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Under the Radar: Natalie Armendariz

Natalie Armendariz is the Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director of FunSize, a Digital Product Design agency, based in Austin, Texas. Before co-founding Funsize, she held senior design positions at FJORD and R/GA NY, where she was responsible for designing some of the earliest smartphone solutions for influential companies such as Verizon, Citibank, AT&T, Flickr, Formula 1, and the NFL. As one of the first professional mobile product designers of the smartphone age, Natalie is a published designer who is respected for her design approach and passion for nurturing culture and the client and employee experience.

Where 1100 Kingsbury St
Austin, TX 78703 Map

Cost $5-10

When Wed, Jun 01
6:30 - 9:30 PM

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Intro to Public Speaking: Free Online Livestream

Public speaking is one of the most common phobias in today’s society, yet the ability to strongly represent one’s self is becoming more and more of a priority. Learn techniques to elevate your public speaking performance, forget the fear, and love the spotlight! In this free, two-hour livestream, you will learn to bring the best out in yourself by understanding proven methods that world-renowned speakers utilize in order to develop an authentic speaking style, engage an audience, and leave a lasting impression. All in real time, taught by an industry professional. Come learn the basics and gain the skills you need to elevate your public speaking performance!

Where Map

Cost Free

When Wed, Jun 01
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Self-Rebranding Workshop (Hybrid Event)

Are you interested in going into freelance, transitioning into a new creative field, or taking your career to the next level? Join us for our two-part workshop that will help you confidently rebrand yourself for the next step in your career.

The first part of this workshop will be held virtually and will help inspire and define the future direction of your career. Skilled professionals from creative staffing and design fields will review your resume and give you tips and strategies on how to reposition yourself to attract the right audience.

During the second part of this workshop, skilled professionals will review your portfolios in-person to help you gain valuable perspective on how to highlight your work efficiently and to help tailor your portfolio to your next opportunity. You will also have an optional opportunity to have a new professional headshot taken that can be used for multiple purposes.

For those looking for advice, direction, and encouragement for achieving your new career goals, this is the event for you. Hold yourself accountable within this intimate group of cohorts and reposition yourself for where you want to be.

Where 3423 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018 Map

Cost $50-75

When Thu, Jun 02
7:30 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

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Work In Progress

Please join our new monthly series to have your design work reviewed by other creatives!

Work in Progress (WIP) is a fantastic opportunity for Oregon-based designers to give and receive feedback either on a specific project or a portfolio piece. We welcome high schoolers, college students, recent graduates, young professionals, mid-level, senior, creative directors and retired designers of all ages to join.

Reviews for feedback in each event are limited to the first 4 people who sign up and attend – so be sure to register while there are still available spots!

Where Online Event Map

Cost Free

When Thu, Jun 02
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM PDT

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Austin Community Meet-Up: Pride Edition

It’s time to meet. Come through for our PRIDE Community Meet-Up on Saturday, June 4 from 11 AM to 1 PM CT at the Future Front HQ. This is a chill space to share your work. Women and LGBTQ+ creatives, leaders and founders of all kinds are welcome.

Come through for a cup of coffee, good conversation and, as always, inspiring community stories. Scroll for more details.

Where 916 Springdale Road Trailer No. 3Austin, TX, 78702 United States Map

Cost $10

When Sat, Jun 04
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Career Success For Creative Introverts: Open House

Introverts don’t need to pose as extroverts to succeed in creative careers.

Join us for a Zoom Open House to learn about an online course from AIGA and Janice Chaka, founder of The Career Introvert. A self-identified introvert, Janice is a global HR professional, coach, entrepreneur, and podcaster. She helps introverts build their brand, get hired, and advance their careers.

We developed this custom course for the AIGA Design community to go one step beyond the traditional certificates and online courses and engage with learners where they are in their career journey. Join our Open House and learn how you can grow your design career.

Where Zoom Webinar Map

Cost Nonmember or AIGA Member: Free

When Wed, Jun 08
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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WFT NFT?

