Neon Moiré Newsletter #246 — The Best Events in May 🌸
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🤩 This week's picks
Online workshop ILLUSTRATION SYSTEM with Giulia Zoavo📅 Wednesday 26 to 28 April 2023📍 OnlineIllustration Systems. How to build a world made of illustrations to tell brands' stories. With Giulia Zoavo, illustrator, graphic and icon designer
Create Leicester📅 Thursday 27 April 2023📍Leicester, EnglandCreate is a series of FREE quarterly events for digital creators, producers, managers, and administrators, aiming to inspire Leicester’s digital design community. Speakeers tonight Tonight An exciting evening lined up with Ashley Firth, Global Director of Front-end Development from Octopus Energy, sharing his talk about Accessible Design & Development.
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📣 All Events in May 🌸
Web Summit Rio 📅 Monday, 1 to Thursday, 4 May 2023📍 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 🇧🇷 Web Summit Rio will bring together 10,000+ people and companies redefining the tech industry. In 2023, Web Summit hosts their first-ever event outside of Europe in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Convey UX 📅 Tuesday, 2 to Thursday, 4 May 2023📍 Online ConveyUX is the premier user experience conference on the West Coast. The 2020 conference in Seattle features 65 sessions from 50 UX leaders across three full days. Explore how UX really gets done.
and& Leuven 📅 Tuesday, 2 to Thursday, 4 May 2023📍 Leuven, Belgium 🇧🇪 An innovation festival that brings together changemakers of today to inspire curious minds of all backgrounds. It provides a platform for interdisciplinary innovation that aims to transform our society & acts upon the challenges innovation face today.
Awwwards Digital Thinkers Conference 📅 Wednesday, 3 to Friday, 5 May 2023📍 Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦 An event for Designers, Web Developers, and Digital Dreamers. Every year Awwwards holds conferences in different iconic cities all over the world, from New York, Barcelona, and Amsterdam, to London, Paris, and LA our events unite the best agencies and thought leaders in the world of digital design.
Pictoplasma 📅 Wednesday, 3 to Sunday, 7 May 2023📍 Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 Pictoplasma Berlin welcomes all international character design pioneers, creatives, and enthusiasts for a special 5-day IRL celebration of the very best in contemporary character design and art.
Graphic Days Festival 2023: Print Parade📅 Wednesday, 3 to Sunday, 7 May 2023📍 Turin, Italy 🇮🇹Graphic Days Festival aims to support the cultural value of visual communication and contribute to exchange and critical discussion in twelve workshops, fifteen exhibitions, two masterclasses, eight talks, six performances, five live musical events, ten residencies, and over 70 guests. The eighth installment of the festival will focus on the power of print, exploring how ideas can be transformed into tangible objects. A conference featuring talks from Studio GdB, Anthony Burrill, Benedetta Crippa, Rejane Dal Bello, and Vasjen Katro will take place on Saturday 6 May.
Motion Motion Festival 📅 Friday, 5 to Sunday, 7 May 2023 00:00 📍 Nantes, France 🇫🇷 The Motion Motion Festival lets you discover motion design in all its diversity: 3D, 2D, stop motion, etc... in various graphic universes, through exhibitions, workshops, concerts, mini-conferences, and meetings. The festival is an initiative of the French motion designers association.
DDX '23 - UX & Innovation Conference 📅 Saturday, 6 May 2023📍 Munich, Germany 🇩🇪 Get inspired about the future of design: Learn to facilitate and design business visions that accelerate innovation.
D&AD FESTIVAL📅 Tuesday, 9 to Wednesday, 10 May 2023📍 London, United Kingdom 🇬🇧 D&AD Festival gathers today’s most accomplished creative professionals from around the world with the movers and shakers of tomorrow to stimulate and inspire creative excellence. Join D&AD Festival for inspiring and insightful keynote talks, jury insight sessions, workshops, networking, and an exhibition of the D&AD Awards shortlist at the Truman Brewery, London.
ATypI 📅 Wednesday, 10 to Saturday, 13 May 2023📍 Paris, France 🇫🇷ATypI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to typography and type design. The primary activity of the association is its annual conference, held in a different global city each year.
