00 PM12:00

Making Your Print Interactive

 
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Explore how to include interactive elements in your printed work, using InterApp’s technology. Bring your phone, laptop, a printed piece of your work and your imagination!

 

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Will Brown, Founder, InterApp

Brown is a native of Sacramento and graduate of Sheldon High school. As captain of his wrestling team and an active wrestling coach, he has developed leadership and communication skills that helped win two championship league titles. 

In the business world he has taken those same skills and applied them to building a dynamic and effective team that has helped numerous businesses across the region brand and market themselves by utilizing the products and services that his first business Full Color Business Cards and Flyers provide.

Wanting to add value to his customers and stay on the cutting edge of technology was the inspiration to what formed his new start-up company InterApp Inc which is focused on building products that enable people to interact and be engaged with visual and advertising graphic of brands, businesses and advertisers by using augmented reality through camera enabled smart mobile devices, their company product includes InterApp an iOS/Android application.

 

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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What's Next: Exploring Your Future in Design
May
15
12:00 PM12:00

What's Next: Exploring Your Future in Design

  • Sacramento City College, Art Court Theatre, Performing Arts Bldg. (map)
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A panel that is geared towards high school students and anyone considering a path in design. Hear from faculty at Sacramento City College, Sierra College, Sacramento State and more!

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John Forrest, Sacramento State

John P. Forrest, Jr. is a Professor of Graphic Design and Chair of the Department of Design at Sacramento State. His teaching career spans 18 years and three institutions. In addition to his 15 years at Sacramento State Professor Forrest taught as a full-time lecturer at Cuyahoga Community College and as an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University both in Ohio. Along with his teaching an administrative responsibility at Sacramento State Professor Forrest continues to his professional practice as a partner in Interval Press, and principal designer at Forrest McClain. Professor Forrest is a graduate of Kent State University's School of Visual Communication Design.

 
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Marcy Wacker, Sierra College

Marcy is a veteran designer, educator and design cheerleader. She has spent more than 20 years creating visual experiences that engage and delight. Since 2008, she’s taught courses in graphic design and professional practice to more than 700 eager students at UC Davis, Sacramento City College and Sierra College. Never without a side project, her newest adventure is coaching creatives to find purpose and meaning in their work.

 
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Christopher Terrazas, Director of Creative Services, 3fold Communications

Christopher Terrazas is the director of creative services for 3fold, leading the creative team in developing audience-focused concepts and campaigns that not only look good, but achieve results. He brings more than 15 years of experience to our clients’ projects, including combining strategic marketing plans, identifying audiences, crafting targeted messages, selecting appropriate media under tight deadlines, and assessing success.

He was fortunate to work at prominent shops in the Los Angeles area, such as J. Walter Thompson, DavisElen Adertising, Omelet, E! Entertainment and in the entertainment industry at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and MGA Entertainment, makers of Bratz Dolls. At these places, he was able to develop his skills in Production, Account Management and Creative.

Chris has overseen recent creative projects for clients including SouthEast Alaska Regional Healthcare Consortium; Western Placer Waste Management Authority; City of Roseville Environmental Utilities and Electric; Electrify America; Gig Car Share; City of Stockton; Carson Valley Medical Center; Los Rios Community College District; and Southwestern Community College District.

 
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Don Button, Sacramento City College

Don Button is a professor and department chair for the Graphic Communication / Design & Digital Media department at Sacramento City College. He began teaching at SCC in 2000 and has been a professional graphic designer and art director for over 30 years. The majority of Don’s professional experience is in publication design, having served in various senior design positions with the Chico, Sacramento and Reno News & Review weeklies for over 20 years. His work has been featured in Print and How magazines, and earned over two dozen individual and group awards. He has also served as senior designer for the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom since it’s opening in 2011. 

 
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Craig Martinez, American River College

Craig Martinez has been an award winning graphic designer and art director for over 25 years. He was partner in a small Sacramento, CA design firm from 1990 until 2003. In 2003 Craig split off from this successful partnership to start his own studio. This move allowed him to focus more of his energies towards art direction, message development and illustration.

In 2010 Craig made the life changing decision to teach graphic design at American River a College, and simultaneously peruse fine art as his second career. His work has been featured in Print Magazine and in Logo Lounge 4:International Identities by Leading Designers.

He also shows his sculptures in various galleries throughout Northern California as well as Santa Fe, New Mexico and Palm Springs California. Craig is a graduate of University of California at Davis.

