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Work with fellow designers to put your creative skills to work for a worthy cause

Nov 03
  • November 3
  • 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Design Museum of Chicago

Want to use your creative powers for good? Bring your Moleskins and MacBooks over to the Design Museum of Chicago on November 3rd so you can get your design on for a worthy cause.

Design Museum of ChicagoFerrer Foundation and Eight Bit Studios have teamed up to host this day-long Designathon that will allow participants to put their creative skills into play as we explore advancing the Ferrer Foundation and its mission across the digital landscape. The Ferrer Foundation is a Chicago-based non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire peace and hope for children living in underserved communities. For more than a decade, Ferrer has been providing programs and resources for youth affected by violence in Chicago.

Participants, working in teams of up to five, will have twelve hours to come up with a creative solution to the prompt. There's no shortage of directions your team can take -- design a mobile experience, or a website, or an animation, or an ad campaign -- whatever your skill set, and regardless of your experience level, you'll be able to engage and make an impact. After the day of creating and ideating, there will be group presentations where participants can share their solutions to an audience.

Our goal is to create an event that engages the design community, encourages collaboration across multiple design disciplines and uses our diverse skill sets to support ChiDM and the Ferrer Foundation. This event is also part of the AIGA’s eighth annual Chicago Design Week dedicated to a close examination of the fluid and evolving state of design and the role it plays in society.

We look forward to seeing you there and creating together!

Proposed Schedule - 8am - 8pm (subject to change)

  • Introductions

  • Group formations

  • Designing and Ideating

  • Breakout session

  • Lunch (provided)

  • Designing and Ideating (continued)

  • Group presentations.

What to Bring:

You're not required to provide anything, but feel free to bring any tools and materials you’d like. Laptops are recommended, so if you have one, bring it. We plan to have plenty of paper, pencils, sticky notes, erasers, markers, tape, etc. on hand.


If you have questions, concerns, or special considerations for attending this event, feel free to reach out to Alyssa Low -  alyssa@eightbitstudios.com.

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