This free daylong event explores NFTs with expert panelists, from technologists and scholars to artists and advocates. Start with a primer on NFTs—what they are, how they work, and why you should care. Then hear from artists who are active in the NFT space discuss their work and the unique challenges they face in this new frontier. Other panels will address blockchain technologies, how individuals and collectives are creating new communities, and how museums and other institutions might navigate the shifting landscape.

Where 10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
90024 Map

Cost Free

When Sat, Jun 11
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM

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Design Thinking Workshop

In increasingly complex times, innovation and collaboration skills are becoming vital to businesses, and both principles are essential in Design Thinking. This hands-on workshop will lead you through the design thinking process, taught by design thinking professionals that live and breathe in this space. This session will explore how human-centered design can help develop innovative solutions for the complex challenges we face as businesspeople, non-profit leaders, entrepreneurs, and global citizens.

Where Online Map

Cost $99

When Tue, Jun 14
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Past Events

RuNT. A New Normal

There’s no bad time to look at how we balance our lives with work, but there are events that demand we stop to take stock. Maybe we create a new human or gain direct reports or have a thriving project outside our day job; how the hell do we maintain our efficiency with any number of new responsibilities?

Work is an important part of our lives, and all of us should be regularly questioning how these two – work and life – function together.

To help you make the time to do just that, we’re bringing together three speakers, each discussing a big life change that helped them find balance, efficiency, and a renewed appreciation for the value they get from both professional and private success.

SPEAKERS

Natalie Armendariz, Partner and Design Director at Funsize

Stu Smith, Creative Director and Product Designer at Atlassian

one of The Butler Brothers (want to know which? buy a ticket!)

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RuNT. BYOB (Be Your Own Boss)

Freelancing comes with both wonderful perks and specialized pitfalls. There’s freedom to work when and where you want and to choose projects that excite you. But there are also tasks generally performed by someone else in a company or agency environment, like business development and account management.

When you’re out on your own, there’s a lot of flexibility and a lot of responsibility. There’s a lot of charting your own course. To paraphrase that Captain Phillips movie, you are the boss now.

So, how do you find your next gig? How do you bring your whole self to work when you’re ducking in and out of internal teams? How do you make sure that this project is the one you want? When is the freedom of freelancing not worth the drudgery of tax season?

We’re bringing together three dynamic speakers to help you answer those questions. They’re freelancing themselves, they’re hiring freelancers, or they’re defining company culture with all of these questions in mind. Whether you’re just dipping your toes in the waters of freelance or you need to be reminded why you’re doing it, come hear from these experts.

Speakers:

Martyn WattsHulu

Cara Schaeffer, Buzzfeed

Ray HwangHoney

*Drinks and eats provided

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RuNT. Out of Office

The side hustle comes in many shapes. Perhaps it makes money or fills a void or is that much needed personal practice that keeps a person ideating and striving. It’s something people keep giving time and attention to, seemingly no matter what. For many creatives, there’s an unstoppable desire (nay, need!) to keep making things even when the workday is over.

But how do they do it? Why do they do it? When do they do it? Where do they find the time to do it? We’ve brought together a few of the very best Austin’s ever seen to talk us through it.

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RuNT. You Do What?

Not every job title immediately makes sense. They can feel unnecessarily murky or even misleading; am I qualified for this one or not?

We get it. We look at job titles all day, every day, and even we’re flummoxed by them now and then. So to illustrate what these jobs mean, we’re gathering a few people who hold those funky titles to talk about how they got to where they are, what their title means to them, and how to prepare yourself for a career in a field that isn’t always straightforward.

SPEAKERS:
Charley Zheng, Creative Strategist
Leah Davidson, UX Designer & Researcher
Tomás Valladares, Creative Producer

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RuNT - The Psychology of Interviewing

RuNT. The Psychology of Interviewing

“I love job interviews,” said no one.