 
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Marielle Endalino, Founder of Davis Girls Who Code Chapter and htm.elle

Marielle Ednalino is an alumna from the University of California, Davis where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Design. Invigorated by female empowerment through technology, Marielle is the founder of the Davis Girls Who Code Chapter, as well as, the non-profit organization, htm.elle. Her work is rooted in tech, creativity, and empathy. She continues to disrupt the tech sphere and solve real world problems by finding imaginative solutions for complex problems and moving ideas from good to great.

 

Our Moderator

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Lauren Kelly Sheridan, Design & Development Technologist

Lauren operates at the intersection of design + technology, bringing together creativity and technical excellence. A true geek, Lauren has designed, built, and deployed web-based products for over 20 years. Since graduating from UC Davis, where she studied Design and Managerial Economics, Lauren has worked on projects for Shutterstock, Gensler, Wells Fargo, HP, Intel, McAfee, Maxim Integrated, Intersil, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, the University of Technology in Sydney, and Stanford University.

In her free time, Lauren created Surveyor, an iPhone-based application designed to streamline the process of auditing physical spaces in environments such as hospitals, health-care campuses, retail stores, and universities. The app is tied to EAMS (Environmental Asset Management System) - a custom, cloud-based management system that she developed.

Lauren currently serves as the Development Director of Design Week Sacramento. She also served as the San Francisco Chapter Chair of SEGD and on the board of AIGA SF as the Programming Co-Chair.

Please note! This event will take place in the Art Court Theatre, Performing Arts Bldg. Print out this campus map to help you find your way!

 

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Civic Tech Pop-Up Panel
May
14
6:00 PM18:00

Civic Tech Pop-Up Panel

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How Civic Tech & Design Make Government Policy More Appealing

We are partnering with California Groundbreakers for a “Policy and a Pint” discussion on design and technology, and how government agencies can better use them to craft messages that grab citizens’ eyeballs and gets their full civic engagement.

From civic-tech apps and user interface to social media and marketing messages, we’ll talk to designers and government officials about how these two groups can work together to get the word out in visually-appealing ways.

This discussion is a good one for designers looking to work with public-sector clients, and for government officials in charge of communicating important messages to their constituents, but it’s open to everyone who’s interested in how California government is (and should be) using civic tech and design to reach out to us with their news, announcements and messages.

Find out more about our speakers!

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Kara Primm, Designer, Uptown Studios


Kara Primm is a Graphic Designer at Uptown Studios. With 7 years of experience in the field, she has spent her entire design career immersed in the public sector. For five years,  Kara called Washington D.C home. There, she designed for clients such as Export Import Bank of America and Neighborworks of America. Following her passion for design, she joined the Uptown Studios team. Attracted to their philanthropic values, in her time at Uptown Studios, Kara has had the pleasure of working with Sacramento County Office of Education, the Sacramento County Office of Governments, Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks, and more.

 
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Zach Quaintance, Writer, Government Technology

Zack Quaintance is a staff writer for Government Technology. Prior to that, he spent five years working in daily newspapers, such as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Dallas Morning News and the Austin American-Statesman, and another five years working in the tech sector.  Follow him on Twitter @zackquaintance

 
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Jon Robinson, Deputy City Manager, City of West Sacramento

Jon Robinson is Deputy City Manager for the City of West Sacramento, California. His responsibilities include management of the City's Innovation, Governmental Relations, and Communications programs, as well as special projects.   Jon founded and co-chairs the City’s Innovation and Technology team, which brings together representatives from each City department to make recommendations to the City Manager for the investment of City innovation funds for continuous improvement projects.    He holds an MPPA from California State University Sacramento, and has also worked in affordable housing and redevelopment during a career spanning 27 years.

 
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Amy Williams, President-Elect of CAPIO
and Assistant to the City Manager, City of Sacramento

With close to 20 years of media and communications experience in the public and private sector, Amy Williams has vast experience working in all levels of local government communications.  She has developed, implemented, and managed complex communication plans and media strategies, including the negotiations and development of a downtown arena, labor relations, budget process, and emergency operations. Ms. Williams has also provided media counseling and coaching to City Executives, Councilmembers, and managers.

She was recently promoted to Assistant to the City Manager, where she uses her skills honed in the communications field to provide vital support to the City’s leadership team manage complex special projects on behalf of the City Manager.

She is a graduate of University of California at Davis with a degree in Rhetoric and Communications and a minor in English.

