Art by Chris Nolen

Art by Chris Nolen

AIGA, a professional organization for designers, was founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and Louisville has one of only 70 worldwide chapters.

The first week of August, AIGA Louisville will host workshops, tours, meet-ups and more to celebrate designers and creative professionals at the Second Annual Louisville Design Week.

Have you been looking for an excuse to take a peek at VIA Studio or FirstBuild, two of the coolest workplaces in the city? They’re both hosting events. The folks at Humana Digital Experience Center are having a hands-on workshop on Agile UX. The letterpress shop Hound Dog Press is offering a workshop for just six people for $50 each. Details are available here.

The keynote speakers on Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. are from the Lost Type Co-Op at the Kentucky College of Art & Design. The Lost Type Co-Op is a pay-what-you-want foundry that was founded in 2011 and has been incredibly influential in the design world. Designers get 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of their fonts. Lost Type fonts have been used by Nike, Starbucks and the Office of the President of the United States. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Register here.

Each year, Design Week has a new theme. Here’s the inspiration behind 2016’s theme, according to a news release: “This year we ask participating designers to reflect on the theme ‘Command+Shift.’ With ‘Command’ as a constant, and ‘Shift’ as an opportunity for evolution and growth, we believe this theme will provide a fertile prompt for creative work. We look forward to what we hope will continue to grow as an inspiring tradition in the Louisville design community.”

AIGA Louisville is a nonprofit run by all volunteers.