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Join SEGD Chicago for an inspiring breakfast presentation by two local firms about their successful partnerships blending design and art.

Partners by Design and Luft have enjoyed a collaborative relationship working directly with clients to build a tailored and wholly-distinctive branding experience. Fully focused on how to best represent a client’s unique culture, each space tells the client’s story with the use of diverse materials.

Come for the food and coffee, stay for the presentation by Luft founder Crystal Hodges in conjunction with PBD. SEGD will also be discussing our concept for creating a chapter-collabortaive art piece. Come learn more and give us your input.

Tickets are free but please RSVP by clicking here.  All are welcome -- forward to your friends!


About the Event
SEGD Chicago's first event for 2017 will be a maker’s event, where we go old-school and learn how to screen print. The event is being hosted at Spudnik Press, a non-profit community printmaking studio located in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. For the event, local artist Molly Z has graciously designed and donated two custom art pieces to screenprint onto your very own tote bag (tote will be provided). Join us March 15 to get away from the computer screen and enjoy some hands-on creative time with your colleagues.

Event Details
Spudnik Press, 1821 W Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL
Appetizers, Drinks & Networking at 630 PM
Class Starts Promptly at 700 PM
Tote Bag & Artwork will be provided by SEGD.

About The Artist - Molly Z
Molly Z. is a Chicago-based Public Artist. She works with designers, architects, museums and schools creating large scale digital illustrations, hand painted murals, and collaborative art making experiences. In 2009, she illustrated the Polar Play Zone Exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium and has since been using her artwork to turn neglected places into artful spaces. She is always looking to collaborate with great people on the next BIG thing!

Member Tickets $10.00

Non-Member Tickets $30.00

You're invited to an informal and fun gathering where creatives in our local EGD community share their 20x20 presentations (20 slides, 20 seconds each) related to the topic of inspiration.  Come network, enjoy some refreshments, and experience the style of the Designtex showroom in the Merchandise Mart.


This event is sponsored by Designtex and is free and open to members and nonmembers. Please invite anyone interested! We are particularly interested in inviting students and young designers to learn more about the world of EGD.

Please click here to RSVP for our headcount purposes.



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!


Van Gogh’s Bedrooms, the landmark exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, features digital and interactive exhibits that challenge visitors to discover an authentic, human side of Van Gogh’s life and work.

Bluecadet’s animators, designers, and developers worked collaboratively with the Art Institute's curatorial, conservation, digital experience teams to create experiences that immerse visitors in Van Gogh’s world – both physical and emotional. Staff of both teams will be giving SEGD an exclusive tour of the exhibit they helped bring to life.

After we experience the exhibition, Michael Neault, the Chicago Institute of Art’s Director of Digital Experience; Josh Goldblum, CEO and Founding Partner of Bluecadet; and Elizabeth Russell, Bluecadet’s producer for the project will give presentations on the collaborative efforts to bring the exhibits to life, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the design process.

See more of the exhibit and interactives on Bluecadet's website.

For full event details and to RSVP, click here.


We had a great turnout for Tuesday's event at 1871, featuring a presentation on ADA requirements and photopolymer signage by Nova Polymers.

A big Thank You to our members from Gensler for giving tours of 1871's co-working, tech incubator space in the Merchandise Mart.  If you missed it, check out more from Gensler and 1871.

Bob Greenberger and Mike Santos from Nova Polymers are great resources for our industry regarding ADA-compliant signage.  Check out Nova Polymer's resources.

Want to see more photos of the event?  Here's a slideshow.  Photos by CloudSpotter.


Please join us for an evening of wine, cheese and ADA tactile code signage! Hosted by Nova Polymers, this informative session will cover the basics of code signs, how to specify tactile for your signage projects and how Nova Polymers is pushing the envelope with custom ADA signage.  The program is IDCEC and AIA approved. 

Food and refreshments will be provided, as well as a tour of the event location 1871 (designed by Gensler).

For detailed information on this event and to RSVP, click here. Feel free to invite non-members you think may be interested in this event.  (Please RSVP!)  We look forward to seeing you there! 