 
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Jesse Taggert, Research and Design Practice Lead, Truss

Jesse Taggert leads research and design at Truss and is committed to collaboration and building healthy cross-functional teams.

Jesse is experienced in product strategy, user research, experience design, creative direction, content strategy and stakeholder/client relations. Before Truss, Jesse led design at CA Child Welfare Digital Services and was a lead strategist at 18F, an in-government consultancy bringing user centered design and agile software development to government agencies.

Before focusing on government work, she worked at Pivotal Labs, an international firm specializing in agile software development. She has a worked in a handful of startups, and as an experience designer for major art, science and history museums. She is based in San Francisco.

Moderated by Vanessa Richardson, founder of California Groundbreakers

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Vanessa Richardson is director of California Groundbreakers, a civic-engagement org in Sacramento that puts together live events, Q&A, and panel discussions about the groundbreaking things happening all over the state, and the innovative people making them happen. Her other "day job" is as a business writer covering personal finance, entrepreneurship and small-business managements -- she has written for publications including MoneyFortuneEntepreneurship and the Harvard Business Review, and for companies such as Wells Fargo, Charles Schwab, PG&E and Cisco Systems.

 

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Design for Vulnerable Communities
May
14
12:00 PM12:00

Design for Vulnerable Communities

Join graphic designer, illustrator and activist, Adriana Arriaga, in exploring different ways to design for vulnerable communities. Her work has helped represent and give voices to vulnerable groups in her community.

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Adriana Arriaga, Graphic Designer & Illustrator

Adriana Arriaga is an activist, artist, and designer whose work reflects her culture, community, and personal experiences. Arriaga shares her work in different environments such as art shows, the public, and online. Arriaga’s work is mostly colorful vector illustrations that are based off of photographs she takes herself or personal drawings. She studied Design and Mexican-American Studies at San Jose State University and is finishing her Master of Fine Arts in Design at the University of California, Davis. After graduating she hopes to create a space where Creators of Color can come together and create for social good in their communities.

 

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Design & Cannabis Panel
May
14
11:00 AM11:00

Design & Cannabis Panel

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Listen to a panel of four local designers discuss, educate and introduce creatives to the benefits of cannabis, strains, products that can help with design inspiration and manage stress and anxiety. They will also introduce and educate creatives to the new growing and evolving cannabis industry in relation to creative careers.

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David Angstead, Freelance Designer

David Angstead is an independent designer based in Northern California. Focused on visual identities, brand strategies, packaging, marketing strategy, art direction, Illustration and design consultation. My clients have ranged from Multi-million dollar corporations, non-profits, small businesses to start-ups including international businesses.

 
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Erica Holland, Freelance Designer

As a lover of the Arts and Nature, I dabble in everything from photography, painting, graphic design, cooking, growing my own veggies and maintaining my massive succulent garden (which is featured in my blog!). Along with my amazingly talented other half and fellow creative, we have three incredible boys, a 5-year-old, 2-year-old twins, and a Creative Agency Elephnt Prnt. They keep us busy and our household slightly chaotic, but it all works because it’s a house full of love! I enjoy solving problems through creativity, discovering new things, and meeting new and progressive people.

 
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Curtis Currier, Co-Founder, Yellow Brick Group

Curtis Currier is a born and raised Sacramento creative. Hailing from the days of skating downtown when it was still sketchy, and running around with backpacks full of PBR on 2nd Saturdays, he has always pulled his creative passion and energy from this city. Curtis spent much more time than necessary taking various classes from all the Los Rios colleges, freelancing design work, and then finally graduating from CSUS’s Design Program. From there, he continued freelancing and working in the tech industry before stepping away and deciding to partner with longtime friends and fellow Sacramento creatives to start their own design and marketing firm, Yellow Brick Group. YBG (Yellow Brick Group) is responsible for the creation of "OUR Street Night Market” and represents some of the leading brands in the cannabis industry, such as Connected Cannabis Co and Alien Labs.” Curtis Currier is an all-around creative, with an undying passion for design, who believes that one never stops learning.

