Good ideas make vibrant communities

—and great conversations. Join the discussion at Design Briefs. We’ll be talking with entrepreneurs, designers, and you to answer the age old question, “can it work?”

The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) and AIGA West Michigan present Design Briefs on Thursday November 13th, 2014 – part of a recurring event series focused on design, entrepreneurship and social impact. The November Design Briefs event will coincide with the GRAM exhibition Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, showing October 26, 2014 – January 18, 2015 

A legacy of design, entrepreneurship and philanthropy

Spurred by West Michigan’s legacy of design, entrepreneurship and philanthropy, Design Briefs has launched to examine how lessons learned through our rich history are still relevant today. The conversation hopes to explore the strategic value of design to entrepreneurs, and expand the designers’s understanding of needs and opportunities within start-ups—to, ultimately, make connections that will strengthen the ideas and the community.

The inaugural Design Briefs event occurred in June and featured an Inspiration Story from the local entrepreneur-designer duo behind Sitting In A Tree. The August 21st event featured three entrepreneurs pitching projects in software and product design to industry experts for feedback. Visual Hero lead mini design-thinking workshops to better frame the challenge and help the entrepreneurs push toward a solution. Additionally, some Design Briefs attendees enjoyed a special guided tour of the exhibit, exclusive to the night of our event.

AIGA West Michigan in partnership with Grand Rapids Art Museum thanks Herman Miller, WorkSquared, GR Current, Visual Hero, Custom Printers, Brewery Vivant and Proper Soda for their valued support.

Interested in presenting in November?