Letter from the President about Design Week

January 13, 2014

Hello AIGA West Michigan!

I’m excited to tell you about a new event coming to West Michigan this spring. We’ll be celebrating the first annual Design Week from May 5 – May 10, and we’d be delighted to have you take part.

West Michigan has a long history of design, and it’s becoming an even stronger and more vital part of our community. From graphic design to industrial design, architecture, interior design, packaging design, and UX design, an incredible amount of innovative, world-class work is happening here, and we want the
world to know about it!

Along with Kendall College of Art & Design, AIA, IDSA, IIDA, ASID, IxDA, and Design West Michigan, we’re planning a week full of studio tours, workshops, educational events, films, and guest speakers that will inspire designers from all disciplines and demonstrate the strategic and economic advantages of design thinking to the rest of the community. Our hope is that this event puts the spotlight on West Michigan design, increasing opportunities for our own designers, attracting new ones, and building connections between designers and our cultural, educational, and business communities.

We think you would be a valuable part of this event, as a host for your own event, as a workshop leader, as an attendee, or to help get the word out. We welcome your ideas about ways to participate. Please contact Sara Klele, Design Week Chair for AIGA West Michigan, at designweek@westmichigan.aiga.org, and watch for an invitation to a meeting in February where we will answer questions about the event.

Here’s to a successful Design Week!



Gwen O’Brien
President, AIGA West Michigan
The Professional Association for Design

By AIGA West Michigan
Published January 17, 2014