Colorado Springs Design Week

Celebrate the Impact of Design

The inaugural Colorado Springs Design Week celebrates creativity and the impact of design in the Pikes Peak region through events for creatives from all disciplines to connect, collaborate, and learn from industry leaders. Design Week includes a mix of free and ticketed events, including opportunities for networking, a collaborative art show and fundraiser, talks by industry leaders, and more. For questions, please email info@cosdesignweek.com.

AIGA Colorado strives to create a place where design and creativity are for everyone, our goal is to build an open chapter by uniting our community and growing design as a whole within the state. We do this by focusing on leading by design through inclusive growth.

2021 COS Design Week Schedule:

Thursday, September 30 • Creative Studio Tours

5:30-7:30PM

Kickoff Design Week with a happy hour open house of four fun creative design studios in Downtown Colorado Springs. Start at any studio you like, sample the sips and snacks, check out the digs and hop to the next one!

Locations:

  • FIXER Brand Design Studio • 130 E. Kiowa Street #402, Colorado Springs
  • Neon Pig Creative • 76 S. Sierra Madre Unit F, Colorado Springs
  • Design Rangers • 4 S. Wahsatch #102, Colorado Springs (in The Machine Shop)
  • REN Creativ • 602 S. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs (above Bread & Butter Market)

Friday, October 1 • First Friday LIGHTBOX Art Show and Fundraiser

6:00PM

LIGHTBOX is the first annual collaborative art show hosted by AIGA Colorado Springs, held on the First Friday in Arts Month. AIGA COS invited local designers, architects, interior designers and artists to create a collaborative exhibition of custom-built lightboxes, illuminating the unique talents and vision of our local creative community.

Proceeds from the Silent Auction benefits AIGA Colorado and the Chicano/a Murals of Colorado Project, selected by the participating artists. The CMCP was established in 2018 to promote, preserve, and protect Colorado’s artistic legacy in the face of increasing urban development and gentrification.

Location:

  • The Machine Shop • 4 S. Wahsatch #102, Colorado Springs

Saturday, October 2 • Letterpress Poster Workshop

9:00AM

Get your hands dirty printing a commemorative Design Week poster to take with you. Learn the basics of letterpress printing: become familiar with locking up type and printing on a vintage Line-O-Scribe press. No experience necessary, everyone is welcome!

Location:

  • Manitou Art Center • 513 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs

Saturday, October 2 • Design Talk Double Feature

Part 1: Crafting Creative Hospitality, 4:30PM

The creative design teams behind Kinship Landing discuss what it takes to collaborate across disciplines to create a unique, design-forward hospitality experience—and live to tell the tale. They’ll spill all the design tea: the good, the challenging, and what it’s like opening a hotel in the middle of a global pandemic.

Speakers:

  • Ryan Lloyd, Founding Principal + Architect, Echo Architecture + Interiors
  • Courtney Wilson, Partner + Interior Designer, Echo Architecture + Interiors
  • Sara DeRose, Creative Director + Strategist, FIXER
  • Troy DeRose, Creative Director + Designer, FIXER
  • Garrett Brown, CEO, Garrett Brown Designs
  • Brooke Mikulas, Co-Founder, Kinship Landing
  • Bobby Mikulas, Co-Founder, Kinship Landing

Location:

  • Greenhaus at Kinship Landing • 415 S. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs

Saturday, October 2 • Design Talk Double Feature

Part 2: Designing for Crisis: The Designer’s Share of the Problem, 6:00PM

Amidst a global pandemic, designers of all stripes are forced to confront the world we’ve helped shape. We can marvel at how much progress has been made in a relatively short time to connect the world, while noticing the impacts of those changes on everyday life. Do designers deserve a share of the blame for consequences of design? If so, what can be done about it? In this talk, we’ll think aloud about how to reimagine the ways we create products, practices, systems and services.

Speaker:

  • Ron Bronson

Location:

  • Greenhaus at Kinship Landing • 415 S. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs

Sunday, October 3 • Design Trivia Brunch

11:00AM-1:00PM (Trivia starts at Noon)

Come for the brunch, stay for some pub quiz-style design trivia—team up when you get here or BYOTeam ready to run. Syrup or sans-syrup—brunch at the historic, renovated and reopened Track Ten Urban Kitchen at the Old Depot is the perfect cap to the week. Trivia starts at noon.

Location:

  • Track 10 Urban Kitchen • 10 S. Sierra Madre St., Colorado Springs
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