The Punk Rock Type

Punk rock was never just about having a mohawk and wearing a Clash button. It was a movement that redefined the design world. At its heart and at its best, it became a model for equality, inclusion, and authenticity in the face of fascism, corporatism, and economic injustice. At the dawn of Reagan’s America and at the vanguard of this fight, DC punk’s fans, followers, and artists created a unique space in DC whose impact ultimately spanned continents and decades.

Join us for a live conversation with Roman Mars (of 99% Invisible and Radiotopia) and Bill Barbot (formerly of DC bands Jawbox and Burning Airlines and owner of local creative agency Threespot). They’ll discuss DC punk’s mission and history, and how its voice is relevant more than ever.

Stick around after the talk to listen to one of DC's coolest bands and newest sounds, Beauty Pill. (Pitchfork has some pretty sweet things to say about them too).


6:00 pm   Doors open
6:30 pm   Roman Mars and Bill Barbot talk
8:00 pm   Beauty Pill 

21+ show


Roman Mars
Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, a short radio show about design and architecture. With nearly 300 million downloads, the 99% Invisible podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013. He was a TED main stage speaker in 2015. His talk is currently the most popular TED Talk about design with over 5 million views. His crowdfunding campaigns have raised over $4 million and he's the highest-funded journalist in Kickstarter history. He is also a co-founder of Radiotopia, a collective of ground-breaking independent podcasts.

Bill Barbot
Bill Barbot is the co-founder and president of Threespot, a DC based digital agency committed to serving social-good and public-sector clients. His broad knowledge of business, technology, and design is rooted in his almost thirty years in the creative industry, as an agency head, digital communicator, musician, and record label owner. Prior to starting Threespot, Bill released four albums and multiple singles as guitarist, bassist, and vocalist in DC-based independent rock bands Jawbox and Burning Airlines, all while co-owning and releasing over 50 titles on his independent label, DeSoto Records.

Beauty Pill
Beauty Pill is a band from Washington, DC, born in the mouth of the 21st Century. Most song are about the 21st century.

Band members include:

Their last album, Describes Things as They Are, received these reviews...

"It crackles with life... a headphone experience rich with ambitious sounds that are truly lived in."
NPR All Things Considered  

“An easy record to fall in love with. One of the 15 best albums of 2015.”
Rolling Stone

"Delicacy and daring."


A portion of the proceeds from this event goes to the AIGA DC Design Continuum Fund (DCF) scholarship. DCF is celebrating 10 years of fostering the next generation of designers through helping local design-minded and underrepresented students as they pursue their education.

Many thanks to our event supporters:
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When & Where
Fri, Sep 14, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Howard Theatre up
620 T Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001