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september design events

Fall is in the air. Kids are back to school, parents are back to uninterrupted work days, and designers and developers are gearing up to work on new projects and products. A good way to kick off the season is with some great training and workshop opportunities.

Take advantage of these exciting events happening this September in the Seattle area.

Vikram Chandra: The Art of Coding

Thursday, September 11, 2014

7:30 – 8:45 p.m.

The Pub at Town Hall; enter on 8th Avenue, $5

Exploring the intersection of art and technology in the modern age, award-winning author Vikram Chandra’s first work of nonfiction analyzes the relationship that exists between literature and coding. In Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty, he gives insight into the two fields he loves most, including known stereotypes like Silicon Valley’s “Indian Mafia” and the “generalized misogyny” of modern coding culture, as well as his personal experiences in the field. According to Chandra, “Code moves. It changes the world” — but so do literature and art. He’ll also explain why, in order for the science to be recognized as a beautiful artform, “programmers need to claim the extraordinary nature of what they do.” Chandra is also the author of Sacred Games and Mirrored Mind.

Presented by: Town Hall and Elliott Bay Book Company, as part of The Seattle Science Lectures sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU. Tickets: $5. Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. Learn more: Listen to Chandra discuss “the beauty of code.”


Seattle Design Festival

Saturday, September 5, 2014 – Sunday, September 19, 2014

See website for the list of events and times

The Seattle Design Festival celebrates the ways design makes life better. Citizens, city leaders and experts all come together at workshops, tours, talks, films and gatherings to exchange ideas. Join us for two weeks of design discovery September 5 to 19, 2014. This year, the Seattle Design Festival explores the ways design moves us. From place to place, frame to frame, present to future—design is the vehicle of innovation. Come experience Design in Motion!

Download our printable schedule of events for the 2014 Seattle Design Festival.

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Multi-device UX: Designing the Whole Experience

Saturday, September 13, 2014

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WeWork Seattle (map)

500 Yale Ave N., Seattle, WA, 98109

General Assembly hosts Brian Thurston, Senior UX Designer at Amazon, for a workshop of multi-device UX.

Understanding design for multiple devices is now a required skill for UX designers. This half-day workshop will provide students with a broad knowledge base, covering strategy and design of experiences that work seamlessly across any number of platforms.


  • Understand how context drives the user’s experience
  • Approach design in a holistic, device-independent way
  • Make key decisions to create a strategy for your multi-device product
  • Optimize designs for touch interfaces
  • Plan and deliver personalized content across any number of platforms

Regular ticket $125

Learn more: Event details & registration


Convergence II: Where Physical & Interactive Design Meet

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The Impact Hub @ 220 & Change (map)

220 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Tactile and General Assembly continue the conversation from their March event, by exploring the evolving discipline of design and what happens at the intersection of the physical, digital, interactive and innovative.

Topics include:

  • How do you adapt creative processes to leverage new tools?
  • What are the business implications of designing for new spaces, whether online or off?
  • What is converging at the edge of key industries, and why does it matter?


Event details & tickets


PKN SEA VOL. 57: Designing Leadership

Sunday, September 14, 2014

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle WA 98104


From the physical world to digital space, from culture to community, Design and Leadership are inextricably linked, forming a complex, generative relationship that frames the ways in which we relate to each other and give shape to our world. Pecha Kucha Seattle, in collaboration with Design in Public’s 2014 Seattle Design Festival is thrilled to present PKN SEA vol. 57: Designing Leadership. The evening will bring together presenters from across the design community to explore the ways in which design can uniquely lead, the ways in which design leadership has evolved, the ways in which we foster a culture of leadership within our community, and the rich set of opportunities ahead, focusing on members of our community that are leading design in unique, powerful, wonderful ways.

PRESENTERS INCLUDE: + Moira Scott Payne – Cornish College of the Arts + Albert Shum – Microsoft + Karen Cheng – University of Washington, School of Art, Art History and Design + Heidi Hughes – Friends of Waterfront Seattle + Sharon Nyree Williams – Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas + Michael Nguyen – Revel Foundry + Valerie Green & Ben Grossman – Nordstrom People Lab + Megan A. Gaiser – Contagious Creativity + Sandy Cioffi – Cornish College of the Arts + Lisa Picard – Skanska + Darrel Rhea – Design Management Institute + Barbara Swift – Swift Company + Rico Quirindongo – DLR Group

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