Whether they’re anxiety-inducing or a thrill, or most likely somewhere in between, interviews are rarely easy or straightforward.

Let’s talk about why. Let’s look at all the ways they’re fun or scary or difficult or joyful. Let’s break away from seeing them simply as a tool of judgement, and instead look at how they affect our minds and bodies. Let’s make them easier for all involved.

We’ve got a Psychotherapist and a Design Director to help us explore interviewing, how it impacts us, and how to improve the experience. Don’t worry, it won’t feel anything like a job interview.

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RuNT. Bring Your Baggage

Every one of us has a story. We bring our history along to every job, on every first date, to each new friendship. But, how do we use it to our advantage? And once we’ve mastered integrating our personal selves into our professional lives, how do we find the career we’re passionate about?

Sarah Kay is the Head of Global NXT Marketing at Nike, leading a team of bold thinkers to move the brand, the consumer, and the world forward. While all our heads are here in 2018, she’s planning the next decade of Nike’s evolution.

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Special thanks to our sponsors:
Las Primas Kitchen, Buoy Beer, & Adelsheim

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RuNT. Design Thinking (and Lies)

Can Design Thinking change your life? Will fabricating your truth get you further in your career? We’re not sure, so we’ve brought in the experts. Elayna Spratley and Rose Newton are both designers and thinkers. They know a thing or two about Design Thinking as a personal practice and how to navigate a career in design by saying yes and figuring it out later.

Speakers:
Elayna Spratley “DesignThinkMe”
Design Thinking has become a widespread practice throughout the world of design and beyond; typically it’s used to uncover problems and iterate on ideas for designing user experiences. But why not use it to identify the desires within us? A Senior UX Designer, Elayna has done this work herself, with the goal of uncovering and affirming the desires she holds as truth.

Rose Newton “Fabricating Your Truth”
Career paths are unpredictable. Traditionally, you go to college, you graduate, and you’re launched into adulthood with a new and exciting career. You’re on a path that you hope will be smooth (but it rarely is). Things that are beyond your control will cause you to pivot to paths you could not have predicted. Rose’s advice: tell some lies. Say yes and figure it out. Eventually, the lies become the truth.

Beer by Hops & Grain
Food by Via 313

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RuNT. Out of Office

The side hustle comes in many shapes. Perhaps it makes money or fills a void or is that much needed personal practice that keeps a person ideating and striving. It’s something people keep giving time and attention to, seemingly no matter what. For many creatives, there’s an unstoppable desire (nay, need!) to keep making things even when the workday is over.

But how do they do it? Why do they do it? When do they do it? Where do they find the time to do it? We’ve brought together a few of the very best Portland’s ever seen to talk us through it.

(oh, and pssst every attendee gets a free custom Scout Book)

Speakers
Aimee Brodbeck, ACD at VML
Adam Garcia, ACD at Instrument
Gabriella Narvaez, ACD at Analog Folk

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RuNT: If You Build It

Professional sports aren’t only about championships or hometown pride. It’s not enough anymore to have the best players or the newest stadium. When your team is new to town or looking to grow its fanbase, you need to generate excitement (and get butts in seats). And to do that, there needs to be a campaign to drive them there.

We’re bringing together the experts who do just that; the marketing masterminds and the content creators who help convince you to buy that ticket and get to the field (or court, or track, or…)

Speakers
Cory Dolich + Alex Kocher, Portland Timbers and Thorns
Aaron Grossman + Todd Adams, Portland Trail Blazers

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RuNT: Build Brands. Give Back.

A good brand delivers a good product, but a better one gives back to the community that built it. We’re bringing together three that exist by virtue of those around them; whether they were Kickstarted, designed to improve their city, or make every effort to give back to environmental causes, each recognizes their stake in the sort of corporate responsibility we need more of.

A portion of proceeds will go to Explore Austin.

Speakers:
Laura Nettleton, Explore Austin
Haley Robison, Kammok

Adam Saraceno, Peak Design

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