Product Day📅 Wednesday, 10 to Saturday, 13 May 2023📍 OnlineFrom career success tips to future trends, covering some of the hottest spaces 24hrs non-stop. Product Day by ADPList brings you 80+ live keynote and thematic networking sessions in design and product. You will experience an extraordinary lineup of content with a bevy of entertainment.
A MAZE. 📅 Wednesday, 10 to Saturday, 13 May 2023📍 Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 A MAZE highlights controversial and subversive games and their creators/ authors with the A MAZE. Awards in six categories. With their selection, they foster a diverse and artistic taste beyond the mainstream.
Proof of Conference 📅 Thursday, 11 to Saturday, 13 May 2023📍 Los Angels, USA 🇺🇸 The inaugural edition of Proof. A web3 celebration of art, culture, community, and technology.
All Flows 📅 Thursday, 11 to Friday, 12 May 2023📍 Milton Keynes, UK 💷 The inaugural edition of All Flows, a two-day, creative, digital, and technology conference
FIBER Festival 📅 Thursday, 11 to Sunday, 14 May 2023📍 Amsterdam, The Netherlands 🇳🇱 FIBER Festival brings together a wide selection of art, electronic music, and audiovisual performances that explore our rapidly transforming world through multi-sensory ways. The festival acts as an international meeting place for art enthusiasts, professional makers & thinkers, and curious newcomers to jointly examine urgent development across technology, ecology, and culture.
Design It; Build It📅 Thursday, 11 to Friday, 12 May 2023📍 Edinburgh, Scotland 🏴 The DIBI (Design It; Build It) team curates and produces events that explore the world of digital products and services. Our speakers inform, challenge and inspire across commercial, creative, and technical domains. The DIBI event program centers around a flagship 2-day annual conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Future Stare 📅 Thursday, 11 to Thursday, 11 May 2023📍 Auckland, New Zealand 🇳🇿 The inaugural edition of Future Stare. Business is being reinvented at a pace never seen before. What do New Zealand business leaders need to be thinking about to be relevant in the fourth industrial revolution? Future State is a one-day series of high-impact business briefings led by innovators at world-changing companies.
From Business to Buttons 📅 Friday, 12 to Friday, 12 May 2023📍 Stockholm, Sweden 🇸🇪 User Experience and Service Design Conference.
The Art Department Berlin 📅 Saturday, 13 to Sunday, 14 May 2023📍 Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 The second edition of The Art Department in Berlin. The festival focuses on concept art and design for film, animation, and games. The Art Department dives into the process of creating and puts a spotlight on the artists that are responsible for designing worlds, characters, and stories of some of the biggest productions.
Leipzig Typotage 📅 Saturday, 13 to Saturday, 13 May 2023📍 Leipzig, Germany 🇩🇪 The Leipzig Typotage is an event organized by the Gesellschaft Zur Förderung der Druckkunst Leipzig. Since 1995, the event has been held annually at the Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig. In addition to typeface and typography, the conference also focuses on graphic design, art, production techniques in the print sector, and related topics. Renowned speakers look at various issues from ever-new angles, in both analog and digital contexts.
UXDX USA 📅 Tuesday, 16 to Thursday, 18 May 2023 00:00 📍 New York City, Online, USA 🇺🇸 Learn how Product, UX, Design, and Dev can work together to build products customer love and how managers can empower teams while ensuring business outcomes
Huiput Creative Festival 📅 Tuesday, 16 to Tuesday, 16 May 2023 00:00 📍 Helsinki, Finland 🇫🇮 the event brings together around 400 creative professionals and students each year to hear talks from both Finnish and foreign forerunners in the creative industry. In addition to inspiring speeches, the one-day event includes experimental and fun workshops as well as the opportunity for creative encounters among professionals in the field.
