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Happy new year, SEGD supporters. We had a great 2017 here in Chicago, culminating in our last event of the year -- partnering with Pechakucha Chicago for their Volume 44 event.

Below are some photos of the event. SEGD members Julie Maggos, AJ Goehle, and Tom-Burke-Kaiser presented, with Molly Zakrajsek emceeing.

When the videos of the event are uploaded to the Pechakucha website, we will post them here.

Cheers to a great new year!

AJ Goehle

Pechakucha Chicago Volume 44

Tom Burke-Kaiser

Julie Maggos


There's no better way to celebrate the holiday season than with PechaKucha!

Join SEGD Chicago & PechaKucha Night Chicago Tuesday, December 19 from 8pm – 1030pm at Martyr’s for a holiday extravaganza!
The event features a dozen presenters, who each present 20 slides for 20 seconds each, on a topic of their choice. If you’ve been before, you know this is bound to be an inspiring, exhilarating and fun time. If you haven’t ever been, what are you waiting for?

Presenters Include:

Molly Zakrajsek Artist, Molly Z
AJ Goehle Creative Sherpa, Luci Creative
Julie Maggos Director of Experiential Graphic Design, IA Interior Architects
Jessie LaFree Traveler, Boxer and Arch. Designer, Mike Shelvey Architecture
Rizal Hamdallah Head of the Futurist – Innovation Lab, Tyson Foods
Kelly Dilbeck Handy Gal / Artist, Jane of all* Trades
Eithne McMenamin Chicago Cottages: A Tiny Home Task Force
AJ LaTrace Writer / Editor
Doug Farr Archiect, Farr Associates
John Corbett Writer and Curator, Corbette vs Dempsey
Tom Burke-Kaiser CEO of IGC-Image
and Mark Paternostro

For More Information:
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$10.00 – In Advance
$12.00 – At the Door


Many thanks to the talented Chicago artists who joined us last week to share the inspiration and craftsmanship of their work. We took part in the events of Chicago Design Week by hosting a panel discussion called Intersecting Art & Place, featuring 5 local artists who focus on public art. In the setting of an artist’s loft in the west loop, the panelists inspired us, made us laugh, and made us think. We encourage you to check out their websites to learn more about their work (links in previous chapter post).

Dustin Harris & Lea Pinsky

Ruben Aguirre

Nate Otto






Chicago Design Week starts Friday!  This year’s Design Week includes seven days worth of programming and events dedicated to a deep examination of the various intersections impacting the design world and our broader communities. Check out the full Calendar of Events.

Get your tickets soon for SEGD's event Intersecting Art & Place, a panel discussion with Chicago artists. This event is free for SEGD members on Thursday, October 26th at Low Res Studio in the West Loop.



Artist Rubén Aguirre has produced a number of murals in the Chicago land area and across the U.S. Aguirre's work is an intersection of abstract graffiti, design, and contemporary muralism.

Nate Otto is a drawer, painter, and image maker whose work is inspired and influenced by art brut, abstract expressionism, graphic design, comic art, geometric abstraction, and the onslaught of imagery that pours down on him from his perch in Chicago Illinois.

Dustin Harris and Lea Pinsky form a creative collaboration called Mix Masters Murals, working for and with communities to beautify spaces with art. They have led numerous large-scale mural projects in schools, community centers, and public spaces around Chicago.

The moderator for the event, Molly Zakrajsek, is a Chicago-based illustrator and public artist. She has created large scale works of art for museums, schools, businesses, CTA, Metra and major industry conferences and special events. 


Get your tickets to Intersecting Art & Place!



The City of Chicago has designated 2017 as the Year of Public Art.  The Chicago chapter of SEGD is programming all of our events this year around the intersection of public art and experiential graphic design.
For Chicago Design Week, we are hosting a special panel discussion featuring prominent Chicago artists and art curators. The discussion will explore how the panelists intersect their personal work with public art, commissions and experiential graphic design. Attendees will get a closer look into the artistic vision, practice and process involved as a working creative in Chicago.

Our goal is to connect and inspire designers, artists, and those who work with them. Attendees will learn how artists and curators cultivate a creative vision for unique projects and gain a better understanding of the process and resources available in Chicago. The event will include a cocktail reception, networking opportunities before and after the panel discussion, and artist signings.

Cocktail reception begins at 6pm
Panel discussion at 7pm
Artist meet and greet, sales and signings 8pm

Free to SEGD members, $5 for non-members.


Click here for more details and to RSVP



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