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Creative Collaboration in Downtown Phoenix

[Source: Lilia Menconi, New Times’ Jackalope Ranch]

Designers need to have a great eye for aesthetics, sure. But everyone knows the real winners know how to collaborate.
Get some work done and touch base with fellow local designers at two events this Thursday, November 18.

First up is the Bring Your Own Design (BYOD) event at CO+HOOTS. The collaborative work space invites creatives to haul in their latest ideas for a friendly feedback and critique session. It goes down from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and participants are encouraged to bring grub to share. Free admission.

Dojo Collective hosts their monthly MakeShift event that gives designers some space after hours to work on personal projects (i.e. nothing for your clients). The idea is for designers to revive their passions for the industry while collaborating with other participants. MakeShift happens Thursday, November 18 from 8 to 11:30 p.m. and on the third Thursday of every month. Click here to RSVP and for location details.

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Grand Avenue Festival brings funky fashions to downtown Phoenix

[Source: Emily Gersema, Arizona Republic (sidebar)]

A series of fashion shows is scheduled for the festival on Saturday, in addition to the live music and tours of revitalized buildings.

Parking is free along Grand Avenue for the festival and in the lot behind Bragg’s Pie Factory.

  • 2 p.m-6 p.m. Shop Devious Beauty Lounge & Boutique, 1229 W. Grand Ave. “Devious Indie Fashion Experience & Fashion in Motion” features designer items from aprons to dog clothes with accessories by Devious Wigs & Things.
  • 5 p.m. Soul Invictus Theater, 1022 W. Grand Ave. “It’s All About U” by Gallery Marsiglia, a jewelry and fashion accessories show, shows original jewelry in sterling silver in various styles.
  • 5 p.m. Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 W. Grand Ave. Models will march in the “Untrashed Recycled Rubbish Fashion Show” by Babsomatic to show clothes made of recycled materials and thrift-store finds. Garments will then be shown at the “Trashy Sculpture Show for two months. Trash can-drumming musicians and an orchestra of typewriters are the accompanists.
  • 7 p.m. Bragg’s Pie Factory. Fashion by the Dragonfly Boutique, Butter Toast Boutique and others will be in the “Local Boutiques Fashion Show,” with music by DJ Kris the Fist.
  • 9 p.m. Bragg’s Pie Factory. Local designers will stomp the runway in designs available at Wicked Wear by Cia Underwood, Arte Puro and Wiskc by Kelly Calabrese, MLE Jean by Emily Blanche, and Sticker Club Girl by Lisa Michelle Jacobs. Music by DJ Jared Allen.

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Phoenix Design Week comes to Downtown next week

Phoenix Design Week is a weeklong conference and series of events scheduled from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3. Since this is an event all about the Phoenix design community, various galleries will be up throughout the week featuring the work of local designers – everything from graphic to interactive to logo, and even sculpture to name a few.

The weekend conference is being held at the Phoenix Convention Center in the heart of downtown Phoenix. National speakers include Hillman Curtis, Von Glitschka, James Victore, Paul Sahre, Mike Joosse and Brian Singer. To learn more about these amazing speakers, visit

The panels, presentations, workshops and roundtable discussions held during the weekend conference are meant to bring together the design community in an unprecedented way.


A $125 Registration includes access to all exhibits, events, two-day conference and parties. (The conference alone contains over $800 worth of Adobe training workshops). It also includes a free copy of James Victore’s new book Victore or, Who Died and Made You Boss? (a $40 value), a 18”×24” PHXDW Poster and a swag bag full of sponsor goodies!

Register Here:

Other Opportunities


Opportunities to sponsor this community effort are still available! View more information regarding the levels of sponsorship or contact Russ Perry at for details.


Design Week is run entirely by volunteers and we would love if you joined us! We will need help throughout the week, so if you can get involved, please contact Lonnie Tapia at for details.




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