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BookFest Speaker Series: Renée Stevens | AIGA Upstate New York

September 4, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


In celebration on our Summer of BookFest, Book Arts is hosting a Speaker Series of experts in the book arts biz! Sponsored by Printing Industries Alliance. 

Join us as Renée Stevens walks us through her process of writing, designing, and publishing her book, Powered by Design. Curious about the book publishing process, or interested in the concepts discussed in the book? Come with questions!

In Powered by Design, educator, designer, and public speaker Renee Stevens brings a truly up to date and thoughtful approach to an introduction to graphic design. The design industry has evolved rapidly over the past decade. Effective and successful designers no longer need to just “make things,” they need to be curious thinkers who understand how to solve problems that have a true impact on the world we live in and how to show the power of designing for social good.

Stevens created this book to be at home equally in academia and outside of the school setting. With a conversational and approachable tone, Stevens’ book is for anyone who wants to gain a more practical understanding of what graphic design is today, and the power and potential it has: from students to novice graphic designers to anyone who wants to build a solid foundation of design skills so that they can work more effectively with professional designers. Find out more about Powered by Design or purchase a copy here. 


Renée Stevens is an award-winning motion and augmented reality designer, educator, and public speaker currently located in Syracuse, NY. She is the creator of tagAR, an augmented reality mobile application that helps users never forget a name again. Her creative research looks at how Augmented Reality can help overcome Learning Disabilities, specifically Dyslexia.  She splits her time between running an independent interactive design studio and as an Assistant Professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She is also the Associate Chair of the Visual Communications Department where she oversees the Design Program. She was named a 2017 Educator to Watch by GDUSA and received a prestigious 2018 Meredith Teaching Recognition Award.

As a speaker she has been invited to events around the world, including SXSW, AIGA, and the European Conference on Social Media, to talk about her work in Augmented Reality. She is an active member of AIGA Upstate New York and serves on the board as the Director of Education. Stevens has been recognized nationally and internationally with awards from Graphis, Print, GDUSA, AEJMC, Minted, and Lightwork. Her favorite things include properly kerned type, perfectly paced music, and designing for good.

Renée is the Creative and Managing Director for the annual design workshop, Pixels & Print (http://pixelsvsprint.syr.edu) at Syracuse University, which provides a real-world collaborative experience to design students by working on projects focusing on the power of design by designing for social good. reneestevens.design

Design Collective throughout Upsate NY

AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, they bring together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. AIGA defines global standards and ethical practices, guides design education, enhances professional development, and makes powerful tools and resources accessible to all.

AIGA Upstate New York provides education, networking, and support to students, professional, and advocates for the ethical practice of communication design.

Founded in 1989, AIGA Upstate New York is a non-profit 501©(3) corporation, operated by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, with bylaws and tax-exempt status. While the Chapter is self-governing in every way, it operates in a manner consistent with the mission of the parent organization: to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force.

The Upstate New York chapter has increased its demographic reach in recent years, with especially strong representation in Albany, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica. Student membership, the lifeblood of the organization, is growing and highly engaged, providing a continuum of representation from designers just starting out through the most seasoned professionals.  |  upstatenewyork.aiga.org


September 4, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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