ACE! 📅 Thursday, 18 to Friday, 19 May 2023 00:00 📍 Kraków, Poland 🇵🇱 ACE! brings a mix of foreign and Polish speakers at the top of their fields. They bring innovative and actionable ideas to the IT community and showcase some of the best practices that are working. Past speakers include many famous authors and innovators of key design and software practices used globally.
webinale 📅 Monday, 22 to Friday, 26 May 2023 00:00 📍 Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 The conference for product owners, web designers, and frontend coders. It combines user experience with code and offers a variety of topics that are important for digital professionals nowadays.
UXistanbul 📅 Monday, 22 to Friday, 26 May 2023📍 Istanbul, Online, Turkey 🇹🇷 The first UX conference of Turkey that gathers UX and Usability professionals from the world’s leading companies in Istanbul, to share their experiences.
Information Design Summer School📅 Monday, 22 to Thursday 24 May 2023📍 Vienna, AustriaAn intensive three-day introduction to information design: how to make complex information clearer and more usable. You'll learn to use basic theories to diagnose design problems, design patterns that build solutions and test your solutions.
Biennale Internationale de Design Graphique📅 Monday, 22 to Saturday 21 October 2023📍 Chaumont, FranceLe Signe, the National Centre for Graphic Design in France, returns this year for the 4th edition of its famous Biennale Internationale de design graphique in Chaumont! Festive opening week-end from 25 to 28 May 2023
UXLx 📅 Tuesday, 23 to Friday, 26 May 2023📍 Lisbon, Portugal 🇵🇹 Four days of inspiring talks and hands-on workshops featuring top industry speakers.
SmashingConf - San Francisco 📅 Tuesday, 23 to Friday, 26 May 2023📍 Freiburg, Germany 🇩🇪 Friendly, inclusive events that are focused on real-world problems and solutions. Their focus is on front-end and UX but also covers everything web, be it UI design or machine learning.
C2 Montréal 📅 Wednesday, 24 to Friday, 26 May 2023📍 Montreal, Canada 🇨🇦 C2 Montréal is the most forward-thinking business event in the world. Named best conference four years running,it is much more than just a conference. It combine progressive and inspiring content in a highly creative, festival-like setting that will blow your mind.
CXI Brand Conference📅 Friday, 26 May 2023📍 Bielefeld, Germany 🇩🇪The 13th edition of CXI Brand talks! CXI is a one-day corporate and brand identity event organized by the Bielefeld School of Design. During the sessions questions like "What defines the effectiveness of a corporate identity project?", "What exactly is needed, from both client and agency?", and "How can such a complex process be implemented in a way that works?" will be addressed, next to showcasing re-designs for big brands.
DesignThinkers📅 Wednesday, 31 to Thursday, 1 June 2023📍 Vancouver, Canada 🇨🇦DesignThinkers, Canada's largest annual graphic design conference. DesignThinkers 2023 will take place in person in Vancouver with the theme of "Question Tomorrow." The design community will explore the many ways that design questions tomorrow. Whether it’s the democratization of tools, constantly evolving technologies, A.I. generated content, or the uncompromising vision of a new world by younger generations – the world of design is in rapid flux. This leaves us all with endless questions about the future. Progress is only ever threatening those afraid to ask the right questions and embrace more than one answer. Question. Tomorrow.
Semi Permanent Sydney📅 Wednesday, 31 to Friday, 2 June 2023📍 Eveleigh, AustraliaSemi Permanent today announces the return of its festival of creativity and design to its homeplace of Sydney, set to take place at arts precinct Carriageworks as part of Vivid Sydney 2023, from 31st May through 2nd June 2023. Now in its 21st year, Semi Permanent will again bring together the creative industries across Asia Pacific for three days of inspiring keynote talks, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, installations, and more.
RenderALT 📅 Wednesday, 31 to Friday, 2 June 2023📍 Atlanta, USA 🇺🇸 The RenderATL Conference focuses on software engineering and expert speakers across multiple topics like web/mobile, leadership, product & project management, and design/CSS.
