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Frauke Bartels, Project Manager and Graphic Designer at the University of Texas at Austin
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Help us #shapetheconversation.

Join us for lunch at our second Chapter event for the year as we explore
AIA Austin Women in Architecture.

We will have box lunches sponsored by Ion Art, a speaker from Ion Art on the exhibit fabrication, and a docent lead tour of the Shaping the Conversation Exhibit Series. Event will begin at Noon at 249 W 2nd Street Austin, TX. Parking is recommended at City Hall. Please plan to arrive by 11:45AM.

Reserve Your Spot Here

Schedule of events: Monday, February 27th

11:45 - 12:15  Social Hour & Lunch - Sponsored by Ion Art
Enjoy a Jason's Deli Sandwhich Box (options selected during registration) until our speaker begins.

12:15 - 12:30 Presentation - by Kyle Beck of Ion Art
Kyle Beck project managed the fabrication and installation of the exhibit and will share how collaboration and problem solving can make great projects.

12:30 - 1:00 Women in Architecture - Docent guided tour of the exhibit
Organized and produced by AIA Austin to recognize the far-reaching achievements of women architects in Texas and beyond. Come enjoy a personal docent guided tour of the exhibit to wrap up the event.

Hoping to see a Full House to this limited seating event next week. Please plan to arrive around 11:45 AM and enjoy a special lunch!

Registration closes at 9AM Monday, February 27th.

Use the following link to register:


Happy new year and welcome to 2017! We are gearing up for an exciting year!
By now, you may have heard about your new Chapter Co-Chairs, Frauke Bartels and Grady Brown, and they are excited about this opportunity to serve.

We would like to tell you about our first Chapter event for the year! This will be a "Limited Attendees" event at the Austin Blanton Museum of Art where the traveling Andy Warhol exhibit is currently under way! Be sure to be one of the first 20 to Register to ensure a spot at this unique event.

Parking is in the Brazos Garage, adjacent to the museum's main Michener Gallery building, and will cost $4.00 with a discount if attendees bring their parking tickets into the museum and pay there.

Schedule of events: Thursday Evening 6 - 9 PM

6:00 - 7:00 Social Hour - $5 per serving
Enjoy a slice of pizza and a glass of beer or wine from the Blanton Cafe (In the Edgar A. Smith building.)  Mingle with members and enjoy some experimental music in the atrium until our speaker begins.

7:00 - 8:00 Presentation - "Why Your Story Matters" by Thatcher Freund
Hite Board Room in the Michener building.
Author and special guest speaker, Thatcher Freund, is a journalist and memoir writer, who will speak of the importance of stories in our lives both to ourselves and to the culture we live in, and why it matters so much that we preserve them.

Thatcher is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in History, and a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University, and was born and raised in Austin, Texas.  His published work includes The Python Trail: An Immigrant’s Path from Cameroon to America, and Objects of Desire: The Lives of Antiques and Those Who Pursue Them, which follows the lives of three pieces of American furniture from their creations in the 18th century to their sales at Sotheby’s 250 years later.

Besides his speaking engagements, Thatcher helps people to write their own memoirs and teaches workshops on memoir writing. Come learn Why Your Story Matters.

8:00 - 9:00 Warhol By the Book - Docent guided tour of Warhol exhibit

“Warhol By the Book.” Andy Warhol may be most frequently identified with his silkscreen paintings of Campbell’s Soup cans and celebrities like Jackie Kennedy Onassis. But long before Warhol became an art superstar — perhaps the first art superstar? — he spent more than a decade as a commercial illustrator in New York. - Statesman 
Come enjoy a personal docent guided tour of the exhibit to wrap up the evening.

Hoping to see a Full House to this limited seating event in a couple weeks. Please plan to arrive around 6PM and enjoy a full evening!


To attend this exclusive "limited attendee" event, please contact the Chapter Chair at [email protected] to obtain access to tickets.

Time to reconnect and visit, discuss some of the goings-on at SEGD and the Austin Chapter. Bar tab picked up by sponsor, SNA.


Hello, Weekend!
To kick off your stay in Seattle like a local, you'll need three things: Coffee, Booze, and Good Vibes (maybe some flannel if you're your feeling fancy).

Come as you are (Nirvana pun intended) and hang out with your new found friends and old. No Seattle freeze here, folks. Keep it moving!

Light appetizers served and hosted bar until 8:00P

Palace Ballroom
2100 5th Ave., 
Seattle, WA 98121


THANK YOU to our event sponsors CREO Industrial Arts and Image Mill!


Note: we've rescheduled this event for Mon., Nov. 9 at 6:00 pm.

Attend this event to learn about current public art trends like the Venice Biennale 2015 and New York City Summer 2015 temporary projects, some of the projects now being planned by the City of Austin's Art in Public Places program, and ways for artists and designers to get involved in public art, including open calls to artists. We'll also do a short walking tour of public art installations in the area.

Sue Lambe, Austin Art in Public Places project manager, will be providing the presentation and guiding the walking tour.

Register for this event HERE.

Join us and other local artists and designers afterwards at Cedar Door (201 Brazos St.) for a brief social.

Art in Public Places - Banner

We have invited Sue Lambe of Austin's Art in Public Places (AIPP) program to give a presentation on the global trends in public art as well as an overview on the AIPP program. This will be followed by a guided walking tour that will feature various public works of art.

