SFO Chapter

Chapter Chairs

Sarah Szekeresh
Sarah Szekeresh
Kacey Bills, Project Coordinator, Shannon Leigh Associates, San Francisco
Kacey Bills
Ellen Bean Spurlock, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Ellen Bean Spurlock
Chris Fato
Chris Fato
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Design Blitz Job Posted October 30

SEGD Award Winning Projects

Metrius Trade Show Booth, ReVerb
Metrius Trade Show Booth
Gratefish Storm Drain, Grate Drains, Mauk Design
Gratefish Storm Drain
Gensler Studio 585
Gensler Studio 585
Nano Jon Arcade, Jonathan Deepe, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design
Nano Jon Arcade
REACH Design Guideline for SFO
REACH Design Guideline for SFO
Autodesk Customer Briefing Center, Autodesk Inc, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Autodesk Customer Briefing Center

San Francisco, CA Blog

 Social Study, Featuring Artist Liz Hickok

SEGD SF would like to welcome you to Social Study, a new event series that will combine learning, inspiration, and drinks! To kick off this series, we are hosting a holiday party that will feature a conversation with Liz Hickok. A Bay Area artist with roots in graphic design, Liz’s work has always been a study in scale and material. Her multi-media approach engages sculpture, photography, augmented reality, and even jello. She will share her move from gallery spaces to creating pieces for where people live and work, and how strong fabricator partnerships, including Designtex, have facilitated a beautiful creative process.

The proceeds from ticket sales will go to North Bay Fire Relief, providing relief to victims of the Northern CA wildfires.


This event has generous been sponsored by Designtex and CTC - California Technical Contracting. Please join us for an evening of socializing, art, and inspiration!

Autumn Social

Let’s get together to kick off the new season and welcome our new chairs! We’ll meet for happy hour at Jones in downtown SF.
This event is open to members, students above 21, and SEGD active participants. Tickets include appetizers, and the first round is on us!

Thursday, October 12 | 6:00-8:00pm | Jonesis located at 620 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Members: free | Non-Members: $5

Design Week Recap Images

Our SF SEGD chapter had the opportunity to participate in SF Design week again this year. We had a wonderful evening of networking, inspiration and discussion. Spinning off of the SF Design Week 2017 theme of “Question Everything”, we hosted a diverse three-person multi-disciplinary panel to discuss responsible design.


Sabiha Basria presented a background on social movement graphics and branding, then shared some of Design Action Collective’s work with International Women’s Day, Black Lives Matter and Stop Urban Shield. She shared some of her experiences working within the envelope of social unrest and provided advice for becoming engaged with issues within our communities.


Guneet Anand, representing SITELAB Urban Studio, connected urban planning, placemaking, and community engagement through a case study of Pier 70, a historic industrial neighborhood in Dogpatch, San Francisco. Walking us through SITELAB’s design process, Guneet showed us how community involvement can preserve a neighborhood’s character and essence.


Tim McNeil, an exhibition designer and professor at UC Davis, discussed his experience with sustainability. Tim provided a historical overview of designers’ roles in planned obsolescence, along with an introduction to sustainable design theory. He showed us strategies that designers and producers can incorporate into everyday practice. Tim ended his talk with a call to action summarizing all of the evening’s topics: Advocate, Share Knowledge, and Draw the Line.


A few takeaways from the Q&A discussion:

  • Define what responsibility means to you and your practice, then choose clients that align with your code of ethics.
  • Consider longevity when designing, engage stakeholders in the right discussions so that they have buy in and properly use the product.
  • Draw your line. What are you willing to and not willing to do? Stick to it.


Thank you again to our generous event sponsor, NEC, for your welcome as well as the donation of your screen technology for the presentation.


Responsible Design can hold many meanings to different people across disciplines. Please join SEGD for an evening to explore responsible design through the lens of the built environment. Our 3-part panel discussion will feature speakers from different design disciplines, including – Graphic Design, Experiential Design, and Urban Design. 


We hope that you can join us for an evening of inspirational presentations and engaging discussion as we explore responsible design at various scales within the built environment.


We are excited to announce our panel!


Guneet Anand is an urban designer who is continually inspired by cities around the world and how people inhabit them. At SITELAB urban studio, Guneet is the Project Manager of the Pier 70 mixed-use development in San Francisco.


Tim McNeil is a principal with the design firm Muniz/McNeil and a Professor of Design at the University of California Davis. With over 25 years of experience developing exhibition, signage, and interpretive environments, his research and practice seeks to define the exhibition design field and its impact on communities and audience engagement.


Sabiha Basrai is a member of Design Action Collective — a worker-owned cooperative dedicated to serving social justice movements with art, graphic design, and web development. She is also Co-Coordinator of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action where she works with racial justice organizers to fight against Islamophobia.


We’d like to extend a special Thank You to our event sponsor, NEC!

We look forward to using your screen technology at the event.



SEGD Members & Students - $5
General Tickets - $15 

Event Info:

Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30 pm

Herman Miller Showroom

23 Geary Street, #900, San Francisco CA 94108


The SEGD SF Chapter welcomes you to join us for a shop tour of New Bohemia Signs, San Francisco’s longest running sign shop dealing exclusively in hand-painted signage. If you’ve spent time around SF, you’ve certainly seen incredible work created by Damon Styer and the team at New Bohemia.

Damon will lead us through the shop, sharing history of American sign painting and his perspective on this art form. With diverse work ranging from hand-painted signs, board and windows, to original art works, to architectural gold leaf and gold leaf on glass, New Bohemia’s work will leave you inspired and thinking differently about how we communicate.

Following the tour, participants have the option to join for a recap at Bloodhound. This tour is open only to SEGD members and friends of SEGD. Space is extremely limited, register now!

Thank you to New Bohemia Signs for generously hosting this tour!

Register Here!


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