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🖼️ Six Visual Design Exhibitions to look forward to
The Palace of Typographic Masonry📍 Grote Kerk, Breda 🇳🇱📅 to June 18, 2023In The Palace of Typographic Masonry designer Richard Niessen collects objects characteristic of visual communication. From signs to ornaments, from methods and techniques to the history and practice of graphic design. The exhibition includes work by well-known Dutch designers such as Karel Martens, Hansje van Halem, Wim Crouwel, Harmen Liemburg, Experimental Jetset, Thonik, Moniker, and Irma Boom. In addition, designers Ott Metusala (EE), Farah Fayyed (LB), William Jacobson (SE), Edgar Walthert (CH), Benjamin McMillan (UK), and Åbäke (UK) created new work.
Game Design Today📍 Museum Gestaltung, Zurich 🇨🇭📅 to July 23, 2023The exhibition Game Design Today presents an overview of contemporary video game culture and a peek behind the scenes at the design processes involved in international productions. Visitors have the chance to try out various games and become inspired by the incredible array of characters, stories, and approaches.
Designing Peace📍 Cooper Hewitt, New York 🇺🇸📅 to 4 September 2023Designing Peace explores the unique role design can play in pursuing peace. Visitors will encounter a wide range of design responses from around the world that look at ways to create and sustain a more durable peace and will be encouraged to consider their own agency in designing peace through interactive installations, quiet moments of reflection, and opportunities for practical action.
Digital Impact📍 Design Hub Barcelona 🇪🇸📅 28 April to 27 August 2023‘Digital Impact’ is an art and design experience between the physical and virtual worlds that will showcase the work of internationally renowned digital artists such as Refik Anadol, Universal Everything, Random International, Brendan Dawes, and Field, as well as local Domestic Data Streamers, Alba G. Corral and Antoni Arola.
Filipe Pantone - Perspective 📍 Kunsthal, Rotterdam 🇳🇱📅 29 April to 1 October, 2023For the exhibition at the Kunsthal Argentinian-Spanish artist Felipe Pantone has created a site-specific installation which, together with a selection of existing and new works, HALL 4 will transform into an explosion of color. The exhibition Prospective transports you to Pantone’s futuristic world where technology and street art meet.
Biennale Internationale de design graphique📍 Le Signe, Chaumont 🇫🇷📅 22 May — 21 October 2023The fourth edition of the graphic design biennale organized by Le Signe in Chaumont, France. Along with a rich program of workshops, events, lectures, meetings, and twelve exhibitions, the program will announce and exhibit the winners of the thirtieth International Poster Competition.
Skateboard📍 Design Museum, London 🇬🇧📅 From October 20, 2023The Skateboard exhibition charts the design evolution of the skateboard from the 1950s to the present. The Design Museum London showcases innovative skateboards and components, alongside skate photography and video, complete with original soundtracks. It tracks how skateboarders have taken over sidewalks, pools, and skateparks by designing new boards to match their performance, style, and environment. Curated and designed by industrial designer and skater Jonathan Olivares, this will be the first exhibition to explore the evolution of skateboard design in such detail. It charts how skateboarding has adapted to different urban environments, with each decade producing new techniques. It will also show the city through a different pair of eyes, with urban spaces and street furniture such as benches, railings, and fire hydrants each offering their own unique obstacles and challenges.
🍿 Watch Back - Aoi Yamaguchi – 瞑想と書：Meditation with Calligraphy at beyond tellerrand Düsseldorf 2023
From ancient times in Eastern countries, calligraphy has been described as “the reflection of the Mind”. Introduced in China in the 6th Century, calligraphy is a highly regarded form of art that combines the literary components of the language and visual elements in Japanese culture. The practice has become a discipline, way of thought and study, one’s spiritual pursuit, and is a life-long journey to find one’s own “strokes”. Master calligrapher and artist Aoi Yamaguchi go deeper into the relationship between meditation and Japanese calligraphy. She explores how the two are intertwined as the art of mental and physical practice, leaving a visual trace of time, movement, and emotion through the ink. How does a symbol, or a stroke, embody feelings, stories, and music? Exploring some examples, she will talk about what goes on inside her mind during her own calligraphy process – from daily practice in her atelier, for client projects, or in front of an audience for a live calligraphy performance.
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