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SQ1 Conference Embraces the Universal Language of ID

Registration is open for the inaugural SQ1 Conference, set for Oct. 6 to 7 in Chicago—developed by students and led by Hector Silva, chair of IDSA's Chicago Chapter and IDSA's Young Educator of the Year for 2017.

"In the spirit of advocating for design education, the students of Advanced Design Sketching felt they needed to further their mission and make their voices heard nationwide by organizing a conference specifically focused on design sketching. The planning committee, composed of seven, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)industrial design students, chose to call this conference Square 1—a phrase that means to begin again after a dead-end or failure," declares Silva.

"This conference is meant to embrace failure, encourage process and push creativity. Unlike other design conferences, which do not highlight the importance of design sketching, Square 1 will embrace the universal language of ID and encourage students to obtain its fluency through: rapid visualization; visual communication; marker rendering; understanding hierarchy; product relationship; sketching techniques; speed and efficient techniques; sketch notes; and storytelling."

Day one will be held at Motorola Mobility; day two—at UIC's School of Design. Workshops will be held on transportation, soft goods, play, experience, CAD sketching, polished (digital sketching and digital renderings), furniture, footwear and architecture.

For more information, contact hello@advdessketch.com.