 
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Jennifer Skog, Founder and Chief Creative, MJ Lifestyle

Native California Lifestyle and Boudoir Photographer, Jennifer Skog has empowered women from behind her lens for the past two decades.  With the motivation of a close friend, Jen opened up about her longtime secret cannabis lifestyle and new work with the plant. Understanding first-hand the stigmas and shame, she quickly realized that women were not represented positively in the cannabis industry.  What started as an anonymous Instagram account photographing cannabis brands, MJ Lifestyle rapidly evolved into a much larger project. Together with a tribe of self-made, creatively brilliant and ambitious women, MJ Lifestyle Magazine was born with its first tri-annual issue in the Spring of 2018.  The over-sized publication printed on carbon neutral paper artfully features the work and voices of women around the world empowered by the plant. Covering topics Lifestyle, Wellness, Methodology, Industry and Culture, MJ Lifestyle is a diverse, inclusive and safe space for all womankind. Jen leads the ever-growing team of empowered women and is currently designing MJ Lifestyle's third issue covering policy and social justice.

Jen is also a wife and mother to a 6-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter.  In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, coaching soccer and baseball, planning celebrations and spending time with extended family and cherished friends.  

 

Meet our moderator!

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Amanda Sebastiani, Art Director

Amanda is an art director, designer, strategist, and activist. She is currently working as a creative in the new and developing cannabis industry, bringing with her established skills in graphic design, advertising, brand strategy and execution. Amanda has worked at a number of firms such as Runyon Saltzman, Inc., 3fold Communications, and the international PR firm Edelman guiding the identity of global brands through graphic design, storytelling and advertising.

Amanda volunteers her time as Co-Host for the CreativeMornings Sacramento chapter. CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast, coffee, & lecture series, bringing together the creative community. Along with Co-hosting CreativeMornings, Amanda leads the Empower Committee of Metro EDGE as the committee chair, in strengthening the voice of young professionals through strategic initiatives, thought leadership, and access to key influencers and decision makers.

 

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Navigating the Design Industry
May
13
6:30 PM18:30

Navigating the Design Industry

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Join us in chatting with local designers on topics around "Navigating the Design Industry." This event is for newbies, those in transition, or any designer who wants to share their knowledge and experiences working in-house, agency, or freelance.
We have special guests who’ll be contributing their personal experiences to the discussions:

  • Cristina Robinson is an award-winning UI/UX Designer with nearly two decades of experience designing websites, apps, and blogging. She got her start in high school where she taught herself front-end development and design which led to a desire for making the digital experience a more enjoyable one. Cristina is currently the UI/UX Designer at Sacramento digital marketing agency Three29 and can be found blogging at TheLovelyGeek.com. She volunteers her time as a WordCamp speaker as well as a mentor to design students hoping to ignite the same creative passion in future generations to come.

  • Emilee Rudd is an award-winning multidisciplinary creative who believes that inspiration lies at the confluence of art and design. Whether it's branding, lettering, packaging, illustration, murals, or more—she’s excited for whatever creative challenge comes next! She's had the pleasure of working with a range of clients, events, and projects from hometown favorites like Sactown Magazine and Downtown Sacramento Partnership, to national and international collaborations with wonderful folks like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sunset Magazine, and Papyrus. 

  • Tiffany Trieu is a creative entrepreneur who believes the world would be a better place if everyone did more of what they loved. She’s a coach for creative girl bosses, ready to build their lives and businesses on their OWN terms. While she cooks up her own business, creating playful popup experiences with killer strategy. Feed your dreams - and make sure you have snacks while doing it.

  • Christine Siu is currently a user experience designer at Clear Capital. She has over 6 years of in-house, agency, and freelance design experience. Some of her previous experiences include being an editorial designer for The Snack magazine in Sacramento and a product designer at ZURB in the Bay Area. She's had the opportunity to collaborate with brands across various industries, from companies as large as Mozilla to startups as small as Flerish. She has a passion for user research and her favorite part of the design process is getting to know the day-to-day of the people she's designing for. 

Come prepared with questions on two of the following topics:

  1. Marketing Yourself/Soft Skills

  2. Culture/Client Fit

  3. Skills/Tools/Learning

  4. Portfolio Building

Delicious light dinner and drinks will be provided! Be sure to bring your ID if you'd like to enjoy some wine.

There’s still time to sponsor this event! Find out more here.

 

Thank you to our friends at Sac DESCO!

 
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Happy Hour at Osteria Moto
May
13
4:00 PM16:00

Happy Hour at Osteria Moto

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We're taking a field trip to El Dorado Hills! Join us for a Happy Hour at Osteria Moto and hear story behind the design! Stephen Saklusky will share how his space was designed with light and materials that age well with time and work well with operations and flow. Read this article in California Home Design to see more beautiful images of the space by Nicolette Lovell and learn more about the restaurant.

