Bold: Break Out

Nobody ever said breaking into the design world was easy. Plus in a city as culturally rich as Chicago—there just isn’t one, clean path to pulling it off. So how do you do it?

This December, we learn by example. Join us for a showcase celebrating our city’s budding talent from all walks of life. Emerging designers with 0-3 years in the industry will share stories of their big moves and the obstacles they surmounted to make them. Come prepared to get inspired and maybe even share your own story with new friends. There will be snacks, drinks, and networking between speakers to get to know your design community.

Speakers (more added soon!)

Yen Kai Huang

Yen Kai Huang is the Founder and Brand Experience Designer at YKH Studio, a modest branding operation based in Chicago. His focus is on helping startups and small businesses elevate their digital playing field through strategy and design. In his free time, Kai dabbles in videography, reading, gaming and learning new skills.

Priyoshi Kapur

Priyoshi Kapur is an Art Director and Digital Designer from Portland, Oregon. She started her career as a designer looking for new ways to innovate design through her background and passion in technology. She joined R/GA, one of the world’s leading advertising agencies, to be a part of the campaign team. She shifted her career to become an Art Director, where she now has the influence to push the impact of design and present opportunities to view new perspectives. She has spent her past year in this role and has contributed towards the launch of brands, the creation of social campaigns, and Super Bowl ads for PepsiCo’s new, and category-changing sparkling water brand, bubly. She strives to create work that includes her values, and is now working on a campaign to shorten the timeline towards reaching gender equality in the US.

Alex Ry

Alex Ry is a graphic designer and college dropout, homegrown in the Midwest. She says yes to impossibly big challenges because she believes in magic (and determination, of course.) Her work has been featured on, Kourtney Kardashian’s twitter feed, and her grandma’s email newsletter. By day, she works at Critical Mass. By night, she’s usually too tired to do anything creative. (She needs a full 9 hours of sleep anyway.)

Ricardo Lisboa

Ricardo is a designer working for Glantz Design in Evanston. After graduating from Indiana University with a B.S. in Marketing and minor in Studio Art, he set out to combine his business expertise with a passion for anything creative. Ricardo is obsessed with facts, numbers, and testing, yet strives to balance his need for strategy and analytical mindset with artistic experimentation and creative problem solving. Outside of work, Ricardo likes to stay busy by picking up diverse hobbies; from learning to cut hair, to practicing origami, to building architectural models, Ricardo approaches life with an unquenchable curiosity to learn new skills.


6PM: Doors Open

6:15PM: Introduction and Presentation

7:30PM: Wrap Up

Ticket Pricing

$5 Student Members

$5 AIGA Members

$5 Non-Members

Code of Conduct

By registering to attend this event, you agree to abide by AIGA Chicago Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct may be found here.

Special Accommodations

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Thank you to Flatiron School for hosting this event, learn more at their community & info night November 20. Thank you to Nellie Tyrrell, Buddy Boor, Melody Pohla, and Yash Rastogi for planning this event. Special thanks to The Creative Group for sponsoring this event and making everything possible.

When & Where
Wed, Dec 4, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST
WeWork 515 N State
515 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654