Monday, May 23, 2011

Networking Event

Dust off your business cards and bring your best people skills as we join AIGA Pittsburgh, AIA, IxDA, PRSA and Refresh Pittsburgh at Eclipse Lounge in Lawrenceville for a fast & fun networking event. AIGA Pittsburgh will provide light hors d'oeuvres & Eclipse Lounge will feature drink specials for the duration of the event. 18+ event open to the public.

Thursday, May 26, 2011
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Eclipse Lounge
3705 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

See you there!
Western PA IDSA Council

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

AIGA "Making Mistakes"

AIGA Pittsburgh is hosting Laurie Rosenwald for a day-long workshop on Saturday, Dec 4 entitled "How to Make Mistakes on Purpose." 

Laurie Rosenwald is an author, designer and illustrator, and this is what she says about the workshop:  "‘How to Make Mistakes on Purpose’ is not a creativity workshop. Trying to be creative works about as well as trying to be charming. There can be no syllabus. People are just encouraged to show up.”  For participants, at least, it must be a surprise! Because it’s about surprise. Former participants are asked not to describe it. Omerta! There should be no expectations or preconceptions. Anyone can do it. It is not just for designers. No special skills are required.” 

Full details and more about the workshop can be found at 

Tickets for the event are $50 which includes lunch; AIGA members pay $25. There is a group discount of 20% for parties of 6 or more.

IDSA members interested in attending should email us at and we will coordinate to register as a group for the discounted rate and arrange payment to AIGA.

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Monkey Business Follow-up

Thanks to all those who were able to attend the Sock Monkey activity at Product Lexicon this past Sunday. By all accounts, it was extremely fun and energetic. And in the end contributed to an excellent cause. See pics and a summary from the hosts, Josh & Lisa and Product Lexicon, here:

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Monkey around and do some good...

Inviting all to attend an afternoon of monkey-making and merriment!

Learn a little about soft goods design and manufacture.

Create your own sock monkey(s).

Donate to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

When?: Sunday November 14th, 1-4pm
Where?: Product Lexicon, 5711 Friendship Ave. Suite 3

Please bring $5 to cover material costs


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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Studio Tour: Kenson Plastics & IxDA

Event date:
October 13, 2010 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Kenson Plastics
Brush Creek Road
Warrendale, PA
United States
Please join IxDA Pittsburgh and the IDSA Western PA Chapter for a studio tour of Kenson Plastics, a Pittsburgh-area manufacturer of precision pressure-formed plastic parts. Kenson will open their doors and their manufacturing floor to us, giving a tour of their capabilities. Under new ownership, Kenson has focused on the latest thermoforming and specialty machining techniques to better capture designers’ visions. The evening will begin with refreshments at 6:30, and the tour starts at 7:00. We hope you can join us! Kenson Plastics is about a 25 minute drive from downtown Pittsburgh. Visit for more information and Kenson’s portfolio.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pinhole Workshop Follow-Up

The pinhole cameras are built, and the photographers have dispersed to capture their views of Pittsburgh.  Hearty THANKS to Tom Persinger (seen below) for his excellent lecture and introduction to the art of lensless photography.  Tom founded and administrates the forum which is an excellent resource for all things photographic (which likely extends well beyond what you might think).

Attendees were very complimentary - and we greatly appreciated being able to put on such a well received activity.  Now we are greatly anticipating the photographs that people are able to capture!

To return images, please upload them here:  Doug's iDisk  We'll share and repost.

Take care
Doug, Prakash & Christine

This was a great meeting which connected industrial design & photography from a very meaningful perspective.  We are looking forward to the photo contributions.  For those unable to attend, here are a few more images of what you missed... a special thanks to Doug and Menasha packaging for supplying & creating the kits.  It helped make the event an interactive success!

Lots of love!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Show Us How You See Pittsburgh

Please join us for your next Western PA IDSA activity: Pinhole Photography
Monday September 20th, 6:30pm
Silver Eye Center for Photography, 1015 East Carson Street, Southside

$5 members / $10 non-members (camera kits and snacks/drinks provided)
Please bring a roll of 35mm film.

image courtesy of

Local photographer, founder of a lensless and alternative processes photography website and organizer of the annual Alternative Photography Symposium (held at CMU), Tom Persinger will be leading us through construction of our own pinhole cameras and giving us some information about lensless photography. We will use University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's Nick Dvoracek's paper Populist 35mm film Pinhole Camera to learn about and capture pinhole images. Camera kits supplied by Menasha Packaging.

After you've built your camera, go out and shoot! Then return your pictures to us so we can share them with the rest of the IDSA group.

We're really looking forward to this exciting event and finding out how you see Pittsburgh.
See you there!

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