 

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Stephen Saklusky, Owner & Designer

Stephen is the owner and brains of the renowned LA favorite, Osteria La Buca, a neighborhood institution in Los Angeles for over 10 years. Osteria la Buca is an airy and modern Italian tavern using fresh California ingredients from its own farm. Every detail is made with care down to their own handcrafted limoncello and music playlists.

Stephen shaped the rustic chic spot into a perfectly humming ship with flawlessly running infrastructure, sophisticated proprietary systems and an incredibly loyal staff. Stephen is known for his devotion to his staff, which is evident as most have been with him since the day he opened his doors, notable in an industry known for its two-week turn over. He is an active mentor to his own young staff at both restaurants and to Loyola High School seniors where he went.  

Stephen cultivated his sharp eye and taste for cultures through his travels as a photojournalist capturing moments from Kashmir to Paris to Montana.


Stephen is also the founder of Amaro Angeleno.  America’s first true amaro of place. 


Stephen now resides in Northern California with his wife Christina and son Wallace.  When he’s not running around at the restaurants, he’s on his dirt bike or catching up on reading.

 

Andy Chavez, Executive Chef

Andy Chavez was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He first got the “bug” for cooking as a child working with his grandmother from helping out in her backyard garden to butchering chickens from his grandfather’s chicken coop.

He was just seventeen when he met his first mentor, Jason Travi of Superba Food & Bread. Andy’s first role in a professional kitchen was shucking oysters.  Travi saw this simple task as a foundation for Andy, which led him to work one-on-one with Travi. As a result, Andy was given the opportunity to work events with James Beard award-winning chefs such as Michael Cimarusti and David Lefevre. After three years of working with Chef Travi, Andy felt it time to further is training in a new kitchen at Republique in Los Angeles.  Republique’s Chef/Owner Walter Manzke showed Andy what it took to work with a big team and the reasonability’s of each cook and station.

Shortly after Republique, Andy was given the opportunity to work at Osteria la Buca under Chef Cameron Slaugh (formerly of Eleven Madison Park). Rising to the rank of sous chef, Andy was challenged in his first leadership role at the age of only 21. While working at la Buca Andy started working with fresh products by growing and harvesting from la Buca’s own local farm.  He also built great relationships with local farmers and to keep ingredients as fresh as possible and making as much as he could from scratch. In his second year at la Buca, Andy was promoted to chef de cuisine, therefore making him the leader of the kitchen and ears and eyes of Executive Chef Cameron Slaugh. From here, Andy has strived as a leader and is giving opportunities to new young staff to train and become chefs themselves.

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Joshua Tremain, Artist

A Sacramento native and active contributor to the local arts community, Joshua unites his roots in graffiti with his keen eye for color and a love of the simplicities he finds in cubism to produce his body of work. Each piece is titled with the name of a song, connecting us to an additional important facet of inspiration for his process and another form of art he holds in high regard.

The flow of the pieces he created for the Osteria Moto is meant to signify the transition from the outdoors and the natural world to the comfort and cohesiveness of the dining experience to the warmth of the kitchen.

Joshua was raised in El Dorado County and attended Oakridge High School in El Dorado Hills.

 

Thank you for having us, Osteria Moto!

 
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Mural Tour and Mixer
May
13
3:00 PM15:00

Mural Tour and Mixer

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Join Blue Line Arts for a free guided tour of the Roseville Mural Project where 5 artists will be creating new designs for the community! 

Starting at Blue Line Arts, Co-Directors Brooke Abrames and MaryTess Mayall will be leading the tour, stopping at each mural location along Vernon Street.  They will provide the backstory of how this public art initiative came to fruition, sharing information about the participating artists and how they were chosen, community stakeholders and why this project is important for downtown Roseville.  There will be a mixer reception to follow in the gallery at Blue Line Arts.  Enjoy light refreshments, beer and wine will be available for purchase.  This will also be a great opportunity for a meet and greet with the mural artists!  This is a completely free event, designed for local artists, creatives and art enthusiasts to learn more about this vibrant community project in downtown Roseville.

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Meet at Blue Line Arts for the Mural Tour: 3pm

Mixer to follow: 3pm-5pm

 

Thank you to our friends at Blue Line Arts!

 
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Business Ethics Lecture
May
13
2:00 PM14:00

Business Ethics Lecture

A lecture on handling ethics, expectations and responsibilities of working in the field of design.

