Office Ours with Span

Please note that this event has been rescheduled and will now take place on June 9th.

Office Ours is a series of virtual studio tours focused on the nuts and bolts of running a creative practice. Featuring an evolving roster of studios representing different areas of practice, this is a chance to dig below the surface and see how businesses operate, evolve, and thrive.

The next appointment is featuring Span.

The link to the Zoom conference will be sent out to you via email a day before the event and again the morning of the event.

This is a free event. Donations are welcome and will go to support student scholarships and ongoing programming for our creative community.


About Span Studio

Span a studio in Chicago crossing the boundaries of communication design across all disciplines. We believe in the bold pursuit of exploration, thinking beyond expectations through imagination and visual experimentation. We study the role of the visual message in both culture and community.

Span takes the long view — in every gesture and every project. The studio is founded by John Pobojewski and Bud Rodecker who together have 25 years of experience shaping the brand strategy and design for high-profile clients in the design, cultural, and civic communities. They are joined by a team of uniquely talented designers, photographers, 3D animators, illustrators, programmers, musicians, typographers, and educators. We believe this diverse set of viewpoints makes our work better.

We cultivate new ideas through self-initiated projects that bridge different ways of thinking and challenge expectations about the role of design.

Span is born from Thirst.

About Antonio García

Antonio García is Design Strategy Director at Table XI, founder of Dadwell & Co., and VP of Diversity & Inclusion for AIGA Chicago.

Prior to joining TXI’s leadership team, Antonio was Group Experience Director at Rightpoint. Before Rightpoint, he helped launch Northern Lab—Northern Trust’s internal innovation accelerator. Ahead of the Lab, he led gravitytank’s interaction design discipline and social innovation practice. Leading into innovation consulting, Antonio was Director of Strategy for Firebelly Design.

In addition to design leadership, Antonio is a mentor, educator, and lecturer at Northwestern University’s Segal Design Institute and Designation. He previously taught Customer Discovery as part of University of Chicago’s Polsky Center Entrepreneurship Essentials and New Product Definition at IIT Institute of Design.

A frequent contributor to community conversations on the topics of DEIB, design ethics, culture and creativity, Antonio believes design’s sole function is to cause change.

If he’s not hard at work, Antonio is most likely DJing, drawing, or training for his next marathon.


Event Schedule

6:00–6:05 p.m. CST: Attendees arrive

6:05–6:10 p.m. CST: Introduction

6:10–6:15 p.m. CST: Introduce featured studio

6:15–6:45 p.m. CST: Studio presentation

6:45–7:00 p.m. CST: Moderator-hosted discussion

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.

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Special thanks to David Sieren and Valerie Craig for planning this event and to One Design for designing the event graphics and Office Ours website.

When & Where
Tue, Jun 9, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM CDT