Nick Kapica is founder and partner of SV Associates and senior lecturer in Design at Massey University, New Zealand. He has led design projects in the UK, Germany and New Zealand, and his favorite projects are those requiring a multitude of design fields. He is a board member of the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) and Chair of the New Zealand SEGD Chapter. 

Nick is visiting Chicago with a group of students from Massey University and has agreed to present some of his latest project work to our Chapter on the evening of Thursday, November 19.

A sneak peak of Nick's work:

This event is free to SEGD Members!  Please RSVP here

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Location: Cushing, 420 W. Huron, Chicago, IL 60654

Cushing will be giving a tour of their facility at 5:30pm. Come check out their capabilities!

Light refreshments graciously provided by Cushing.

The SEGD Chicago chapter invites you to join us for an evening out at Pinstripes Bistro in Streeterville.

Moss Environments is generously hosting the first hour at the bar, so make sure to arrive at 7pm! Light appetizers will be provided, sponsored by Selbert Perkins Design and Media Objectives at VDTA.

And there will be 2 hours of free bocce ball, sponsored by Brassell Design Consultants!  No special shoes or knowledge required - just show up and play.

Pinstripes is just a 5 minute walk from the SEGD Conference Sheraton Hotel. We have a private indoor/outdoor space booked for our group - ask for the SEGD event when you arrive.

A full menu is available for purchase, and after the first hour there is a cash bar.

There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP

Join us for a Behind-the-Scenes tour of the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere!  SEGD Chicago is organizing a guided tour of this beloved Chicago institution led by John Beckman, Director of Exhibit Design and Development, and Angela Williams, Senior Design Manager.  We will visit exhibits and be treated to a presentation of the MSI design experience. 

Ticket price includes the guided tour and presentation as well as a reception of a light buffet and beer/wine.

Invite your colleagues, friends, and family!  All are welcome to this one-of-a-kind event.

RSVP and purchase tickets via Eventbrite:


Join us for the first SEGD Chicago Breakfast Roundtable, offering EGD professionals an opportunity to engage in conversation on challenges, opportunities and best practices in our industry.

This month's topic:

“Yikes WHO did that?” Clarity, Conviction and CCO’s - (Critical Change Orders that is).

Sharon Brooks of South Water Signs (An experienced SEGD and industry partner with a BFA in Graphic Design) will share her expertise on the questions we should be asking during the project process: What do the specs say? Re-submit the submittals? And you’re delivering, when?

Hosted at the offices of Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, located in the historic Boyce Building in the vibrant River North neighborhood.

Come for breakfast, coffee, and a great learning opportunity!


RSVP here:

Hello again Chicago SEGD! Now that we have all had our fill of winter, let's welcome spring with a Rooftop Thaw.

The Plymouth Restaurant and Bar
327 S Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60604

We're kicking it off with a mixer graciously presented by Icon! We will cover our plans for the 2014 year and talk about the upcoming SEGD Conference that has been selected to be held in Chicago in 2015! 

Meet us up on the (heated) rooftop for drinks and light appetizers, and great company.

RSVP here:

We are pleased to introduce new chapter Co-Chairs, Julie Maggos and Kyle Skunta.  Read more about your chapter chairs:  Julie Maggos  and  Kyle Skunta
We are re-energized and ready to bring forward an active chapter to serve the broad Chicago SEGD community.  Stay tuned for an invitation to our first event, scheduled for early December.

We look forward to hearing from you.  If you have any questions, please ask!  And look out for that event invite – it will be arriving in your inbox next week.

Julie & Kyle
SEGD Chicago Chapter Chairs

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IA Interior Architects 104 S. Michigan Ave, Suite 1200 | Chicago, IL 60603

It's a new year and a new outlook for the Chicago Chapter. Come meet your fellow Chicago SEGDers and join us for an interactive event to capture your thoughts on how we can move forward. What events would you like to attend? What are you interested in learning about? Have any vendors or projects that you would like to tour? You bring your ideas, we'll bring the pen and paper (and beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres!). 6:00pm cocktail hour 6:30pm tour of IA offices led by IA design team 7:00pm introductions led by Julie and Kyle 7:30-8:30pm networking, open invitation to share your ideas for the future of SEGD Chicago This event is FREE and open to members and nonmembers! Just please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.