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Marcy Wacker, Educator, Designer & Design Cheerleader

Marcy is a veteran designer, educator and design cheerleader. She has spent more than 20 years creating visual experiences that engage and delight. Since 2008, she’s taught courses in graphic design and professional practice to more than 700 eager students at UC Davis, Sacramento City College and Sierra College. Never without a side project, her newest adventure is coaching creatives to find purpose and meaning in their work.

 

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UX & Product Design Portfolio Workshop
May
13
12:00 PM12:00

UX & Product Design Portfolio Workshop

Missy Titus, a Product Design and Branding Consultant, and UX & Product Designer Ray Sensenbach will co-lead this portfolio review and workshop. Bring your portfolio and questions you have about the process!

Learn more about the workshop leaders!

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Missy Titus, Product Design and Branding Consultant

Missy is a Product Design and Branding Consultant for early stage startups, e-commerce companies, and small businesses. Her unique approach to design combines scientific thinking, design principles, and behavioral economics to solve problems and create captivating experiences. She also coaches young or transitioning designers to find their first UX or Product design jobs.

 
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Ray Sensenbach, UX and Product Designer

Ray is a Digital Product Designer and semi-recent transplant to the Sacramento area. He specializes in complex product and user interface design and is currently full time with an industrial automation software company in Folsom. Ray enjoys solving tough business problems through the power of design and enjoys freelancing with agencies and businesses, locally and remote.

 

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The Business of Design Panel
May
13
9:00 AM09:00

The Business of Design Panel

Four local agency & studio owners share their experience of running their own design and architecture businesses. Meghan Phillips from Honey, Paul McClure from RSE, Ryan Vanni from Bukwild and Gennifer Munoz from GEN M ARCHITECTURE will all speak on the panel. Estelle Saltzman, Board Advisor at RSE will moderate. Enjoy bagels from Solomon’s Delicatessen!

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Meghan Phillips, Owner, Honey

Meghan Phillips is the Founder + CEO of Honey. With nearly two decades of experience in marketing strategy and driving creative campaigns, Meghan brought Honey to life in 2008 with the mission to combine marketing and design under one roof for the food, beverage and ag industries.

Meghan leads the dynamic, talented team and has positioned Honey to highlight Sacramento as a city with incredible design talent.


 
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Paul McClure, Partner and Advertising Director, RSE

Paul is one of the owners and Director of Advertising for RSE where he develops campaign strategy, oversees creative and media services operations and helps develop new business.  

Paul’s 34-year career in advertising and marketing started in San Francisco where he was part of the team responsible for two of the most successful package goods product launches of their time: Orville Redenbacher’s Microwave Popping Corn and Bartle’s & Jayme’s Wine Coolers.  Upon moving to Los Angeles, Paul led the business for Bally’s Total Fitness (the precursor to 24-hr Fitness) and spent five years as Account Director for Albertson’s Grocery. His ad agency experience includes time at Ketchum, Hal Riney & Partners and J. Walter Thompson.

After moving to Sacramento, Paul became an owner of Glass McClure Advertising until the company was sold.  Shortly after, he joined RSE.

Throughout his career, Paul has consistently given back to the community.  He has served on many boards and committees. He is the current Board Chair of Cristo Rey High School and is the past Board Chair for Wind Youth Services, the Sacramento Ad Club, and Business Volunteers for the Arts.  He has also been a board member of the San Juan Education Foundation, The Sacramento Jazz Society Foundation, and The Positive Coaching Alliance, and twice led the marketing committee for United Way.

He spent thirteen years coaching his kids’ soccer and little league teams and volunteered for any classroom activity, field trip or school fundraising drive.  Along with his wife, they have served as parent connectors for their children’s Universities.

Paul is a graduate of UC Davis, where he met his wife of 30 years.  They have three children…two who have graduated from college and one with 4.25 semesters left ...but who’s counting.

Paul enjoys most anything outdoors with a fondness for the American River, Yosemite, biking, fly fishing and gardening.  

 
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Gennifer Munoz, Owner, GEN M ARCHITECTURE

Gennifer “Gen” Munoz is a licensed architect and opened her practice, GEN M ARCHITECTURE, in January 2018. Her Sacramento based firm specializes in contemporary residential, multifamily and mixed-use projects.

