Salon: Designing in a City of Startups

Join AIGA DC and freelance designer Abe Garcia, also known as “The Honest Ape”, in a members-only Salon as we discuss the growing opportunities to design for startups in DC.

This event is at capacity and registration has closed. Thank you for your interest.

Ever wonder about those mysterious groups of workers gathered in co-working facilities? They’re startups! Whether they’re prioritizing design or throwing something together at the last minute, DC’s hub of startups are all trying to break through. In a city where everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, designers play a vital role in bringing these companies to life.

Join AIGA DC and freelance designer Abe Garcia, also known as “The Honest Ape,” in a members-only Salon as we discuss the growing opportunities to design for startups in DC. Bring your experiences and questions to brainstorm how to design for this growing client base.

Registration for this event is required, and will open at noon on Wednesday, October 2. AIGA DC Salons are free, intimate roundtable discussions limited to 12 AIGA members only. Want to enjoy this member benefit? Check out AIGA’s new membership structure and join today.

Please plan to arrive at Teaism around 2:30 PM to allow time to purchase a snack and refreshments and chat with other attendees. We will start promptly at 3:00 PM.

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About Abe Garcia
Abe is a versatile designer with experience in public health, advertising, and web development. Originally from Texas, but living in the DC area since 2007, Abe has seen the growth in opportunities for designers outside of typical agency work and government contracting. From freelancing to starting their own companies, DC is becoming a place for designers to apply their knowledge to entrepreneurship. Abe has spent the past year designing, learning, and dealing with the startup world as a designer, and is currently working with Bloompop and Social Tables — two startups working out of 1776 in DC.

Writing research papers by day and designing by night, Abe graduated from The University of Texas with a Biology degree and somehow also a portfolio of posters, flyers, and album artwork. After working for a few years as a proud self taught designer, in 2012 Abe finished his MFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.


What is DCDW?

From October 14th to 20th, DC Design Week 2013 is a week-long series of events that highlight and celebrate the impact of design and designers in our community and recognize the efforts and contributions of emerging and established local designers, architects, illustrators, photographers and others in the Washington DC area's creative collective. AIGA DC coordinates it with various partners and sponsors, but we count on you to attend and participate.

View more DCDW events and find out how to volunteer on the DC Design Week page.

Use the #DCDW hashtag to stay involved.



Thank you to this year's DC Design Week Sponsors


Rockcreek Strategic Marketing


Creative designed by Donald Ely


A portion of proceeds go to the next generation of designers through AIGA DC’s Continuum Fund scholarship.

When & Where
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
400 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004