October 28, 2014.
Design is more than things on our monitors and mobile devices. It is also architecture, sound, filmmaking, dance, food, and more. No matter which form of outcome we create, we share something in common during the creative process—from inspirations to creative choices to stories of facing, overcoming, or learning from challenges. We invite you to this event where you’ll meet creatives from various fields and hear what it takes them to create fun, innovative, and aspiring results.
Presenters:Randall Stowell, Co-founder and Creative DirectorAutofussBot & Dolly
Randall Stowell is a writer/director, entrepreneur and conceptual artist. Co-Founder and Creative director of local design company Autofuss and sister robotic company Bot & Dolly, he has evolved Autofuss from a communications and commercial agency to designing for physical space combining emerging technologies with architecture, industrial design and old-fashioned story telling. In 2010 he co-founded Thought For Food with a mission to conceive and develop food experiences that challenge dominant food culture and promote community interaction. The latest venture FRONT cafe fuses all these interests into a public facing cafe in Potrero Hill and is a clear and edible expression of his ongoing work.
Greg D’Alesandre, ChocolatierDandelion Chocolate
Greg has been working with chocolate for over fifteen years, and making chocolate for the last few. He started making liquid nitrogen truffles in college with “borrowed” equipment from the physics lab. He’s been with Dandelion Chocolate for 3 years as partial owner and Chocolate Sourcerer, traveling the world to find great cacao to use to make great chocolate. He feels strongly about direct sourcing cacao and building strong relationships with the network of cacao producers and chocolate makers around the world. While his background is in electrical engineering and product management, he’s been using these skills to help keep the factory up and running.
Karl A. Backus, AIA, PrincipalBohlin Cywinski Jackson
As design principal for Apple’s well-known flagship stores, Pixar Animation Studios, Presidio Visitor Center, and the new Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, Karl has contributed to some of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s most memorable and iconic buildings. By utilizing thoughtfully planned building organization to foster interaction and personal engagement, Karl has helped change the nature of how individuals behave in workplace and retail spaces.
Karl joined Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in 1983 and currently leads the San Francisco office with partners Greg Mottola and Steve Chaitow. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Gregory R. Mottola, AIA, PrincipalBohlin Cywinski Jackson
As lead design architect for a diverse group of award-winning commercial, workplace, hospitality, academic, and civic buildings, Greg possesses a deep understanding of how buildings can shape and transform their environment, as exemplified in his work for Square, Adobe, Mills College, and the Newport Beach Civic Center and Park. Greg also leads the design for a variety of extraordinary private residences—ranging from modest remodels to custom homes in established urban neighborhoods and suburban communities.
Greg joined Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in 1990, working in the firm’s Pittsburgh and Philadelphia offices before relocating to California in 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.
Moderator:Amy Gustincic, OwnerStudio Bellwether
Amy Gustincic is a designer and strategist working at the intersection of business, design and sustainability. Combining over a decade of experience as principal and creative director of Satellite Design, an award-winning San Francisco design firm, with a human-centered approach toward strategy, Amy is able to craft unique design solutions for her clients, large and small. She received a MBA in design strategy from California College of the Arts and a bachelor of environmental design in graphic design from North Carolina State University. She is the past president of the San Francisco chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design and her work has been recognized by Core77, AIGA and Communication Arts, among others. Amy currently runs her own design practice Studio Bellwether, in Los Angeles.
When:Arrive between 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm Event will start at 7:00 pm sharp
Where:Google San Francisco (6th floor)345 Spear StreetSan Francisco, CA94105Please take the elevator to the 6th floor where security will check you in.
Tickets:$15 for public | $10 for studentsPlease check back, ticketing will be available soon. Must pre-purchase a ticket for entry!
All proceeds benefit AIGA SF, a non-profit 501(3)c and the AIGA SF Enrichment Scholarship
If you need special assistance to participate in this program, please contact AIGA SF at email@example.com or 415-626-6008. For reasonable assistance accommodations to be provided, please RSVP for the event and notify us at least 2 weeks in advance. If we do not receive timely notification of your reasonable request, we may not be able to make the necessary arrangements by the time of the event. More information about accessibility, public transportation and parking.