Gen is a licensed architect with over 10 years of experience in residential, commercial, developer-driven, and large-scale architectural design, project management, and construction. She holds a Masters of Architecture from UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design and a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. Gen teaches interior architecture at Sac State and has taught design studios at UC Berkeley and UVA.

Her involvement in the local AIA chapter focuses on Housing and Equity in Architecture, and she hopes to uplift and empower women as leaders in design and business through teaching, mentorship and work in the community.

When not focused on orchestrating construction drawings, she enjoys roller skating on a half pipe, film photography, cooking, and remodeling her 100 year old bungalow.

 
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Ryan Vanni, Owner, Bukwild

Ryan Vanni is the Founder and CEO of independent brand and product experience studio Bukwild, a team of entrepreneurs, strategists, storytellers, visual designers and technologists that have helped define and launch some of the worlds most inspired and disruptive brands. He is a passionate advocate for helping innovators uncover and communicate their purpose and value to the world, working with everyone from Amazon and Hershey's to Pandora and Fitbit.  

Since founding Bukwild at the age of 21, Vanni’s role has evolved and grown from handling day-to-day operations to being a guardian of the agency’s uniquely open-hearted spirit, helping to foster a culture that proudly embraces quality of life in addition to good work as a part of its DNA. Forever curious and engaged, he oversees the direction of the agency while working intimately with clients to help them find their voice, communicate their beliefs and and passions, and earn the right audiences.


A career entrepreneur, Vanni also co-founded two SAAS-based companies; merchandising platform Elastic Suite and Wonderful Union, a company that helps musicians connect with fans in a digital environment, boasting 300 clients including The Eagles, Nicki Minaj, My Morning Jacket, and Britney Spears. When not with his family, Vanni can be found cycling, having participated in several Ironman competitions.

 

Estelle Saltzman, Board Advisor, RSE

Estelle Saltzman, a former newspaper reporter/writer who became a public relations writer, account executive, owner, president and board chair of Sacramento-based Runyon Saltzman, Inc. (RSE), joined forces with company founder Jean Runyon in 1972. Hard work (24-7), determination and undeniable luck paid off, allowing the multifaceted communications firm to attract highly talented marketing-savvy advertising, public affairs, public relations and creative professionals plus a wide range of all-important clients.

In the early 1980s, Estelle’s keen interest in and knowledge of community social and political issues propelled the company into the field of social marketing, which spotlighted ways to correct social ills. That practice area pushed the firm, which had started with five employees, into significant expansion.

Community service was always a huge part of Runyon Saltzman’s identity and today Estelle, who retired in 2017, remains active as a member of the boards of Opening Doors, Inc. and Restoration House.  Formerly, she was a board member of the Crocker Art Museum Association for 10 years, a longtime board member of the national Junior Statesmen Foundation and on the board of the California Automobile Association for seven years.

 

Thank you to Honey’s support, this event is free!

 
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Shelf: Meet the Designer
May
12
11:30 AM11:30

Shelf: Meet the Designer

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We partnered with Shelf and invited the design community to apply for our Meet the Designer event. Originally, we were only going to feature two designers, but Gabriela & William at Shelf were kind enough to open their space up for FIVE designers!

Join us for a fun and jam-packed day, filled with a pop-up shop, two workshops and presentations by all of our designers:

Michael Rottman
Hans Bennewitz
Lily Therens
Amber Witzke
Jason Malmberg

 

Thank you to William and Gabriela at Shelf!

 
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Pop-Up Market & Opening Party
May
11
12:00 PM12:00

Pop-Up Market & Opening Party

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Kick off Design Week Sacramento at our pop-up market featuring 12 local designers and artists from 12-4 pm, and hang around for our Opening Party at 6 pm! Both events will take place in Urban Roots’ Barrel Room.

Vendors include:

Lily Therens
Hans Bennewitz
Maker’s Luck
Jason Malmberg
Amber Witzke
Linda MichelleHardy
Spacepig Press
Araceli Farms
Jefferson Miller
Tonja Wilcox
Bassackward Press

 

Thank you to our friends at Urban Roots!

 
 
 

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Design & Business: Taxes for Independent Creatives
Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

Design & Business: Taxes for Independent Creatives

Join us for a lecture on preparing your taxes as an independent creative. Roger Beebout, is a CPA and partner at Balarsky and Beebout CPA’s, an accounting, tax, and consulting firm located in Sacramento, CA. He has over a decade of professional experience working with individuals and business owners throughout the Sacramento region.

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