We will meet on the first floor of the City Hall (room 1101) at 5:30 pm, where we will provide snacks and drinks. We'll get started at 6 pm sharp. There is parking available under the City Hall. 

After the presentation and walking tour, please join us for some socializing and/or drinks (place TBD).


Join us for a post-conference social at the historic Scholz Garten in Austin, where we can talk all things Chicago, experientially speaking.

Join us for drinks and snacks at this happy hour event.


Thursday, March 26

Drinks and snacks from 6pm to 8pm.


Gibson Street Bar

1109 South Lamar Blvd

Austin, TX 78704


Please join us for the next studio crawl installment! This time, we'll be visiting with Dyal & Partners and touring their facility. Dyal & Partners is a planning and design firm that creates brand identities, environments, environmental graphics, websites and related services for its clients.

We will have snacks and refreshments onsite to enjoy during and after the tour. Please join us and help to promote SEGD Austin!

The second event in our Studio Crawl series, where we are showcasing local EGD firms and giving students a look into the typical day for a local experiential graphic designer. For this crawl, will be getting an up-close-and-personal look at fd2s' new office. Curtis Roberts and Steve Stamper will guide the group.

Join us immediately afterwards for a social, sponsored by S|N|A.


We had great attendance at the Sensory Interactive studio crawl in the first of several tours of local studio tours in the experiential design community. Thank you to all who attended and a special thanks to Greg Giordano and Sensory Interactive for being wonderful hosts. All attendees were invited to the post-event social, sponsored by S|N|A.

Next up: a studio crawl at fd2s on Monday, October 6. Stay tuned...

This is the first in a series of area studio crawls where we can showcase local EGD firms as well as give students a look into the typical day for a local experiential graphic designer. Sensory Interactive’s growing Austin office includes a gallery of digital and interactive technologies and a workshop to assemble interactive installations. We will take a look at a current project showcasing a 4ft x 14ft multi-user, multi-touch wall that utilizes Prysm display tiles, an infrared touch overlay, optical cameras and audio. This should be an exciting peek at an interactive digital product and an interesting look into how these types of technologies can be integrated into interactive experiences. Join us after the crawl, as we will head across the street to Whislers for a social, sponsored by S|N|A.

Banner - The Thinkery Experience

"where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing"

Join the SEGD Austin Chapter for a guided tour and discussion of The Thinkery, the new Austin Children's Museum. Assisting with the tour will be Susanne Harrington of Asterisk Group, which created a program of building signage and donor recognition for the new facility and its exhibits.

"The Thinkery is Austin's sparkling new home for 'why' and 'how.' A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing. It's a foundry for a new generation of innovators and creative problem solvers. And it's a heck of a good time." (

We will meet at The Thinkery Wed. April 23 at 6:00pm. Please contact Mitch Leathers ([email protected]) with questions or to receive the event invitation.

The Thinkery | 1830 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723 | 512.469.6200 | [email protected]

A big “thank you” to everyone who joined us for the walking tour of the University of Texas at Austin campus. We had a great time and enjoyed some wonderful pieces of EGD.

Thanks also to our members who played key roles in the design or fabrication of the tour projects – including Frauke Bartels (UT-Austin), Curtis Roberts (fd2s), and Grady Brown (iZone Imaging) – who provided some direction and great information.

The tour included the Skyspace exhibit at the Student Activity Center, the College of Liberal Arts project, and the mural and information walls at the Texas Swimming Center.

And thanks again to iZone Imaging for sponsoring our post-tour social and for providing our new chapter ID posters!

Next stop: put your Thinkery caps on. More info coming soon…

Don’t forget about SEGD Austin’s Walking Tour event this Thursday, 2/13, at the University of Texas at Austin. The tour will begin at 6pm. Please meet on the ground-floor food court of the Student Activity Center’s north entrance. The SAC is at 2201 Speedway in Austin. More location info can be found here:

Please gather at the ground-floor north entrance between 5:30 and 6:00 so that we can get started on time. If you have trouble finding us, call Mitch Leathers at 214-289-1898.

After touring the Student Activity Center, College of Liberal Arts and Texas Swimming Center, we will walk to Scholz Beer Garten for a social, sponsored by iZone Imaging.

RSVP Mitch at [email protected] so we can get an accurate headcount.

Hopefully, we’ll see you Thursday!


After a good initial chapter event, we are planning the first 2014 event for Thursday, Feb. 13 at around 6:00pm. With help from member Frauke Bartels-Felder, we will be doing a walking tour on the UT campus, including the College of Liberal Arts, Student Activity Center, and the Texas Swimming Center. We’ll follow up the tour with a social.

We are hoping for even more attendance and involvement as we kick off 2014! Stay tuned...

Austin Chapter

We kicked off the chapter in early December 2013 with a social at Gibson Street Bar. Thanks to everyone who attended and chipped in ideas for the chapter’s first full year.

As the only SEGD chapter in Texas, we are just getting on our feet and hope to inspire Austin-area designers and professionals to join SEGD and the chapter so that we can make this wonderful organization valuable to us locally. In addition, we are hoping to encourage others in the region to form local SEGD chapters, in hopes that we can establish more of a state-wide EGD community.

Stay tuned, as we will be organization another event early in 2014…

Happy & Safe Holidays