Design Week

October 21–26, 2013

AIGA Honolulu Chapter’s inaugural Design Week in Honolulu was an inspirational, weeklong event showcasing, advancing and celebrating the professional practice and value of design statewide.

An expansion of AIGA Honolulu Chapter’s annual programming, Design Week reached out to a diverse community of design professionals as well as local businesses, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, students and more. A warehouse in Our Kaka’ako was transformed into Design Week headquarters, where we held four of our events, including a first-ever showcase of all the roughly 200 entries to the 5-O design competition.

We believe that designers—and those who value design—can contribute immensely to and delightfully inspire a new Honolulu in which we live and work. Thanks to all those who participated in our venture to advance, inspire and celebrate.

A huge mahalo to our sponsors. Please support those who support AIGA.

Design Week Schedule:

MONDAY, 10/21

Adobe Workshop: The Creative Cloud
5:30–7:30pm, Refreshments at 5:00pm
Design Week Headquarters  (445 Cooke Street)
Learn what’s new in your favorite design apps, how to streamline your workflow and how to bring your designs to new life with Adobe Creative Cloud.
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TUESDAY, 10/22

Design Symposium
3:00–5:00pm (5-10 min presentations, 15 min break, Q+A)
Design Week Headquarters
Five local design professionals in a series of Pecha Kucha-style presentations based on the theme of “Hawai‘i Design” followed by a Q&A panel discussion.
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Studio Open House
5:30pm start
At various design studios across town
Design studios will open their doors for an opportunity to see their creative environments, learn about their work, get insider info on their design processes and network with their professional staff.
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Hawaii Design Showcase
Design Week Headquarters
Get the first-ever sneak peek of all the entries for this year’s “Hawaii’s 5-O” Design Competition prior to the winners being announced at the award show.
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Designer Dialogue with Joseph Duffy (Duffy & Partners, Minneapolis)
Design Week Headquarters
2013 “Hawaii’s 5-O” Design Competition Judge Joseph Duffy, of the award-winning Duffy & Partners in Minneapolis, will lead an inspirational presentation showcasing his work, lessons learned and some tricks of the trade.
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FRIDAY, 10/25

“BYOBook” Mixer
R/D (691 Auahi Street)
Pick a book from your shelf to use as a conversation starter among fellow design enthusiasts in a mixer event and participate in the Shutterstock Napkin Sketch Contest for a chance to win a prize package from Shutterstock valued at $350.
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2013 Hawaii’s 5-O Design Award Show
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Join the state’s design community and related professions in celebration of good design in Hawai‘i. This event is historically AIGA Honolulu Chapter’s biggest and longest-running design event. Tickets must be purchased by 10/11 to attend. Visit for information.
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By aigahonolulu
Published September 10, 2013