There’s no shortage of South by Southwest guides, jam packed with high profile appearances, gigs and keynote speeches. You probably already know that Al Gore and Dave Grohl are in Austin, but what about SXSW for creative types? Whether you’re an artist or maker, or just a lover of great art and design, we’ve whipped up list of some of the must see SXSW sessions for art and design lovers.
Tina Roth Eisenberg’s keynote this Sunday is at the top of our list. Tina (aka swissmiss) has her finger on the pulse of all things excellent in the land of design and she shares her findings on one of the best design blogs on the web. Also high on the list is a lesson from The Muppets (of course). We’ll be picking up UX principles from Jim Henson in Russ Unger’s Muppets to Mastery.
We’re looking forward to hearing what Behance CEO Scott Belsky will be covering in his session on Connecting and Empowering the Creative World. And we don’t want to miss Kickstarter’s Yancey Strickler discussing The State of Creative Independence. In a similar vein, we’re heading along to hear Tumblr’s David Karp on Building Tools for Creativity and discovering how these tools can be used to realize life as a full-time creative in The Rise of the Planet of the Creatives.
Pen-wielding types may be interested in how Jody Culkin used comic art to introduce people to the Arduino in Making & Drawing: Comics in the DIY/Maker World. And you should certainly check out Drawing Conclusions: Why Everyone Should Draw. We’re also interested in hearing from the man responsible for resolving our almost all our office playlist issues – Daniel Ek, CEO and co-founder of Spotify and recent cover boy for Forbes 30 under 30 issue.
No trip to Austin would be complete without a visit to Yard Dog Gallery on South Congress, one of the coolest centers of folk and outsider art in the country. SXSW also has its own art tradition – Flatstock – a collection of gig poster art from some of the world’s most talented independent illustrators and designers. As confirmed music nerds, we have empty poster tubes packed and ready.
And last but certainly not least, be sure to indulge your eyeballs at Redbubble’s own pop-up gallery, packed with cool things, weird things and showcasing amazing, original work from RB designers, illustrators and artists from around the world. We’ll be at Gallery D from March 11-13 between the hours of 11am and 7pm. For those who can’t make it, we’ll be sharing all the behind the scenes shenanigans on Redbubble’s Instagram.
Here’s our full SXSW Guide for Art and Design Lovers in a handy visual format – designed by the ridiculously talented Stephen Wildish. See you in Austin!